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 licensed as DF3CB. Also licensed as N3GER (ex AL7MQ). I am working as ERP application software developer.
My main radio interests are DXing (DXCC, DXCC Challenge, WAZ and WAS awards) on 160m through 10m plus 6 Meters, 60 Meters and Contesting, although retired from contesting meanwhile. I have all DXCC entities confirmed on Mixed and Phone, need only P5 as my last one on CW, three more entities on RTTY.
- Most of my operating is CW and FT8
- 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 except for Bouvet, last two needed BS7H and 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)
- 6m WAZ (37 zones, no EME) and 6m WAS #1653 (#12 from Europe)
- Achieved 52 WAS awards and endorsements - all LoTW only
- Best station outside of North America to work most W1AW Portables in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party
- Member of DARC (DOK C26) - Bavarian Contest Club (BCC) - German DX Foundation (GDXF) - High Speed Club (HSC)
- Other calls used in the past: KL7/DF3CB, DF3CB/VY1, W4/W5/W6/W7/W0/DF3CB, ZA/DF3CB, DF3CB/ZP5, AL7MQ, AL7MQ/4, 9Y4/DF3CB
- Guest or Contest OP at 4U1ITU, LX8A, LX7A, SU1ER, ZP5AA, ZA1A, NQ4I, 5C8M, CN8WW, 9Y4W, DA0HQ
- Author of the very first Online QSL Request Service (OQRS)
- Author of the Mega DXpeditons Honor Roll
Software author of
- Fast Log Entry (FLE)
- RemAud - Remote Audio VoIP Software
- FTDXRC - CAT and Remote Control for the YAESU FTDX5000, FT-2000 and FT-950
- BV - QSL Label Software
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 different 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.