Hello dear visitor! My name is MILAN. I was born on March 25th, 1960 in Brežice, Slovenia (at that time Yugoslavia). 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 S52TK (YU3TOL), YL Neda Pečnik and myself passed the “IIIrd class” exam. After that I have worked for 6 years as an operator on the 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 on 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 the most. Let me mention just some of them from the “famous” YU3ACP team beside those of course whom I mentioned before: s.k. Vlado Pucko S52PT (YU3TRA), Ciril Medvešček, Ronald Kleč, Veko Krahulec, 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 Šalamon, YL Marta Božič, Janko Knific S51NT, 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, s.k. Zvone Molan YU3TUO, Vito Molan YU3TUD, Jože Uhan YU3TUG... and many more. You can see that some of my YL friends later took my OM friends’ last names. I really wonder how could this happen ;) .
In 1980 I passed my "B class" exam and got my 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 (about 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.
There were some drought years in my ham radio activity between 1984 and 2003, when I finally took time to boost my activity again. Since then I’m on the air almost daily. Now days I’m QRV from 160m to 23cm, but HF DXing is still my first and greatest love. I have 333 current DXCC entities confirmed. Still missing:
3Y – Bouvet,
BV9P – Pratas
CE0 - San Felix
KH3 Johnston I.
KH5 – Palmyra & Jarvis I.
P5 – North Korea
VP8 – South Sandwich I.
I’m a holder of several DXCC awards: Mixed Honor Roll, CW, Phone, Data, 10B DXCC …
One of my ham radio activities is activating SOTA (Summits on the Air). I’m not so fond of contesting, but occasionally you can find me giving away points in major HF and lately in V/UHF contests as well. I like to take my radio with me when travelling abroad. So far I have operated from 4O - Montenegro, 9A - Croatia, E7 – Bosnia & Herzegovina, F - France, HA - Hungary, I - Italy, LX - Luxembourg, OE - Austria, SV9 – Crete Is., TK – Corsica Is., VK - Australia, YU - Serbia and ZA - Albania.
Bureau: 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. I do NOT send QSL cards for each QSO, but 100% answer every card I receive.
On-line: I upload my logs to eQSL.cc, LotW and QRZ.com daily. Try it, it’s fun and it’s free.
Direct: If you are in a hurry, please send me your card with a SAE and $2 to my postal address :
All cards received direct without sufficient return postage will be answered via the bureau. Please do not send IRCs, unless there is no other way!
ClubLog: You can also request my QSL card (via bureau or direct) via ClubLog. I upload to ClubLog once per month, usually on the 1st day of a month.
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, S55DX.
Dušan S52DD (YU3TGU), Slavko S51YI (YU3TEL), YL Marta (YU3ACP), YL Mojca S51RX (YU3TRX) and me S55DX (YU3TEX).
Ameritron AL-572 (2003-2016)