Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

First Es season QSO on 6m...!!!

First Es season QSOs for 6m band today.   
9A5CW Pat my 1st Es season QSO for 2015.  
IK5BAW also logged with great signal.

Nice 6m season for all my Ham friends.

Friday, April 3, 2015

CE3SX and CE2AWW on KM36vc...


Nice signals from Chile tonight....

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Heil BM-10 upgrade...

The low quality of the Heil BM-10 ear pads replaced with 
half priced Chinese (luxury quality) pads.

On picture above you can see the destroyed original pads...!!!!

The Chinese pads that found on EBay offers 2 pairs 
of pads on half price of originals...!!!!

Here is the finished job. 
My Heil BM-10 headset it looks totally improved...!!!

eBay item number:321646863832
purchase is on your own risk

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Playing with RBN...

Agree or not this tool is the near future of DXing. Now works for CW, RTTY and PSK. Next is SBB...???

Monday, February 16, 2015

WPX RTTY Contest...

Last weekend participate the CQ WPX RTTY Contest on 10m low power assisted category. My A3S and 45 watts results 431 QSOs and lot of fun. Suturday was a busy day for me (outside of the shack)  and few QSOs made. Sunday was more busy but with long periods of "rest".

The best moment was the QSO with PA/SV2DCD who pass to say hello..!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Big Thanks....

After Triathlon DX Contest 2015 a Big Thanks goes to my ham friends allover the world for their 599-001. Old and new Ham friends pass to give me the QSO or the QSO-multiplier points...


(Video is courtesy of  LA6UOA Trygve)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

3d Triathlon DX Contest...

February 7 
we run the 3d  
Triathlon DX Contest.

The 3 major modes in row.

A challenge for all.

Read rules and take part on the game....!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Remote RX servers are back...!!!

My remote RX servers are back today. It takes me long time to to make a good rearrangement and some antenna improvements. Now looks to be all OK.
Both SDRs (HF and VHF-UHF) are on-line on, and also SV5KKR's (my son's Manos) FT-817 at

For info  and "how to" see my previous posts:


Friday, January 16, 2015

EP6T DXpedition

EP6T 17-26 JAN 2015 KISH ISLAND IOTA AS-166 


Thursday morning, three years after our first contact in Iran, members of the Rockall Dx Group will be leaving Brussels at 12 o’clock local time. Flying to Teheran (via Moscow) where we have to change airport for the domestic flight to Kish Island AS-166. We have 30 fully packed suitcases filled with radio equipment and antennas. Radios will be carried as hand luggage which leaves about 6 kg of personal stuff for each operator.
We expect arrival on Kish island January 16th early morning. As soon as we have approval from the local police we can start building antennas. Priority will be lowband TX. 40m four-square and Hexbeams setting up the equipment in the shack is planned after sunset. EP6T will probably be going on air early morning of January 17th, but remember that we have not been sleeping for 36 hours at that time! Lowband RX antennas and 10m yagi will go up during the next day. We will be off air for a few hours to finish the station setup.
There will be two groups of 5 people operating in 4 hour shifts, around the clock. Again we want to ask people in Europe and Asia for your cooperation when we have propagation to North America, since this is the most difficult path on all bands. Listen to the operators instructions, and we will all be enjoying the pile ups.
There has been some deliberate QRM on 80 meters during the last months, the EP6T operators are aware of this, so turn your VFO away from the QRM and maybe you will find us calling a little bit below or above our announced frequency.
On Top Band we may be listening 1803 – 1810 for NA if EU/AS signals are causing too much trouble. Again, listen to the operators instructions.
We would like some signal reports from NA on 10 and 160m. Please send these reports via so we can adjust according to propagation openings. We will have daily updates from our pilots. If you want to know the best time to work us, use the link to K6TU on our website. When we have internet access you will find pictures, updates and the online log as well. Don’t forget the donate button which gives you a free QSL card for your QSO with EP.
Social media is covered by Bjorn, ON9CFG, twitter #EP6T and on Facebook.
We would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to Dr Fard, Mrs. Mortazavi and our assistants in Iran helping us getting EP6T on air, without them this expedition would not be possible.
The Rockall Dx Group

My friend Kostas SV1DPI
member of DXpedition...!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

160m this morning...

Great opening on 160 this morning...!!!

My antenna (a λ/4 dipole at 15m) it's still under test for more than 2 months but this morning propagation helps a lot. With noise at S3 was easy to hear USA's big guns. QSB was fair but long and I really enjoy it. 
All this week I will try to be QRV on daily basis on Top Band.
Hope to hear you there. 

Happy New Year to Alll...!!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

CQ WW RTTY 2014...

Participation  just for fun....!!! 

Playing with my youngest son on RTTY late the morning of Saturday, then going shopping, then go to the marriage of a good friend with family until early the morning of Sunday.... 

Few hours of sleep and then on contest again...!!!  
Breaking all "good contestier" rules, no preparations. 

Just fun...
Sunday went better.

530 QSOs using the brand new N1MM Logger Plus. 

 By the way here is my score:

45 watts by FT-2000 + A3S on 10m

Thanks to all who work me.
See you at next CQ Contest...!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

6m TEP is already here...

TY1AA worked (not a new one) and FR4NT also...
Signals where nice for both stations. TEP is here and Im happy about it...!!!

Happy TEP season to all...!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The last (?) 4m-6m opening...

All-day long today on 6m, 4m and few QSOs on 2m bands.Looks like to be the last (maybe) opening on my favorite bands. About 240 QSOs and few suprises...
4m map
4m-6m opening
My FT-847 without any mod for 4m operation gave 20 watts and draws about 25 Ampers. Between 12:00-13:00z I decide to make the PA1O mod. After for more than 50 screws and few desoldering-soldering, modification made and radio goes back to opening for test.
YAESU FT-847 opened...

 Now I got 75 watts for 9-11 Amps. Looks a small success...!! No any bad reports so far. 

Audio "looks" also nice from my ham friends recordings...!!

Tnx to Erwin DK5EW


Friday, August 15, 2014

Holidays and ...tropo games...!!!

Since yesterday I'm on holidays at KM36vc (South Rhodes). 
First propagation thing that I noticed was the 24 hours Tropo on 
UHF TV with Egypt TV Channels 1 and 2.

As you can see it's Q5 and with very stable signal all day. 
Earlier today as I except 2m opening in eastern Mediterranean  happens and the results was 4X, SV9, and 9H on 2m and replys to 9H1CG John's request, I manage to work him on 432.200 SSB using the antenna of ...2m !!!  
Few moments later SV9IOQ was also into the log working him on UHF.
My AIS receiver's coverage today...!!!

The 6m band remains very unstable at openings and a dosen of stations only worked today.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Club meetings...

Ham friends comes at SZ5RDS club station and having good time...

Meetings are every Wednesday 
and after 20:00 local time.
All are welcome....!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SV5/IZ8IYX at Rhodes...

My friend and Chief editor of DxCoffee Pasquale IZ8IYX, spend his holidays at Rhodes island. 

At special club meeting today Pasquale have the chance to operate from club station of Dodecanese Radio Amateurs Association making big pileups.

At free of operation time we talk about the cooperation of our people and maybe the next months to have a surprise to our friends around the globe. 

Operating under heavy pileup...

"Souma" just before going on-air with me and president SV5KKE...

From left to right: Konstantinos, SV5BYR, IZ8IYX, SV5KKE, SV5FRW

Friday, July 11, 2014

4m and 6m today....

4m opening....

6m opening (over 4 hours)....

Short skip to Patras and Salonika on 6m give the chance to 
exchange a ..."kalispera" with my friends there....

On videos below my CQs at SV3DCX and SV3FUP stations.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fun with my friends...


Here is what my friend Trygve LA6UOA seen and listen at his FT-857 when he is at home back Norway...
The video is taken July 3 on a good 6m opening to Scandinavia. Unfortunately Trygve's radio has a damage to transmitter and we have no QSO.


We make few eyeball QSOs here on Rhodes island  where my friend and his wife spend their holidays the last year....!!!!

Souvenir exchanges...

With the president of DRAA Manos SV5KKE..

Using club's rig to get in touch with home...

With family at my 2nd QTH...

At my shack at 2nd QTH...

At club station for BBQ again with SV5KKE, SV5FRW, SV5DZZ and me with lot of "souma"...

 See you next year...!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AEGEAN VHF Contest 2014...

This weekend we run the Greek VHF Contest. 
The AEGEAN VHF Contest for 13th time.

More here

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SV5BYR - SV5KKR servers out of service...

Unfortunately the conflict between NO-IP.ORG and MICROSOFT not solved so all my servers running under domain is out of service from last night. SV5BYR-7 DX Cluster, my SDR servers (HF and VHF) as the RemoteHams FT-817 of SV5KKR, not working. 

I decide to leave out  of service all servers except DX Cluster 
when the returns. 
Will be on service again at Autumn.

For your info here is the statement of NO-IP.ORG

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Finally 2m Es...

Even with 4 QSOs it's an 2m ES  the 1st for this year at SV5. 

Lets hope for a big one next weekend on "AEGEAN VHF Contest".

All starts with 4m strong opening and the high MUF to central Europe. 
Was matter of time to be an 2m Es....!!!

4m QSOS from KM36vc

DX Maps ES opening

2m Es QSOs
QSO map with 9A2SB