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Contest Stations Around the World

Radio Amateur Association of West Greece SZ1A - Kostas Stamatis SV1DPI
January 2014
The Radio Amateur Association of West Greece (RAAWG) was founded in 1985. Our official call is SZ1A (ex. SV1AFA). The main population center, where the most of our members are, is Agrinio, a town with a population of about 100,000.

Our original goal was not contesting but to join all amateurs in West Greece, to put some repeaters in nearby mountains, to organize courses for candidate hams, to educate them and to offer as volunteers to our community.

As a result, today we have to maintain three voice repeaters, four APRS digipeaters and one hf station (in our office in Agrinio) plus the Contest Station SZ1A in Red Forest. Our club numbers about 100 members at the present time.    more
MW5A: Three A's Contest Group (G0AAA) - Steve Cole GW4BLE
January 2014
M5A is the contest call of the Three A's Contest Group G0AAA. The group was originally founded by G3TXF, G3SXW and G3WVG who got together to operate in RSGB Field Days back in the 80s.

The call MW5A was first operated [Single-Op All-Band] during CQWW CW 2002 by Ian G3WVG from my station located in Newport, Wales.

In CQWW CW 2002 Ian G3WVG made over 4,100 QSOs as MW5A [final score of 4.6m points] and in 2003 4,151 QSOs were made with a claimed score of 5.1m points, MW5A was also operated by G3WVG from here in CQWW CW [SOAB] in 2004 and 2005.    more
The TM0R Contest Station - Jean Louis Zabalza F5GGL
January 2014
At the creation of the radio club in 1981, all members were all employees of La Poste and France Télécom housed in France Télécom premises. We opened membership to our friends outside these companies, still with a quota to respect. We participated in a lot of Field Day activities, for which the infrastructure had to be carried.

Following the changes in management of the company that hosted us, we had to move three times to finally find a location 25 Km east of BORDEAUX, at locator IN94UT.

TM0R is the special call used by the F6KNB radio-club members. F6KNB belongs to the RADIOAMPT Association (La Poste and Orange staff) associated with the REF. Other friends are part of the amateur radio club too.    more
The East Coast Contesters: ZM4T - Lee Jennings ZL2AL
January 2014
I was born in Toronto and grew up there, becoming a ham in 1953. In 1969 I decided to settle in New Zealand. Living in Hawkes Bay for the past 37 years has allowed me to erect antennas, build a good station and work a lot of DX. New Zealand is a great place to operate radio from.

In 2006 I decided to get serious about contesting and set up a competitive New Zealand contest team to do the Oceania and CQWW contests. A local farmer had a magnificent site about 20 miles north of Napier about a mile in from the Pacific and on a 300 foot hill with sweeping views into all parts of the world.

For approximately 180 degrees, the horizon is the Pacific Ocean looking East towards the Americas. He agreed to allow us to set up a permanent antenna farm and use his shed to operate from on the weekends.    more
OM7M Low Bands Contest Club - Lubo Martiska OM5ZW
December 2013
The radio club was founded after the Second World War in 1949 former Czechoslovakia. It consisted of a group of enthusiastic guys dealing with construction of HF radios and working on the VHF/UHF bands.

Gradually the radio club erected HF beams (2el Cubical Quad, dipoles for low bands…) and the HF radio was an FTDX 505 (150W). The club was situated in the center of the historical town of Partizanske.

The main source of interest was HF and VHF operation, especially on 20 and 40m. We took part in all major local and WW HF and VHF contests.    more
LZ9W M/M Contest Station - Wally LZ2CJ
December 2013
The station is located at the hotel Bardoto, right on top of a very steep 900m asl high rock, just outside the small town of Breznik, about 60 km from the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It is owned by Krassimir Pavlov LZ1ZD.

Activity of LZ9W as a M/M contest station started with the WPX SSB contest in 2003 when we placed 2nd in Europe. This was followed by participation in WPX CW 2003 in which we placed No1. Europe and 2nd World!

Through the years we have won No.1 World M/M twice in the WPX CW contest. A full list of our scores and more information about LZ9W can be found on our web site In 2013 we celebrated our 10 years anniversary!    more
JT5DX Contesting From Mongolia - Chak Choigonjav JT1CO
December 2013
Our contest station JT5DX is located 370km northwest of Ulaanbaatar capatal city of Mongolia. It is 15km away from the Russian border. It takes about 5-6 hour using public transportation and 3-4 hours with car to get to JT5DX contest station from Ulaanbaatar.

It is located in my company “Arvin Khur”. Arvin Khur is an Agricultural company located at JT5. The company mainly plants wheat and Canola and also sell products such as Cold pressed Canola Oil, Natural Honey etc.

It is about 20-35 degree celsius in the Summer and -15- -35 degree celsius in the winter. During fall there are many mosquitoes. It is also very close to the Selenge river.    more
Radio Klub Varaždin 9A7A Contest Station - Sam Puzak 9A3OS
December 2013
Before we say something about contesting at 9A7A it would be worth mentioning that contesting from our radio club has a rich history.

Serious contesting started around the 1970's when amateur radio popularity started rapidly increasing. During that period we used our ex Yugoslav calls, YU2HDE on HF and YU2CBE on VHF, we also had a special contest call 4N2V.

In 1991 Croatia became independent. YU2HDE became 9A1HDE and we issued a request for a special contest call: 9A7A.    more
Contesting from Rarotonga - N6NB and W6TAI
November 2013
N6NB (Wayne) and W6TAI (Carrie) operated from Rarotonga in the South Cook Islands for two contests in 2012. We stayed at the same motel where the E51Z group operated CQ WW phone in 2011 and benefited greatly from their experience on the island. On the first trip, Wayne operated the ARRL International DX Contest SSB as E51YNB in the single operator, single band (15m) category while Carrie concentrated on hiking across the island and biking its perimeter. Operation was limited to 11 hours in order to catch the weekly flight from Rarotonga to the United States which departs on Saturday nights.

The station consisted of an IC-7000, a small THP amplifier and a two element Yagi on a mast mounted on the motel's second story balcony. It was a home made single band (15m) yagi that was broken into short pieces to fit in a 30 inch rolling duffel bag.    more