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30150 Agrinio

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Last update:2022-03-08 20:37:49
Main prefix:SV
DXCC Zone:236
ITU Zone:28
CQ Zone:20

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Last update:2022-03-08 19:43:32
Bureau QSL:YES
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The SZ1A Project
After 1994 when we run our first CQ contest we have the same dream: to build a big contest station. Our dream started to become a reality in 2009 when our city's authorities gave us an old abandoned school in Red Forest, a small village 20km (12 miles) far from Agrinio. So we started to build towers, antennas and all these we need to be competitive in contests. Our thought is to offer this station to everyone to operate free of charge and promote amateur radio and contesting. When we say everyone, we mean it! Until now many amateurs from all Greece have come and operate from SZ1A. Some non Greeks also from LZ, I, G, etc. We don't look the best operators. We are widely open to everyone! We made a lot and we need to do more. We continue to work almost every weekend on this project: to improve the station. Maybe you can help us, and why not to be the next operator! Continiue reading to learn how....

The story...
From the early days some of our members were very active in contests. Back in 1994 we participated in our first CQ WW SSB as a club in the M/S category using the club's call SV1AFA (Our call has changed after 2004 to SZ1A). We were first SV and this gave us a lot of pleasure!! This first participation created a tradition. So our club has become the most active club in Greece in HF contests.
Our dream was to create a contest station. The most of the people in Greece, usually live in small condos and small properties in general. Just a very few Greek radio amateurs have the space for big antennas and towers. There are many clubs that have a small HF station (we have also an HF station in our office), but a big station (by Greek standards) was an unfulfilled dream. Our Club wanted to fill the gap and we would like to offer to every Greek and Foreign ham who wants to operate a contest, a station to make this possible.
This dream started to be a reality for us, in November of 2009. Back then we found the place to host us, an old abandoned school in a place called Red Forest about 20 km North of Agrinio. We started to repair the building and we raised our first tower 18m (60 ft) high in October of 2010. Our first participation in a contest from Red Forest in ARRL CW some months later at 2011, just for some hours.

This is an ongoing project during last years. We try to build a competitive station, the first of this kind in Greece. Our willing and our try is to offer this station to everyone to operate free of charge. It is really difficult to collect the necessary funds to make our dreams a reallity as quick as we want.
In any case the station is quite good at this moment and we have managed very good scores. Many Greek hams come and operate the station in several contests with the call SZ1A. Some operators outside Greece has visited us also: Don G3XTT the Editor of Practical Wireless magazine, Gianni I7PHH, owner of Prosistel, Tony LZ1JZ the famous QSL printer, Garo G0PZA, Tommy VK2IR are some of them. We expect to have more and more guest operators in the near future and why not you? In any case, you are invited to come and operate from our station as everyone else. Please spread out this info to anyone is interesting. Send an email to erdesz1a at gmail dot com if you are interesting to visit us.
The station has already grown up a lot and our willing is to improve it every day...

We can host 15 operators in the station at this moment. There are a bedroom, kitchen (electric cooker, refrigerator, freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher, etc.), barbecue, living room and bathroom in the station's building. All free of charge... except food (hi hi). Usually many of our members visit the station during contest's weekend and we organize dinners with food and drink. We are doing our best to make your stay here memorable but don't expect something very comfortable. Just like army :)

Everyone, Greek or foreign amateur is welcome to come in Agrinio, to visit us and operate the SZ1A station. You need to be a member to enjoy all facilities but if you carry your own radio equipment, you can use the station antennas and accomodation for free, even you are not a member. If you are not a member you can apply for membership: it's just 25 euros per year. But it's completely free if you participate in a multi operators team with us. If you need to learn station's schedule or any other help about SZ1A, please send an email to erdesz1a at gmail dot com

How you can help us
If you have found this project interesting (bulding a station and offering this to radio amateurs worldwide free of charge), get in contact (erdesz1a at gmail dot com) and help us. What we need? We need ideas, your hands and experience, used equipment, money, everything. Especially the last time, is very difficult to find the funds we need to see our dream to become a reality. Maybe we can do this easier "with little help of our friends"...

Worked DXCCs:


With a lot of offers from our members and other radio amaterus, we have right now four stations working together and two more in progress to complete them.
Icom 756 PRO II
Kenwood 850 SAT
Yaesu ft1000 MKV (JH1AJT's offer)
Yaesu ft1000 MKV field (this belongs to SV1CIB)
Yaesu ft1000 MKV (DD2CW's offer)
Yaesu ft990 (SV1DPJ's offer)

Icom PW1 amplifier (Mult2)
OM Power 2000 HF (Run1)
OM Power 2000 HF (Mult1)

EF14ARC - 4el for 20m @23m (YU7EF design)
EF154A1LX - 4el for 15m @16m (YU7EF design-SV1BDO's offer)
EF106C - 6el for 10m @10m (YU7EF design)
Dipole for 80m @17m
Dipole for 160m @20m
Cushcraft 40-2cd (40m) @23m
Cushcraft R7 (10,12,15,17,20,30,40m) (SV1DPJ offer)
Cushcraft A3S (10,15,20,40) (SV2FWV offer) - inband
Prosistel vertical (10-80m) (I7PHH offer)
5 beverages 185-320m to USA, JA, Indian Ocean, Africa, Carribean

BPF Dunestar 600 (2) (SV1DPI offer)
BPF LBS Hp (10, 15, 20, 40, 80, 160m)
Rotors Yaesu G-800DXA, G-1000DXA, G-1000DXA, G-1000DXA, Hygain Ham IV
Microham interface MKII, MK3, MK2R+
MOAS controller with OK2ZI and SJ2W antenna switches
EA4TX Interlock controller with AS2X2 switches


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