About Me

Welcome to my website dedicated to my hobbies and interests, first of all to amateur radio.

My name is Tom and my callsign is SP5UAF. I live in Sulejówek - small town located about 20 kilometers east from Warsaw. My family comes from the Podlasie (eastern region of Poland) and my parents moved to Sulejówek in sixties.

The hobby of my life is amateur radio. If only possible I spend my spare time at my transceiver, looking for new contacts. Thanks to this great hobby I met many great people. HAM Radio influenced my life in many aspects...

I started my HAM Radio adventure in the Scouts Radio Club SP5ZCC. We made lots of great things as SP5ZCC Team. We’ve built a very nice station (with monoband Yagi and plenty of wire antennas) and we have many achievements in HAM Radio. Finally the administrator of the building where the club was located told us he does not want HAM radio station any more. So we had to remove all the antennas from the roof and leave the building. The club station still exists but we have no good QTH now and we are active mostly portable (for example from souts camps). But first of all we’ve built a team of real friends in our club. We share not only the same hobby but also our joys and sorrows, we organize family meetings etc. I am proud to be a member of this group and I hope I always be one of SP5ZCC members.

I am active on bands almost every day. I love DXing and contesting but I pay the same attention to every day contacts and sometimes rag chewing. From my home station I am active mostly on CW and digital modes (all versions of PSK, RTTY and JT65). I’ve worked 301 DXCC entities (confirmed by QSL cards) so far. I am an LoTW user and I used to upload my logs usually weekly. From time to time I also upload my logs to eQSL. I am a member of the Club Team SP5ZCC/SN5Z, Team SO4M, SP DX Club, AGCW-DL, 9A-CW-Club, European PSK Club, Team SN0HQ and European DX Foundation (Life Member).

Having rather modest station sometimes I visit big-gun stations of mu friends for contesting, to mention SP4MPG, SP7GIQ or SP7SP. For the same reason sometimes I organize contest expeditions to other countries (LX, GU). Last years I make serious contest efforts from SO4M. I am a member of the Team SO4M - a contest team of the SP4POB club station (hosted and maintained by Mirek SP4MPG).

At home I am using FT-1000MP or FT-857D (for portable operations and as a backup radio). There is not too much place for big antennas in my QTH. I am using a minibeam (Butternut HF5B), Vertical R7000 by SP7GXP, homemade vertical for 160/80/40m and wire antennas. I use the DX Lab Suite for everyday logging and DX chasing. The DX Lab Suite is a great package of HAM Radio tools. It has just everything you need. For contesting I use N1MM or Win-Test. I also use MixWJT65HF by W6CQZ and software by K1JT for digital modes. I also use other HAM software tools - there are plenty of them. Many tools are available completely free - I would like to say "THANK YOU" to all software developers who make they work available free for the HAM community.

I am also a QSL manager for DX activities of my friend Mirek SP5IXI/VK6DXI (7X0DX, 9M8DX, 9M8DX/2, TF/SP5IXI, Z21DXI etc.).

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