Past Feature Stories (Newest to Oldest)

S56X Single Op Contest Station - Dušan Gomboc S56X
May 2014
S56X is a single OP location, located in the NE part of Slovenia near the Austrian border, in a small village named Gerlinci. The location occupies approximately 5 acres and is in close proximity of my family home. No industrial plants are present in the neighborhood, so the location is relatively quiet.

My first amateur radio license (call sign YU3OI) dates from the time of former Yugoslavia. After the Slovenian declaration of independence I started with a homemade 4 EL 3 band Cubical Quad antenna, operating at the upper three shortwave bands, with a former call sign S51OI.

A short time after, a Wilkinson driven 80m 4 Square array, mounted on 4 grounded lattice towers was erected. Better results were achieved on upper bands, mainly because the site is located in a moderate depression.    more
HD2A: The Sapo Loco Station - Alberto Pincay HC2AQ
May 2014
Rescuing old history and referring to its entangled past, it is not that far away that we produce the sensation of reliving it again. That is what I feel when I refer to the “HD2A dream”.

I cannot fail to mention Roberto-HC2GT and his enthusiastic activities to stimulate HC2 amateur radio operators. Today, because of personal health issues, Roberto is mainly dedicated to fighting for his own survival. The following is a brief tribute to his efforts in supporting our activities.

When was HD2A born? Was it born with some general radio activity on an Ecuadorean beach 20 years ago or in some contest somewhere on the beach? It’s not important now. The true inspiration and the spirit of competition without a doubt came from Alfredo-HC2 Sapo Loco (Crazy Frog), a global winner of many CW competitions over the years.    more
KL2R: The Two Rivers Contest Club - N1TX
May 2014
The Two Rivers Contest Club had very humble beginnings. The first seed was planted just over a decade ago. In late 2003, Rich Strand KL7RA was disassembling his multi-multi station and had his spacious, split-level log home for sale. KL7RA had stood as a beacon for many years heating up the airwaves from about 20 miles east of Fairbanks. Rich was finally executing his post-retirement plan to move to Kenai, Alaska, where propagation promised to be far superior to the ionospheric conditions under Fairbanks’ aurora. I had been a member of the KL7RA team for several years. Due to a change in family circumstances, my XYL Connie KL1BE and I needed a place more suitable than our tiny cabin. Soon a deal was struck, and in April 2004 the five-acre property changed hands.

More space for antennas and larger living quarters were both on my mind but a serious contest station was not part of the plan. As Rich and I were taking down the last 190-foot tower in June 2004, I proposed that he should sell me part of it.    more
CR3L: an RRDXA Amateur Radio Station on Madeira - Uli Weiß DJ2YA
May 2014
On the wonderful island of Madeira, 400 miles off the north-west African coast, the Rhein-Ruhr-Association (RRDXA) runs a contest site for their teams to contribute to the club scores in major contests.

It is situated on the site of a hiking hostel with an area of about 3 acres that offers accommodation for up to 16 people in its eight rooms each with its own private bathroom. A well equipped kitchen allows self catering and there is a spacious lounge with comfortable furniture and a big fireplace for a cosy atmosphere.

The shack is housed in a typical thatched Santana hut close to the main building with its loft serving as storage room for spare materials, such as poles and antennas that can be erected additionally to the permanently mounted beams for 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 and 50 MHz on two 40 foot and 60 foot crank up towers.    more
The DL1A Contest Station - Maik Reckeweg DJ2QV
April 2014
DL1A is a privately owned station located about 15km west of Munich. The station owner is Tof DJ6ZM who is operating from this location since the late 60s. All towers and antennas are located on the roof of his furniture store, a two storey building measuring approximately 40m x 15m. The station is used for Contests as well as for individual remote operation via Internet.

The QTH is located in the city center of Germering a suburban town of Munich with approx. 38.000 inhabitants. Train station, restaurants and hotels are within walking distance which is nice, but obviously the location suffers from man-made noise - particularly on the low bands.

Serious Contest operations started around 2008 when several active contest operators moved to Munich and joined the activities at DL1A.    more