My radio amateur's path started at the age of thirteen in 1973. I was in the eighth grade when my elmer Tone Hribernik S52MA (ex. YU3UHA) came to our primary school and organized a course for radio-amateurs . On June 13th, 1974 a few friends of mine (Bogdan Barbič, Tomi Kastner - later S52TK (YU3TOL), YL Neda Pečnik) and myself passed "III rd class" exam.
After that I worked for 6 years as an operator on a club station YU3ACP now S59ACP in Brežice, Slovenia. We were allowed to work low power on 80 and 40 meters and on VHF and we were obligated to do at least 80 CW QSOs a year. At first we worked on a home made HF "SSB transceiver" and used wire antennas - a dipole for 80 m and a W3DZZ. Later we got an Yaesu FT101E.
Even though the working conditions were poor this was the time when I met a lot of good friends and really enjoyed my hobby. Let me mention just some of them from the “famous” YU3ACP team beside those of course whom I mentioned before: Vlado Pucko S52PT (YU3TRA), Ciril Medvešček, Ronald Kleč, Ivan Kovačič S52UK (YU3UKP), (X)YL Mojca Barbič (Planinc) S51RX (YU3TRX, YU3RX), (X)YL Damjanka Kovačič (Barbič), Sašo Planinc (YU3TRY, YU3RY), Drago Deržič S51XA (YU3UDZ, YU3XA), Slavko Hafner S51YI (YU3TEL, YU3YI), Goran Šalamun, YL Marta Božič, Dušan Dukič S52DD (YU3TGU), Dušan - Dule Kostrevc S52NR, Oleg Mamilovič, Marjan Zupančič (YU3HHS), Boris Čelik S57A (YU3TGN, YU3AN), Branko Tucovič–Tuco YU3TBF, Miloš Prijatelj YU3HAQ, Bojan Ivnik YU3UAQ, Zvone Molan YU3TUO, Vito Molan YU3TUD, Jože Uhan YU3TUG... and many more.
You can see that some of my YL friends later acquired my
In 1980 I passed my "B class" exam and got the first personal call sign YU3TEX. With this exam I also earned access to the higher frequency bands (20, 15 and 10 mtrs). I got me my first own radio station - an used Trio TS-510 , built in 1969. In 1984 I moved to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Due to a change of the rules in 1988 I was forced to change my call sign again to a 2 letter suffix call YT3KY. In 1990 I moved to a small village called Jezero (The Lake) in the vicinity (10 kilometers south) of Ljubljana where I still live. In 1991 Slovenia won its independence and a year later I got my present call sign S55DX.
In all these years there were ups and downs in my activity but in 2003 I finally took time to boost my activity again. Now I’m QRV from 160m to 70cm.
I am a member of the Zveza radioamaterjev Slovenije (Association of Radio Amateurs of Slovenia) since 1974, so you can send me your QSL card via S5 bureau.
If you are in a hurry please send me your card and a SAE to my postal address :
I do NOT send QSL cards for each QSO I have, but positively answer each card I receive direct or via the bureau.
All cards received direct without sufficient return postage will be answered via the bureau. Sufficient return postage is $2. Please no IRCs !
I upload my logs both to eQSL.CC and LoTW.
This is how it all started for me in 1973/4. Tone S52MA (YU3UHA), YL Neda and YL Silva with a couple of CB walkie-talkies in their hands and myself.
Dušan S52DD (YU3TGU), Slavko S51YI (YU3TEL), YL Marta, YL Mojca S51RX (YU3TRX) and myself.