*MEET* 14DA126 Fabrice

Licensed ham. Whole-hearted European pursuer of DX prospects on eleven meter frequencies. Meticulous and applauded Freeband guy…

Our Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is jubilant to acquaint with you, master DX Predator — 14DA126 Fabrice — who resides in République Française.

Situated in northwestern Europe and regarded as one of the major DX markets on the global stage, this DXCC entity is not only home to vibrant cities, architectural genius, stunning landscapes, tantalizing food and culture, but also to some of the world’s best known connoisseurs of multi-band DX.

On this front and adding to our already impressive 14 Division team, 14DA126 Fabrice joins with our marvelous club in mid-August 2023.

We’re delighted to learn that he’s eager to access the enhanced propagation of the new solar cycle by reacquainting himself with the hobby, with DA-RC membership at the forefront of his future dx adventures!

A previous member of the International Radio (IR) and Alfa Tango (AT) clubs respectively, 14DA126 Fabrice is hell-bent on making an imprint in the realm of rare DX with his new Delta-Alfa callsign and adding to his already impressive DXCC kill of more than 100 entities worked and confirmed.

14DA126 Fabrice’s European QTH encompasses fascinating medieval cities, scenic snow-capped alpine villages and stunning surf-spectacular Mediterranean beaches.

Paris, its capital, is famed for its fantabulous fashion houses, its classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower, and so much more.

14DA126 Fabrice resides in Bouvante, a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.

Nestled on the side of the vast Bouvante Valley, at an altitude of 500m, this pretty little town was formerly occupied in the twelfth century by Carthusian monks, a Latin enclosed religious order of the Catholic Church. .

On the subject of the region’s religious history, the Church of the High Bouvante (See pictured far bottom) attracts many visitors each year.

Surrounded by the immense forest of Lente, 14DA126 Fabrice’s village enjoys an exceptional natural setting where flora and fauna coexist with humans in one of the most beautiful forests of France.

Chamois (a very small species of goat-antelope with horns seen pictured left), mountain sheep, and deer inhabit the undergrowth.

Fabrice’s village is also known for its cross-country and downhill skiing, for hiking, as well as its delicious ravioli and picodon — a delicious cheese made from raw goat milk.

When day-to-day tasks are done, 14DA126 Fabrice takes sanctuary in the comfort of his home shack; chilling out with a SWL broadcast, a CQ call on the international call frequency 27.555 USB or a rag chew on anyone of the accepted 27 MHz chat frequencies.

His choice of DX artillery here features an impressive collection of Yaesu transceivers.

On the desk you’ll see an FTDX-3000, an FT-450D, an FT-990, an FT-897 and the complete FT-707 line.

Fabrice also owns a light-weight, expedition friendly TS-870S by Kenwood, which sits alongside a HF-3 Amplifier which helps to jettison his audio into the all corners of the globe.

Fabrice’s collection of antennas outside his home is equally as imposing.

A Spiderbeam, several wire antennas and a 3-element yagi for 11m band work has him primed for chasing DX on all bands.

14DA126 Fabrice is employed as a Professional Land Surveyor, a career which keeps him out and about in the great outdoors and always on the move.

In addition to radio communications, 14DA126 Fabrice confesses a love of analogue photography and aviation.

He’s been collecting WWII militaria pilots uniforms and plastic model airplane kits for 30 years.

Bike rides through the picturesque Bouvante countryside, walks with the dog and rigorous mountain hikes — often for SOTA DX work — and always armed with a 16mm movie camera to capture the experience — are also part of his recreation regime.

Like most DA-RC Members who inhabit the freeband, you’ll find 14DA126 Fabrice often QRV on the international call frequency, 27.555 MHz USB.

He’s always keen for a chat about DIY antennas, propagation theory and other technical aspects if band conditions permit and will gladly exchange QSL cards to confirm a contact with his station.


Fabrice FANTIN, 125 Chemin de Jean Cadet, 26190 BOUVANTE-FRANCE