*MEET* 69DA961 Jorge

The vibrant Republic of Costa Rica in Central America is home to skilled DX technician, licensed ham and passionate Freeband IOTA Hunter 69DA961 Jorge.

Jorge joins with the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) in January 2019, quenching membership benchmarks in the ‘DX Leadership’, ‘Dxpedition’ and ‘DX Hunter’ categories respectively.

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

69DA961 Jorge’s DXCC is bordered by Nicaragua (126 Division) to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama (24) to the southeast, the Pacific to the southwest, and Ecuador (61) to the south of Cocos Island.

Jorge’s home QTH is ‘Puriscal’, a mountain town about an hour west (41 km) of San Jose.

The 4th canton in the province of San José, its name in Spanish means ‘flower of the common bean’.

Puriscal is known for its ‘perfect WX’ which makes outdoor dx adventure very enjoyable.

It’s also famous for its coffee and tobacco farms. In fact, Santiago de Puriscal gained fame for its cigar manufacturing and coffee production.

A pioneer of ecotourism, Costa Rica draws many tourists to its extensive series of national parks and other protected areas.

According to Jorge, the mountains in this area are beautiful although it’s one of the areas most affected by deforestation.

Like many DA-RC guys, 69DA961 Jorge builds antennas for radio amateur, Freeband and DTV (Digital television) use.

On 27 MHz frequencies, his home crafted DX weapon is a 4 element cubical quad, in the Cubex kind, called a Magnum 4CB — made especially for 27.555 MHz.

With a massive 14+ dBi gain and a front to back ratio of  >26dB, this rugged all WX construction has a 15 foot long boom and is in Diamond configuration.

69DA961 Jorge’s shack has a strong Kenwood brand presence.  TS-680s and TS-140s transceivers feature on the bench with a Kenwood TL 9221 KW amplifier providing extra punch.

Other highlights include a Realistic HTX-100 rig for 10/11 meter only USB-CW and a Heathkit SB-220 1.5 KW amplifier for use on 10/11 meters.

In the Radio amateur World, Jorge loves the challenge of working very short distance contacts via the silent zone and tropospheric bounce — sometimes openings, medium and long path DX.

“I enjoy the contacts with Pacific an Asia countries,” he explains.

“I have a radio amateur licence also and enjoy contacts on 160, 20 and 10 meter bands…”

Jorge is admired for his work in the Sugar Delta Club in which his callsign was 69SD100, as well as the Bravo Yankee (BY) Club with the callsign 69BY571.

On top of QSL Managerialship work, his 11m beacons (69BY/BCN), for instance, were long considered excellent on-air resources for DX Hunters.

In 2011, Jorge undertook an IOTA dxpedition to Venado Island where he was QRV as 69BY/NA116.

Venado is an isle in the Gulf of Nicoya with a population of about 1100 inhabitants, mostly fishermen and farmers.

Jorge was also part of a successful ham team TE8X that was QRV from the same island.

He is also into Summits on the Air (SOTA), an activity which involves transporting radio equipment by foot to a mountain summit for the purpose of radio operations.

When he’s not in the shack hunting elusive DX, 69DA961 Jorge enjoys taking trips around the country in his Jeep 4X4 vehicle or on his motorcycle.

He likes to ‘chill out’ listening to music and is always tinkering with bizarre electronic experiments such as earthquake detectors, type inverted pendulum with electronic alarms to pass the time.

Jorge’s country, Costa Rica, is renowned for its efforts to embrace renewable energy.

It also began reversing deforestation in the 1990s, well ahead of most other Central American countries.

On this note, one of 69DA961 Jorge’s interests is experimenting with green energy devices.

Hydrogen cells, wind power, solar panels, solar water heater, electric vehicles are alternative energy sources or appliances from fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Not only is Costa Rica one of the most eagerly sought after of Central America DXCC on ham and 11m bands, off the air it’s the most visited nation in the region, with almost 3 million foreign visitors each year.

On 11m, listen for 69DA961 Jorge on the international call frequency 27.555 MHz USB.

You’ll also hear him on other HF bands when propagation permits, calling “CQ, DX” or working global stations.

No doubt a visit to one of the nearby offshore islands during Cycle 25  will also be on the cards!


Jorge Eduardo Hernandez
La Mariposa site
Barbacoas, Puriscal  C.P. 6000,
Costa Rica, Centro America