Bucket List

Let’s see..
I haven’t written anything in 5 months.
Time to change that.
Time to get writing every now and then.

To get myself writing, I have decided to get a list of items I want to do as an Amateur Radio Operator at some time in my life. A “Bucket List” if you wish. But since I really hope that until I am old, some way is found that lets us live forever, I don’t want to do it till the end of my days. I would rather try to manage to check every item on the list within the next 10 years. The List mainly consists of 4 Groups of items. I want to Work all Bands (really ALL bands). I want to work all Modes. I want to work with all OSCAR sattelites. And I want to have equipment up and ready for all primary Ham Bands. I am well aware that the lists might need some changing over the course of the next 10 Years. It might happen that some Band is declared of primary status, that was not the case earlier or there might be a new operation mode that get very popular within very short time. More likely is that some of the satellites I want to work with break down before I get to use them.

For now I have 200 items on that list. I will blog about every one when I do it. I want to keep entries as separate as possible. I.e. Marking off 8 items at once just because I used a transceiver I own, to operate a satellite on a band I did not write about before using a mode I did not use until then, just seems kind of, well, wrong. So I will try to keep it nice and tidy.

I also hope that I can work with my own Callsign. As it seems German regulations restrict you to use the clubcall if you are at a clubstation, for now most of the activity I make is from the clubstation DK0TU that I recently got a member of.

PS : Oops. I almost forgot, I have linked to my Bucket List at the top of my Page, but here is another link : http://burak.ozhan.de/blog/dl7bur-amateur-radio-bucket-list/


I finally went to the Ham Radio Exam. It’s a shame that I did not make this step earlier. Way earlier. Like in 2001 or so, when I just started with university and still was studying electronics engineering. It probably would have helped my courses to understand AC circuits from a very practical perspective. But what the hell, finally I did it and I am happy.

I directly went for the Class “A” Licence, the bigger one in Germany. I am now entitled to use all bands (135kHz – 250GHz) and maximum power. Some people at the exam were going for first class E then class A. Maybe that would have been the wiser choice since I was rather able to pass the exam by luck than by knowledge; I was solving example exams on a webpage and the first time I got an adequate mark for the technical part was the very morning of the exam. But at least I did look up the questions again when I was home.

Passing the exam and getting the HAREC directly after the exam, it was a rather tedious wait of 19 days for the callsign assignment to arrive. But it is finally here. I am now proudly DL7BUR. BUR stands for the first three letters of my name; Burak. I also used the time to visit my first HAM radio event. The “19th Berlin Antenna Fieldday” (aka. “BAF”). I expected to see at least a couple of OM that do stuff like GHz technology or ATV. I was slightly disappointed to see mostly Inverted-Vee’s and and almost exclusively shortwave stuff. There were only two OM using and showing 2m/70cm antennae. Also two OM had set up “talk-via-light” equipment. Since on the descripton to the event Amateur-TV and SHF was anounced I was eager to see how that works. Nonetheless I could engage some nice conversations about antennae, tuners and CW. OM are crazy about CW. Somehow I don’t get the craze, but what the hell, I guess I will learn CW sometime soon. There were even some OM that I saw before at the exam or at the local HAM radio clubs I visited in the weeks between the exam and the event.

Below are some Impressions from the event. Can you find me on the group photo ?