Amateur Radio
DJ2PJ - The Person

The old man on the left - "old man" in the double sense of the word - that's me. My name is Hans-Dieter Teichmann. I'm the person behind DJ2PJ alias OHJWH  (1994-2016) or OHP (2005).

Since the early fiftees, good friends and neighbours call me "Hadi", short for the somehow long-winded "Hans-Dieter".  My hometown's boy scouts had needed a handy nickname for me for camp life. Later, the good old West Gulf DX Club changed this name into "Hipshot Hadi", certified by a nice diploma. Thanks!  Although - upon my honour! -  I've never had and never will have a gun in my hands. Never been on a war path either (hmm... maybe, except when hunting DX...). It must have been my much too fast and crazy vibroplex keying of the fiftees that had led to this name.

1955 - 2015:   60 Years on Airwaves!

I received my amateur radio licence with the callsign DJ2PJ on the 5th of January 1955, at the age of nineteen. That's now more than sixty years ago! It was in August of the same year, that I made my first ever radio contact from my own station in my hometown Nienburg in North Germany. Since 1972, my wife Inge and I live in Mnster (JN49kw), a village some 40 kilometres south of Frankfurt on Main, only a few minutes from the foothills of the beautiful Odenwald mountains and the lovely vineyards of Gross Umstadt. Not too bad a place to live.

Of the 1,182 radio contacts established by DJ2PJ in 2016  62.3% were in CW, followed by the Digimodes (15.6%), RTTY (13.4%), and SSB (8.4%).

I used to be extremely crazy about DX. In the early days, every strange or rare callsign made my mouth water and my hands shake. Membership in the DXCC? Yes, but I left the DXCC very soon as it  had developed a dynamic of its own - a dynamic which is, I am convinced, extremely counterproductive to the welfare of chasing DX, if not to the welfare of amateur radio as a whole! Not being a member of DXCC, with everything of their list worked and confirmed, is my silent protest against the system as it is, including a  pseudo-rational, manipulative policy as to the deletion, creation and re-creation of so-called entities, snooty DXpeditions, anarchistic pile-ups, the monopolistic LoTW, and everything else. In my eyes this sort of "enjoying DX" has put  amateur radio on a very dubious track, with just one (probably shortsighted) profiteer: ARRL and cash flow - holding sway over thousands upon thousands of DX-lemmings all over the world, taking them for fools. Incredible!

I've never belonged to the big guns, who use to call large-scale antenna farms their own, a range of monoband yagis on sky-scrape towers, full-size verticals for the low bands with extensive ground systems, and the like. I've rarely produced an "outstanding signal". My first 250 DXCC entities have been worked with simple wire and vertical antennas, from modest or even limited locations, and with relatively low RF-outputs. I erected my first yagi antenna in 1968, and I am still using a vertical antenna for 40 metres and the WARC-frequencies (see my station layout). I'm absolutely convinced that being a successful DXer is in the first place a matter of steadily optimised station logistics and operating skills, paired with a heart full of patience and endurance, and crowned by a bit more than a little bit of luck.

I am a member of the Deutscher Amateur-Radio Club (DARC), the High-Speed Club (HSC; #258), the European DX Foundation (EUDXF), the German DX Foundation (GDXF; #235), the Feld Hell Club (#198), the European Phase Shift Keying Club (#1175), the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA), and I am proud to have been a member of the good old TOPS CW Club (#500) where "fists made friends". What a pity that the TOPS does not exist anymore...

                                          

QSLs? I adore them. It is my policy to send a card to everyone working me, without waiting for a card: at least as far as DJ2PJ is concerned (I had to make other decisions regarding OHJWH and OHP, and for the callsigns of my IOTA-DXpeditions). I have sent off more than 100,000 DJ2PJ-QSLs in all the years and received more than 60% in reply.

 I shall neither send a card to stations being known for not sending QSLs at all nor do I even try to contact them (again)!

And here's the QSL you will receive when having worked me:

    

"The QSL is the final courtesy of a QSO!" How true that is! QSLs play an important part of defining and identifying amateur radio. Thanks to all those hams who are fellow-believers in this matter. Would you send plastic roses to your young lady? Not really? Do you like electronic QSLs then? See the point?

You can look up my postal and e-mail addresses clicking on  "Impressum/Editor's Note"  below.

In case you really want to know details about my more or less personal or professional background, please click HERE.

Thanks for your interest.

Initially published: 2005

Last revision: 29th August 2017

2017 by Hans-Dieter Teichmann

Impressum/Editor's Note