Atmosphere during CQ WPX RTTY Contest 2019

Saturday, 9th February 2019, was an extraordinary day for us. After many years, the OM3KSI call sign once again appeared on the amateur radio bands. At 8:16 UTC, we established our first connection in the contest with station UC0A on the 14 MHz band. We thus began a new history of the OM3KSI radio club. We wished ourselves successful operation and toasted with sparkling wine for children, as there are also abstainers among us. :) We published this event on our Twitter account (@om3ksi) as well as my own (@om8wg), and the news of our club started to spread quickly all around the world.

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Preparation for the CQ WPX RTTY Contest

The date of the contest is approaching and three days before the contest, we haven’t even built any antennas. Janko, OM3ZAH, came to Košice on Wednesday, bringing along a ‘rubber rifle’, and willingly helped to build the 2 x 27 m non-resonant Double Zeppelin antenna. At the beginning, we couldn’t agree on where to start, but in the end, all turned out well. :) The antenna is ready for operation. Due to the fact that our club premises are being renovated, we will compete in the contest from my office.

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Grant of Individual Licence

On 19th December 2018, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal Services, Department of Frequency Spectrum Planning, granted an individual license for the use of frequencies under the call sign of OM3KSI by decision No. 1810561050.

OM3KSI Licence

Construction of antenna system for ground monitoring station

The construction of a mast for a ground station took place in two rounds. In the first round, we prepared the mast itself, its anchorage and especially the tilting mechanism. We opted for a tilting mast because we expect frequent replacement of antennas. It is a mast for a radio club, which expects a larger number of antennas and in particular their frequent replacement. Our current premises doe not allow the construction of multiple masts for multiple antenna systems. This setup is also more convenient when service is required.

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