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SP DX Contest 2015

SP DX Contest 2015 - Invitation

It is time again for the SP DX Contest, a one-country event with a long tradition. The first Polish International Amateur Radio competition took place in 1933. The national organization PZK, which is responsible for this popular contest, celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Let’s hope there will be high general activity and some celebratory stations on the air from Poland. The contest starts at 15.00 UTC on Saturday April 4, 2015 and lasts for only 24 hours. Unfortunately, this event collides this year with both the Jewish Passover and the Western Christian Easter, so people observing religious holidays might have some restrictions.

In short, make contacts with SP, SR, SN, SO, SQ, HF and 3Z stations on the HF bands - 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters only - on CW or SSB. Same station can be contacted both on CW and SSB on the same band. There are plenty of categories to choose from and a multitude of plaques to be won. Study the full rules before you decide for your strategy.

I sincerely hope there will be many Polish stations on the air in spite of the family oriented holiday and recent storms over the country. Let me show some of the active SP operators I have recently visited. Sure, it is more fun when you can see the operator, or his antennas, when you make a rapid exchange on the air.

Poland SP1NY SPDXC

The compact multi band antenna of Mirek, SP1NY, who lives in Mielno on the Baltic coast.

Poland SP4LCV SPDXC

Bogdan, SP4LVC, is a professional musician and likes CW. He lives in Grajewo, NE Poland and his station is rather modest.

Poland SP4MPB SPDXC

Marek, SP4MPB, is more interested in VHF, UHF and Microwaves but he is a capable HF operator as well. He lives in Olsztyn, NE Poland.

Poland SP4YPB SPDXC Antennas

The club station SP4YPB in Bialystok, NE Poland. Some of the members are on the roof inspecting the antennas before the contest.

Poland SP4YPB SPDXC Club Team

Club station SP4YPB is ready for Multi-Operator category. Bialystok, NE Poland.

Poland SP5AUY SPDXC

Jack, SP5AUY, prefers single band category and will be most likely on 10 meters. He lives near Warsaw, the capital city.

Poland SP5AYU SP5BLN SPDXC

These antennas belong to XYL SP5AYU and OM SP5BLN, they live in Warsaw.

Poland SP5ES SPDXC

Marcin, SP5ES, at home. Will he be ready with the rotator for the contest? I doubt it. He lives in Warsaw.

Poland SP5G SPDXC

Antenna of Robert, SP5G, near Warsaw.

Poland SP5KP SPDXC

Krzysztof, SP5KP, is very active and lives in eastern Poland.

Poland SP5WA SPDXC

Bogdan, SP5WA, has excellent antennas for all bands and will be active this year. He lives near Warsaw.

Poland SP7GXK SPDXC

This is a very good antenna of Zbigniew, SP7GXK, who lives in the very heart of Kielce, a medium size town in south-central Poland.

Poland SP7JQQ SPDXC

Jeremi, SP7JQQ, lives in the countryside and likes low bands.

Poland SP7PKI SPDXC SQ7PSP

The club station SP7PKI in Kielce will have a few operators, I presume. One of them is Piotr, SQ7PSP.

Poland SP7UWL SPDXC

Tomek, SP7UWL, has a very nice station near Kielce and is an excellent operator.

Poland SP7VC SPDXC SQ7OYL

Przemek, SP7VC, lives in central Poland in Lodz. Let’s hope his girlfriend Katarzyna, SQ7OYL, will also take part in the SP DX Contest 2015.

Poland SP8NR SPDXC

Andrzej, SP8NR, has big signal on all bands and will be easy to work. He lives in Biala Podlaska, eastern Poland.

Poland SP8ONZ SPDXC SN8R

Ryszard, SP8ONZ, has good antennas up the country in eastern Poland. In contest he signs SN8R.

Poland SQ4IXM SPDXC

Marek, SQ4IXM, has a pair of HexBeam antennas and should be an easy catch. He lives in NE Poland.

Poland SQ7PSN SPDXC

Michal, SQ7NSN, lives near Kielce and is a member of SP7PKI club.

Poland SQ7RL SPDXC

Ryszard, SQ7RL, prefers CW and lives near Kielce.

Poland SP5UAF SPDXC

Tomek, SP5UAF, is the web administrator of SP DX Contest and SP DX Club sites. He used to be very active but now has a family and takes advantage of remote control of his station. Tomek lives near Warsaw.

Some more photographs of SP contesters can be seen here: http://dxnews.com/SN0HQ_IARU-Contest_2014/

Good luck and let’s pray for no solar nor geomagnetic disturbances this weekend.

All photographs by Henryk Kotowski, SM0JHF

73 and c u

Henryk, SM0JHF

2015 April 3
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4 Comments

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Rating: 5 of 5
LY SWL
  • Callsign: LY-SWL
  • 2015-04-05 12:22:35
Should be good Contest with old tradition, but...... Organizers presents results in so crazy format..... There no TOP TEN boxes represented,,,, Results are sorted only by country. How can you expect real contester taking part knowing He would be listed only the number one in LY, G, HA etc? It's absolute nonesense! Results are represented in so complicated format, that taking them in Excell and making possible to sort out by the various Worlt/Europe categories takies half of the Weekend... It's really strange. Country with number of great contesters can not manage so simple things... Seems to me, there is plenty of room for improvemant. Good luck! LY SWL
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Rating: 5 of 5
ZYGI
  • Callsign: SP5ELA
  • 2015-04-03 23:03:17
SP-DX Contest starts at 15:00 UTC saturday! 4-5.04.2015, 15:00 - 15:00 (saturday to sunday).
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Rating: 5 of 5
Wes
  • Callsign: SP4Z
  • 2015-04-03 20:56:19
See you from other side this time (from K1VR) 73 Wes SP4Z
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Rating: 5 of 5
Matt
  • Callsign: SQ7D/SN7D
  • 2015-04-03 20:07:22
See you on 160m at SPDX Contest

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