*MEET* 18DA010 Jim

The Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is proud to reveal the membership of 18DA010 Jim, inhabiting the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, who links with our club in early November 2018.

One of the most visited in Europe, 18DA010 Jim’s home country, Greece (officially the Hellenic Republic), is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

It’s home QTH to a proven number of first-class radio ops too and our Jim (Pictured above right) is no different!

Google Earth confirms that Greece shares land borders with Albania (251 Division) to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia (332) and Bulgaria (178) to the north, and Turkey (116) to the northeast.

One of southeastern Europe’s most familiar and most passionate radio comms users in recent memory, 18DA010 Jim’s hobby resume is an extensive one indeed; one with a vast number of impressive achievements across a number of bands.

27 years in radio comms with a massive 289 prefixes confirmed, and an involvement with some of the Freeband community’s best-known clubs in Alfa Tango and Sugar Delta, has him in the top echelon of DX Hunters in the International 11m community.

Since 2006, 18DA010 Jim has also showed his wares on ham bands, polishing off a number of extraordinary feats on HF, VHF, UHF and digi-modes, including FT-8, a popular computer program used for weak-signal radio communication.

In fact, such is his contribution to the ham community that 18DA010 Jim is also a life member of QRZ.com.

As well as being a committed DX Huntsman, 18DA010 Jim also satisfies DA-RC membership prerequisites in the DXpedition category.

Cluster dk and Islands Base Online databases substantiate Jim’s efforts as an IOTA DXpeditioner of some note; his dxcapades to countless offshore islands such as Salamina, Kea, Andros, Elafonisos and many more, always highly regarded in dxpedition circles.

No doubt this same adventurous spirit will carry on providing magnificent IOTA DX opportunities for the world’s serious island chasers under the guise of his new Delta-Alfa callsign.

18DA010 Jim resides in Kifisia, a green leafy location in the north suburbs of Athens, the capital city of Greece.

Kifisia is said to be an upscale residential and shopping district with international designer boutiques, exclusive leather goods stores and art galleries.

Here, long-running family taverns and modern restaurants with a focus on organic local produce share shady streets with chic cafes.

Local landmarks include the monastery chapel of the Virgin of the Swallow (Panagia Chelidonas), Zirineio Sport Center in Kifissia, The Villa “Atlantis” the work of architect Ernst Ziller (1837-1923), the Goulandris Museum of Natural History and more!

As you might expect for a DX Hunter of this caliber, Jim’s station is a well-considered, well-constructed podium for DX-success…

Numerous high-end Yaesu transceivers such as the YAESU FTDX-3000D, FT-991A and FT-8900R adorn his radio shack bench top, alongside a number of modern DXcessories.

Furthermore, a Sirio 827 HF vertical base antenna (for use on 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 30m & 40m), a PKW GP-20 monoband vertical base groundplane antenna (for use only on 20m) and a PKW GP-5850 monoband vertical base groundplane antenna (for use only on 6m) are just a few of the antennas seen on his home’s rooftop, overlooking the western end of the forested Penteli mountain range.

In addition to dx adventure to nearby island groups, 18DA010 Jim lists collecting QSL cards as one of his favorite pastimes in the hobby.

Furthermore, he identifies watching movies, reading books and listening to music as his favorite leisure pursuits.

As conditions improve with the onset of Cycle 25, you’re sure to be hearing lots more of 18DA010 Jim and his deeds on 27 MHz frequencies.

Whether it be from the comfort of his home shack on the Greece mainland, OR, QRV from the shores of some tiny Greek isle in the Mediterranean Sea, it will always be a QSO to remember!

QSL Infos

  • Please email Jim at jim18da010@yahoo.com to discuss a QSL exchange