A Dutch hamradio station in a bookbinding workshop

A brief description of PG2W's radio life:

In the seventies I was a Radio Officer in the merchant marine. In 1984 I started working as bookbinder and later as a book conservator and opened my bookbinding shop: One could say that I changed from one old craftsmanship to the other. I opened my workshop in 1984 in which I had a short-wave listening station on my workbench.

Full license

When Scheveningen Radio/PCH stopped its morse (CW) service in 1998 I came in contact with an old ‘roommate’ of the nautical high school I attended in the early 70ties. He more or less ordered me to do the exam to obtain my Full-license. Obedient as I am, I did the exam as a pro and after passing it in 2006 I became an amateur. HI !


Initially my goal was to have my station like I had it on board of the ships I sailed on. I soon realized that this was not possible due to the changes in technique since 1973. A radio station in that time needed a radio-“room” to fit in. Today an enclosure of an FT-857 is enough for a complete station. Oke, I know that an FT-857 has an output power of 100 watts while on board I had 1,4 kW. We all know however that a power amplifier does not need a whole room to fit in.

This is what I do now

I’m mainly busy in CW (morse) on almost all HF (short wave) bands. While at work I’m often standby on 3.575 kHz (my radioshack is in my workshop) and will respond to calls if I can. I do like low power operations.