My name is Nestor Ladas and I am licensed amateur since 2004. My initial callsign SW1HFW (for VHF and upper bands) was in 2006 changed to SV1HFW (all bands) after receiving the CW efficiency.
Kefalonia island - Dawn on the mountain during the 2005 Perseids night expedition
Perseids meteor shower (archive photo)
Have studied Physics but soon I changed my professional route and was engaged in film and advertising direction. This was the main reason that for many years I spent most of my time just working and had no time to deal with my favorite (since I was 9 years old) hobby of electronics and RF.
Kids on... air - secondary QTH Kefalonia 2007
Therefore I have been mostly active in summer and when 6m band is open – one of my favorite bands.
What I was actually intended to say by writing all these is that, for many years I did not think as important to add here info about me. We had the QSO, you could find necessary info of the station and these were enough.
But it was the QRP operation that I started this summer while on the secondary QTH SV1HFW/8 in Kephalonia island (in the western side of Greece) - where for more than a month every year we spend our summer vacations – that made me write here.
Kefalonia island - Western Greece QTH in Kefalonia - KM08ef
Operating 2m QRP - QSO with Italian station
QRP was initiated as a result of the revelation of the 17m band. I had no such antenna in Athens and had not realized that it is an extremely interesting band, also suitable for QRP operation: lack of many stations, pile-us and QRM, together with a bunch of dedicated operators on this band around the world, made me one day try it!
17m dipole for QRP operation
So in an evening a simple wire dipole was raised up from my house to the olive trees and the 5W of FT-817 found it’s companion for QRP operation. I had no QRP tuner at this time – so an MFJ tuner had to be in and out from the secondary vacation shack every evening.
Secondary QTH - vacation shack
Secondary QTH - 2m antennas and 17m dipole
Let me say that summer is hot in Greece… So after a day’s work in the field around the house and a swim at the sea with my XYL and the kids, it was my best to rest on the veranda and try the 17m band.
Operating QRP on the veranta
Soon I added a dipole for 20m just to try what I could do there, also working QRP.
20m dipole for QRP operation
Results amazed me: Canada, US, Japan, South America were the results of a so little effort and simple equipment.
Late at night - 17m operation
To be honest, I never liked monstrous power – unless there is a serious reason, like EME. With legal power down to 100W you can still do efficiently your QSOs all around the world and be proud for what you do. You may sometimes have to be patient to sneak through colleagues with KWs calling the same station, but isn’t it patience another thing together with politeness an amateur must have?
Finally, a mobile HF antenna helps me go QRP when around the suburbs of Athens with XYL and kids on the weekends. In my plans there is also an end fed antenna when more free time is available for field QRP operation in the future.
That’s all folks! If something new comes up I will add it here (e.g. photos of new antenna installations and QRP operation.)
CU on the bands,
P.S. QSL cards… have been delayed for most of you. Working now on the design and I hope within the next few months to start sending piles of them…
Locations on Kefalonia island
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