*MEET* 91DA017 Hendro

From the rugged Indonesian province of East Java, on Java Island, resides Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) member 91DA017 Hendro who unites with our club in mid-December, 2020.

A serious and knowledgeable guy, experienced in working dx from the field, 91DA017 Hendro is a licensed ham operator whom is also committed to chasing DX on the world’s premier HF platform, eleven meters.

Hendro achieves DA-RC membership through the pathway of ‘DXCC worked and confirmed’ (See http://www.delta-alfa.com/about/membership/).

His DXCC Hunter targets were achieved as a previous member of the Radio Sierra November (RSN) group in which his QRZ was 91RSN2000.

Referenced as OC-021 in accordance with the World IOTA Program, 91DA017 Hendro’s island home is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the south and the Java Sea on the north (See https://www.iota-world.org/islands-on-the-air/iota-groups-islands/group/781.html)

This IOTA entity, also an excellent launch pad to several of the archipelago’s most wanted IOTA dxstinations, is southeast of Malaysia (58/113 Divisions) and Sumatra (OC-143), south of Borneo (Kalimantan) (OC-088), and west of Bali (OC-022).

91DA017 Hendro’s province, East Java, borders the Java Sea in the north, the Strait of Bali in the east, the Indian Ocean in the south, as well as the Central Java province in the west.

His city here is known as ‘Malang’ and it’s located in the middle of Malang Regency on the south side of the Island.

The third largest city by economy in East Java, after Surabaya and Kediri, Malang is passed by one of the longest rivers in 91 Division, the Brantas River whose source is located on the slopes of Mount Arjuno in the northwest of the city.

According to Google Earth, the city of Malang is surrounded by mountains and mountain ranges — exciting Summits On The Air (SOTA) possibilities — which include Mount Arjuno in the north; Mount Semeru to the east; Mount Kawi and Mount Butak in the west; Mount Kelud in the south and the active volcano of Mount Bromo (See pictured above left), about 25 km east of the city.

Seen here, pictured left, 91DA017 Hendro has a love of nature and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family and friends.

Local forests, mountains, beaches, and rivers are some of his family faves.

As a center of tourism, Malang has various places of interest, none more prominent than relics of the Kingdom of Kanjuruhan period.

Ancient buildings such as the Borobudur Buddhist temple, Kayutangan church, Tugu Malang (Alun-alun Bundar) and Ijen cathedral, which has gothic architecture, attract plenty of visitors.

Malang also holds various events to preserve its cultural heritage, with one being the Malang Tempo Doeloe Festival.

Traditional dance performances include Tari Topeng (Mask Dance), Jaranan Pegon (Divine Horse Dance), Tari Beskalan (Beskalan Dance), Tari Bedayan Malang (Welcome Guests Dance), Tari Grebeg Wiratama (Soldier’s Fame Dance) and more.

On the word of Hendro, there’s also ‘Topeng’ or mask handicraft in the villages of Jabung and Kedungmonggo, which have become a familiar landmark in Malang Regency.

In addition to its rich and colourful cultural tapestry, Malang is also well-known as an educational city.

According to his membership application, 91DA017 Hendro studied Information Technology (IT) at the National Institute of Technology in Malang and there are two other prominent universities in the city.

Football is considered a second religion in Malang and Hendro is a big fan.

The city is home to Arema FC, a popular football club in Indonesia which is also known in the AFC for its internationally acclaimed achievements.

In his downtime, 91DA017 Hendro enjoys the taste of traditional foods and Malang is famous for its culinary prowess.

Traditional Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Arab and European dishes are all available near his home QTH with Pecel rice, Krawu rice and Trancam Rice among his favourite dishes.

Culinary tourism in the city is mixed with the Malang Tempo Doeloe Festival and a variety of ancient culinary offerings, ranging from cenil, putu, to grendul, are sold.

91DA017 Hendro’s station includes a classic Kenwood TS-680 transceiver, which has the added bonus of providing 6m coverage, plus numerous DXcessories.

Pictured below (pre-installation), a 3 element delta-loop, which is not only a great transmitting antenna but a low noise receiving antenna also, is installed on a mast outside his shack and this impressive horizontally polarised antenna ensures his signal is always a prominent one on 27 MHz frequencies.

As is customary for Indo-Pacific operators, 91DA017 Hendro is QRV daily on his nation’s chat frequency 27.305 MHz USB which is always a hub of island dx action.

Like most DA-RC Members, he’s also active on the International Call Frequency, 27.555 MHz USB, calling “CQ DX” or listening for interesting stations from any one of the classified DX regions, OC, EU, AF, AS or the Americas.


Hendro Supriyanto, Perumahan Puri Dampit Permai Blok C3-21 Dampit Malang 65181 Indonesia