I was born in 1953 in Budapest, Hungary. In the sixties my grandpa - who was an exceptional clever technician - often needed me as his guide when he was working on different projects.
I loved to play and work with electric things.
I have involved in hamradio in the technical high school in 1971.
Young guy learn things fast (including CW) and got my callsign in 1972.
Those were times ! Everybody was working with homebrew TX and Russian military surplus RX.
My HF work was started on 80 meters with 25W and dipole antenna. What a pity I dont have at least a photo about those equipment.

The next big step was a home-made 5-band CW-SSB transceiver. I have worked on it for years. Thank you very much to my former girlfriend - my wife! - for her patience. I've got the DXCC award in 1980 with that RIG (60W into a tribander vertical antenna).
Later I've built a PA with a GK-71 russian tube. Then I upgraded to a Kenwood TS-520SE and later an Icom IC-761 plus a Heathkit SB-220. My first directional antenna was a home-made 2 ele tribander cubical quad, then I changed to a TH3JRS and now a HyGain Explorer 14 on a home-made pole. I am active on CW, SSB and digital modes, such as SSTV, RTTY and FT8.
On contests I used to work on my clubstation HA5KKC also HG5C. We have built a FB contest station outside of the city with 5 towers and big HF antennas.
When I was 50 I've got a surprise gift from my wife: a small allband / allmode Yaesu FT-897. My attention turned to VHF wich was a new world for me. I have made a GI7-b PA and a 3 wavelenght DJ9BV ANTENNA for 2m. Meteorscatter seems to be the only way for me to make 2m QSOs from a low place in the big city surrounded by 10 stories blockhouses.
From 2008 I joined in SOTA.
With an IC-7400 rig and K1JT's WSJT-x I have reached more than 100 DXCC countries on 6m. I am QRV on 4m from 2021.
I'm using home-made antennas for 6 and 4m with homebrew rotator.

There are some 63 000 QSOs in my logbook.
I have confirmed contact with all active and some deleted DXCC countries.
That's the story so far. Hamradio is a great fun.
I hope to meet you soon on the air.

73 Viktor HA5LV

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