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 Mechanics at the University "Sv. Kliment Ohridski" of Bitola, Macedonia.
Like most East 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 radio amateur solidarity. (You will not regret after watching this movie!)
I made my first QSOs from the local radio club YU5CEF (now Z37CEF) 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 and programming 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 ancient, but still good 500 W linear amplifier for HF)
- Aerials: 2 el. Quads for 20, 15, 10 and 6 m, up 22 m,
2 el. Moxon Yagis for 17 and 12 m, up 13 m
Ground plane for 30 m,
2 el. Yagi for 30 m (10 m up, hand rotated and mostly fixed to NA), and
W3DZZ trap dipole for 80 m and 40 m, at average height of only 14 m
- 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 don't give up when calling and give me multiple QRS calls on 80 m CW, particularly in marginal or noisy CONDX.
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 (329 DXCC entities confirmed on CW, and 2 more mixed).
There is no outgoing QSL bureau in my country and I can not use this confirmation method any more. Hence, the only way to receive my paper QSL is the direct route. If you think enclosing an IRC or a "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 in the log can not be matched in LoTW and will stay unconfirmed!
I look forward to future QSOs with you.
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 still remember the vivid bands in the late 1980'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 end, is still fresh in my memory.
(above) 2 el. monoband Moxon Yagis for 17 and 12 m. (the third, outer Moxon was for 30 m, but it was destroyed in a windstorm)
(above) A balloon elevated lambda/4 Ground-Plane antenna for 160 m (1996/97).
(above) Z30B 144 MHz EME WAC (Z31RQ opr.)
(above) On a VHF-MS expedition to Pelister, the peak of Mt. Baba, loc. KN00OX at 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.
(above) Bitola's main street
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