supporting amateur radio friends in Ukraine

short summary: let this sink in, while you read:
10.000 € donations collected by DM9EE Paypal: carstendauer@carstendauer.de
32.000 USD donations collected by K1DG poisson d’avril
maybe 2000 kg of radios, powerbanks, solar pack, first aid shipped to Ukraine
countless hours spent in packing, helping with documents, going to authorities etc….

so I came back from the ukrainian border with 4 ukrainians and a cat ;-)….. Maryna, Katya, Alona, Valentyn and the cat: Sonja
First day, we made a small city tour, showing them how my hometown Holzminden is like.

13.3.2022 Lüchtringen
DL1QQ’s brass band performing Ukrainian Hymn… this performance was done by many, if not all, bands in Germany on that sunday at 5 PM

15.3.2022 Going to the town hall for registration….. I didn’t know, that we still had to do an online appointment beforehand, so, we succeded at the second attempt only….

funny, how digital my city was. The QR-Code to make an appointment was only ON the town hall door…you could not make an appointment on their website until I told them to change it.

I didn’t know yet, this will be just one of many visits at the town hall
registration authority

Also Sonja needed her own registration at the vet. got vaccination and chip and that for free…. great support by pet foundation and our neighbor doctor. tnx

talking and texting to ukrainian ham friends…. receiving many disturbing pictures….

we planted some trees in the garden……among a plum tree…which fruit is ? yellow and blue

I received the first radio donations

ham radio friends shipped or brought their old and new radios to me. I was collecting everything which is radio related and prepare them to ship them into Ukraine to hams that lost their radios and equipment with their houses or appartments. Some are new, some are old, some in working conditions, some broken. But the ham radio friends in Ukraine are very experienced since they are used to build their radios themself for many decades. buying expensive commercial radios wasn’t easy….so: everything we ship, they will repair.

Tatort ! (crime scene) : I am in a movie !!

A year ago, they made a prime time thriller in Holzminen. Most of the film crew stood at my Hotel in December 2020 and TODAY was premiere and we watched the movie together with my ukrainian guests… I AM IN A MOVIE !! very popular thriller in Germany… and YES…I have 2,7 seconds of fame, staying in the blurry background ….. wow… we celebrated with Pizza..who knows when Hollywood will call me ? btw: I am the forensic investigator in the white „paint suit“ 😉

22.3.2022
Weather is improving..cake on the terrace

26.03.2022
it is getting warmer, time for ice cream

we got 6 more guests. Also family from my daughters class mate.

cooking ukrainian food together

27.3.2022 Borschtsch, famous easter garlic bread, salad etc…. yummy

More radio donations arrive at DM9EE

being on the radio for the first time ! Ukrainian voices on the air as DN5HR

Valentyn, Valeria, DM9EE, Katja

More donations arrive in the now so-called „Amazon room“

sorting donations, looking who needs what, re-packing in stronger boxes for shipping

29.3.2022 now we have K3LR and DL1QQ as visitors in da house

29.3.2022 Going to Landkreis, another registration tour…..but they are up-to-date with their online appointments….website is tri-lingual !!!! But not the documents which are provided by the german government in Berlin…they have not realised how translated form can help the volunteer helpers

sometimes it must be a „happy meal“

now we get more and stronger boxes for shipping heavy radios

30.3.2022 More donations arrive at DM9EE

checking incoming radio equipment. sorting it to different recipients. Ordering spare parts, akkus, battery charger, solar panels etc…. a full time job…..

at Landkreis again… applications….

visiting foreigner department at Landkreis….. when documents are prepared, all goes „pretty“ easy…..but beleive me, german authorities work, but not fast……ok, it is a crisis….they and we all learn every day…

1.4.2022 we got 26+ refugees from an overcrowded, unorganized camp

how to explain, there was an unofficial camp in a city nearby. The authorities asked me if I can help them out until they have opened their official refugee camp in a local school. we thought it would be from friday to monday,…but it was until 25th April, and some other lived with us until 10th June 2022….. mothers with kids and grandmothers . carrying not more than a Rucksack and 2 bags

German Red Cross came for Corona Test every day.

and yes, we had a positive case on the 2nd day, which later was a false positive case. but you can imagine the trouble ? seperation , masks, test, seperate breakfast buffet? etc…..

facebook request for women and kids cloth

on 2. April 2022 I made a faceboook post about asking for cloth donations for women and kids and maybe some toys. Holzminden people are great. within 15 minutes we had 5 cars on the parking lot , trunk full loads of requested things…really great friends around me.

Tim K3LR and Sandy DL1QQ came for Dinner with our ham radio related ukrainians. Talking about amateur radio…integrating the red cross guys…. Danke, dass Du da warst, Phillip et.al.

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Tim and Sandy went to local shop and bought some nessecary items…..while one assume, that the table will be empty within a short moment, i learnt that the ukrainian community is really great. they share ! they do not take more than they need. mostly they take less than they need…..

we donated the donated cloth 🙂

after 3 days, we called a refugee camp director in Bodenwerder if they could use our cloth and stuff we got the last days. our guest found enough and we still had a FULL CAR of cloth to donate to others in need. just WOW.

Taking pictures for ID documents.

Local photo studio offered pictures for ukrainians at a very low price. thanks for that, Andreas Fischer ! great support !
I talked to red cross and they arranged the taxiing for the 26+ ukrainians….between Landkreis and Photostudio…btw. we spent more than 4 hours to translate and help to fill in the forms for all the families. taking copies of the passports, preparing everything for the Landkreis

WRTC is donating books for DM9EE Ukrainian fundraising

Michael DL6MHW gave mit a few dozen of books which i later „sold“ at the Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen…a total of nearly 500€ was made with this ….tnx WRTC comitee

Shipping Boxes to Dresden

100kg+ were shipped to Dresden. Thank you Schäfer Transport for giving us a free ride ! later theese boxes were taken into Ukraine by a doctor who works at a hospital in Lwiv. Very fast!

6.4.2022
We found an appartment for the first mother with two small kids in Boffzen. It should stay that easy and fast in future…. really not.

Other kids learnt riding a bike, playing with donated skateboards or painted some hearts

Wildpark Neuhaus
wild animals in the forrest

we could invite the kids and parents into our wildlife park. The owner of the park didn’t take money from the Ukrainians. THANK YOU !
Family Mönkemeyer from Eschershausen donated a bus with driver THANK YOU.
Red Cross joined and escorted us. Also because some received their booster vaccinations today…did you know that vaccination proof in Ukraine is digital via an app ? In Germany we still use paper IDs for that purpose……how modern we are…. NOT

Red cross still testing every day

Buying medicine

it is difficult to explain. you really need to learn it yourself, how complicated or at lieast time consumin „help“ is.
Ukrainians have not enough money when they just fled to Germany. But also the applications are not accepted by Landkreis. But kids are parents get sick. Cough, cold, flew, whatever……I went to the pharmacy to buy some medicine. btw: today 23.7.22 I am still waiting for a refund of 100€+ from Landkreis…my emails are not answered… cool ?

Friends buy and bring toys for the kids

Danke Stefan und WIlli Ostermann!

More equipment is getting ready for shipping

Symotion & Spedition Zufall bring 4 pallets to Warszawa

Radio equipment, solar packs, power banks, medicine and first aid kits on the way to Warsaw..later volunteers bring the boxes to Zaporoshshe and Poltava.

studying in Kyiv – going home

Tatiana and Valeria going back to near Kyiv. their hometown is safe and it is important for Valeria to get that special place at the university. mixed emotions letting them go back into a country where rockets still fly into cities. The pick up bus came late at night.

Summer is approaching – makeing kids a good time

My daughters birthday party

ukrainian cake and bread

24.4.2022 More donations arrive and must be packed

Red cross still here for testing the 26 ukrainians

What to do with the kids ?

we have to make some good time for the kids….some paint, some play piano or guitar, some play soccer

some friends send me pictures from Ukraine

sometimes really disturbing pictures from nearby their house and radio towers

more donations = more shipping !

pickup by post car with volunteers, later you see the carts at the train platform in Zaporoshshe at UR6QV

30.4.2022 Red cross still testing 26+ guests, but in a 4 day interval now

the house on the left is the house of a ham friend. the rocket didn’t explode.

this one exploded nearer to his house

Ukrainians cooking Shashlik BBQ

I started a photoproject: ukrainian eyes

13.5.2022
more paperwork at Landkreis…

13.5.2022
one family is finally getting an appartment

15.5.2022 cooking Okonomiyaki

Long time, we didn’t know we have a world champion as a guest !VIKA !

She has a worldchampion title in hand-to-hand-fight / selfe defense…
but why not start again with kickboxing?

8.5.2022 Just another BBQ

This is our football family

Ilya (14 years) played professional soccer league in Kyiv (youth <16 years). He came here with his mother Antonina and his sister Jewa. Stefan and Willi take care and support him in his football carreer.

Going to USA to visit Dayton Hamvention

talking to many hams about the Ukraine-crisis and how we can help our amateur radio community with donations.
Doug K1DG collected 32000US$ which we use to support ham families in Ukraine.
We send them money so they can afford to rent an appartment or buy food. Rates for appartments increased dramatically after the war has started.
please contact me, when you hear about ham families who we can support! mail at dm9ee.de

27.5.2022 Natallia and Misha found an apartment

7.6.2022 upsss. DM9EE QHB !

14.6.2022
collecting used kids bike and donate them to the refugee camp „Campe“

23. – 26.6.2022 Ham Radio Friedrichshafen

meeting many friends at the hamfest……..

Collecting donations – giving a great book

gathered 500€ with „selling“ the book at RRDXA & BCC booth….one of the first donors was 4X6TT…even an over night booth at the Hotel Gerbe gained 80€ in donations by just standing there at the entrance…no thefts, ….. buying things at the flea market, like dynamic microphones, adaptors, some VHF and UHF radios, spare parts, receivers etc…….this was the busiest Ham Radio visit I ever had…..

good, I took the large car 😉

many boxes with donations, some shopping with donated money, car is pretty full

Supporting Rigexpert in buying some products

if you dont have one, go and get one from Nick UT8IO he is in Germany now and can help you.

10.7.2022 more donations to pack and ship

2 more shipments to UW7LL and UR6QV, it arrived in Ukraine a week later . Even a donated washing maschine from our neighbors…. JH&HH 🙂

15.7.2022 smores or marshmallows ?

17.7.2022 typical saturday lunchtime thing

17.7.2022 bowling with 3 UR + 3 DL + 1 G4 kids

Message from UR0MC – total loss

shack and house is looted. even the beds are stolen…..all radio equipment is gone. He fled his house during heavy shelling. No time to pack things. no time to prepare…..now all is gone please check his QRZ.com page to support Roman via Paypal https://www.qrz.com/db/UR0MC

22.7.2022 Received this „TNX-plague“

on behalf of many ukrainian Ham radio friends, Yarik UW7LL sent me this

Viktoria