My given name is Dejan but on the air I go by "Dan". I was born in 1968. I work as a professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at University "Sv. Kliment Ohridski" of Bitola, Macedonia.
Like most Eastern-European HAMs of my age, I started my radio amateur activity by joining a radio club, in 1979. It was shortly after watching the movie "Si tous les gars du monde... / If All the Guys in the World..." (1956), a filmed story about a lifesaving operation at sea and amateur radio solidarity. (You will not regret after watching this movie!)
I made my first QSOs from the local radio club YU5CEF at age 14 in 1982. As a novice club operator, I was restricted to 80/40 m, CW only operations for a couple of years. First individually licensed as YU5RQ in 1987, and updated to Z31RQ in 1991. In the first years of activity, I was operating with a home made equipment (tube based, 300W). I was QRV from 160 m to 70 cm, including MS end EME (signing as Z30B). On VHF most equipment - the antenna system, high power amplifier, preamplifier - was home built.
After a decade of inactivity due to family and job duties, I came back to the HF bands in 2011. Nowadays, I am primarily interested in working DX on 80 through 6 meters, mostly on CW. My other hobbies include mountain hiking, recreational flying, aircraft and boat building, robotics and learning foreign languages.
This is my current equipment list (the stuff I am actually using):
- Icom IC-756 Pro-II transceiver for 160-6 m (my back-up RIG is TS-830S)
- Yaesu FL-2277B (an old, but nice 500 W linear amplifier for HF)
- Aerials: 2 el. Quads for 20, 15, 10 and 6 m, up 22 m, and
W3DZZ trap dipole for 80 m and 40 m, at average height of only 14 m
I occasionally use the above antennas (with an antenna tuner) for the WARC bands.
- A home made guyed antenna tower, with a rotator
- Icom IC-290H, a 30 W transceiver for 2 m
- Mirage B-3016G, a 160 W solid state amplifier for 2 m
In the picture above (1994), my old Yagi antennas for 20 and 10 m are shown. I still use the same tower - see the pictures below.
Due to space limitations, I have no separate, low-band receiving antenna. Since my W3DZZ antenna is just 27 m long and 14 m up, my reception on 80 m is not very good. It's like working with a 40 m dipole on 80 m! Please be patient and persistent when calling and give me multiple QRS calls on 80 m CW, particularly in marginal CONDX. On the other bands I do not have problems.
For me the final satisfaction from a QSO is receiving a LoTW confirmation.
I try to upload to LoTW, eQSL and Clublog.org after each 5-10 QSOs, or at least weekly.
I QSL direct for new countries (324 DXCC entities confirmed, CW only).
There is no more an outgoing QSL bureau in my country and I can not use this confirmation method. Hence, the only way to receive my paper QSL is the direct route. If you think enclosing an IRC or "Green Stamp" in the envelope is risky or you simply want to save on the outgoing mail postage, you can request a direct QSL online, using the Clublog's OQRS system. I respond the same or the next day.
You can also use Clublog.org to search my online log. If you find a minor error with your call sign, please e-mail me with the correction. Incorrect call signs could not be matched in LoTW and confirmed!
I look forward to future QSOs with you.
Dan / Z31RQ
My Quad antennae, then (1988) and now (2011).
(left) 3/4/5 el. Quad for 20/15/10 m, properly loaded :-)
(right) 2 el. Quad for 20, 15, 10 and 6 m
I remember the vivid bands in the late 80's, packed with plenty of strong and weak signals, with the old 3/4/5 el. Quad. The random QSO with K2YEW on 20 m, with only 0.3 W and a 4 el. Yagi on his side, is still fresh in my memory.
Above: on a VHF-MS expedition to Pelister, the peak of Mt. Baba, KN00OX, 2601 m a.s.l. (around 1990). The best QRB achieved was around 2500 km with a GM station - a record breaking MS QSO in Yugoslavia at the time.
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