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Monday, December 19, 2016

DARC DLD 600 Diplom - 15m Mixed ... getting tougher from now on ...

Finally reached 600 DOKs level on 15m Mixed !! Confirming via DCL was a tough, but effective process, though it took some time from 500 to 600 level!



It is obvious that it will be getting tougher and tougher from now on !!
No wonder there are so few foreigners (non-DL Amateur radio operators) to have reached the 1000 DOKs level at some band ...

I'll keep it up trying and maybe it's time to start searching for new DOKs amongst the piles of DL QSL cards lying patiently on my book shelf ...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Better late than never !!

Thanks to my friend Tolis, SV1EDY, I found out that I received the following certificate for my participation in 2007 UR DX Contest. Better late than never ...

 

Monday, July 4, 2016

EU VHF Contest 2016 - SV5DKL/p - South Rhodes - QRA Locator: KM35UW

There goes another adventurous and fruitful ham radio weekend !!

This year I'd decided I needed to get a bit off HF contests, while at the same time HF propagation was decreasing rapidly. Well, that was an excellent chance
to test my new VHF setup.

EU VHF contest was really very accomodating, as it would suit my working site, too!

After careful planning, I decided to participate in 2m Single SSB/CW with my Kenwood TM-255E @ 50w , 2x 7 element DK7ZB 28Ohm yagis stacked vertically in horizontal polarization and a 180Ah car battery. A marvellous, VHF favoring location was spotted at South Rhodes, on top of a hill 225m a.s.l. that houses a wind turbines park. QRA Locator: KM35UW , being a rare one for most of you !!

 
On Saturday, July 2nd, at noon, everything was ready and set up, and while I was waiting until 1400z for the contest to start, I thought I'd shoot some photos for my friends:
 






And here is the ONLY visitor that came by during the whole event:
 
This creature was more or less 20 cm in diameter !!!
 
Below, my finished setup at noon and then at sunrise:
 


 
The height of the wind turbine next to my "temporary radio shack" is approximately 65-70 meters with a wing span of 30m ... and believe me ... it makes a hella of a noise !!
 

 
A big thank you to all participants that made a contact with my portable station.
 
See you soon from this location on another event!
73
Stathis, SV5DKL