*MEET* 30DA011 Luis

Introducing licensed ham radio operator and skilled 11m DX practitioner, 30DA011 Luis, in the northeast of the interior of Spain.

From the Iberian Peninsula which stretches south from the mighty Pyrenees Mountains to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is thrilled to welcome popular and well-known guy 30DA011 Luis who connects with our club in early December, 2023.

Inside the Kingdom of Spain, 30DA011 Luis has been involved in radio communications since 1990, guaranteeing his status as one of the most experienced guys in Europe.

History books reveal that Luis is a previous affiliate of the Delta Tango (1990 – 1993) and Sugar Delta clubs (1993 – 2023) respectively.

Over the course of the last 30 plus years, Luis has accumulated 275 DXCC entities which is an incredible feat for any serious DX Hunter on the eleven meter band.

An arrival at the elusive 300 club is high on his agenda during Solar Cycle 25 and with his new Delta-Alfa callsign, Luis is highly motivated to achieve it.

In addition to satisfying stringent DA-RC Membership criteria in the DX Hunter section which demands more than 100 DXCC entities worked and confirmed, 30DA011 Luis also nails down requirements in the DXpeditioner Category as well courtesy of some sublime efforts with a previous club.

See: https://www.delta-alfa.com/about/membership/

Activations from Andorra (51 Division) and—two weeks ago—the Teide Volcano on the island of Tenerife in the Canarias (34 division) are highlights of his dx adventure resume.

30DA011 Luis resides in the town of Sobradiel, a municipality located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon.

Maps show that Zaragoza is traversed by the Ebro river, and thus has a very diverse landscape.

There are particularly attractive spaces such as the Dehesa del Moncayo Nature Reserve and the Las Bardenas World Biosphere Reserve.

30DA011 Luis’ home town—Sobradiel—is said to be home to an impressive selection of attractions and experiences, making it well worth a visit, particularly if you love hiking or cycling adventures as Luis does.

For Castles On The Air (COTA) enthusiasts, the Castle of Miranda is located roughly 10 km from Zaragoza, in the heart of the Castellar mountainous area, above the Juslibol galachos.

Believed to have been built in the 12th century, the castle is now in ruins, but was of great importance in its day for King Alfonso I ‘El Batallador’ who created the strategy to reconquer Zaragoza (in 1118) and consolidate the positions of Juslibol and El Castellar, back in 1105.

As you might expect for a DX juggernaut, the station of 30DA011 Luis parallels favorably the very best DX Hunters in the Freeband DX Community.

A look indoors and you’ll discover a superb station, with cutting edge technology in the form of modern rigs and the very best DX-cessories.

On his benchtop, ICOM IC-7300, Yaesu FT-891 and Anytone 666 transceivers provide ultimate versatility for a range of different applications.

A self-confessed audiophile, 30DA011 Luis’ impressive collection of microphones entails the PR-781 by Heil Sound, the SM-50 by ICOM, the AT-2040 by Audio Technica and the e855 by Sennheiser.

An ACOM amplifier provides up to 1kW of TX power and ensures his signal is always at the forefront of propagation openings with the southwestern European region.

Outside his home in Reino de España are several antennas which provide admission to the world’s best HF band—11m—and all the regular ham bands.

They include a 4 element multiband yagi which works well on 10m, 11m, 15m and 17 m; a home-made multiband long wire; a 10m-80m vertical; and a high performing 2 element delta loop for portable use.

Interestingly, this was designed and constructed by fellow DA member 30DA010 Sergio.

Like many Delta-Alfa guys, 30DA011 Luis enjoys the challenge of portable DX campaigns.

A Sirio turbo 5000 + Wilson 1000 on his vehicle provide access to an abundance of DX from local vantage points when the band is open.

When he’s not calling CQ on any one of the bands or listening for rare DX, 30DA011 Luis loves listening to music.

In fact, not only is he a skilled radio hand, but Luis is also a talented musician—one whom has recorded 4 albums and toured abroad with his band.

“I’ve been a musician all my life,” he says.

“Here’s a YouTube link showing some of my work — Hashima – Tirano – YouTube.”

Another of his 30DA011 Luis’ passions is classic vehicles.

In fact, it’s not unusual to see him with his 1967 Volkswagen beetle on a mountain doing radio, or walking with his Moto Guzzi.

“I love old objects to restore,” he says.

“Not just cars but also hifi audio equipment from the 60s-70s…”

On week days, 30DA011 Luis owns and operates a small business—a pet transport company known as Dog Taxis.

A love of animals ensures it’s a natural fit!

“I really like to make contacts in FM over long distances—especially by extreme QRP with my walkie talkie—and getting amazing contacts,” explains 30DA011 Luis.

“The longest contact I’ve made with a walkie talkie is to Australia (43 division) by the long pass…”

Like the majority of DA-RC members, 30DA011 Luis monitors the international call frequency, 27.555 MHz USB.

To confirm any contact with his station, please send to the coordinations below with the necessary contribution and a self-addressed envelope.


Calle San Antonio 47, 50629, Sobradiel, (Zaragoza), Spain