Biography of ON2PCO
a Dutchman in Belgium, how it all started and some history :
I got interested in radio at the age of 10 when my father bought my brother and me a pair of walki-talkies. I 'enhanced' these toys by using an enormous amount of copper wire as a 'super'-antenna. Due to the 'DX'-effect (HI) - the number of stations I was able to work with increased 10 times - I got infected by the radio virus which never left me since. 1975 - 1977 : my 'real' CB-time
I got in contact with HAM radio in 1978 via my neighbour Hans - PE1AAY, who, at that time, operated a 2m station (Kenwood TR7200G/VFO-30G + 14 elements Parabeam) from within his shack, which was situated in the basement
1978 : SWL-station (NL5944 - VERON). RX-equipment at that time a Cuna SR9 (2m FM-receiver, which I modified for SSB-reception), Grundig Satellit 1400 (HF receiver), home-made inverted-V dipole and an 8-elements 2m yagi
1980 : I developed the 'NL-5944 Morse Tutor + Decoder' for the Commodore-64 computer which I sold numerous times
1981 - 1982 : radio-operator in the Dutch army
1989 - 2001 : HAM-'spirit' at a lower level due to a lot of studying
2001 - 2005 : more active as a SWL (again)
2005 : I passed my exam in Brussels and became ON2PCO
2005 : my callsign changed to ON3PCO and since that time also qrv on HF
2010 : my callsign changed again to ON2PCO (class : B / Intermediate)
HF + 50 MHz + VHF (2m) : Icom IC-7400 including the Heil Pro-Set Elite (headset), Icom SM-20 (desktop microphone) and Icom SP-21 (speaker)
VHF/UHF (2m/70cm) : Kenwood TM-V71E (dual band receive (vv/vu/uu), full duplex, cross band repeat, echolink, data mode)
VHF/UHF (2m/70cm) : Alinco DJ596E-MkII handheld transceiver, fully equiped with CTCSS and DCS. Due to the standard TCXO, the transceiver is very stable. I use the handheld mostly during hiking and mobile-operation
Some add-ons : Daiwa CN-101L SWR & Power Meter (1.8 - 150 MHz, Cross Needle), Daiwa CN-103L SWR & Power Meter (140 - 525 MHz, Cross Needle), the classic Junker DBGM-Key and the Comet CAT-273 (2m + 70cm antenna tuner)
PSU : Diamond GSV3000 DC-regulated Power Supply (max. 30A).
Former equipment :
HF : Kenwood TS-120V SSB-transceiver including the Kenwood VFO-120 (2nd. VFO), Kenwood PS-20 (DC Power Supply), Kenwood SP-120 (Speaker) and Kenwood AT-200 (Antenna Tuner).
VHF : Kenwood TR-9000 2m All Mode Transceiver including the Kenwood BO-9 System Base.
A few pictures of the equipment and shack can be viewed via the 'My Shack'-button on the main page or by clicking here.
HF : Fritzel FD4 Windom for 10-80m. This is a so called Off-Centre-Fed antenna, about 41.65 m long (location : in the attic). Because the space in the attic is (rather) limited, the FD4 is partly shaped like an Inverted-V : about 2 times 6 meters in a 110-degree angle and the rest of it is 'folded' horizontally on the both (long) sides of the attic. Though these antenna-conditions are not superb, so far I've been able to work stations all over Europe, Russia, parts of Africa, United States, Canada, the Middle-East, parts of South America, Australia and New Zealand. I'm glad it is working so well !
VHF/UHF #1 : 9 elements yagi, vertically polarized, bearing 25 degrees (location : in the attic). This (home-made, DK7ZB) antenna is used mainly for local QSO's.
VHF/UHF #2 : 9 elements yagi, horizontally polarized, bearing 292,5 degrees (location : in the attic). When propagations are right, I hope to engage a few (more) stations from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
VHF/UHF (mobile) : JWX-window antenna for mobile use, made by PA0JWX.