I have had the chance and the pleasure to enjoy Ham Radio by being a "team player" in multi-op / DX / contest operations such as: JX5O (one of the greatest expeditions I was lucky to be part of, along with great company !) - ZL8X (3 weeks downunder & 2010 CQWWCW) - XR0Y (Iorana Rapa Nui with an awesome expedition team comprised by 5 great guys PLUS Murphy !) - DR1A (2009 & 2010 CQWWSSB, 2010 CQWPXSSB, 2010 CQWPXCW) - VP8YLG (one of YL expedition to Falklands 17-31 January 2009, thanks to two GREAT hosts, Bob VP8LP -A1 club operator- and Janet VP8AIB ) - VK9LA (Down under at Lord Howe island, during Mar-Apr 2009) - SY9M (2010 & 2011 IOTA Contest from Crete, SV9CVY Mike''s mighty station ! Sincere thanks Michali for the 5-star hospitality) - RM5A (IARU HF Contest 2010, M/S while attending WRTC at Moscow ! Having fun the Russian way !) - JW/SV2KBS (Longyearbyen, Svalbard) - LA/SV2KBS (Tromsø, Arctic Norway, my first QSOs on HF were made from there) - SM/SV2KBS (Malmö) - OZ/SV2KBS (Copenhagen and Christiania freetown) - LZ/SV2KBS (Sofia, from ACOM factory shack ! Yeaaah !) - TC1AB (Canakkale) - LA3T (Tromsø, Arctic Norway, my first QSOs on HF were made from there) - JW5E (Longyearbyen, Svalbard) - SK7MW (Mogglarp VHF+ Superstation!) - J42T (Happy member of SV2BFN's contest team!) - SX7W (Field Day Fest every year !) - J48LH (Dukato Lighthouse, Lefkas Island !! By far one of the most successful and FUN operations ever !) - SX8FRA (one of Fryktories network to commemorate the 50 years of RAAG) - SZ1SV (RAAG shack) - SX0HQ (one of the SV HQ stations for the 2009 IARU HF Championship) - SX7ISS School contact with ISS !! The QSO was established on 11 Feb 2009 between astronaut Sandra Magnus and high school students from Alexandroupolis !! All of the 20 questions were answered in a timely manner and the whole event was a BIG success !! I feel wholeheartedly thankful to our national club RAAG that made this happen ! If you want to give vibes of excitement as well as a chance to young students to let them discover the brilliant hobby of Ham Radio please visit http://www.ariss-eu.org/schoolcontacts.htm - SX1ISS School contact with ISS between Athens primary school pupils and astronaut Timothy Creamer conducted on 18th March 2010 ! So happy to be part of SX1ISS RAAG team ! - SZ1A (ARRL 10m Contest) - J47XCF (Xanthi Carnival festival) - SX2SB (special event stn) - I also hold a norwegian amateur license, LA7VPA and in May 2010 I got my US Extra ticket AB1MQ while at Dayton ! - and tens of times /Portable from mountaintops (highest summit of Olympus mountain included 2918m.)but normally I am QRV as SV2KBS
My name is Victoria and in a previous life, I used to live in Alexandroupolis, from where I was signing SV2KBS/7. Currently, I am living in Ilmenau, Germany as an emotional and financial immigrant and I'm QRV as DM8YL. I'm mostly involved with High Speed Telegraphy as well as Chess over Radio. In that previous life I used to chase DX but soon discovered the magic of High Speed CW and ever since I never looked back again !
My hometown, Serres (KN11sc), lies at the northern part of Greece and it's quite close to LZ borders - a rather small community at the countryside surrounded by tremendously beautiful mountains where I had the chance to be acquainted with an exciting activity, mountain hiking - at first with the one and the only man of my life (well, almost ! :-)), my dad Nikos and then with the "gang" of the local Alpine Club in Serres ! The foto you see up in my profile, is taken during an amazing long hiking trip I enjoyed in TF land, Iceland and the picture below is from another hike I had at Olympus mountain, in SV (I climb up to Olympus every year, if you ever come to SV and need assistance with mountain hiking issues, reservations or itinerary inquiries, email me, I will gladly help)
Some other things that thrill me and I try to practice them as often as I can, include amateur astronomy (observational deep-sky astronomy as well as telescope building), cycling (both mountain and road), chess, hang-gliding, travelling anywhere worldwide with civilized means of transport (railway/maritime/or whatever which travels on two wheels) and during winter months I love cross-country skiing.
Through my beloved hobby, mountain hiking, I was always carried away to watch my fellow climbers using their handheld transceivers for their communication needs and this stimulated my interest for wireless communications. Apart from this, something else that brought me close to amateur radio was my mother's MW+SW receiver -and her passion for chasing DX broadcasting stations- with which I spent hundreds of hours listening to transmissions coming from near and far far away ! But it was no later than 2005 when I got licensed and discovered the real magic of another unvisible world which is always around us (and inside us !), the radiowave world !!
Currently, as a new member in Ham Radio community, I simply enjoy being on the air, whether it's running a station while on a contest or working DX, operating QRP while camping, however my passion is working CW, a mode which fascinated me a lot from the early beginning when I had to learn it for my license exams - ever since I found out that this is my mode, CW the magic carpet ride of Ham Radio ! However, the real Continuous Wave apocalypsis came rather late to me, when I met a fine and kind man, one of the world´s-best-known-DXers, while on VK9LA expedition. Bob N2OO turned out to be the elmer who was holding the "keys" to the CW magic world and generously gave them to me. I feel heartfelt thankful to Bob for his patience and generosity that changed my ham radio perspective, giving it a true touch of class and joy. Ever since, CW turned out to be my passion, my own potential. Although morse code exam has been dropped in many countries (in SV
Early April, thanks to my elmer Jimmy SV1BTR, I got on the air on 2m CW EME experiencing this way the ULTIMATE DX ! My 144MHz EME setup is as follows: 4x17el 3.3wl yagi's - GU74B by LZ2US - MGF 1302. The paddle I use is the Schurr Profi 2, I love it ! If you are interested in this exciting mode of communication, don't hesitate to get in touch with the CW EME community: they will do all the best for you to help you get on the air and click away the most thrilling QSOs ever !
But apart from CW and space amateur communications, another obsession I have is my passion for the Quad antennas. The Queen of the antennas !!! These antennas are by far my favourite, for some inexplicable reason I am in love with them and I try to study them, understand them and -hopefully- build a big one in the near future !
There is also another reserved place in my radio-heart and this is for mountain-topping operations and further on, I appreciate very very much QRP (and portable !!) operation, which I regard it to be the quintessence of wireless communications !
My HF station is equipped as follows: 3-band homebrew Quad antenna, a GAP Titan DX vertical antenna that has made me happy and proud many times, my beloved all-singing all-dancing ICOM IC-7000, my comfy Heil Pro Plus headset which has become a natural extension of my body and my LDG AT-1000 antenna tuner which has harmoniously matched many antennas to my TRX in a very happy matrimony :) And the most precious jewels of my station, each one of them with unique beauty, clicking away many happy QSOs for me: Schurr Profi 2 Morsetasten, Kent Hand Key, Swedish Pump Key. They are all of them objects of equal worship for me. I also use a portable Spiderbeam antenna (that works GREAT), a Buddipole and for 2m FM mountaintopping I use a 3-element SOTAbeam. A pretty 144MHz 4-element Quad antenna serves for local ragchewing. I am also enthused when flying my Cody kite (2,5m wingspan) with various vertical wire antennae when on field operation. And still looking forward for more!
RF Whispering: Clicking CW signing /QRPeeeee while
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If for any reason you need to contact me, please feel free to do it; I'd be glad to read your email.
All the best 73+88 (and special 33 to YLs !!) and I hope to meet you on the air ! I wish you wholeheartedly HAPPY DXing: keep operating and experimenting !! CU later on !
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