*MEET* 30DA101 Joan

From the Kingdom of Spain in extreme South-western Europe (EU), the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is ecstatic to introduce to you big gun DX Man 30DA101 Joan.

One of the best-known and most knowledgeable Freeband operatives in continental Europe, Joan signs with the DA-RC in early December 2023.

This professional guy has been caught up in radio comms for the past 42 years and is eager to attack the new solar cycle, turning the heat up on DX prospects with his new Delta-Alfa callsign.

History reveals that, during his time in the hobby, 30DA101 Joan has had a rewarding involvement with the Alfa Tango and Sugar Delta clubs respectively.

He’s also been QRV with independent callsigns 30AV040 and, most recently, 30VR101 as which he’s been perhaps best known.

With an incredible 284 DXCC entities confirmed from his home on the Iberian Peninsula, Joan meets DA-RC Membership criteria in the DX Hunter category.

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

Such is responsibility to the global 11m band community in fact, 30DA101 Joan has also played an important role in the past couple of decades, supporting DXpedition teams to achieve their goals, regardless of the club and/or operators involved.

30DA101 Joan’s country, Spain, is bordered to the north by France (14), Andorra (51), and the Bay of Biscay; to the east by the Mediterranean Sea; to the south by Morocco  (107) in Ceuta and Melilla (106), and the United Kingdom in Gibraltar (55); and to the west by Portugal (31) and the Atlantic Ocean.

30DA101 Joan resides in the town of Alboraya, a municipality of the province of Valencia, known for its superb nightlife, rich culture and eating areas.

Situated very close to the city of Valencia, this town was originally a farming community.

These days, however, it has many popular attractions, including the Lladro Museum (family home of the Lladró brothers in Almàssera) and Port Saplaya (built in the 70s and famous for its colourful houses).

Adjacent to La Malvarrosa beach in Valencia, Patacona Beach is another popular attraction on Alboraya’s southern outskirts.

Known for its crystal clear waters and fine sand, locals and tourists flock for swimming, sunbathing, picnics, recreational boating and more.

An interesting fact is the people of Alboraya diverted the flood-prone river to the town outskirts and transformed the riverbed into the wonderful greenery park which winds right through the city.

Located on it are the magnificent and futuristic buildings like Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas which was designed by the Santiago Calatrava.

Besides the other contemporary buildings gracing the place, the town is the home to yummilicious rice dishes like paella.

30DA101 Joan’s gallantry as a DX Hunter is boosted by a formidable DX station…

Yaesu FT-DX10 and FT-710 transceivers with general coverage—coupled with an Acom 1000 amplifier which shoots 1kW and destroys everything in its path—provide the very best artillery on 27 MHz frequencies.

Outside his home, a Vertical 5/8 antenna provides omnidirectional TX capability, reliable enough to ensure he hits the majority of ‘Most Wanted’ dxpedition logs anywhere in the world.

Interestingly, 30DA101 Joan also boasts an impressive remote station.

Ideal for both base station and portable DX applications, a Kenwood TS-480 transceiver, in line with a BQN HF-62 800 watt amplifier, provides additional opportunities in the field when time and WX permits.

Here, a 2 element Delta Loop by SmarTech 27DL2 is an exceptional instrument for DX-success.

A small, lightweight, and high-performing system, the 27DL2 is said to be a low-noise antenna—free from electrostatic noise—with a gain of 12.57dBi @20m.

When he’s not behind the microphone of one of his Yaesu rigs in the comfort of his home shack, 30DA101 Joan enjoys the high adrenalin sport of mountain bike riding.

He also confesses to a love of rock music with hits from icons AC/DC, Metallica, Queen and Tina Turner most likely to be blaring from his speakers.

Another passion of our newest recruit from Spain is travel…

“I’ve visited 35 countries around the world,” says 30DA101 Joan.

“Peru, Argentina, Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia, Canada are just a sample of the places I’ve been too…”

Like most of the world’s serious Freeband DX enthusiasts, 30DA101 Joan inhabits the international call frequency, 27.555 MHz USB.

He’s quick to pounce on any rare DX and well-equipped to blast through any Most Wanted DXpedition pile up from his portable or home base station.

30DA101 Joan is always keen to exchange QSL cards to confirm a contact with this station but prefers to send his card first please.