Maria Maluca

Testing OM Stephan’s (OE6SWG) Maria Maluca beam antenna.

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog!
My name is Alexander “Alex” Kriz and I got my callsign “OE6FTE” in January 2015. Colleagues  at the Red Cross and a public domain checklist for the 31st Chaos Communication Congress (“Don’t forget to bring your amateur radio license!”) were reason enough for me to learn for the examination and I’m glad I passed it 🙂

Luckily, I found myself in a great group of people who are strictly committed to “ham spirit”: I did my first QSO ever with OM August (OE6ASG), head of OEVSV Leoben, who invited me to the regularly held club meetings and I was impressed by the great solidarity right from the first moment.

I launched this blog in order to maintain “ham spirit” and to give something back to the community / newcomers. Hopefully, the resources on this blog will give you inspiration for new projects and/or a clue if something isn’t working as it’s supposed to. In this regard, I also invite you to get in touch with me – whether it is feedback or exchange of ideas.

Activities and Equipment

I’m mainly QRV on the higher HF bands with my portable setup and I enjoy doing ragchew SSB QSO’s. Also, I love going out on SOTA- or Flora & Fauna activations together with other OM’s and YL’s. Unfortunately, I’m very limited when it comes to stationary ham radio activities due to very nasty QRM at my QTH.


My current setup includes the following components:

HF / VHF / UHF Transceiver Yaesu FT-857D
HF Antennas Alpha ez-Military
Difona HF-P1
10-15-20m Vertical Dipole
HF Tuner LDG YT-100
VHF / UHF Handsets Kenwood TH-D72E
Baofeng GT-3 MKII

Wouxun KG-UV9D
VHF / UHF Antennas Nagoya UT-106UV
2m/70cm SOTA LogPeriodic
Accessories /
Power Supply
External S-Meter
10Ah Lead Gel Battery
20Ah Lithium Polymer Battery (x2)

Several Adapters
3.5m Heavy Duty Tripod
6m Fiberglass Mast
CW Paddles Palm Mini

Although my portable setup is in no way comparable with a massively equipped shack I’m quite surprised by its performance. Take a look at the QSO map: Only SSB contacts with either HF-P1 or ez-Military at 100 watts power output (time span: March 2015 – July 2016).

Award for working special event stations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Moldova. Event: 120 Years of Radio

Award for working special event stations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Moldova. Event: 120 Years of Radio. Serial number: 599 – It should probably remind me to carry on with CW, HI


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Alexander Kriz
Südtiroler Gasse 8/2
8700 Leoben

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alexander [at] kriz [dot] li

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