Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, has been appointed as the new DARC honorary member. This was announced by DARC chairman Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, at the virtual conference of the Amateur Council - replacing the cancelled General Assembly - on the 13th. November announced. OM Meinzer developed enthusiasm for amateur radio at a young age. At the age of 17, he obtained amateur radio approval in 1957.

He passed the Abitur along with physics studies and completed his doctorate. He spent his professional life at the University of Marburg, here especially in the development laboratory for electronics until his retirement in 2005. The rooms of the ZEL were also the seat of the AMSAT-DL. Numerous OSCAR satellites were created in the laboratories in Marburg: AO-10, AO-13, AO-21, AO-40. Phase 3E is de facto completed, but is still waiting for a suitable starting opportunity.

A special operating system works in all satellites built by the AMSAT-DL, on which OM Meinzer has played a significant role. Meinzer does not skimp on sharing his expertise and so he is still in close contact with the board of AMSAT-DL today.

It is not surprising that DJ4ZC was one of the first radio amateurs to work over QO-100. In addition, Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer on further technical radio tests. He was obsessed with testing whether you can inflect radio signals on the planet Venus. In fact, he succeeded with 5 kW to 2.4 GHz, including a water-cooled magnetron. Especially for these tests, he had a special permit from the Federal Network Agency.

But he also succeeded in an astonishing way in earlier years: As early as 1964, he set a track record of 70 cm, between his then hometown of Iserlohn and Switzerland. And even then he was on 433 MHz EME QRV and sparked with Puerto Rico. He is one of the few classic cars that keeps pace with modern technology, explains Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG. “There are only three Keplerian laws, in which everything can be done,” OM Meinzer explained once, says DL3MBG.

Unfortunately, he is reluctant to present his skills, but the AMSAT Board always likes to rely on his expertise, says the DARC chairman who subsequently gave him all the best for the 82nd wishes for a birthday. The DARC unanimously decided to give you honorary membership for the merits.

“I am pleased to welcome you as a new honorary member,” concludes DL3MBG. DJ4ZC thanks you with a stir. My life has always been characterized by amateur radio. However, the services were sometimes only possible by other people, explains OM Meinzer touched. I hope to be able to continue to contribute to amateur radio and DARC in the future. Unfortunately, communication behavior in society has changed. So it is a challenge for the DARC. However, I hope that technology will regain more importance.

Ultimately, amateur radio must prove that it is useful for society, says Prof. Dr. Meinzer in conclusion.

NOTE: translated online, apologies for any language discrepancies