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Contest Stations Around the World

S56X Single Op Contest Station - Dušan Gomboc S56X
May 2014
S56X is a single OP location, located in the NE part of Slovenia near the Austrian border, in a small village named Gerlinci. The location occupies approximately 5 acres and is in close proximity of my family home. No industrial plants are present in the neighborhood, so the location is relatively quiet.

My first amateur radio license (call sign YU3OI) dates from the time of former Yugoslavia. After the Slovenian declaration of independence I started with a homemade 4 EL 3 band Cubical Quad antenna, operating at the upper three shortwave bands, with a former call sign S51OI.

A short time after, a Wilkinson driven 80m 4 Square array, mounted on 4 grounded lattice towers was erected. Better results were achieved on upper bands, mainly because the site is located in a moderate depression.    more
HD2A: The Sapo Loco Station - Alberto Pincay HC2AQ
May 2014
Rescuing old history and referring to its entangled past, it is not that far away that we produce the sensation of reliving it again. That is what I feel when I refer to the “HD2A dream”.

I cannot fail to mention Roberto-HC2GT and his enthusiastic activities to stimulate HC2 amateur radio operators. Today, because of personal health issues, Roberto is mainly dedicated to fighting for his own survival. The following is a brief tribute to his efforts in supporting our activities.

When was HD2A born? Was it born with some general radio activity on an Ecuadorean beach 20 years ago or in some contest somewhere on the beach? It’s not important now. The true inspiration and the spirit of competition without a doubt came from Alfredo-HC2 Sapo Loco (Crazy Frog), a global winner of many CW competitions over the years.    more
KL2R: The Two Rivers Contest Club - N1TX
May 2014
The Two Rivers Contest Club had very humble beginnings. The first seed was planted just over a decade ago. In late 2003, Rich Strand KL7RA was disassembling his multi-multi station and had his spacious, split-level log home for sale. KL7RA had stood as a beacon for many years heating up the airwaves from about 20 miles east of Fairbanks. Rich was finally executing his post-retirement plan to move to Kenai, Alaska, where propagation promised to be far superior to the ionospheric conditions under Fairbanks’ aurora. I had been a member of the KL7RA team for several years. Due to a change in family circumstances, my XYL Connie KL1BE and I needed a place more suitable than our tiny cabin. Soon a deal was struck, and in April 2004 the five-acre property changed hands.

More space for antennas and larger living quarters were both on my mind but a serious contest station was not part of the plan. As Rich and I were taking down the last 190-foot tower in June 2004, I proposed that he should sell me part of it.    more
CR3L: an RRDXA Amateur Radio Station on Madeira - Uli Weiß DJ2YA
May 2014
On the wonderful island of Madeira, 400 miles off the north-west African coast, the Rhein-Ruhr-Association (RRDXA) runs a contest site for their teams to contribute to the club scores in major contests.

It is situated on the site of a hiking hostel with an area of about 3 acres that offers accommodation for up to 16 people in its eight rooms each with its own private bathroom. A well equipped kitchen allows self catering and there is a spacious lounge with comfortable furniture and a big fireplace for a cosy atmosphere.

The shack is housed in a typical thatched Santana hut close to the main building with its loft serving as storage room for spare materials, such as poles and antennas that can be erected additionally to the permanently mounted beams for 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 and 50 MHz on two 40 foot and 60 foot crank up towers.    more
The DL1A Contest Station - Maik Reckeweg DJ2QV
April 2014
DL1A is a privately owned station located about 15km west of Munich. The station owner is Tof DJ6ZM who is operating from this location since the late 60s. All towers and antennas are located on the roof of his furniture store, a two storey building measuring approximately 40m x 15m. The station is used for Contests as well as for individual remote operation via Internet.

The QTH is located in the city center of Germering a suburban town of Munich with approx. 38.000 inhabitants. Train station, restaurants and hotels are within walking distance which is nice, but obviously the location suffers from man-made noise - particularly on the low bands.

Serious Contest operations started around 2008 when several active contest operators moved to Munich and joined the activities at DL1A.    more
The E7DX Contest Station - Braco Memic E77DX
April 2014
E7DX is the contest call of Braco E77DX and gang. It is used mainly from the E77DX QTH in the northwest part of Bosnia in the town Prijedor (Grid JN84IX). It is just on the SW border of the city in the fields at 129m ASL.

The station is situated in a small house about 25m² (shack only) and there is a container with a small kitchen and a place for sleeping. It is five minutes from the city by car and has good infrastructure (electrical power and water), safety

The shack has four operating positions, fully automated and optimized for SOAB/MS/M2 and it is capable of remote controlled operation.

Since 2007 over 450,000 QSOs have been logged from here counting all call signs.    more
The HG7T Story - Tibi Nemeth, HA7TM
April 2014
The HG7T station is actually located in the HA0 district, but fortunately the Hungarian rules are similar to those of the US, and I could keep the call, when I moved my contest location to HA0.

I bought the property in 2009 from another ham, who already had a 100 foot tall tower with a TH7DX and an A3WS atop, plus wire antennas for low bands, and several long Beverages for low-band reception. The station was mostly DX-oriented rather than built for contesting.

I stated with erecting 4 new self-supporting 115 feet tall towers, for 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter antennas. The original 40 m antenna was a 3 element Opti-Beam, which I had to replace by a 4 element KLM when we got access to the "high" portion of 40. The Opti-Beam is still there, waiting to be installed for a second direction. For the three high band I chose ZX Yagi antennas, 2x6 for 20, 2x7 for 15 and 10.    more
The CW5W Story - Jorge Diez CX6VM
June 2014
How did I become a ham radio operator? Between the 50's and 60's, my mother started with this hobby, without knowing what it was. My parents had a farm, where they lived and the only way to communicate was with an old homebrew radio for 160m. The farm was 30 km. away from the city of Melo, and the road in those years was a dirt track. In the middle it had a wood ridge; when it rained it got covered by the water, so you can understand how useful the radio was.

My mother knew some ham's in Uruguay and later they introduced her to "real" ham radio with good equipment that covered all HF bands.

I was born in June 1968. In 1985 I got a license to operate as a second operator of my mother Sonnia, CX4VA. I spent most of my time on 40 talking with CX, LU and PY and occasionally with other South American hams. I got some friends, but I needed more. I didn't like very much long chats; I liked to contact DX stations and receive their QSL cards along with stamps, photos etc.    more