2014 - 40 years Ham Radio
Bernd, born in 1962, is living near Munich, Germany. I began ham radio in 1974 at age 12 as SWL with the support of my parents (DF3CP and DL1MAO). Since 1977 I am licensed as DF3CB and very soon found my way to High Speed CW, DXing and Contesting. I am working as database application software developer.
My first major goal in the early 80's was to work the 5 Band-DXCC with a 100 Watts and two low dipoles. After having reached this goal, I upgraded my station with my first home-brew amplifier and a tribander. My main radio interests are DXing on 160m to 10m plus 6 Meters and Contesting, although retired a bit from contesting. I have worked all DXCC entities on Mixed and Phone, need only P5 as my last one on CW, three more entities on RTTY. I have all 40 WAZ Zones confirmed on the nine HF bands and 37 zones on 6m. CW is my favorite mode.
- 99% of my operating is CW. Some RTTY, JT65, JT9 and Phone.
- DXCC on 10 bands with all current entities complete on 20m and 15m.
- Since 1992 DXCC Honor Roll #1 Mixed and Phone, DXCC Honor Roll CW (needing "only" P5).
- Since 2005 DXCC Honor Roll Digital (all RTTY, last three needed: 3Y-B BS7H KH3).
- Since 2009 in the Top Ten of the DXCC Challenge.
- Since 2016 on the top of the 30m DXCC.
- 5BWAZ (200 zones), WAZ on 9 bands CW, 160m WAZ (40 zones) and 6m WAZ (37 zones, no EME).
- Achieved WAS on 7 bands CW (40m through 10m), 7 bands JT65, 30 other WAS awards and TPA - all LoTW only.
Software Author of
- BV - QSL Label Software
- Fast Log Entry (FLE)
- RemAud - Remote Audio VoIP Software
- FT2000RC - CAT and Remote Control for the YAESU FT-2000, FT-950 and FT DX 5000
- and others.
My current radio station is located in a semi-industrial area - half an hour from home. The place is rented and it was an unique opportunity to get it. The station consists of a radio room and three towers with mainly monoband yagis. The towers are spread over an area of some 10,000 square meters and more than one kilometer of coax and control cables is used to connect the antennas to the shack. The station is optimized for Multi-Single and SO2R contest operation.
- Member of DARC (DOK C26) - Bavarian Contest Club (BCC) - German DX Foundation (GDXF) - High Speed Club (HSC) - ARRL
- Other calls used in the past: KL7/DF3CB, DF3CB/VY1, W4/W5/W6/W7/W0/DF3CB, ZA/DF3CB, DF3CB/ZP5, AL7MQ, AL7MQ/4
- Guest or Contest OP at 4U1ITU, LX8A, LX7A, SU1ER, ZP5AA, ZA1A, NQ4I, 5C8M, CN8WW, 9Y4W, DA0HQ
- Developed the very first Online QSL Request System, see OQRS.NET
- Co-author of the Mega DX Peditions Honor Roll
- Bernd was the pilot station for some two dozen DXpeditions
- Read more about Bernd in a Conversation with DF3CB and the CQ Contest article A Dream Came True, or Contest Stations in Industrial Areas