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.
Increased industrial QRM in the town and a huge expansion of TVI and BCI in 1989 resulted in our moving to the nearest village 2 km away from Partizanske (an area of garden allotments - no TVs).
We started immediately building low band antennas (hence the name "Low Bands Contest Club"). We built a 27m vertical for top band and 2x Bobtail Curtains for 80/75m.
A year later we erected the first antenna mast for 20, 15 and 10. The complete antenna system was finished in 1991. In 1993 we changed our call sign to OM3KAP after
Czechoslovakia split off. In the early 90’s we used TRX IC 751A and a home-made power amplifier. The only missing antenna was 40m where we used to use a vertical
or loop antenna.
By and by we started to build other antenna masts. First stack that we built was 2x6el on 20m (32m/20m). Then we added 3x6el. on 15m (27/18/9m) and 4el. HB9CV on
40m (35m up, this antenna is really “big gun”). In the beginning we phased it with a 2 el. HB9CV but gradually we found out that it didn’t pay off.
Another tower 35m is mainly intended for 10m. We have a stack of 3x6el. OWA Yagi’s on that mast. On this mast we have free slots for another 2 antennas in phase.
The last tower that we’ve finished is 30m high for sub direction beaming. It’s equipped with a Mosley TA53M and a former HB9CV on 40m.
During winter we usually use beverage antennas up to 6-7 directions (max length wire is 258m). In summary we have the following antennas:
160m Half Sloper, 80m 2xHalf Square, Dipole, 40m 4el. HB9CV, 2el HB9CV, 20m 2x6el. OWA Yagi, TA53M, 15m 3x6el. OWA Yagi, TA53M, 10m 3x6el. OWA Yagi, TA53M,
Beverages for RX on low bands.
We take part in all the major HF contests (CQ WW, CQ WPX, ARRL DX, IARU, CQ 160).
We have a couple of very experienced operators (OM3PA, OM3PC, OM3FW, OM4MM, OM5AA, OM5MF,
OM5NU,OM5RW, OM5RM, OM5ZW) and guests (it depends who is currently available). The contest leader is Lubo, OM5ZW who has been on the air more than 30 years
(he started with ham radio as a small boy).
We prefer CW contests because most of our team are former high speed telegraphy champions. Another part of our team is mechanical and electrical designers and
We have tried all Multi categories (M/S, M/M, M/2) and our biggest success is European victories in CQWW in M/S and CQ WPX in M/2 and the ARRL DX contest.
Our favourite contest is also CQ 160m where we have achieved top WW/EU ranking. More information about our operation is on the web site