The latest events ...

You can find some of the latest events around the club here.

Good DX on 144 MHz

The VHF station is working again. A first tests resulted in good signals from Switzerland and the Black Forest. ODX was HB9KAB in JN47pd (485 km).

Our Yaesu FT-736R in working order. (Picture: Daniel, DM3DA)

Successful Skeds with SV8/DJ7NY

During his holidays on Thasos Island, Hanns-Georg (SV8/DL7NY) kept in contact with DL0DX. Every Sunday morning, he reached us on 14 MHz in SSB. "The signal quality was better than the mobile phone.", said Daniel (DM3DA). Thasos Island is part of IOTA group EU-174 (KH20hs).

Hanns-Georg (SV8/DJ7NY) operating from Thasos Island. (Picture: Hanns-Georg, DJ7TX)

Setting up the station for 144 MHz

We are currently not QRV for 2 metre SSB. But we are working hard to get the station operational again.

Antenna works on the roof. (Picture: Oliver, DK7TX)

CW fieldday 2016 (DA3X/P)

The club R01 also participated with DA3X/P on the CW field day. The focus was not so much on socializing, but on winning the competition. In a quiet, fenced area between Haan and Solingen the team entered on the 24-hour IARU Region 1 field day in the class "portable, multi operator, low power, non-assisted". Operators were Dieter (DL6EZ), Michael (DL5JS) and Roland (DL1EAL, from R04). They also had luck with the weather. A strong thunderstorm with hail passed narrowly. With 838 contacts the claimed score was 336,896 points at place 18 in Germany and place 1 in District R.

Participants Dieter (DL6EZ), Michael (DL5JS) and Roland (DL1EAL) in front of their radio tent.
(Picture: Dieter, DL6EZ)

CW fieldday 2016 (DL0DX)

Our CW field day was great fun. For Andreas (DC4AB) and Robert, the field day started as early as Thursday, when they cut the waist-high grass. Otherwise, accessing the site would have been very difficult.

Robert is cutting the grass. (Picture: Andreas, DC4AB)

Andreas fetched Distrikt R's contest trailer from Mönchengladbach. This trailer is the perfect shack for the CW station. It also comes with a nice Von Der Ley mast. Burkhard brought a quick assembly Clark mast.

Hans-Georg (DL6WA) and Andreas (DC4AB) connecting the dipole antenna.
Clark mast in the background. (Picture: Fabian, DL1KID)

Setting up was really fast. Half an hour before the start of the contest, DL0DX/p was operational on HF and VHF. The sun was burning, and ice pops were welcome refreshments, as was cold beer. The BBQ was up and running soon and Andreas provided us with delicious bratwursts. We even had cherry pie and coffee for desert.

Udo (DL5UI), Frank, Detlef and Peter (DE3POL) (Picture: Fabian, DL1KID)

The HF station managed to get 670 contacts into the log. VP8NO from the Falklands Islands was one of the highlights. We also showed the station to visitors.

Holger (DL5KUT) demonstrates CW. (Picture: Fabian, DL1KID)

The tent next door offered the opportunity for voice contacts on VHF. We had a mast with two stacked yagis and an ICOM IC-7000 with 50 W output. Best DX was with F5KCZ/P, 578 km away on the north coast of Brittany (locator IN99pi). In total, we got 29 contacts in the log of DL0DX/p, DN3DA/p and DM3DA/p.

Erecting the VHF mast (Picture: Fabian, DL1KID)

We had 24 team members and visitors namely: Andreas (DC4AB), Bernd, Burkhard, Christoph, Daniel (DM3DA), Detlef, Fabian (DL1KID), Frank, Gerrit, Hans-Georg (DL6WA), Holger (DL5KUT), Jochen (DG8EF), Johanna, Kai (DL3EAZ), Marc, Manfred (DH9EO), Margot, Peter (DE3POL), Robert and Udo (DL5UI). We all enjoyed the event. Holger: “I especially liked that we had a strong participation, great interest, good humour, great food and a luxurious bed. In short, it was great fun.” Udo: “This was super. Great team, contest and event. Andreas' catering – first class. I really enjoyed the field day.”

First class catering (Picture: Andreas, DC4AB)

Thanks to all participants and visitors, especially to Frank who brought the fab caravan and to Johanna and Margot for the yummy cherry pie.

Islands On The Air: Vido activated for the first time.

Our member Oliver (SV8/DK7TX) operated from the Islands Corfu and Vido (aka Ptychia Island). Both islands are part of the IOTA EU-052 group. A search in the database of found no previous activation of Vido Island. Oliver made 400 contacts from the islands. Congratulations!

Oliver (SV8/DK7TX) on the air (Picture: Oliver, DK7TX).

We have reached the halfway point of our class.

On 7 June 2016, we were half way through our "Klasse E" course. This achievement was marked with fresh cheese pastry (thanks Andreas, they were really good!).

Currently, we are 8 active students and 4 teachers. The theory course is combined with an intensive 1:1 praxis course in the club station. Should you hear DN3DA on the air, please give us a call!

It is still possible to join the running course. More information here (in German).

Hanns-Georg (DJ7NY) giving theory lession (Picture: Daniel, DM3DA).

Honors for longtime memberships

At the district assembly R (Nordrhein) on 09 April 2016 in Heiligenhaus three members of the local club Düseldorf were honored for their long-standing membership in the DARC. Dieter (DL6EZ) was dignified for 40 years, Rüdiger (DL4EAI) for 50 years, and Thomas (DJ3QQ) for 60 years of membership. In front of the attending representatives of their local clubs all three received a certificate and a stick pin.

Dieter (DL6EZ), Thomas (DJ3QQ) and Rüdiger (DL4EIA) after the honor (Picture: Andreas, DC4AB)

Home-brew competition 2016

During the club evening in March we held our home-brew competition. We had nine participants with a great variation of home-brew equipment: ranging from a simple antenna matching unit and different test equipment to a stack of QRP transceivers.

The winning projects were a matching unit for endfed portable antennas from Daniel (DM3DA), a blinking heart from Johanna (SWL) and a QRP transceiver from Jakob (DL2TI).

Runner-up projects were: a barometer from Jürgen (DB1WT), a wooden VFO knob with USB plug from Andreas (DC4AB), a transistor and FET curve tracer from Agis (DL1CNY), an active AF filter from Dieter (DL2GK), a component tester from Holger (DL5KUT), and a counter for radioactive radiation from Hans-Georg (DL6WA).

QRP transceiver for the 40 meter band from Jakob (DL2TI) (Picture: Andreas, DC4AB)

Visiting the Flingern Incinerator

On 22 March 2016, we had a guided tour through the incineration plant in Flingern. We were shown the boiler house, the control room and the waste storage bunker. An extraordinary experience!

High visibility group (Picture: Fabian, DL1KID)