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Theofanis Mastakas

GR 551 10 Thessaloniki

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Call data

Last update:2019-05-15 12:07:39
Main prefix:SV
DXCC Zone:236
ITU Zone:28
CQ Zone:20

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QSL data

Last update:2019-04-19 08:01:59
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


Thank you for looking me up on QRZCQ, if we had a QSO I am thankful for the contact !

Born in 1964, started as a SW Listener in my teens and later became Radio Amateur in 1990 with the call sign SV2BBK.

I operate on A1A mode almost exclusively. I hardly ever operate on SSB, can't remember when was the last time, If you ever work me on voice buy yourself a lottery ticket :-) Digital modes are no more of interest. I don't like so much "599 tu" QSOs, pile-ups and not likely to find me in many contest except FISTS, EuCW and CWops activities. Prefer friendly QSOs and rag chewing, I value though every QSO whether it is a short contest or DX exchange and always appreciate good operating practices and procedures. If you send QRS don't hesitate to answer my CQ I will match my speed to your comfort.

Member of CW Operators' Club # 1976
Member of FISTS CW Club # 18061
Member of Greek Telegraphy Club # 088
Member of Straight Key Century Club -SKCC # 15909
Member of Essex CW Amateur Radio Club # 387
Associate member of AGCW-DL # 4026
Member of BUG Users Group # 153

QSL cards Direct and eQSL ( "authentication guaranteed" ). You don`t need to enclose any IRC's or stamps in your direct QSL. SWL reports are most welcome and will be 100% replied.

Will upload my log to LoTW once a month.

I live in the city of Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, the capital of Greek Macedonia and the most important centre of the area. Its nickname is Symprotévousa, literally "the co-capital",a reference to its historical status as the Symvasilévousa or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople. Built near the sea at Thermaikos Gulf, it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.

My other hobbies are mountaineering, skiing, biking, star gazing, watercolour painting and sometimes I play the piano.

Hope to see you on the bands , 73 Fanis (Theo) SV2BBK

Worked DXCCs:


Transceivers: Ten Tec Corsair II, Kenwood TS-430S , Kenwood TS-711 , Icom IC-471, Icom 732E

Antennas : Homebrew resonant Inverted Vee Dipoles for 40, 30, 20 and 15 m bands, actually a fan Dipole for 4 bands.Cushcraft 13b2 , 13 element boomer antenna for 2 m. All antennas on the roof of a 6 storey apartment building. Plans for a yagi-uda for 20 m. band are still plans but will get to it. ( I am halfway through). When conditions dictate it I am using a Drake MN-4C matching network to keep my transceiver happy.

And my 6 keys, a Hi Mound HK-706 , a homebrew sideswiper or cootie key, the famous Junker DBGM straight key a Kent twin paddle and a kent single paddle. Using a homebrew K3NG Arduino CW Keyer with my Kent paddles.My latest acquisition an old Lionel J-36 bug key made at 1942 for U.S Army Signal Corps. # 24184. It is in very good condition (NOS) and has a special charm. I hope to make good use of it on the air. Let's start swinging a little code and make CW a lot more fun !

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