I was born in 1943 and named Nico. After High School I was drafted in the Army and used those two years to study for Radio Technician NRG. At around the same time I got my license with the call I still hold today. However, apart from getting a 19-set on the air, I did not do much with it. I got married to Marianne and we were busy having a good time with friends, raising the kids (we have two, a son and a daughter) and our careers. There simply was no time left for the hobby, an excuse that no doubt sounds familiar to many of you....
My professional career started with the Trans Arabian Pipeline Company and I spent 5 years with my family in the Saudi Arabian dessert ensuring that the crude oil drilled in the fields near the Persian Gulf was pumped to Sidon (Lebanon) for onward transport by ship to the refineries in Europe. Next I worked for the English Rank Organisation, at that time a very diversified company, a.o. producing consumer and professional electronics, exploiting summer holyday camps and film studios. As a liaison technician I assisted the consumer electronics division expanding into the Netherlands and Begium. After 10 years with Rank I moved to Radio Holland, a leading Dutch company in the field of marine electronics boosting over 50 offices around the globe. For 25 years I was the MD of a subsidiary that specialized in the design, supply, installation and maintenance of audiovisual systems for commercial and Navy vessels, cruise liners and luxury mega yachts.
In 2007 I retired and picked up the hobby again. My main interest is building things – once it works halve the fun is gone. We live in Nieuwkoop, a small village in the center of the 'green hart' of The Netherlands and have a small cabin sloop (see the top photo) moored behind the house. When the weather is fine it takes us to all the beautiful places Holland has to offer.
The station transceiver is a Kenwood TS-930, an oldy but still going strong. It is followed by an all band linear with a GS-35 in grounded grid, providing 1 kW PEP on all bands. A Kenwood R-5000 is used as a GP receiver. The station is completed with a boom type dynamic Sennheiser microphone, a HP laptop, an audio panel featuring a built-in equalizer, notch filter and DSP unit, a station monitor and an Antenna Control Unit with built-in antenna selector, power meter and 1 kW dummy load. On the console photo the ACU is seen on the right underneath the linear. Finally a 2 Meter FM transceiver caters for local traffic. The main antennas are an 2x17 meters open dipole fed with a balanced open wire and a rebuilt Cushcraft A3S tribander for 10, 15 and 20 meter. Both antennas are terminated in the Antenna Control Unit. A simple 10 meter wire is used on the R-5000 receiver. Save the TS-930 and the laptop all the equipment is homemade.
Sorry, I dont sent QSL cards. Should you want to get in touch with me, please sent me an email at PA0NCR_at_veron.nl. Full particulars can be found on QRZ.com.
73 and enjoy the hobby!