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:
45 meters high tower with 4 x JP2000 tribanders (10 elements each), 3 over 3 full size yagis for 40 meters, rotating dipole for 80 meters, wire vertical for
160 meters and some WARC and UHF antennas.
35 meters high tower with 3 x JP2000 tribanders.
45 meters high tower with 6 over 6 on 10 meters, 5 over 5 on 15 meters, 5 over 5 on 20 meters, 3 over 3 shortened on 40 meters and 3 element shortened 80 meter yagi.
All those are Optibeam antennas.
45 meter “multiplier” tower about 600 meters from the main station in the forest carrying Optibeam 17-4 fourbander, 80 meter Inverted V and 160 meter wire 4 Square.
The newest, 70 meter high tower with 8 x 5 element collinear stack on 15 meters.
For the low bands I have full size 4 squares on 80 and 160 meters and some more wire antennas.
Several great single op and multi op results have been made from there during the last 10 years. Multi op results mostly under ES9C call sign.
I have also had great opportunities of guest operating from the marvelous stations of Pekka, EA8AH; Bernie, ZS4TX; Arcala, OH8X and Ranko, 4O3A. Repeatedly
winning SOAB HP category in EU would have been very difficult from Estonia (although I was lucky to manage it in 2005) but the 4O3A station enabled me to do it.
73 Tonno ES5TV http://pontu.eenet.ee/es5tv/