Past Feature Stories (Newest to Oldest)


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
The Rio DX Group PR1T - Felipe Ceglia PY1NB
March 2014
The Rio DX Group’s contest station project started in CQWW SSB 2006, the operators where only PY1NB and PY1ZV, using the callsign ZW1TT.

In this operation’s debriefing we decided to go on with the project, change the callsign to PR1T and evolve the modest “wires and tribander” setup to something a tad larger.

The project target was to have a minimally competitive contest station and a place to let new operators get their feet wet at HF contesting.

On CQWW SSB 2007 we made our debut. Still with a very modest setup, only one amplifier, manual antenna switching but now with a short 2 element 40m beam, We were still rookie operators, we joined the contest mainly to practice and learn.    more
The Torrent Contest Club ED5T - Duncan Lindsay EA5ON
March 2014
The Torrent Contest Club is a group of 7 active operators who have set up a modest contest station on the premises of the local chapter of the URE (Spanish equivalent of the ARRL) in Torrent, near the city of Valencia, on Spain’s east coast. We normally use ED5T as our contest call

First came the QTH. URE Torrent (URET) originally held its meetings and social activities in an apartment belonging to the local council. However, when the local police vacated their vantage point at the top of the hill that dominates the town, URET president EA5CVT was quick to point out that relocating the club to that QTH would be a win-win situation to all involved.

At that time there were two serious contesters in URET; Victor EA5KV and Dave EC5KXA. These two gentlemen set up first of all a small TH3 JR tribander to test the waters. First results looked good so they then put up an Explorer 14 on the 70’ free standing tower the police had left us. This looked better! Vic and Dave did a couple of monoband entries in different contests with very positive results.    more
The North Pole Contest Group - KL7RA
March 2014
Hello SCCC. The following is a description, highlights, plans and progress of the multi op station KL7RA located near the small village of Nikiski on the Kenai peninsula, south central Alaska.

Hopefully all SCCC members have worked KL7RA and the North Pole Contest Group in contests for the last 40 + years and we expect to work all of you in contests for many more.

The station was originally located in Fairbanks in four different locations from the 1970’s to 2004 but all were above 64 degrees north latitude directly under the aurora. We also suffered Arctic absorption and the bands would go silent for days on end after a CME event. We seldom had propagation on the 80 meter band due to winter E’s. Nevertheless we operated from an excellent location on a very high hill working stations others in the area could not hear so we stayed multi-op and often entered ten or more contests a year.    more
The ES5TV Contest Station - Tonno Vahk ES5TV
March 2014
I was born in a small town of Jogeva in central Estonia and brought into ham radio by my late father ES5JH at the age of 13 in 1991. I got my own license in 1992 as ES5RTV and upgraded to 'A' category a year later as ES5TV.

I started out with a home-made UW3DI type of radio (around 50 watts output) and a horizontal delta loop between two 5-storeyed houses in my hometown.

In the second half of the nineties I started my contesting career, taking part in operations from the ES5Q/ES6Q station in the hills of south-eastern Estonia. At the same time I started to build my station in the countryside close to Jogeva. By now the antenna farm has grown to include five large rotating towers as follows:    more
PJ2T: The Caribbean Contesting Consortium - W0CG/PJ2DX & N0YY
March 2014
Curacao, home of PJ2T, has a rich radio sport history. Situated about 40 miles north of the coast of Venezuela, the island location has hosted many winning contest efforts over the years.

The property is owned by Geoff, W0CG and the radio contest station is overseen by the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC). The CCC is a contest club dedicated to fun, international friendship, and advancement of the contesting art through superior operating technique and maximum application of technology.

Starting in the early 70s, John Thompson – W1BIH, assembled teams of operators that represented the “who’s who” of DX contesting. The magical propagation from that location resulted in a many world high scores for contests year after year. The beginnings were humble with a simple tribander and wire antennas.    more
The Papa-3 Contest Club ED1R - Jesus Marquez EC1KR
February 2014
ED1R was founded in the summer of 2010. It is located in central Spain, in a small village of around 500 people in the province of Avila, about 100km from Madrid, 167km from the Portuguese border and 311km from the Atlantic ocean, towards North America. The village is around 1100m (about 3600ft) asl, on flat land and good takeoff towards North America.

The location is a small plot of land belonging to EC1KR’s father, in amongst a vegetable garden. Space is limited, around 300m². We started by planning 4 towers, and after doing the welding work for installing rotators and masts, installed them (one 23m high tower, one 16m high, and two 12m high). We then installed our first antennas, a 2 element M² yagi for 40m, 4 element monoband DXBEAMS for 20 and 15, and a 5 element DXBEAM for 10.

We also put in a lot of work to the shack. Currently we have a spacious four position operating area, sleeping space for 5, a shower and toilet, and a small work area.    more
9A1A: The big Signal from a Small Country (Croatia) - Petar Milicic 9A6A
February 2014
Those who have been active during the DX contests of the past few years are familiar with the big signal emanating from 9A1A near Zagreb, Croatia. The station is owned by the Croatian DX Club, whose members activate it for all major contests. Petar, 9A6A, has been kind enough to provide information about the club and the station

The Croatian DX Club consists of a few of the best radio amateurs in Zagreb and Croatia. Although first heard as 9A1A in the CQ WW DX Contest (SSB) in 1992, the members had been active before the war in Croatia as YT2R and YT2E.

The club began building the tower and antenna system more than 25 years ago. We had seen that if you put too many kilowatts into a bad antenna, you only make big QRM and the results won't be good so we decided to build a good antenna system. We felt we could win in all contests if we could hear the many thousands of US and JA stations that use less than 100 watts and a dipole antenna.    more
D4C Monteverde Contest Team - Luca Aliprandi IK2NCJ
April 2014
If you use to tune up the bands during main contest of the year you probably had the chance to copy and work “Delta four Charlie” callsign on all bands.

This call is used to identify a team specifically born for contesting: The “Monteverde Contest Team” It is composed of six members, HB9DUR Andrea, I4UFH Fabio, I4YSS Vic, IK2NCJ Luca, IZ4DPV Max and YL2KL Girts and started the activity in November 2007 when D4C was on-the-air during CQWW DX CW as M/2.

The station is located on the Island of Sao Vicente, one of the ten islands that make up the archipelago of Cape Verde. Monteverde is the name of the mountain where the station has been established.    more
OL7M Contest Group - Pavel Prihoda OK1MU
February 2014
It was in May 2005 when our dream came true and we have bought 19,000 square meters (4.7 acres) of bare field. We began to build our HF QTH with 13 members of the OL7M team: OK1CU, OK1CW, OK1CDJ, OK1DF, OK1FRE OK1HRA, OK1MU, OK1TYM, OK1UGA, OK1UOW, OK1XUB, OK1YM and OK2ZAW.

We are active on all bands, starting on our favorite band 1.8MHz and ending on 10GHz microwave band. There is our QTH in the foothills of Orlické hory (Eagle mountains) about 80 miles east of the capital city Prague, in locator JO80cf.

There are three HF small houses with two-band shacks in each of them and one small separate house equipped for VHF-UHF EME operation. In addition there are two other houses used for accommodation and living.    more
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
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 www.lz9w.com. 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
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
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