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About me

My name is André Schoch and I was born in 1988 in the former German Democratic Republic. My hobbies are fishing, HAM-radio, Computer in general - especially Linux, electronics and being outdoor. I started studying (electronics and mathematics) in Ilmenau in October 2009. I lived in Werdau, it's a small town in the state of Saxony, eastern Germany but I moved to Ilmenau, central Germany, in August '09.

My first contact with radio waves I had was when I was 9 or 10 years old. The CB-radio gots popular in Germany and my father installed a CB-transceiver in the car. A few weeks later I had my own CB-rig at home and talked to local stations.....but this wasn't very interesting for me. I was interested in DX - so I tried DX on the CB-Band. It was quite funny! I don't remember how many Countries I worked but I have QSL-cards from all over the world - worked in FM on 11m Band! I guess this was the time when the HF-DX-virus got me!! I learned CW in the age of 11 or 12 years.
As soon as possible I made my licence and got the call DL4UNY My first QSO was with DM3XPN - Bernd.
My rig was a FT-897D with 100W and a 30m long wire. Not more, although I worked 164 DXCC in the first year on 80-10m. But, you know, humans always want the stuff they don't have yet - that's why I was interested on Top Band since the first day I had the licence. As often as I had the possibility I worked on our Club station on Top Band. There isn't a 160m Antenna but there is a balanced tuner which allows tuning a 2x20m antenna.
I set up a TB-antenna in our garden, I used a fibreglass mast, 12m high. I matched the 12m vertical with a big loading coil and it did a fine job... but for European stations only. The greatest moment was my first DX on 160: VY2ZM / 20.05.2003 / 0304z / 1826 / 559 / 539 At home isn't enough space for a TB-antenna, there I had a G5RV only. In the garden is enough space for an antenna, but there is no heating. It's impossible to have a CW-QSO after a couple of hours in a room with minus degrees... I feel like the Michelin-Guy when I'm operating on TB...

Years ago I startet high speed telegraphy. I turned my keyer that fast that I was not able to produce a normally sign. After a few weeks of practice I entered the hig-speed-club (HSC) in February 2004... more about my Telegraphy-Career on High Speed Telegraphy