*MEET* 14DA079 Merry

Inside a DXCC famous for its spectacular medieval cities, alpine villages and spectacular Mediterranean beaches—and of course as a fusion of 11m DX character—our Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is honored to introduce to you prodigious DX Man 14DA079 Merry.

Ask anyone and our new member from the esteemed French Republic is regarded around the globe as a leading Freeband and Ham Radio operator; as well as being a friendly and approachable guy.

In fact, he’s one of the best known and most decorated DX Hunter guys in the northern hemisphere!

History reveals that 14DA079 Merry (Seen pictured right) has been QRV on 27 MHz frequencies since 1981; attacking DX from Triple 5 at every possible opportunity and with much success.

With more than 40 years’ experience then, he brings a great deal of hobby knowledge and DX proficiency to the DA-RC membership community.

14DA079 Merry links with our club in late January, 2024, at the beginning of Solar Cycle 25 and an exciting period for all Freeband combatants.

Merry’s rep as one of his country’s leading DX stalkers has been constructed through past involvement with the Delta Tango, Florida Alfa Tango and Alfa Tango clubs respectively; and more recently, the Delta-Xray radio club.

Cluster archives confirm that 14DA079 Merry is one of the most successful Freeband DX Hunters in Europe with 279 Divisions accumulated in the past 43 years.

He therefore satisfies DA-RC Membership conditions via the DX Hunter category — See https://www.delta-alfa.com/about/membership/ 

He looks forward to accomplishing the elusive 300 mark in the not so distant future with his new Delta-Alfa callsign.

According to the world atlas, Metropolitan France shares borders with Belgium (16 Division) and Luxembourg (54 Division) to the north, Germany (13 Division) to the north east, Switzerland (15 Division) to the east.

Italy (1 Division) and Monaco (107 Division) are its  southeast neighbors, while Andorra (51 Division) and Spain (30 Division) are to the south.

‘L’hexagone’ (France’s nickname) also has a maritime border with the United Kingdom to the north west and, for this reason, is an ideal launch pad for dxpedition work to islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

14DA079 Merry is a resident of Loublande, a small and tranquil village of the Deux-Sèvres department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France.

Located northwest of Deux-Sèvres, on the border of the neighbouring departments of Maine-et-Loire and Vendée, Merry’s QTH is located halfway between Cholet and Mauléon.

It’s a place of farming where wheat, oats, potatoes, apples, walnuts, beetroot and wine.

14DA079 Merry has amassed a versatile station which meets the limitations of his neighborhood in French suburbia.

Centerpiece is a FT-2000 transceiver by Yaesu, enhanced by a HF-62 solid state linear amplifier which does an impressive 700-800 Watts.

For portable work, Merry’s choice of transceiver is a Yaesu FT-897 amateur HF/VHF/UHF transceiver.

High above his residence are 2 antennas that satisfy the demands of Freeband DX work.

Providing elite omnidirectional performance, an Antron 99 vertical antenna by Solarcon—combined with the GPK1 (Groundplane Kit 1)—is erected high above the rooftop of his home.

Additionally, a DXSR 611 antenna provides exceptional directional proficiency.

As well as being a decorated IOTA and DXCC Hunter, 14DA079 Merry is an experienced DXpeditioner; a guy who has delivered several DIFM and IWI islands activities in recent years.

He looks forward to smashing out some exciting dxpedition initiatives in the coming years under the DA banner!


55 La Plaine 79700 Loublande, France