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The upper right photo shows our family few years back at the lake Bohinj in N/W Slovenia.

This page is always under construction. I am always changing something here. (14. feb 2018)

New toy in sandbox:

But.... Can I ask you kindly:

PLEASE DO NOT DUPLICATE on the same band (valid for FT8 PSK or JT's!)

Thank's A LOT for the previous one!

Thank you for your understanding!

If I call CQ DX please don't call me if you are from EUROPE. Unless you need me for the new one! In that case, you are welcome, of course.

Again, thank you for your understanding!


Hello, my name is Aleksander and I live in small green country named Slovenia. I have two doughters, Zala and Eva. My beloved wife's name is Boza. But first let's look across my antennas. There's where those signals comes from. Let me start with my new wire antenna project:

I don't know how to name this antena which in principe come out from Bi-Square, long time ago, so I go just by SLA antenna. It is optimized for 20m Band but works very well on 17m and quite OK on 15m, 12m & 10m where it has interesting gain at 8-10 deg take-off lobes. For some reasons it is not so nice performer for bands down from 20m. You can use it on 30m or 40m but performance on that bands with this size of wire is way down from what can you expect on 20m or 17m! A lot of people already asked me to describe this antenna so I start to write down my first row description rather to wait for the point when I will be happy with all tinny hints. This antenna is so simple to build it. Glance to the photo down and you will get almost enough information to start to build it youselve. Try it and I am sure you will like it. 

Hi there! Currently I am testing my new unusual antenna and like to share sometning new (for me) with you. I didn't know how to name it so I go simply with SLA (Split Loop Antenna). It contains two approximately 20m long wires and one ceramics insulator at the upper horizontal part of the antenna, and two ceramics insulator at corners and 450 Ohms ''ladder line''. There are more ways to tune it. I have chosen tuned ''ladder-line length version. That means you can cut lader-line to the length where you finnaly find resonanse. You can also go the other way by conecting it to the antenna tuner. I do that but sadly found just a little too much RF inside my room. If you know how to get rid off RF that's the most luxury way. I've give up on antenna tuner and lader-line in the radio room.

This particually design gives you about 10,5 dBi (over perfect ground) on 20m Band with upper wire 20m up of the ground and lower corner just 6m of the ground. If you can go higher that would be even better. Maximum Gain on 20m Band is at 17 deg. This is amazing. Don't forget we are dealing with just a wire antenna here. I have also modeled few other versions with different shapes too. 12m horizontal and 10m vertical gives you even more gain - 11,5 dBi but at 19 deg. What you will say? What's better for DX work? Lower angle or higher gain? I take decision to go by triangle (Looks like Delta Loop) version as seen on the photo down because of no need for another two ropes at lower corners if you go by Quad design. By going triangle gravity and ladder-line will do the job for you. So if you have enough space plus two twenty meters tall trees or poles or something else you can try with delta-shape or quad shape, both has nice gain. My delta-shape hangs down from 20m high plastic rope. Lower side of triangle is just about 6m up of the ground. Upper wire is split with ceramics insulator. Use ceramics too for making upper corners of wire. SLA Antenna is true Two or as we can say a Bi-Direcctional antenna! That means it ''shoots'' in both directions. Just like dipole or single Delta Loop or single Quad antenna but with more, much much more gain. Sometimes it is so fun to run both, Short Path and Long Path at the same time, when that kind of propagation occure. You will hear many echoes which you can't with - one direction antennas. If you will try one of those SLAs please be so nice and send me an e-mail and tell me what you have found out.


A word about Balun.

Don't forget to put good common mode choke between lader line and koax. I tested it out with 1:1 SpiderBeam ''Balun'' because I have one of those on the hand. It has just great common-mode choke cappabilities. With that combination -proper lenght of 450 OHm ladder line and this ''Balun'' I've got SWR 1:1.8 - so still acceptable.  

My S57S SLA (Delta Loop shape) optimised for 20m antenna looks like this:


SLA (Squre Loop shape) optimised for 20m antenna looks like this:

Both shapes has similar gain and diagram. Square shape is app 8m up from the ground and delta shape corner is about 4-5m up only. Boths works very well, the SWR minimum at the tuned open ledder line is better with square shape (1:1.0) and delta loop shape is about 1:1,2. That's mean impendance is a little different for both antennas but not much.  

Vertical patterns for Delta loop shape version at 14.225 MHz and 18.130 MHz (EZNEC simulations over perfect ground) Antenna has great gain of 10,47 dBi at 17 deg on 20m Band and 10,51 dBi at 13 deg take-off on 17m Band, but here some additional lobes starts to accure.  I can only say I am realy surprise that works so well on 17m Band too. Don't be afraid of those second lobs. All in all, every and each beam-type or Loop-Type antena has this second lobe too if instaled one lambda or more high.  

My other antennas, once upon a time ....


First, my trusty 4 el. (12 years old) 28 MHz Yagi. It is all home made and I am truly happy with it. I just wish to have two of them in the stack configuration one day. Next photoshows108 meters long EDZ (Extended Dubble Zepp antenna (2x 54m long) which is about (only) 25m up. It is made for 80m-band but can be tuned up to all bands, thank's to 300 Ohm ladder line. It's great performer on 3.5 MHz to EU and DX but has quite sharp pattern to N/W direction which means that I can work most of N/W Europe and USA/VE with ease. I first worked North America also via Long Path. My EDZ is too close to the ground, but even so, it's great performer and it's realy working very very well. You won't be dissappointed if you will built one of that. For real DX on 80m, some kind of vertical probably would be better. But you need good ground for verticals. I live on the top of the hill so no good ground can be found here. On the ''Magic'' band I use 5 el. YU7EF design Yagi. You can ''Google'' for YU7EF antennas yoursef if you looking for good performing antennas. Justin, G0KSC has also a lot of designs, but I have to try his one day. DK7ZB is another guy. So if you have a little skill, don't hesistate and try to build something yourself. Nothing can buy satisfaction when your antenna start to collect DX.

After few years of ''trubble-free'' with my EDZ80m antennaI had lightning visitor on the hill at 28th August 2013. You can see brute force of mother nature! ED Zeppelin is currently out of order, but I am working on it just now.

In 2011 I finaly started to buil my first 5-band antenna. I have some fibre-glass poles (4,5m long) and use them for Spider arms.

And here it is.Home-made SpiderBeam in all here beauty. (On tuning pole) (DEC 2012)

And this is my small bottle of Power to help me contact those DX-es. I can squeeze 700 Watts out of it. For DX work 700-800 Watts is all what you realy need! With one (1) German (Siemens) tube RS-1002 (QB4-1100/4-400)(TETRODE)I am not '' the one call only and I've got it guy'', but I get throu almost always after few calls. Isn't that old fat lady (TETRODE) shines sexy? And the amp is all HOME-MADE. One more and another part of the hobby still offering some ground for experimentation. I am not that profesion, but with help of some good friends, still around out there, and lots of changes inits gutsthis amp is back in buisseness. Many thanks Frane, S59AA, one of the most ''AMP''-knowledging guy I ever meet for helps me making this box alive again. Many thanks alsoto Josko, S57CV, previous owner to sold me this AMP in unworkable and burning-out stage for marginal price. There are still good guys in this hobby. Now, when BAND conditions are back and we all enjoy strong signals I am gettingnice audio reports from many callers. I think the glass tube-AMP is one of the best solution for outstandingaudio if you like to hear such coments from people you talk to.

But live a Hamradio briefly. Here's few photos of my family, mostly on some nice spots of our beautiful Slovenia. The one with my ladies isat Croatian Istria, on hot August day this year (2013). The Slovenian beer belongs toother(contesters)side.



Now the shocking part.

In September 2007 the doctors found nasty tumor on my right kidney. It shows out it was Cancer (Hipernefrom). Thank's god it was still small enougt they can cut it off so I can keep my right kidney and get rid of Cancer that way. I truly hope so. No chemotherapy was needed in my case. Six years latter my both kidneys still functioned excellent and new tumors or metastasis can't be found. I realy hope this will be so also in next upcoming years. What you can see on my presented pictures are what you will need THE MOST when something like that happened. Yes, it's called FAMILY!

Don't forget that. The reason I am teling you about my disease is I want to tell you this:

Sometimes finding Cancer inside you, not necessarily means THE END. When you realy trust that you can fight, miracles can appear and if you are luck enough to having loving family on side ( which you don't want to left behind), you CAN fight against this heavy ''Predator'' called Cancer.

I win this contest! Mostly because in my case it was fast enough and there was no metastasis yet. But also because we have skilled and highly profesinal doctors. And because I was never give up. Thinking about my family 24/7 helps me not to become completely apathetic or even mad.

When I was finaly recover from surgery (and shock) (It takes about whole year) HAM radio comes back to the scene and helped me MUCH not to think about Cancer and death anymore. Particularly when I was home alone. I just turn on the Kenwood TS-850 and forget to what happened to me just ''over the night''. That dark rainy day back in September 2007 they informed me about THE FACT: ''You have a Cancer''.

I am OK now. Happy that I am still here and new antennas+ contestnig plans found their way back to my mind again.

I started new page in the book of life. That's inclouding more time spentoutside. Onfresh air.



Today, 6 years after sickness, I feel much stronger than ever before. Mostly, my energy comes from mountain-bycicles riding all around country.

We equiped family with mountain bycicles and somehow all members of our family agree to tried new sport out. Here's me on next hill from my house. It takes about 1 hour sweating to that spot.

Slovenia is small green Diamondof Europe. We still have cristal clear lakes and a lot of forests, all kind of animals, tries, birds and butterflies. Thisfour photos was taken on Wednesday, July 14th 2010. We spent day at the lake Bohinj, one of the cleaniest lakes in Europe. You can easly see the translucenceof lake's watter. If you ever come to visit Slovenia, our two largest lakes Bohinj and Bledis ''The must''!

This is how our yellow house on the top of the hill. The house is at 635m A.S.L., 20km (15miles) from Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.I haven't have yet large tower but that's not mean I can't work DX. Sometimes we're blessed by a lot of snow, as you can see lower.

And the cat? Eva and Zala, my daughters asked for the cat for centuries. Now we got one. Look at her! Don't you dare not to send me QSL!

Sometimes she's ''BAD girl'', that's what's happening then:


And for last,

I am also QSL manger for 9J3A. QSL for this DXpeditions are available Direct or via Buro plus I tried to do my best to upload it to the LoTW too. If you can't find your call on LoTWbase,and you are sure you worked 9J3A, drop me E-mail to see what's going on. Andlook on QRZ.COM under 9J3A for more news. If you want oneQSL card, sent have to send yours first. (You can ask for BURO card also via E-mail) If you don't get your card back, let's say in one month (for direct) or so, send me an E-mail. Buro is slow! I will answer to your cards after and when they arrive. Because of huge amount of NO-Members around the globe, I take decision to send 9J3A QSL BURO cards out only on request. This is the most and only economicly way. Were times when all has to be member of national Leagues gone? Those days are gone, my frind... I tough they never end ....

I am out of first of two QSL Cardas, kindly sponsored by WFF. So you will get the QSL card showed here as the nr. 3.

73, and see you on the bands. I hope you like this little presentation of myselve, my family and my beautiful country Slovenia. The small treasure of Europe.

Aleksander, S57S. Last update-work on QRZ.COM -October 25th2013.

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