*MEET* 14DA049 Fred

Champion 11m DX Hunter; experienced DXpeditioner; and licensed ham…

The Dx Adventure Radio Club is proud to introduce to you 14DA049 Fred who connects with the DA-RC in early June, 2009.

Fred resides in France, on the western edge of Europe, bordered by the Bay of Biscay (North Atlantic Ocean) in the west, by the English Channel in the northwest, and by the North Sea in the north.

Fred’s country borders Belgium (16 Division) and Luxembourg (54 Division) in the northeast, Germany (13), Switzerland (15), and Italy (1) in the east, the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco (107), Spain (30) and Andorra (51) in the south.

11m DX databases will confirm that Fred is one of his country’s best known and successful 11m DX Hunters.

One of 14 Division’s most dynamic IOTA and DXCC Hunters, 14DA049 Fred, has confirmed almost 200 DXCC entities and almost 200 of the world’s islands and this will no doubt take of when the propagation of Cycle 25 kicks in.

14DA049 Fred is also an experienced DXpeditioner, having nailed many fantastic dx adventures, to many IOTA DXstinations, over the past decade.

14DA049 Fred’s home QTH is a small commune named Maulévrier in the Maine-et-Loire (Department 49) – one of the original 83 departments in western central France created during the French Revolution.

Maulévrier is in the Pays de la Loire region, 10 km southeast of Cholet, and bordering the department of Deux-Sèvres.

A passionate ICOM man also, who calls the IC-746 his own, one of 14DA049 Fred’s side interests is recording some of his contacts on eleven metres in video format and then uploading them to his special Youtube homepage ( See http://www.youtube.com/14of017fred ).

Outside of the radio communications hobby, 14DA049 Fred’s love of nature and gardening takes centre stage. 

One of Fred’s favourite places, the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, is a beautiful Japanese garden located in Maulévrier which was created between 1899-1913 on the grounds of Château Colbert.

Also on Fred’s radar, the largest Japanese garden in France, the “Jardin Remarquable” contains about 300 plant species, with water features, a bridge, and a pagoda, as well as azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and Japanese maples.

There is also a permanent exhibition of bonsai and ceramics which Fred no doubt adores.

The DA-RC’s big gun French member also describes himself as a ‘bricoleur’ of sorts as he enjoys the challenge of constructing and creating a work from a diverse range of things and then fiddling and tinkering with them to get the best out of it.

It’s this same resourcefulness and creativity 14DA049 Fred applies – not only in everyday membership with our club – but also to the exciting world of dx adventure!


PO Box 15 49360 Maulevrier France