January January make your mind

Very changeable weather in January continue.

After weak of very worm temperature come snow and again high temperature, which ended with havie night storm with north wind and first rain which change in snow.

All that made very bad picture in the morning check of antennas ( and some animal house….

See on following pictures:

Inverted Vee ( almost dipole ) antenna for 80m band : one part is puled down from connecting box.


Supporter for 40m dipole is broken and failed very near Beehives …Dipole is now sloper dipole ( still in functions )


Animal house roof is down.

9A VHF UHF activity c.

Nice weather today, and lot of around home jobs, did not give me chance to go on better location , but home one

So some antennas reparations and show can start.

4x9el. Yagi-Uda ( ELRAD ) repaired by my friend 9a1ay ( and memory to SK 9a3kx Buco )

19el. Yagi-Uda like DL6WU made by my friend 9A4DF Marjan.

ICOM IC-706MKIIG transceiver.

Solar @ Battery power.

and Ozujsko beer

73 de 9A2KI Ico

Nice day : 9AFF-0035

This swan come to see what is going on ( no fears )

Special ornithological reserve : Bara Dvorina .



Near river Sava and Bosnian border.

Every third Sunday is time for 9A VHF and Up Activity contest.

And as this reference is very near to me (about 15km ) and last activity was in 2019, and no many QSOs where made in past:

It was logical choice.

54 QSOs where made in VHF Contest on 144MHz.

200QSOs on 7 and 14MHz.

Interesting is that DX stations was somehow with better signals than many closer.

KD1CT Bob, ( first time 559 and after in better moment 599)

K2TRD Martin NY, ful 59.

UN7BBD Alex 599

RZ9WU Alexey 59

And JH1GEX Yutaka ,give me 57 from Japan ( he was ful 59 )

Equipment was:

144MHz: 9el. Yagi-Uda Elrad

7MHz : Dipole

14MHz : GP on ground with 4 radials ( all about 5 m long )


On VHF about 50W and 100W on HF.

see you next time. de 9a2ki ico ( this time helped by my daughter Ema )

All QSOs are on 9A VHF robot


and on 9AFF sova robot



Special Ornithological Reserve

Tomorrow activation.

In time of 9A VHF@up activity contest (07-12h GMT )

50MHz , 144MHz and 432MHz in activity contest time (CW ,SSB and FM )

40m,20m and 15m ( CW and SSB )

Sattelite operation.




Last activation 2019.


see you tomorrow,

9a2ki ico

IARU reg1 VHF Contest @ 9AFF-0014 SOTA 9A/IH-007

Most important event for 144MHz lover in EU take part last weekend 4. and 5th September .

Weather forecast sad it will be nice @ warm days.

So we went on the one of Slavonian ( North-East part of Croatia ) highest peak Kapavac on the Krndija mountain.

Geopark Papuk 9AFF-0014

Peak Kapavac

SOTA 9A/IH-007 4points.

Simple equipment :

VHF : 9el. Yagi-Uda Elrad antenna

HF : one element LineUpQuadAntenna

rig : ICOM IC-706mkllg

about 50W outpu

Battery ( accumulators )

157 QSOs where made in contest and 55 QSOs on 14MHz ( all CW and SSB)


Panonian Sea ( like it was in past )

  • and Slavonian mountains





all made QSOs are already putted on 9AFF page.