For the training radio company I was assigned the call sign DN2SP

My Echolink-Station DL7SP-L (564465) is on 144.950 MHz with 9 watts at an X-300 Diamond-Antenna

Station: Elecraft K3
FT-897 D
Linear: Acom 2000A
Ant: Mosley TA-34 XL
Kelemen Dipol DPKA-8040
VHF: IC-260 E / FT-73R
Ant: Diamond X-300
WY208 8-Element Yagi
Name: Holger
QTH: Wald-Michelbach
QTH-Locator: JN 49 JO
Zone: WAZ14
DOK: F50
OV Überwald

On May 4, 1973 I passed the license exam for the (then) class C in Berlin and got the callsign DC 7 JM.

In the following months I learned the telegraphy necessary for the acquisition of licence class A at that time. After successful completion of the CW exam, I received the A license on 12.3.1974 and I was assigned the callsign DL 7 SP. After one year of trouble-free operation, this A-license then passed into the highest license class B at that time.
Under my call sign DL7SP I am since then mostly active on shortwave and in SSB.

After only two years I was awarded the DXCC (#7.690) in SSB (so far with sticker for 220 DXCC countries) on 24.8.1976 and on 21.5.1979 the WAE I (No. 230) in 2xSSB telephony.

Besides the activity from my QTH, I took part in several DX expeditions. For example, 1976 Monaco (3AøHL) and 1981 Isle of Man (GD5DLW). In addition, numerous visits and activities took place at the ITU in Geneva under 4U1ITU and in Liechtenstein as DL7SP/HBø and as second operator at DL7RT/HBø.

From 1976 to 1982 I was OVV of the DARC-Ortsverband Berlin-Wilmersdorf (D11) and since April 2008 I am OVV of the Ortsverband Überwald (F50).

Due to QRL and QTH changes, I have been little and often not at all QRV for years. At best in Packet-Radio or occasionally at 2 meters in SSB.

Since a few years I'm actively back with new equipment and momentum and hope that I can dedicate more time to the amateur radio hobby and DXing on short wave.

My good, old Drake TR-4C, which accompanied me for years, is now obsolete and in its place are now an Elecraft K3, an ICOM IC-7700 and a Yaesu FT-897D in the shack for the shortwave bands. In "stubborn cases", an ACOM 2000A gives a little more emphasis.

My reliable old IC-260E is still in use for SSB connections at 2 meters. He has meanwhile nearly 30 years on the hump and still originates from my Berlin time. It is supported by a Microset SR-200 PA which can turn its 10 Watt output power into approx. 200 Watt if required.

In FM I am on 2m and 70cm mainly with the Kenwood TM-D710E QRV, with which I also operate APRS.


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