About BX2ABT

Just a lonely ham somewhere in northern Taiwan. Drop him a line if you pity him. Thanks.

Mail address: hans @ bx2abt .com

My QTH:  24° 53.25' N (24.8875) / 121° 16.13' E (121.2689)

 

The Early Years

My first realization that radio is something magic was when I was six or seven years old. We had a stereo system in the living room - made by my father himself - to which we listened together as a family. But somehow I got a small portable transistor radio to use in my own room. One day, to my surprise, out of my tiny little radio came the same program that we listened to on the big living room stereo system. I experienced "broad-casting" and until this day I still feel that magic when I turn on a radio.

Discoveries

When I was 12 years old I started shortwave listening. One evening during a vacation I was bored, so I went tot he attic to see if I could find something fun to do. I found the old radio from my grandparents and turned it on. It featured two short- and one medium wave band and after scanning the latter one I switched to this other bands, which I had never seen or heard of before. It was 1981 and the sun spot maximum was near. Without any antenna attached I still heard a lot of stations, with presenters talking in strange tongues. But also one station with presenters in a strange Dutch accent. It turned out to be Radio RSA in Dutch on 13 meters. Intrigued, I asked my father about it and who explained it was shortwave and also how it was possible that some South African station could be heard in Europe.

I was hooked and kept on listening to Radio RSA and found other stations, too. I learned that you could write to stations and in return they would send information on their country, their station and some card called QSL. It was probably via Radio RSA or Radio Netherlands that I learned of the Benelux DX Club and I joined them to learn more about the other strange acronym: DX.

For the next 20 years I kept DXing as a hobby. Over the years I used a number of different radios. My father got me an old Philips to which I attached a notch filter. On a flea market I bought a cheap old Philips BX500 valve radio. Those two sets were my main listening equipment for a number of years. The BX500 had excellent reception on 25 meters and I regularly listened to Radio Beijing on 11500 kHz, Radio Kuwait on 11620 kHz and KYOI on 11900 . With the other Philips I listened to the higher bands, especially my favourite WRNO on 15.420 kHz. When I was 18 I had my first real summer job as a postman and earned enough to be able to buy my first communications receiver, an ICOM R70. It was not my first choice, but I could afford it. With it I started to do some utility DXing, like aero, maritime and, with a borrowed Tono Theta decoder, some RTTY press agencies. After the ICOM there were Drake R7A and my favourite, the Kenwood R5000.

I became more active in the Benelux DX Club, but I found its operation too restricted, so I became a member of the Danish Short Wave Club International. There I met one of my best friends Bernhard Gr√ľndl, editor of the Tropical Bands Survey. After editing that publication myself for a year I went to China, got drafted, lived in Germany for a year and finally moved to Taiwan. I was active there for a couple of years, also editing the DX Window newsletter. Got an NRD-525 with a T2FD antenna and had a great time DXing Asia and Latin America.

From 2000 to 2004 I had a break because of my studies, but got interested in satellites and weather stations after I graduated. In 2009 I found out that you didn't need a to pass a morse code test to get on the shortwave amateur bands, so I started studying and rolled into the amateur radio world. First as PD3WHO, later with a full licence as PA2BX. Since shortwave broadcasting and utility usage is on a sharp decline I therefore broadcast myself on the amateur bands. I like experimenting and building stuff, like toys for my kids and small radio's and transmitters.

After we moved back to Taiwan I started studying again and within two months I passed the class 3 and 2 exams. On December 13, 2010 I applied for a portable/mobile station licence. I got issued the call sign BX2ABT.