This is my number one hobby. I received my first license at the age of 12 in 1979 and I am still very active working contests and chasing DX. I was happy to find a photo taken back in those early days. Here I am working the SAC contest at OH6AM in multi/multi category.
I run contests just for fun nowdays as is it nice to hear the bands alive and full of stations. All my more serious and succesfull CQWW contest efforts were in multiop categories like EA8AGD (world #1 M/S '88), OH2U (three time EU #1 multi/multi '97,'99, '00) and EA8ZS (world #1 multi/multi '02). I have also had the fun of being part of DX/contest peditions like C56B, 4J1FM, OJ0/OH8AA and OH0Z. During all these years I have found out that CW is the mode I enjoy operating the most and short QSOs are my cup of tea there.
On the DXing arena I like to work especially on the 160m and 6m bands as they are the most challenging and interesting ones to me. You may also hear me CQing on the top band quite frequently. I have all countries confirmed except 3Y Bouvet Is. and I am really looking forward to the 2018 DXPedition. On the top band I have currently 211 countries under my belt.
You might be able to spot the tip of the 40m Yagi element in the picture above. My house happens to be on top of a small ridge so I was not able to fit the tower in the same picture. The self supporting tower is 16 meters high and the surrounding terrain is about 18 meters below providing effective height for the setup. Below is a better shot of the antennas:
The latest addition to my setup is a remote station @OH2U with Elecraft K3 twin, OM2500A and remoterig RRC-1258MkII. I have managed to improve my DXCC count on 160/80 thanks to the low noise conditions there. On 160m there is currently a full size vertical and on 80m a K8UR type of 4SQ. At home I am currently running with the following equipment: Elecraft K3 , ACOM1000 Amp, 3-el SteppIr, 2-el for 40m (JP7-2 Shorty by Finnish Antenna Ltd.). The tower used to be loaded as vertical for 80 meters using a half sloper mounted at 22 feet to get 50 ohm resistance. I have replaced that setup with a 20m long Inverted L antenna that I can run on multiple bands - most often on 80 and 30 meters.
Station automation is realised with microHAM's StationMaster (it is really a gem!). I am also using the FiFi-SDR to have a band scope alongside with the K3. After having one (I had a IC-756Pro3) it is very hard to live without - I like to see what is going on on the bands. CW skimmer adds even more fun to the setup and with WinTelnetX it is easy to combine skimmer and DXtelnet spots into one stream.
My favourite softwares are Win-test for contesting, DX4WIN for LoTW updates and DXing, DX Atlas for Grayline, ViewProp (beta) to monitor band conditions and VOACAP online to make propagation predictions.
Good DX and fun contests to you all!
73 de Kari, OH2XX
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