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   AFM from A to Z

      

     Our comments under the headline "AFM from A to Z" are a manifold mixture of explanations to the information being found in our homepage. Nevertheless we have additionally further texts noted in order to cover all character keys. However, our comments should not be confound with a subject index, glossary or similar. The hints in the comments raise no pretension to completeness. They will be sporadically completed, extended, changed or deleted! Proposals for extensions are very welcome to our webmaster.

     In the keyboard below the initial letter of a defined term or an information can be selected by clicking the character with the mouse pointer.

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AFM AFM stands as an abbreviation for Amateurfunkmuseum respectively for Förderverein Amateurfunk e.V.
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AFM Office The office of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. can be contacted via its e-mail address. The postal address is denoted on the Impressum page of the AFM Homepage.
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AK AK stands as an abbreviation for Arbeitskreis (working group) des Fördervereins Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. At present 2 working groups are active in Germany with their working group leaders.
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Annual Report The annual report of the AFM managing board will be reported at the respectively general meeting. In addition the report will also be published in the AFM News.
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Archives From time to time older NEWS will be stored. By activating the button Archives these news can be called up from the front page of our homepage.
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Book Corner In many magazines of the AFM News under the headline Our Book Corner (Unsere Bücher-Ecke) you can find reviews (in German!) on older books about common themes as radio or radio technology or specific as amateur radio. Which books have been presented can exactly be called up under Selection Book Corner (-AUSWAHL BUCHECKE-).
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Book Reviews All the book reviews contained in the AFM News can be downloaded as a PDF file from a table about -BOOKS- on the page Book Corner of our Homepage.
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Blumenau Blumenau is a city in Brazil where our Brazilian members XYL Alda, PP5ASN, and OM Hans, PP5HP/DL1HP, resides. The radio amateurs in Blumenau are very active and provided great help e.g. during the flood disaster 1983 as reported by PP5ASN in a related book. The March Magazine 2001 of the AFM News contains a contribution from Alda, PP5ASN, with an introduction of herself. She is among other things chairwoman of the radio club in Blumenau.
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Bodensee Meeting During the annual Bodensee Meeting the AFM is regularly present at the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen with an own information and exhibition stall.
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Brazil There are also radio amateurs in Brazil being members of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V.
Relevant notes see under Blumenau.
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Broadcast Interview During the exhibition of the AFM at the HAM RADIO 2000 in Friedrichshafen the public broadcast was very interested by an interview in the work and aims of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V.
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Breadbox Breadbox is a very sloppy designation for the all wave radio set E381S from Telefunken. This exhibit owns the inventory number G-651 an is at present in the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen as a loan. The receiver E381S was presented in the February Magazine 1998 of the AFM News with photos, schematic diagrams and tables. Please note that the information is only available in German language!
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Clubstation The Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. disposes of several calls for its club stations. Confirmed contacts with these calls and the the calls of other club stations being members of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. count for the AFM Diploma. Additionally all club stations of the AFM are key stations and count for diplomas which are issued in honour of father Landell de Moura, a pioneer of the first radio experiments.
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Depot The Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. stores its exhibits in an in Grafing. If you stay in the Munich area and want to visit our depot, please make an premature appointment with our depot administrator DG2MAC who is also leader of the Grafing working group.
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Donations Donations in form of money and/or equipment together with its technical documentation are very welcome!
Only with your donations and your active support we can steer for our aims and realize them. Please contact the office manager of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V.
If you want to give equipment to the AFM, please note, that the appropriate technical documentation (above all for home made equipment) are very valuable. They often make a historic appreciation or restoration generally possible. Even than if you don´t want to separate not yet from your equipment, it would be very helpful for the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V., if you could leave a copy of the technical documentation to the AFM.
Think about: Even today still highly up-to-date equipment belongs some time to the radio amateur´s history.
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Dorette With the name Dorette radio amateurs designated a small radio telephone set which was developed late in the 2nd world war. It is supposed that it was the smallest army radio set in Germany. Berlin radio amateurs tuned on several sets the original frequency range from 32 to 38 MHz to the 10 m amateur band. With these modified equipment the mobile radio communication could start in Berlin. More information is contained in the AFM News Magazine 07/2004 and in issue 107/1995 of the "Funkgeschichte (radio history)" of the GFGF.
Please note that the information is only available in German language!
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Downloads The button Downloads on the front page of the AFM Homepage allows to pick up data files in PDF format. They can be viewed on the own PC monitor and printed out on demand.
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E-Mail-addresses on our Homepage In order to reduce the flood of spams our e-mail addresses will be only shown on our Homepage in graphic form. You can copy them from the monitor and insert in your mailing program.
The e-mail addresses cannot be clicked directly!
Thank you for understanding this measure.
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Exhibits A lot of historically particular interesting radio receivers and transmitters are stored in the Grafing depot. Some of it will be presented in the AFM News and in detail described. The exhibits include naturally all the equipment which is used or handled by the radio amateur as transmitters, receivers, microphones, antennas, measuring instruments and similar devices etc.
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Exhibitions The Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. is present at some exhibitions, shows its exhibits and answers the questions asked for the history of amateur radio.
For instance at the HAM RADIO 2000 in Friedrichshafen a big exhibition took place. The February Magazine 2001 of the AFM News reports about that in text an picture. The also very remarkable exhibition of the AFM in the BMPT buildings in Bonn (in 1997 on the occasion of 50 years of post war amateur radio in Germany) is detailed in the October Magazine 1997 of the AFM News.
The AFM provides (on request) regularly selected exhibits to the local radio clubs which will show them during their events. For changing exhibitions a basic supply of exhibits exists.
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Flaggs By clicking on one of the flags on our homepage the translation our texts in another language can be found. For some languages we are looking for translation. Please be so kind as to inform your QSO partners now and then about this.
Naturally we apply for getting further translations. If you self or one of your friends could help us with translating in another language we would be very pleased if you contact our webmaster.
The hitherto in other languages presented translations we got from the following persons:
  • Alda, PP5ASN   ---»  Brazilian text;
  • Peer, SM7MME    ---»  Swedish text;
  • Frits, PA0BEA    ---»  Dutch text;
  • Annika, OH2HSJ    ---»  Finnish text;
  • Maxie, DJ4YL    ---»  Italian text;
  • Gerhard, DL2HN    ---»  English text;
  • Denis, UU9JDR    ---»  Russian text.
Kathrin Burger (the daughter of our AFM manager) has more than only parts of text translated into Spanish.
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German Museum The German Museum in Munich is established with a continuous AFM exhibition and the club station DL0DM. This call sign will be daily activated by members and friends of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. between 11 and 12 hours a.m. on SW and VHF.
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General Meeting The General meeting of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. takes place as a rule annually on the 1st Saturday after Easter. Additionally an unconstrained meeting of the friends and members of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. happens mostly on the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen.
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HAM RADIO During the annual HAM RADIO held in Friedrichshafen the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. is regularly present with an own information and exhibition stall. Specific selected exhibits corresponding with the actual theme or motto will be shown.
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Hints The term Hint (in German = HINWEIS) will be found on some pages of our homepage. It is framed with a coloured background (mostly left above on the related page). By clicking the frame box with the mouse a text field opens with additional information:
E.g. on the page concerning the membership to the Förderverein Amateurfunk-museum e. V. you get an explanation how to download the statutes of the AFM as a PDF file or on the Book Corner page you also will find a hint for downloading one of the book reviews.
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Homepage We assume that you are studying our homepage very intensive at the moment. If you like to have more further hints included please contact our webmaster by e-Mail or write him a letter to his postal address.
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homemade Radio amateurs are permitted to arrange or build their by themselves. Self made equipment will therefore be called home made.
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Home made Equipmemnt Equipment and devices of their radio stations which have been constructed and built by the radio amateur themselves will be designated as "home made". The depot of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. contains many of such home made equipment which represent the according technical level, the special skills and know-how of the radio amateurs and their specific developments.
The AFM Magazine 07/2004 describes among other things a home made receiver from the year 1953 and a home made transmitter from 1957. A lot of home made equipment and devices can be inspected in the AFM depot in Grafing.
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IRC IRC IRCs is the abbreviation for so called international reply coupon. The have a value equal to the postage of a reply letter. Often the radio amateur uses IRCs when submitting a diploma application to the diploma manager.
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Japan Unfortunately no Japanese radio amateur has asked for a membership in the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. up to now.
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Judgment The judgement of the LG Hamburg (Ref.Nr. 312 O 85/98 NJW-CoR 1998, 302 NJW 1998, 3650) form 12th May 1998 has decided that a homepage provider who direct to a link possibly is also responsible for the content of the link pages. This can only be prevented - so the district court (LG Hamburg) - that the homepage provider dissociate explicitly from these contents.
Herewith the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. dissociates explicitly from all contents of all links listed on its homepage and declares that it is not conform with all these link contents.
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Keys We assume that you have greatly used the letter keys on our homepage. If you like to view the Morse keys used by radio amateurs which are stored as exhibits and in pictures you shall call up the rubric Exhibits.
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Key stations Call signs of radio amateurs which count for a specific diploma will be designated as key stations. This diploma has been issued by the Ordem de Radioamadores Padre Roberto Landell de Moura for SWLs and radio amateurs.
The diploma was designed and illustrated by Murillo Sousa Reis, PY2AJN. In Austria this diploma will be managed by OM Ingo Koenig, OE2IKN. In Germany and other countries OM Heinz Marhoff, DK8DY, in Dortmund is reponsible. Both OMs dispatches the AFM diploma announcement and member list on request and SASE. All AFM club call signs count as key stations for this diploma.
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Links Links are directions to other interesting pages in the internet. The connection to these pages can be immediately performed by clicking the underlined link information with the mouse. At present we intentionally have no page installed containing a collection of links. The from our sight relevant link information are denoted within the texts of our homepage. If the connection to the selected link is not possible or an error message comes up please inform our webmaster.
In general for all links the judgement of the LG Hamburg (Ref.Nr. 312 O 85/98 NJW-CoR 1998, 302 NJW 1998, 3650) form 12th May 1998 has to be observed!
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Meetings During the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen an unconstrained meeting of the friends and members of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. we will be arranged. The date for this event we publish as a rule on our homepage under the rubric NEWS as well as in the appointment calendar of the actual issue of the AFM News Magazine.
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Membership in AFM A membership in the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. offers the following in the AFM advantages:
- the supply of the AFM News
- contacts to like-minded people
- the possibility to participate in the club activities
- the possibility to work with our club call signs
- and the permission to give out points for the AFM diploma

But above all there is the certainty to support a good business of public utility. This all you (and we) will get for an annual fee of 23.- Euro. Admission applications can be ordered at the AFM management office or can be downloaded as a PDF file.
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Morse keys Morse keys are one of the important accessories of the radio station of each radio amateur. In the AFM depot in Grafing many different designs and constructions of Morse keys can be admired. In the March Magazine 1999 of the AFM News DJ8CR presented his collection of Morse keys.
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Museums Some museums in the inland and foreign countries are members of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. and are closely bound up with the AFM. If you want to visit one of theses museums you will find more information on our page Partner museums of the AFM.
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News Our AFM News are the official magazine of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. In that we report about the history of the amateur radio, the events and activities of the club, describe radio equipment, review books etc.
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Packet Radio We are also reachable via packet radio. Actual club information will be set up by Juergen Huebe, DL6HCJ@DB0AGM in the rubric AFM of the digipeaters. For a participation on an AFM QSO party on shortwave a previous announcement with OM Peter Lehrke, DK4HP, via packet radio or e-mail (dk4hp@darc.de) is recommended since these parties do not take place at present due to low attendance.
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Parabolic Antenna The March Magazine 1996 of the AFM News shows as the cover picture a parabolic antenna of one meter diameter, built by OM Michael Gessner, DL1EI, in 1975 for the frequency range from 1250 to 1300 MHz (23 cm band). This antenna is shown in the continuous AFM exhibition of the AFM in the German Museum in Munich.
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PDF Format In our homepage we offer some files (as book reviews, admission applications etc.) in the PDF format. The appropriate files can be downloaded, viewed on the Monitor via Adobe Reader and printed out on demand.
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Q groups Q groups are not so of interest on our homepage as they are for active radio amateurs. To occupy the key Q of our keyboard we would be very pleased if we get some proposals which other terms we could use in this place.
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Radio Amateurs For us as well as for the posterity it is very interesting and exciting to learn and to record how the radio amateurs have found to their hobby. In its workshop "My way to the first QSO" in the beginning of 1999 the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. requested all radio amateurs to write down all their very personal memoirs and to provide them to us. The reports sent to us have been and will be published in our AFM News.
Reader´s Letter The editorial office of the AFM News wants to print reader´'s letters in each issue of the magazine, but unfortunately only very less letters come in. May be that there is a better chance by email.
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SAL SAL is an abbreviation for Self Addressed Label and consists of a sticker (self adhesive label) with your own postal address. The sending in of a SAL should always be combined with a sufficient return postage. Due to the actual postage costs a request without return postage will mostly be felt as an unreasonable demand. In the most cases a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) including postage or SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) is not so useful since the normal (small) envelope is mostly to small for the format of the AFM News, diploma announcement or member lists.
Therefore as a rule the notation please send only SAL and return postage should be observed!
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Selection The title pages of the hitherto published magazines of the AFM News and a short listing of the content can be selected under Selection AFM Magazines within a menu. In accordance to this the books commented and reviewed in the AFM Magazines can be selected under Selection Book Corner. However, the function of the selection will only be ensured if JAVA is installed.
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Statutes of the AFM The statutes of the AFM can be downloaded from members and interested people as the AFM a PDF file from here or on the page Membership in the AFM. By clicking the hint frame box with the mouse the remark depending the statutes will be indicated.
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Spacelab About Spacelab or, more exactly, the activities of the radio amateurs during the D1 mission the AFM News reports in the Deczember Magazine 1999.
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Sticker Formerly members of the AFM could order stickers which pointed together with the AFM Logo and the member number to the AFM membership. In the meantime these stickers have been replaced by a stamp which can be ordered at the AFM management office.
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Stamp Members of the AFM can order a stamp with the AFM logo and the own member number at the AFM management office.
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Traffic House Luzern (CH) The so called traffic house in Luzern, Switzerland, is more than a museum. Luzern (CH) Very interesting was the club station HB9O, located in the hall "communication 1", which was established in co-operation with the union of the Switzerland radio amateurs (USKA) and the PTT (Swiss post, telegraph and telephone authority).
However, in January 2007 the club station HB9O must close since the hitherto hall "communication 1" has been pulled down and replaced in 2009 by a new hall with a new exhibition concept.
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Thumbnail Scanned photographs are normally too large for the Internet. To avoid lengthy transfers we use reduced preview pictures. Due to their size they are named as thumbnails. If you click on the preview picture your Browser will magnify this image. Samples will be shown in our exhibit collection.
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Webmaster To contact the webmaster of the AFM homepage please send an e-Mail or a postal letter.
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XYL Many licensed ladies (Yls and XYLs) are active members of the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V. and with their help and work they support the aims and tasks of the AFM in a honorary way.
Note: YL means young lady, whereas XYL means a married (young) lady
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YL Note: YL means young lady, whereas XYL means a married (young) lady.
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Last not least Unter Last not least we point again to the following information:
If you want to give any equipment to the AFM, please note, that the appropriate technical documentation (above all for home made equipment) are very valuable. They often make a historic appreciation or restoration generally possible. Even than if you don´t want to separate not yet from your equipment, it would be very helpful for the Förderverein Amateurfunkmuseum e. V., if you could leave a copy of the technical documentation to the AFM.
Think about: Even today still highly up-to-date equipment belongs some time to the radio amateur´s history.
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