*MEET* 3DA101 Carlos

The Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is pleased to introduce to you 3DA101 Carlos, in the Federative Republic of Brazil, who links with our club in mid January, 2020.

Not only is Brazil the largest producer of coffee in the world, but it’s also one of the largest producers of outstanding quality radio operators.

On this note, 3DA101 Carlos is one of the most acclaimed 11m band community members in South America, a reputation he’s carved in stone through almost 50 years involvement in the hobby with only  a small number of clubs (e.g. Maik Uniform, Sugar Delta, International Radio).

“I met my first radio in 1971 when I was in the Brazilian army,” explains Carlos.

“I’m 11 meters since 1985, but I started DX only in 1996 when I joined a local DX group called Southern Union DX Group…”

3DA101 Carlos is a man of many talents and much experience…

As a successful DX Hunter, he’s worked and confirmed more than 200 DXCC, easily qualifying him for DA-RC Membership in the ‘DX Hunter Category’.  (See http://www.delta-alfa.com/about/membership/)

He’s also practiced in the area of DXpedition work of which our club is famous, having undertaken IOTA DX work from Santa Catarina Island (SA-026).

Impressively, Carlos also meets DA-RC membership criteria in the ‘DX Group Leadership’ Category’ through previous ‘Country Coordinator’ work with International Radio (IR).

Others confirm that he’s a great communicator with a natural administrative flair.

3DA101 Carlos was born in the city of Santiago, in the central west region of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazil.

It’s known as the “City of Poets”.

These days, however, the state of Santa Catarina, in the South Region of Division 3, is Carlos’s home QTH.

With a long Atlantic coastline and several island DXstinations, Santa Catarina is known for its stunning sandy beaches and picturesque mountains.

One of the most visited regions, Grande Florianópolis is where the capital Florianópolis is located and its neighbour cities as well.

Only 30 Km away from here, the City of Santo Amaro da Imperatriz is a very interesting mix of opportunities in tourism and this is where you’ll find 3DA101 Carlos, monitoring the bands daily and chasing the illusive rare DX.

“Imagine a small and welcoming city,” says Carlos, “where you can participate in radical adventures, relax in wonderful hot springs, get to know picturesque facts of Brazilian history and enjoy the delights of local gastronomy, with the affectionate homemade taste!”

With 63% of the territory covered by the Atlantic Forest and designed by mountains, rivers and waterfalls, this city is a true imperial natural treasure.

3DA101 Carlos will confirm that the region has rural sceneries, beautiful beaches, dunes, rivers, lots of entertainment options and incredible thermal springs.

It’s also where the Azorean culture had more influence in Brazil.

The thermal waters, with recognized therapeutic and relaxing properties, bring tourists from different places in the world, during all the months of the year.

The Festa do Divino Espírito Santo (Divine Holy Spirit Party) is the main religious celebration of the Florianópolis Region.

The Festa do Milho (Corn Festival) is another important festival of Santo Amaro, representative of the eclectic experiences available in this area .

Speaking of adventure, Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, according to 3DA101 Carlos, “is an explosion of activities!”

Rafting, Waterfall Rappelling, Trekking, Guided Trails, Thematic Adventures, Bow and Arrow, Target Shooting, Free Flight, Skydiving, Gliding, Trekking, Cascading, Tyrolean, Canoeing, Fishing, Mountain Bike, Bird Watching and more.

Other appealing features of 3DA101 Carlos’s local area include the Red River Waterfall, the Caldas da Imperatriz Water Park, the Emperor’s Cachaça Alembic and Badenia & Black Belt Breweries, the Cambirela Mountain Trail and the Ponte Hercílio Luz bridge (See above) which links the island of Santa Catarina to the mainland.

Above the roof of his home, a 4 element Delta-Loop (See pictured) delivers an impressive signal to all corners of the globe.

Behind closed doors, a variety of Ham and CB transceivers (e.g. Kenwood, Alinco, Furuno, Voyager, etc.) adorn the table-top, all competing for air time.

3DA101 Carlos is usually QRV on the International Call Frequency, 27.555 MHz USB, calling “CQ” or standing bye for DX calls.

You might also work him from one of the islands off the mainland’s coast in the Santa Catarina (Centre, North & South) IOTA Groups in the future, immersed in dx adventure.


Carlos Alberto Bento da Silva

Carlota Ana Costa Street 91

CP 88140-000

Santo Amaro da Imperatriz

SC Brazil