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Hi, Thx for looking me up, SE3X - Sierra Echo 3 X-Ray, Op. Johan!

This is the Contest and DX call for SA3BYC  Johan or in English John.  I'm located in Åre, a skiresort, 700 km north of country capitol Stockholm and only appr. 60 km east of the Norwegian border. On the mountain side, 520 m above sea level, it's ideal for radio operation.

QSL info:  I'm not a collector of paper QSL cards and strongly encourage everyone to start using modern electronic QSL systems instead. Please stop sending me QSL cards I haven't asked for! I'm not a member of the bureau and cards received to Sweden will be returned and not delivered to me.

All my contacts will be confirmed and uploaded to e-QSL, LoTW , HRD log and Club log on a regular basis.  If you are a paper-chaser I will only send paper QSL direct, Pse e-mail me for information! I just  received the new postal rates and a direct card will from January 2015 cost 2,50 Euro (expensive? well, it barely cover my cost).

Last QSO's from my main log (Thnx to HRD and HRD logg)

My LOTW statistics (confirmed/worked):   All band DXCC: 130/163.  5 band DXCC (80/40/20/15/10m): 45/69/77/88/83.   WARC band (17/12m) DXCC: 45/18.   All band WAS: 38/50,  All band WPX: 991    All band Challenge: 426 

SE3X Set-Up

Kenwood TS-590S, PA Amp Supply LK-450 (3-500Z), LDG-1000 ATU, MFJ-826B digital SWR meter connected via a manual antenna switch to my antennas.  I have a couple of PC's connected in a shack WLAN with a common back-up hard drive, Internet via mobile connection, no fixed Internet out here,  router and firewall. Software used: N1MM, Log4U for contest, HRD as main logg, DX-Atlas etc. Win XP and Win 8.1 as OS.


Mast 1; wire-antennas: 80/40  m dipole on top @ 12 m, 40/15 m wire-vertical and 20 m wire-vertical both with elevated radials @ 3,5 m agl. 

Mast 2;  3 element, tribander short boom Yagi for 10, 15, 20 m @ 10 m (today fixed at NA).

Receive: 80,5 m RX loop, horizontal, @ 2-3 m agl. (can be switched in as TX antenna: 10 - 80 m, as back-up and NVIS antenna).

SE3X Future Set-Up

Re-building and developing ones station is a natural process, and I'm no exception.

  • Install microHAM USB-III cat/audio Interface for RTTY, Voice Keyer, CW and other digital modes.
  • Waiting for installation when nicer weather arrives, is my SPID 8-port antenna switch.
  • Will improve my antenna set-up; adding new home brew verticals, new rotator for the beam, a 10-80m multi-band OCF for a second back-up radio to be prepared for future SO2R. 
  • Redundancy is another thing I like to improve; adding extra PS, second/back-up computer and a new Heil headset.
  • Would like to go from SO2V to SO2R contesting. Not full set-up, just adding a second radio for S&P and back-up. Will use my 10-80m multi-band OCF antenna and keep it separated from the rest of the antenna installation.
  • Would be nice to change old tube PA for a newer one. But tons of money and not on the current shoppinglist.


This summer antenna projects, not super antennas, but as good as I can make with my resources at my QTH. This is what I hope to achive and build the coming 6 months:

  • New - 160/80m L-Verticalas, elevated radials, DX.
  • New - 10m Vertical, elevated radials, EU.
  • New - Multi-band 10-80m OCF, for second radio, EU.
  • New - Dummy load 1 kW.
  • New - SPID Rotator for my Short boom Yagi.

Shopping list

Will need to buy some stuff to make this happens. Except all small bits and pieces, these are the main purchases:

  • microHAM USB III
  • SPID Ant-8 switch
  • MAAS PS 25A (second / back-up)
  • 6-band, 10-80m, OCF wire antenna 750 Watt, DX-Wire - Antennentechnik
  • DX Engineering Rx Guard 5000
  • Wideband Antenna Spliter/Combiner Diamond SS-500
  • 1 kW Dummy load
  • Alfa SPID - AZU, rotator
  • Heil headset
  • Back-up/Second PC

Step 2 - SO2R

Would like to go towards SO2R contesting, this might be the future SE3X station. A very simple SO2R set-up with a second radio, a multiband OCF antenna and maybe a microHAM u2r controler. Tons of money to invest, probably not gonna happen in a while ... But dreams are allowed!











73  - Thanks for reading all the way down, have Fun and Enjoy the hobby!

Op. Johan

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