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Monday, December 19, 2016

DARC DLD 600 Diplom - 15m Mixed ... getting tougher from now on ...

Finally reached 600 DOKs level on 15m Mixed !! Confirming via DCL was a tough, but effective process, though it took some time from 500 to 600 level!

It is obvious that it will be getting tougher and tougher from now on !!
No wonder there are so few foreigners (non-DL Amateur radio operators) to have reached the 1000 DOKs level at some band ...

I'll keep it up trying and maybe it's time to start searching for new DOKs amongst the piles of DL QSL cards lying patiently on my book shelf ...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Better late than never !!

Thanks to my friend Tolis, SV1EDY, I found out that I received the following certificate for my participation in 2007 UR DX Contest. Better late than never ...


Monday, July 4, 2016

EU VHF Contest 2016 - SV5DKL/p - South Rhodes - QRA Locator: KM35UW

There goes another adventurous and fruitful ham radio weekend !!

This year I'd decided I needed to get a bit off HF contests, while at the same time HF propagation was decreasing rapidly. Well, that was an excellent chance
to test my new VHF setup.

EU VHF contest was really very accomodating, as it would suit my working site, too!

After careful planning, I decided to participate in 2m Single SSB/CW with my Kenwood TM-255E @ 50w , 2x 7 element DK7ZB 28Ohm yagis stacked vertically in horizontal polarization and a 180Ah car battery. A marvellous, VHF favoring location was spotted at South Rhodes, on top of a hill 225m a.s.l. that houses a wind turbines park. QRA Locator: KM35UW , being a rare one for most of you !!

On Saturday, July 2nd, at noon, everything was ready and set up, and while I was waiting until 1400z for the contest to start, I thought I'd shoot some photos for my friends:

And here is the ONLY visitor that came by during the whole event:
This creature was more or less 20 cm in diameter !!!
Below, my finished setup at noon and then at sunrise:

The height of the wind turbine next to my "temporary radio shack" is approximately 65-70 meters with a wing span of 30m ... and believe me ... it makes a hella of a noise !!

A big thank you to all participants that made a contact with my portable station.
See you soon from this location on another event!
Stathis, SV5DKL


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5th GTC CW Cup final results are published!

Final results of the 5th GTC CW Cup have been published, at the Official Web site of the Greek Telegraphy Club:

Congratulations to trophy winners and to all the participants of both categories.


Thursday, May 19, 2016


Have been giving it a thought over and over again, during the past few months, so decided to update my QSL policy, regarding all my assigned callsigns.

My new policy just had to be in line with my amateur radio motto:

"SV5 for all, for free" 

Having already updated the related registration pages for all of my assigned callsigns, my new QSL policy update, effective since May 15th, 2016, should be posted on this blog, as well.

The new QSL policy is summarized into the following (9) fundamental sentences:

1)   I no longer collect paper QSL cards, so it not necessary to send me yours, unless you wish to.

2)   Each Monday I upload last week's logs to LoTW, Clublog, and once every few months to logbook.

3)   I will still use the outgoing QSL services of RAAG's QSL Bureau.

4)   If you really need my paper QSL card, it's best to use my OQRS direct request, as it's fast, secure and most reliable. Just visit:

5)   I have enabled OQRS for the following callsigns: SV5DKL, SV1DKL, J41DKL, J41Y, SX5R and SV5/SV1DKL.

6)   If you choose to proceed with an OQRS Bureau request, bare in mind that it may take 0.5 - 2 years till you receive my card.

7)   If you are not able to use OQRS system, you can either send me a direct QSL request via my snail mail address, or just e-mail me the QSO data you would like to receive a paper QSL card via the bureau for. Direct QSL requests are usually answered in a week's time from delivery.

8)   Every incoming QSL card will be answered the same way it arrived.

9)   For special calls I have used in the past (J41DKL, J41Y, SX5R) please don't use the bureau, due to services restrictions of RAAG's QSL bureau.

Everyone that follows this QSL exchange policy is definitely going to get a QSO confirmation.

Stathis, SV5DKL

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Electronic and free awards

This is getting more and more popular!

Many Special amateur radio events provide free pdf downloadable awards, for every operator who fulfills the respective requirements.

One needs only insert his callsign in the log search page, click, and if liable, download a nice and free award for his collection.

Not bad !!

Have a look at some of these awards currently available:


Monday, February 29, 2016

SX90IARU Operator Certificate

SX90IARU was the callsign R.A.A.G. used to celebrate 90 years jubilee since IARU founding.

I had the honor to participate in this event as an operator on 40m CW and 12m CW.
Despite the fact SX90IARU was aired only for 1 month (December 2015), our great team managed to rank 2nd in QSO totals, amongst special xx90IARU stations from other countries, behind the German staff. We even surpassed the Russians !!! But, have in mind that the German and Russian special callsigns were active almost throughout 2015 !!

Our operators' effort was rewarded with a beautiful operator certificate signed by the president of IARU himself.

We are now looking forward to the century jubilee of IARU, where we will be again part of any special event to take place !!