*MEET* 30DA019 Sandrino

Perdiguera island DXpedition

The Kingdom of Spain in south-western Europe is home to prominent 11m DXer Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) member 30DA019 Sandrino who’s been with the club since early March 2011.

Thanks to a 40 year involvement in radio comms and a long time involvement with the Romeo Charlie DX Group (30DA148), Sandrino or Sandy as he’s often known, qualifies for DA-RC membership in the DX Hunter category with more than 200 divisions worked and confirmed to his name.  A contact with Suriname (75 division) can be viewed below thanks to a Youtube recording.

Sandy is also practised in the area of dx adventure, having teamed up in 2011 with a number of other RC members for 30RC/E014 Perdiguera island (See above).  You can catch a video presentation of this adventure below also!

30DA019 Sandy (front)In addition to chasing DX, as well as being experienced in the realm of SES work thanks to past efforts with RC/HB10/20 celebrations, 30DA019 Sandy is also skilled in the area of portable dx work having operated on countless occasions from the hills in Switzerland (15 division).  Such dx adventure, in fact, is one of Sandrino’s main passions and he his sights set on some of the nearby lighthouses and castles in Alicante for some LOTA and COTA DX in the future!

Sandy’s home QTH, Teulada, is a small coastal village in the province of Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca.  It lies in between Calpe and Denia to the north of Alicante, in the southern part of the Valencian Community, and has been known in the past for its wine production and wine fields around.

Amongst the most notable features of his local area is also the Castle of Santa Bárbara on Mount Benacantil, a magnificent COTA opportunity, which sits high above the city, and the port of Alicante.

Sandy’s shack has a strong Yaesu presence with an FT-1000MP transceiver taking pride of place on the bench top and an FT-900D providing capable backup.  Outside the shack and a pair of stacked 4 element yagis provide an awesome sight and the jewel in an already impressive farm of verticals, wires and other yagis.

Like most DA-RCies, 30DA019 Sandy’s interests in the hobby of radio comms are numerous and diverse.  In addition to working DX on 11m and exchanging QSL cards, Sandy is an avid short wave listener (SWL) too.  He also enjoys military radio, propagation theory, scanning, marine radio, UHF/VHF radio and operating on Digi modes.

When he’s not behind a mic working dx or involved in other radio projects, though, DA-RC’s proud 30 div DXer enjoys a   career in cable engineering, Radiolink and Vsat comms.  This latter field refers to a family of satellite systems and apps, where the terminal equipment uses an antenna with a diameter of less than about 4.5m, varying down to about 1.2m.

It’s not surprising then that 30DA019 Sandrino is a bit of an expert in radio engineering with this sort of background, a topic no doubt certain to be discussed in any QSO with him on the band.

To exchange QSL cards with Sandy and obtain one of the amazing double cards for his DXCC designed by 16DA101 Max at ON5UR, please see his coordinations below…

QSL Information:

  • Sandrino, Apartado de Correos 122, E-03725, Teulada, Alicante, Spain