FOC Condin : Bad Kreuznach : 19-21 May 2023

FOC Condin was held in the historic town of Bad Kreuznach. On the Friday evening we ate at the local Salinenbrau brewery restaurant. On Saturday Armin DK9PY organised a gentle walk around some local hills with spectacular views. The FOC Dinner was attended by 28 in the BC Hotel.

On Sunday we visited Armin DK9PY's contest location a few km out in the countryside. Armin's contest location is possibly unique in that not only are there a number of sturdy self-supporting towers with mono-banders, but that the site itself is on top of a now decommissioned nuclear bunker. As well as taking a stroll around the extensive antenna-farm and visiting Armin DK9PY's impressive contesting shack, the FOC visitors were given a guided tour of the bunker.

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FOC-Condin attendees preparing for a walk : Felix DL5XL, Armin DK9PY, Petra, Heinz DF4BV, Inge, Lies, Anneliese, Wino PA0ABM, Angelika, Arno DL1CW, Klaus DK8EI, Red DL1BUG, Birgit, Antonia, Frans PA0INA and Baldur DJ6SI.
At the FOC Dinner there was also Tof DJ6ZM, Leo DJ7PR, Holger DK4LX, Rudi DK7PE, Petra, Gerry DK8IT, Gail and Ingo DL6LBI.
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Arriving at the hotel in Bad Kreuznach : Felix DL5XL, Leo DJ7PR, Ingo DL6LBI, Arno DL1CW, Armin DK9PY, Petra, DK7PE, Tof DJ6ZM, Wino PA0ABM, Red DL1BUG, Lies, Petra, Inge, Birgit, Klaus DK8EI (and just out of view Heinz DF4BV and Bal DJ6SI). Petra, Rudi DK7PE, Felix DL5XL, Lies, Antonia, Frans PA0INA and Anneliese.
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Heinz DF4BV, Baldur DJ6SI, Antonia and Frans PA0INA FOC Condin walkers admiring the view from Rotenfels
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Armin DK9PY shows the route on the map   Map of walks around Rotenfels   Baldur DJ6SI with his "BM VY 73" Audi
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Antonia and Frans PA0INA The confluence of two rivers in Bad Kreuznach
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Birgit and Anneliese out having ice-caf├ęs in the main square FOC-Condin 2023 organiser Armin DK9PY
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FOC-Condin : one of the two large tables including Bal DJ6SI, Felix DL5XL and others. Around this table : Gail DF8CR xyl of Gerry. Gerry DK8IT, Andreas DK9HE, Heinz DF4BV, Felix DL5XL, Bal DJ6SI, Armin DK9PY, Andy DL3AZ, Ingo DL6LBI, Leo DJ7PR, Frans PA0INA, Antonia and Angelika.
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At this table : Wimo PA0ABM, Petra, Rudi DK7PE, Holger DK4LX, Armin DK9PY, Arno DL1CW, Klaus DK8EI, Lies and Tof DJ6ZM. Rudi DK7PE, Baldur DJ6SI and Nigel G3TXF/OE5TXF. Between them, these three have clocked up quite a few air-miles on DX-Trips.
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Armin DK9PY on one of his many towers   Tof DJ6ZM's "FFB-TU-599" mobile CW station   Rented-out cell-site that helps to pay the bills
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Visiting the decommissioned bunker   Steps leading down into the nuclear bunker   Frans PA0INA plays the bagpipes
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Solar panels in abundance and two towers with monobanders Personalised "CW 599" number-plate : Andreas DK9HE
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Baldur DJ6SI Armin DK9PY
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Klaus DK8EI Red DL1BUG
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FOC-Condin : the contest station car-park during the Sunday visit Armin DK9PY and Tof DJ6ZM
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Two PA0s : Wino PA0ABM and Frans PA0INA Felix DL5XL at the contest station
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Armin DK9PY shows off a power tube watched by Frans PA0INA Armin DK9PY working Bud AA3B during the King-of-Spain contest !
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Guided tour of the decommissioned nuclear bunker under the site of the DK9PY contest station. Two spare towers ! 36m and 24m. Armin DK9PY plans to install the 36m tower with stacked 20-15-10m beams for USA and JA/VK/ZL.
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One of several monobanders at DK9PY   Ten-metre and six-metre monobanders   Railway station ... farewell Condin 2023!