Radio amateur station PE1LTM

At the time working on professional mobile tranceivers some of my colleagues believed i didn't know enough about it, despite the fact that i was (among other specialisms) experienced radio and even radar technician on the F16 fighter jet. They never asked what i had done exactly, strange. They believed i missed "practise" experience. Only beeing a registered Radio amateur would proove (as an exam) that i knew what i was doing. So, i asked when next (state) examiation would be. "In two weeks". OK, so i did and unbelievebly passed the test. Still not enough though, "you miss practise", but got my call PE1MXM and i was allowed to use, modify and even make my own receiver/transmitter equipment. In those days i modified a mobile tranceiver Grundig FK105, beeing a sysnthesizer type where the frequency data was stored in an EPROM (still have copies!). I modified it in a way that it worked very well  in the 2 meter band (144-146MHz) and stored all available channels (incl. relaystations) in it. It worked that well that one day as the MIR came over and via my self-built 10- elements Yagi i tried to contact German Thomas on board, also a radio amateur. "It is as a guy on the stage asking a question and you all reply as one, but LOUIS i heard you". WOW!!!! Very nice.
This FK105 is only now and then still in action for Nothern Netherlands region, about 25 years later.
While studying a CETELCO ATF2 telephone (You know, the portable 4,5kg ones....) i believed i could modify it for the 70cm band, so i did and it worked nice. I sold this later one though to my technical director.

So i got my radio amateur licence with callsign PE1MXM in some strange way, but then i was allowed to design, build and even use radio transmitters in several frequency bands above 30MHz. Later the rules changed and now i am also allowed to use all other (lower) frequency bands, capable of making contact all over the world. At one time callsign PE1LTM (as eLTiM and Louis Timmers Mensingeweer) became available and i changed my callsign to that.

Our business today takes so many of my time that this radio amateur station is in coma actually. I have this Grundig FK105 still running and bought a YAESU FT-897 (made contact with Sao Paolo at very first startup of the set, nice) all in one/all bands receiver transmitter and had a multi-band vertical antenna on the roof. A twisting windscheer torn it off as if it was a straw though and still not replaced. There is a new one, yet still to be placed.....

For those who don't understand why doing this in a time where we can use our smartphone to contact anybody in the world within seconds? Why do fishermen sit in the rain trying to catch a fish and then throw it back? Because it's FUN and gives you a good feeling as well! Besides that you learn a lot about people, geography, weather conditions influencing the range of your equipment, etc. Did you know that the very first mobile phones were developed by some Scandinavian radio amateurs living in the area of the Finnish town Nokia (west of Tampere)?

If you are interested in making a connection somehow please contact me. Perhaps you can convince me to place the antenna again.

Station data:
PE1LTM, operator Louis
N53.21.07  E06.27.54
N53.352104  E6.465969
Grid:  JO 33 FI  (Mensingeweer, Netherlands)
QSL Cards: Veron, A60, Hunsingo
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