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I am S50CLX Cerkno Linux Palk DX Cluster sysop!


15-MAR-2014: 300 DXCC confirmed on 160 Meters -> more

For more photos click on QSL card above getting my home page or click on Tone's S54E Picasa album for few additional station photos. Please visit home page of our S50E RADIO CLUB for more informations. You can see seven minutes video clip recorded with my Android cell phone from 17th October 2011 (WATCH 100MB large file) of Jacek (SP5DRH), H40KJ on 160m band. He was easy readable CQ-ing (16MB) well before his sunrise with our 352m long beverage antenna heading Temotu Province direction.

QSL Policy: In these days of mobile telephones, e-mailand easy world-wide communications, I can see no point in exchanging QSL cards for everyday rag-chewing or contest QSOs. I can understand the desire for cards to confirm an unusual contact, for example a very long distance LF QSO. My QSL policy is therefore to only send cards in response to those who QSL direct and who also include adequate return postage. I am also a LoTW user so feel free to match your log for digital certification there.

You can easily ask for QSL card over OQRS (Online QSL Requests) which allow you to request direct or bureau cards from ClubLog search page, without sending me a physical card.

Short Ham history - When did you get your license, calls held, here,etc.

I got my first HAM license in 1979 when I was still in the elementary school. I started with the local QSO's especially on 80m SSB. After only a few months, with a lot of help from Brane, S51B, I got involved in EU CW roundtables. I mainly used the club sign YU3IXY and after 1983 when I passed exam for the second degree I begun using my personal callsign YU3HA.When Slovenia became independent in 1992, I got S59WA. In 1996 I finally choose S50U.

Elmers - Who was there to help you get started in ham radio and in contesting? Is there someone special in ham radio for you or that you have helped get on the air?

In my hometown Cerkno, the amateur radio started with the arrival of Miran Voncina, curently S50O. In 1978 he organized an amateur radio course in the elementary school. After we successfully passed the exams, Miran and his XYL Adelka gratefully offered us a room in their apartment. In that room Miran taught us everything about operating techniques and many times this was prolonged late in the night. Without Miran, S50O, I don't imagine the existence of the today's club S50E where he is a chairman.

You have gone on some expeditions for contests - which was your favorite? Your least favorite? Any upcoming trips?

So far I haven't been on any contest expedition. You should remember the fact that our contest location is at 1300 asl. and the equipment has to be carried by yourself, even with a lot of snow. If I can get some sponsors in the future, I will gladly participate in some DX or contest expedition.

Can you describe your current station and possible future plans for upgrade?

My contest location is the same as my club location S50E. Three towers are equipped for competitive work of all ranges throughout the year. The aerials are maintained a lot because of the difficult weather conditions. A new location at Gorski Vrh with the emphasis on the lower bands with lots of wires for RX antennas is build. I especially enjoy to compete on 160m CW. Please look at a few photos on my Internet home page http://s50u.s50e.si

What about WRTC 2000? How did you become involved?

I became interested on the WRTC in 1996 during the extra ordinary visit of numerous S5 OPs in San Francisco. Due to financial difficulties I wasn't able to attend the show. According to my excellent contest results, I was chosen as a leader of the Slovenia group for WRTC 2000 on Bled. I think this is a very special challenge for every contestant.

Where do you see contesting headed in general? Can you identify any trends that are of interest?

The trend will most probably head towards extremely professional sophisticately prepared contest station and well trained crew, "A Formula One era approach by OH2BH" where the operator concentrates on the driving of the station only, and the team does everything else. I cooperate with the European HF contest committee. The year of the first license is sent there together with RST. Thus I have information which shows that even in the recent period of Internet, mobile phones, PC games etc. the number of new HAM licenses doesn't decrease as shown in the following table from 1999 EUHFC results :

1960-1969 740; 1970-1979 1291; 1980-1989 1486; 1990-1999 1481;

It's obvious, that 24 hours contest format is very dynamic, have high QSO rates and all this attracts younger contestants unable to build new "BIGGUN" stations or travel long distance to the high-tech contest station at an optimum DX location. The participation in the contests might be greater if people respect the rules regarding the power limit and multi op./single band. Namely, there are some people who sacrifice fair play for a better results. Something should be done in this direction too.

What really gets you excited about contesting and in ham radio?

It can be seen in the contest how much work one has to put in the improvement of the location and operation techniques in order to achieve the top results.

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