DL3ØEUDXF was the first special call sign dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the EUDXF activated by Baldur, DJ6SI, and his brother Joerg, DL4DCE. As more and more 30EUDXF stations became active towards the end of the year and the creation of the 30EUDXF awards program was announced, it was obvious that more operators were needed to offer DL3ØEUDXF on the bands. Until the very last day of 2016, DL3ØEUDXF was supported by Ralf, DJ1RP, Toni, DL1EKO, Dominik, DL5EBE, Olaf, DL7CX (participation in Stew Perry Contest on 160 m) and Sigi, DL7DF. A total amount of 8912 QSOs was achieved by the german team from 10 – 160 m in CW, SSB and digital modes.
I always tried to activate DL3ØEUDXF in the morning before leaving for QRL and in the evenings when I came home and occasionally on the week-ends. Unfortunately, propagation were really challenging and as the higher bands were mostly dead, the biggest amount of contacts was made on the lower bands, especially on 80 m. As my spare time behind the radio was very limited I used to announce DL3ØEUDXF on the cluster whenever I started operation or whenever I changed the band. The introduction of the 30EUDXF awards program had resulted in wonderful pile ups and it was remarkable how some DXers really tried hard to work us on as many bands as possible. By time, some call signs became really familiar to us and although signals were sometimes extremely weak, they were recognised and made their way into the log. Despite of the poor conditions I made frequent calls on the higher bands to check propagation. I was surprised that even on 10 m and 12 m during daytime brief openings on an apparently dead band had allowed me to work a couple of EU stations who were really happy to get this rare bandpoint. As DL3ØEUDXF was mainly activated on SSB, the focus of my operation was clearly set to my favourite mode CW.
There was a little downside during the activity related to my radio. My Ten-Tec Orion suffered from dying capacitors of the power distribution board and had to be sent to the repair shop. In the meantime I had to use my little IC-7000 mobile HF rig which couldn’t compete with the Orion receiver quality at all which caused some frustration. But the biggest frustration came after I had asked the repair shop to make a firmware upgrade on the Orion. When I got my radio back it suddenly showed frequent ARC faults on the ACOM 2000A linear. These ARC faults were severe on 80 m, but on 160 m I basically couldn’t use the linear at all. However, DL3ØEUDXF was more or less active every day and those hunting for bandpoints in completion of their awards definitely got their chance. DL3ØEUDXF was a very nice team effort and I would like to thank all participants for their active contribution!
Best 73s & gd DX!
Dominik DL5EBE (EUDXF #598)
At the moment the idea was born during the drive to Bad Bentheim with my longtime friend Ronald PA3EWP we could not foresee that the special callsigns for 30 years EUDXF would result in the event it became…..
Operating PA3ØEUDXF was great fun despite the various issues which crossed my path keeping me from being as active as I had hoped for. Apart from the unexpected workload in normal live the PA3ØEUDXF activity was thwarted by antenna issues and finally in december a broken radio which forced an early QRT.
I like to thank Richard PD4RD who stepped in to help me when problems emerged and facilitated at least 50% of the PA3ØEUDXF QSO’s.
For me the 30 EUDXF Event did certainly not end on December 31. QSL requests for the various 30 EUDXF call I manage are rolling in, and so are the applications for the 30 EUDXF awards.
73 Alex PA1AW
Just after I was asked if I would like to join the EUDXF 30 year anniversary celebration with a hungarian special call sign, I sent a respective request to the HA authority to issue the special call sign HG3ØEUDXF. After a week or so I received the desired licence! Thanks a lot to the HA PTT for their very quick response!
My first QSO was made on 30th of September at 1144 UTC during my lunch break (hi) just after I had opened my direct mail. The last QSO was made on 31st of December at 1929 UTC with 12533 QSOs in the log. Steve, HA9PP, had joined me and added some 1600 QSOs on digital modes.
Whenever I went QRT at the end of the day I uploaded the HG3ØEUDXF log file to ClubLog and LoTW. Occasionally, this happened even 3 to 4 times per day, hi!
I had enjoyed many good pile-ups. However, sometimes I got really angry due to local noise, strong QSB and not having enough free time to use my radio.
The HG3ØEUDXF QSLs are currently being printed and I will start processing the cards as soon as I will receive the big package from the printing office.
We feel proud to have participated in this great celebration! Vy 73 / 44,
Steve, HA9PP (EUDXF #792) & Laci, HAØHW (EUDXF #646)