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On the air since 1984 with more than 425.000 QSOs.

Prefer CW on HF and "Guerrilla QRP Portable" style of outdoor activations. 

QSL policy:

Due to enormous number of QSOs no longer send QSLs via the bureau. 

For QSL card please send DIRECT request with SAE + funds to cover the mailing costs.    

QSOs from the last years are uploaded on eQSL net.      


1. TS-480HX G5RV, 40m Delta Loop, Vertical and CG-3000  2. FT-450AT and Windom  3. Field portable: K1 and wire antennas 

QRP portable and backpacking activities from mountains, summits, national parks, castles, beaches and other interesting places with battery powered K1 max 5 W and wire vertical with ground radials or Inv-Vee link dipole, lifted on fiberglass pole or tree limb.                                                                                                              

Introduction from the Z35M's article: "Flight of the QRP Bird ... or the Freedom of QRP" published in CQ Amateur Radio, June 2012: "IF you think HF hamming requires a dedicated room and big antenna, then you've never met Z35M, who has put an ultralight portable HF QRP station and has operated from ... well ... just about everywhere".


ZA/Z35M/P: QRP activation from island                                                                          Z35M's article in CQ Amateur Radio, June 2012

Profile highlights:

 Age: 52

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

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

1991: Made the very first radio contact from the new DXCC entity Republic of Macedonia.

1994: Founded the Macedonian Telegraphic Group, MCWG;  Made his first DX-pedition in Albania, ZA/Z32KV.

2001: Made a total of 43.300 radio contacts in one year and set "European One - Year QSO Record"see more below

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

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


SOTA activation from the highest summit in Macedonia, Golem Korab 2764 m;                          Winter SOTA activation from Vodno, Z3/WM-046

2010:Downsized to a low profile apartment station; active QRP portable and backpaciking from summits, mountains, castles, national parks, beaches, pedestrian mobile activity on HF.


WWFF activation from Popova Shapka (Shar Mountain), Z3FF-0007;                              WCA activation from Samoil Castle, Z3-00004

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


Experimental bicycle mobile Z35M/BM and pedestrian mobile Z35M/PM setups                                                                      


Lake boat mobile: K1 at 5W and fishing rod wire vertical                                                    Experimental car mobile: Z35M/M                                                    

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


ZA/Z35M/P:SG-2020 at 25 W and half size G5RV,  K1 at 5 W and Inv Vee dipole;                       DL/Z35M: K1 at 5 W and fishing rod wire antenna

2014: Summer holiday expedition from Albania, ZA/Z35M/QRP with K1 at 5 W and fishing rod wire vertical.

2015: Bicycle QRP mini-DXpedition to Albania, ZA/Z35M/P from campsite on Ohrid LakeK1 at 5 W and fishing rod wire vertical.


Z35M on the way to Albania;                     Z35M's article in CQ Amateur Radio, June 2016: Bicycle QRP mini- DXpedition to Albania 

2016: Apsolute world winner of the year-long Field Flowers QRP Portable Marathon with 142 QRP portable activations and 3736 QSOs from the beaches in lake regions in Macedonia, nature protected areas, castles, mountain summits and other interesting places; 

Founded the „Z3 Portable Group“ and launched the "Guerrilla QRP Portable" style of outdoor activations: ultra-light radio equipment weight, non motorized access, autonomous power supply, objects found on the field used as antenna supports, natural shelters, minimazing the need for operator's comfort devices.


Z35M's article in CQ Amateur Radio, February 2017: Guerrilla QRP Portable;           Awards for Field Flowers QRP Portable Marathon

2017: Operating from low profile home station and outdoor qrp portable; Special guest in W5KUB's Amateur radio roundtable weekly TV show talking about "Guerrilla QRP Portable"; Bicycle QRP mini-DXpeditions to Greece, SV2/Z35M/P and to Albania, ZA/Z35M/P, K1@5W and tree limb wire vertical; mini QRP-DXpedition to Bulgaria, LZ/Z35M/P.


Z35M/P, K1 at 5 W and fishing rod wire vertical

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

QRP clubs: RU-QRP, Club 72, Polar Bear, NAQCC.

DX awards:DXCC, 5BDXCC, WAZ, WPX, WAC ... Confirmed 317 DXCC, 110+ DXCC on QRP.

From abroad: ZA/Z32KV, ZA/Z35M, ZA1MH, ZA1B, ZA1UT, RZ4FWA, LZ1RDF, LZ1KDP, YU0HN, OE9PTI / M, OE9XRV, DL/Z35M, SV2/Z35M/P, LZ/Z35M/P ...

*The best achievement of Z35M: 43.300 QSOs in one year

In 2001, Vlado decided to run personal QSO Marathon with the aim of seeing how many radio contacts 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 that 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 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 avarage daily rate was 118,6 QSOs, and approximately three in ten contacts were with DX stations outside Europe.

The Z35M's article: "A Personal QSO Marathon: 43.300 QSOs in One Year" was published in CQ Amateur Radio, May 2005.


 Z35M's article in CQ Amateur Radio, May 2005;       Z35M (2015): G5RV at 20 m;      ZA/Z35M (2006): FT-1000MP, AL-811, G5RV at 35m           



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