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1. Skopje: Low profile apartment station FT-897 running max 100 W into G5RV at 25m.

2. Struga: QRP station Elecraft K1 running max 5 W into half size G5RV at 9 m.

Photo below: Elecraft K1 and Yaesu FT-897

Photo below: Battery powered Elecraft K1, MFJ antenna tuner and paddle

For QRP portable and backpacking activities from mountains, summits, national parks, castles, beaches, e.t.c. using battery powered K1 with max 7 W and Inv-Vee link dipole or wire vertical with ground mounted radials, supported by 5m fishing pole or tree limb.

Photo below: The first ever Summits On The Air activation in Macedonia, May 2009

Photo below: HF QRP activation from a hill using battery powered K1 and BullDog mini paddle

Photo below: Winter HF QRP shack on a mountain summit

Photo below: HF QRP activity from an island using battery powered K1 and 20 m band wire vertical with six radials

Photo below: Portable use of battery powered SGC-2020

Profile highlights:

1979: Went to amateur radio lessons

1984: First radio contact from club station YU5FCA, later Z37FCA.

1987: First personal call sign YU5KV, later 4N5KV, Z32KV, Z35M.

1991: Made the first historical radio contact from the independent Republic of Macedonia.

1994: Founder of the Macedonian Telegraphic Group, MCWG

2001: Z35M made 43.300 radio contacts (QSOs) in one year and set "European One - Year QSO Record", single operator / one callsign.* see more below

2002 - 2007: Active from Albania as ZA/Z35M with a total of 113.000 radio contacts.

2009> SOTA - Initiated The Summits On The Air program in Macedonia, also activator and chaser; Z3 SOTA Association Manager.

2010> Downsized to a low profile apartment station; also active QRP portable and backpaciking from summits (SOTA), mountains (WMA), castles (WCA), national parks (WWFF), beaches, e.t.c.

The first pedestrian mobile activity on HF from Macedonia (Z35M/pm on 14 MHz - CW);

2011: Summer holiday QRP expedition from Albania, ZA/Z35M/QRP using battery powered K1, max 5 W, into dipoles from appartment or wire vertical on a beach;

The first bicycle mobile activity on HF from Macedonia (Z35M/bm on 14 MHz - CW) and first boat mobile from a lake (Z35M/m on 14 MHz - CW).

2012:Summer holiday expedition from Albania, ZA/Z35M using SGC-2020 at 25 W and 1/2 size G5RV; and activity as DL/Z35M from Germany using K1 and 1/4 wire antenna from appartment, and SOTA activation from German Alps using battery powered FT-817ND and vertical.

The article of Z35M:„The Flight of the QRP Bird - or the Freedom of QRP“was published in CQ Amateur Radio, June 2012.

2013: Acitivity from home and outdoor portable activating SOTA summits.

Photo below: Bicycle mobile HF QRP setup, battery powered K1, LDG automatic antenna tuner, BullDog mini paddle

Photo below: Bicycle HF QRP mobile setup, 20 m band wire dipole antenna coiled on a fishing rod

Photo below: Boat mobile HF QRP setup on Ohrid Lake, battery powered K1, MFJ antenna tuner and paddle, 20 m band wire vertical with two radials

Memberships and awards:

High Speed Telegraphy Clubs: HSC, VHSC ,SHSC, EHSC, HACWG, OHTC , 9ACWG , MCWG.

Low power - QRP Clubs: RU-QRP Club, Polar Bear QRP Club, Club 72.

Awards: DXCC (316 countries - mixed; 101 countries worked QRP on CW), 5BDXCC, WAZ-mixed, 5BWAZ-basic, WPX-mixed, WPX Honor roll-mixed, WAC .

Activity from abroad:

1994: ZA/Z32KV; 2002-2007: ZA/Z35M; 2011: ZA/Z35M/QRP;2012: ZA/Z35M, DL/Z35M/P

Operator at: RZ4FWA, YU0HN, LZ1RDF, OE9XRV, OE9PTI/m, YU6GAH, ZA1A, ZA1UT, ZA1B, ZA1MH, e.t.c.

*The best achievement of Z35M

In 2001, Vlado decided to run personal QSO Marathon with the aim of seeing how many radio contacts (QSOs) can be made in one year, using only home station and personal callsign - Z35M. The final result after 12 months of operation was 43.300 QSOs ! This, as far as could be determined, is the European one-year QSO record (single operator, one year, one call sign) and third best in the world. The better known results are those of VP6BR (a DX-pedition from Pitcairn Island), operated by OH2BR in 2000, with 56.059 QSOs, and KV4AA (SK), who made 48.100 QSOs in 1978 from Virgin Islands. This operation was not a DXpedition, and the Republic of Macedonia, Z3 is not listed among the 100 most wanted DXCC entities. At the same time, it is the best result ever achieved from any main-land location. At that time Vlado, Z35M was 35 years old, had a full-time job and family obligations, and managed to fulfill other social and personal activities. Out of 365 days in the year, he was active in 350 and spent around 1.000 hours on the air. The average daily rate was 118,6 QSOs, and approximately three in ten contacts were with DX stations outside Europe. The article of Z35M: "A Personal QSO Marathon: 43.300 QSOs in One Year" was published in CQ Amateur Radio, May 2005.

Photo below: Summits On The Air activation in 2009 from the highest summit in Macedonia, Golem Korab 2764 m







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