My interest on radiocommunications started in the late
1977, I recall listening to the radio at the HF
frequencies used by ships, Commercial Broadcasting,
Citizens Band (CB) and much more.
First, I started in the CB because the current colombian
regulations for ham radio at the time, required minimum
age of 18 to hold a radio amateur license.
When I started my Mechanical Engineering studies in
1981, I distanced myself from the radio, but finally in
1984 I obtained my first license as HK1KYR-N (N for
Novice), quickly I upgraded my license to 2nd category
and later to first category.
Since the beginning, my favorite transmission mode has
been CW. In 1986 I participated in my first DXpedition,
it was 5J0FRC, Gorgona Island in the Colombian Pacific
My interest in contesting started in 1987, I got the
first place world in the ARRL DX CW in the SOSB 15M
category that year.
In 1990 I got married with my beautiful wife, Mónica (some
of my friends call her “Mónica 1”) and then Mónica (A.K.A.
“Mónica 2”), my beatiful daughter was born that same
year. My job, the new responsibilities and other
interests reduced my ham radio activity.
In the year 2009, my friend David, HK1A (then HK1KXA)
asked me to let him install in the farm where HK1NA is
located now, a system of three elements vertical Yagis
to test during the CQWW contests. The fantastic
propagation conditions found there got me interested and
that’s how I ended back in the contest arena competing
in the CQWW CW that year on 15 m SOSB HP, working 900
QSOs with a single GP antenna with two wire radials
installed on a cattle corral fence. This got me really
motivated, and that's how I decided together with my ham
radio old friends, Jim HK1N, Sal HK1T, Pedro HK1X and
David HK1A, to build a world-class contest station.
In 2010 I Got my Extra-Class license and changed my 26
years old call HK1KYR for HK1R
That year (2010) the same group of friends founded the
DX COLOMBIA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.
In 2012 I returned to the DXpeditions, organizing and
participating in the Malpelo Island DXpedition, HK0NA.
In 2014 I had to honor of participating in the Amsterdam
island DXpedition, FT5ZM
Many Ham radio contests, adventures and friends have
ocurred along my life; I will share with you all my
experiences in this web site.
JORGE L. PRIETO
5J0FRC Team Member
HK1NA Team Member
HK0NA Team Member
FT5ZM Team Member