*MEET* 161DA015 Janusz

From the picturesque lowlands of Central Europe, the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is thrilled to introduce to you distinguished Ham and 27 MHz DX Hunter, and experienced DXpedition enthusiast 161DA015 Janusz.

Irregularly circular in shape, Janusz’s country, Poland (161 Division), is bordered to the north by the Baltic Sea, to the northeast by Russia (50) and Lithuania (311), and to the east by Belarus (317) and Ukraine (315).

If the hobby’s various cluster services are anything to go by then the Republic of Poland is arguably the perfect springboard for DX and hosts some of the world’s best DX Men!

A former member of the Alfa Tango and Sugar Delta clubs respectively, Janusz brings a wealth of hobby experience into the DA-RC (a club catering for both hams and serious 11m DXers) in which he joins in June 2024.

As a licensed amateur radio operator, and one whom is active across several bands, Janusz has accumulated more than 310 entities in the past 20 years.

Amazingly, he’s nearing the magical 300 mark on 11m also with 276 DXCC to his name, a magnificent achievement indeed and one which sees him in the top echelon of DX Hunters on this mega-exciting band.

Such stats easily qualify Janusz for DA-RC membership via the DX Hunter category – See https://www.delta-alfa.com/about/membership/ .

Not only is 161DA015 Janusz well-equipped for DX-ploits from his home station, but he’s also well-versed in field work from some of Poland’s most fascinating Lighthouses.

One of those is the Stilo Lighthouse (See above and right) which is referenced as POL-017 by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS).

This magnificent maritime structure, which overlooks woodland below, was built in 1904 on the coast of the Baltic Sea, close to the village of Sasino in the district of Gmina Choczewo.

See http://wlol.arlhs.com/lighthouse/POL17.html

From its world-famous cuisine to vibrant cities, Poland is full of scenic natural landscapes, captivating historic sites, cultural artefacts and much more.

In addition to being one of the 11m band’s biggest European DX markets, Poland is home to the world’s biggest castle.

Constructed in the 13th century, the Malbork Castle (Seen pictured above) is a stunning example of medieval architecture.

Janusz’s country is also the birthplace of Vodka, home to one of the world’s oldest salt mines, and also to the oldest restaurant in Europe, the ‘Piwnica Swidnicka’.

Located in the heart of Wrocław’s Market Square, in the historic Gothic cellars of the Old Town Hall, the grandmother of all Wrocław restaurants reportedly opened back in 1275 and continues to cater for those who crave good food and beer.

According to the DA-RC Membership Directory, 161DA015 Janusz resides in the northern part of the country, in historic Eastern Pomerania.

In modern times, it’s a region renowned for beautiful lakes and stunning architecture, including churches, cathedrals and museums.

Historically, however, it’s an area notorious for Carthusian monk monasteries and, sadly, the assassination of priests, teachers, policemen, activists by German military invaders in World War II.

During this time, the province was also part of the German empire before being restored to Polish rule when it was recaptured by the Red Army at the end of the war.

For any guy either nudging the elusive 300 barrier or surpassing it on several bands, you’d expect a world class station, capable of excessing the most remote corners of the globe, in even the most challenging of conditions.

On this note, 161DA015 Janusz doesn’t disappoint…

Atop his benchtop, is a modern FT-3000 DX transceiver by Yaesu, a Japanese brand of amateur radio equipment, founded as Yaesu Musen Co., Ltd in 1959 by a Japanese radio amateur Sako Hasegawa.

With a built-in antenna tuner, full colour TFT Display and 100 watts of clean power, this elite-class HF transceiver provides Janusz with exceptional performance both on transmit and receive on 160 through 6 Meters in SSB, CW, FM, AM and Digital modes.

At just 22 pounds, this rig is also suitable for dx adventure!

For ham work, Janusz employs a multiband vertical which caters for 80-40-20-15-12m.

Whilst this antenna is also resonant on the 10 and 11m bands, installation of a 5 element yagi is planned for the not-so-distant future.

As well as radio comms, 161DA015 Janusz has several interests that have provided the perfect distraction to his 25-year employment as a Telecommunications Operator and, more recently, as one of the city’s Water Supply Operators.

These include Olympic Games sports, in addition to rock music.

He also enjoys travel and all the trimmings which go with it such as sightseeing, hiking, shopping, spending time by the water and more!

161DA015 Janusz, like the majority of DA-RC Members whom inhabit the 11m band, monitors the international call frequency, 27.555 MHz USB, where his CQ calls are common place in the busy EU DX community.

He’s available for QSL exchange via the details below and can be contacted on DX clusters and several social media platforms such as Facebook to discuss the trade of details.


Via Mickiewicza 4 83-300 Kartuzy Poland