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.
The main members of our Club are Niksa, 9A5W, Emil, 9A9A, Zeljko, 9A2DQ; Braco, 9A7R and me, Petar, 9A6A. We have another 10 to 15 members to help us in contests and
logistics. The club is in a building near Lake Jarun in the western part of Zagreb.
Our contest location is in hills about 35km south from Zagreb. For many years we worked from a local school, and we had towers just near school. 13 years ago we started
to move our towers outside the village
Also we made alone our house where we have sleeping room, kitchen, toilet and room for 6 bands multi-multi set-up.
We built 4 towers, each about 36 - 40 meters high, to support our antenna system. All of the antennas were built within the past five years and we're not finished yet!
For 160m we use slopers (NE and NW), for 80m we use phased verticals with east-west switching. On 40 m we have several full size Yagi antenna systems for NE and NW direction.
Our receiving system (made by 9A6A) uses same 5 beverages for 160m, 80m and 40m band.
For 20m, 15m and 10m we are using stack Yagi antenna system for NE and NW and for other directions we are using 3, 4, 6, 8 el Yagi depends of band.
We are using high power switching system for all bands, so we can be in a second in the right direction for a multiplier.
For each band we have home made (made by 9A6A) monoband linear amplifiers, so we donít need to tune during the contest.
The main equipments we are using in contests are TS950S, and FT100MP.
Towers, antenna system, receiving system, high power switches and even building we made alone. Hard work and lot of time we spend last few years to make 9A1A
one of the best signals in the world.
In the last 20 years we have won in all the main contests. We were world champions in CQ WW SSB, CQ WW CW, in MM category, 1st place World Combined score 1992 CQ WW WPX,
World champions in CQ WW 160m several times, world and European champions in CQ WW RTTY contest and CQ WPX RTTY contest.
We have no space on our wall for more ARRL plaques. We were world or European champions in nearly all ARRL CW and SSB contest in last 20 years.
These results come from a small group of Croatian amateurs.
Many times we had an international group in some contests, including Dick Frey, K4XU, Carl Ikaheimo, OH6XY, Jackie Calvo, F2CW, who enjoyed visiting and working with us.
Bob Cox, K3EST, CQ WW contest manager, visited with us on his way home to Davis, California, from Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Dick Ehrhorn, W4ETO, president of ETO and donor of the plaque for World Combined Score in the CQ WW Contest, came to present our plaque for the 1992 contest.
Last year Dave, K1ZZ after his holiday in Croatia, visited our contest location. Charlie NF4A and Paul, N4PN worked with us many times in ARRL SSB contest.
Our members work in Croatian TV, hospitals, police, software production, etc, but we make a good group during the contest. Every week we have a meeting at the clubhouse
to drink a beer and to make plans for next contest.
In Croatia, we now have about 2200 radio amateurs and many good contest groups, such as 9A7A, 9A5Y, 9A1P, 9A3B and others.
This is information about our Croatian DX Club and Croatia, beautiful country with the most beautiful Adriatic coast, with more than 1100 islands
(and 5 IOTA numbers EU-016, EU-090, EU-110, EU-136 and EU-170).
If you have questions about radio amateur activity in Croatia send me e-mail
and I'll be happy to help you. See my web pages