Amateur Radio Island

OH73ELK Transceiver

Welcome to Finland, Savonlinna - the heart of the largest lake district in Europe!

Spend a relaxing vacation with family or friends in this beautiful location with the bonus of a fully equipped radio shack!

info@oh73elk.net
OH73ELK Radio Shack Equipment

Ham Radio

Our Radio Shack located in the quietness of Finnish woods.  You will enjoy a relaxing time with your hobby in a stress and QRM free environment

Antennas:
- Fullsize yagi beam for 20-15-10m bands, built and installed by OH7RM

- Inv-V for 80 m ; Inv-V for 30 m ; GP 40-20 m  ; Inv-V for 17 m

- Vertical delta loop 40m and Inv L 160 m under construction

Installation of own antennas is possible for your experiments. Hoisting ropes are already installed.

Radio Shack​:
- transceiver  IC-7300, all HF bands, digital interface included for a variety of digital modes

- rotator Yaesu G-1000DXA

- Icom SM30, headset Heil BM-10 iC, footswitch Heil FS-3, CW Key

- SWR&Power Meter Daiwa CN-501H2

- antenna switch RQUAD for 8 antennas

- amplifier 1.5 kW R-140 : on special agreement

Contest Call: OG7Z

OH73ELK Island - QRM free location

Yagi 20-15-10 works for DX vacation

Ham Rental Shack inside

In the heart of OH73ELK

Ham Radio Amplifier (max.1.5kW)

Jukka OH2BR - first visit at OH73ELK

The entrance to the OH73ELK Shack upstairs

The Radio Shack is the third bedroom

Fullsize yagi beam for 20-15-10m Ham bands

OH7RM Pekka - mast specialist

GP as an alternative antenna for 40m/20m

Installation of 40m Inverted V

Installation of 80m Inverted V

1:1 Current Balun for 80m band

Hoisting ropes for your own antennas

Hoisting ropes at a height of 15 meters

Antenna switcher

YL RAISA with our new QSL card

The youngest (14) Ham Operator of our Shack!

The Region of Saimaa

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Lake Saimaa: Kolovesi national park
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Savonlinna - the pearl of Lake Saimaa
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The charms of small Finnish lakes
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The biggest rainbow I've ever seen

The region of Savonlinna is the heart of Lake Saimaa. This labyrinth of lakes and islands is the perfect place to relax and be at one with nature.

It is ideal for those who want to enjoy peace and tranquility. Watch the morning sun as it rises above the lush green woodland and sets in the evening over crystal clear water.
Imagine swimming in water that is pure enough to drink! 

 

QRA:  KP42NG 

How to find OH73ELK (detailed information)

 

The Island

You will have complete privacy offered by the generous 2.5 hectare lot in the tip of the island with its own 300 m shoreline as well as trails in the woods.

For Amateur Radio Tourism there are very interesting WWFF sites and SOTA spots near our lake or in close vicinity.

After a day On Air, you can relax in a traditional Finnish wooden sauna located only 10 m from the lake.

Every season in Finland has its own charm. Take a look at the photographs and see for yourself, beginning with winter!

Here you will have an unforgettable Ham Radio Holiday!

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OH73ELK cottage in winter
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Enjoy the silence of winter
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The dry climate doesn’t feel as cold
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After the great Pile-Up you can relaxe in Finnish sauna
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Barbeque is possible year round - also during winter!
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Spring in Finland! The ice is melting and birds are chirping.
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Endless summer days
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Water so pure you can drink it!
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keep balance is not easy
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Local strawberries ...
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Midsummer is one of Finland’s major holidays.
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The local boletus edulis is the most popular mushroom in this region
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You can barbeque a few meters from the lake.
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During sunrise or sunset you can work with DX or … go swimming!!!
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Autumn from the window of Ham holiday cottage
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Autumn is a quiet season, but not on Ham Radio bands
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Cozy evenings......

The Cottage

A lovely traditional wooden holiday cottage built by Honka with all modern conveniences.

This rental QTH is available for up to 6 persons all year round. Downstairs: separate bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Upstairs: separate bedroom with Radio Shack. (see pictures). On special agreement the second separate bedroom downstairs could be also available.

The price of the cottage rental changes depending on the duration and time of year of your stay and how many guests you have.

Unlimited Wi-Fi (50 Mbps), Smart TV, use of the separate sauna, Grill-Pavillon, firewood, Boat (Yamaha motor on agreement), SUP board, fishing poles and other perks are included in the price.

No additional charge for the use of Ham Shack. 

Please send any questions (GER/ENG) to info@OH73ELK.net  and you will receive a personal message from us.

3D virtual tour  (made by Gert-Jan, PE2W)

The living room

Double height spacious living area and kitchen

Here you can relax in front of the fireplace

The kitchen

The bathroom

The first bedroom downstairs

The second bedroom downstairs

The second bedroom downstairs

The stairs to the second floor

The third bedroom upstairs (here also Radio Shack)

The Finnish original fireplace

Video tour of Amateur Radio rental QTH

News

New desktop mic Icom SM 30
10 October 2019
For more comfort during prolonged Pile-Ups in OH73ELK Shack :-) In addition to the standard Icom microphone and the new desktop SM 30, there are also a lightweight Heil BM-10 headset with a pedal and we plan to purchase also HEIL PROSET IC.
Ahr-Rotwein Diplom for our Shack
29 September 2019
A nice surprise from our Ham Guests DG1FN Peter and DF1PY Stephan. Working for a week from OH73ELK Shack, they fulfilled the conditions of an unusual diploma - "Ahr-Rotwein Diplom"! This is the First German Award of our young station! We will celebrate this event with an attached bottle of wine: "Ahr-Rotwein"!
The youngest Operator of OH73ELK Shack
25 September 2019
OE6PGM Gerhard with family was staying at OH73ELK island for a week as First OM from Austria. He took also OE5NRF Maximilian (14) with him. Despite his age, Maxi is very deeply versed in all the technical details of our hobby and he was very active On Air. For now it is the youngest Ham Operator of our Shack!
CQ WPX SSB 2019 Results
05 September 2019
WPX SSB 2019 was the First Contest for our Team! We are happy with this result, although now we know how we could get more QSO and points. At WPX 2020 our Station OH73ELK will be presented as follow: SSB: Rudi ON7CL & Team; CW: G4DBL Tim & Team ! We will cheer for our guests!
Rene DL2JRM and XYL Anett DO6XX On Air
30 August 2019
Our current guests Rene DL2JRM with XYL Anett DO6XX added something new to the history of OH73ELK Radio Cottage : First time in RTTY, First time on 24 MHz... and tomorrow, Anett will take part in the HSW Contest with our brand new Сall OG7Z in SSB mode. (Rene will run CW). This Contest Call will be for the First time On Air!
OG7Z - Our New Vanity Contest Call !!!
21 August 2019
We are pleased to announce: our QTH received an additional Short Contest Call: OG7Z ! Welcome to use it !
The First OM from France came to visit our island
30 July 2019
David, F4EPU with his family is staying at OH73ELK now. They left France just when it was 43 degrees Celsius there!!! David is On Air (mostly 20m) as OH73ELK Second Operator and he has already added some rare DXs to our general log ;-)
Brothers OH2BR+OH2BAD visiting Elk
16 July 2019
Miika OH2BAD with XYL Raili and his brother Jukka OH2BR with XYL Loretta OH2BG are staying at Amateur Radio Island for a week. OH73ELK will be on Air with theirs voices in the coming days.
Ham Radio Friedrichshafen 2019
25 June 2019
They visited the Amateur Radio Island at different times, but they all met together at the OH73ELK Stand in Friedrichshafen! On the photo: OH2BR, UB1AOA, DL2VFR, PE2W ! Thank you for your support at the exhibition! It was amazing atmosphere there!
New classy CW key at the OH73ELK Shack
15 June 2019
A nice gift from our guest from Belgium, OO7J. Thank you, Christoph!
News from our Shack Library
23 April 2019
Thanks to our German Guest Ric DL2VFR for the great present - all his famous books about Ham Radio (DARC Verlag)! These books will be available in OH73ELK Shack forever!
First Time in СQ WPX CONTEST as "MULTI-ONE"!
06 April 2019
Our goal was to make 1000 QSO and we did it right before the end of time limit.Thanks to Gert-Jan PE2W for his idea about WPX and for joining our team! Here is a short movie report from YL RAISA : https://youtu.be/WFXKrG3b94o
Mini Music Studio of OH73ELK
05 February 2019
For our guests who want to make some music in between Work On the Air ;-)
Elks1 ELKs come for a visit OH73ELK
26 November 2018
Three unlicensed Elks wanted to work on the Air as DX operators of OH73ELK !

YL Raisa made a video, how they are swimmimg to our island 

GP for 40/20 m GP 20/40 m
20 September 2018
GP 40/20 m is installed as an alternative to the Inv. V for 40 m and as survey antenna for 20 m, SWR is under 1.5 in whole band. Compared with Inv V this new GP 40 m should be better for DX stations. We will check it ;-)
Boletus Edulis at OH73ELK Boletus edulis
04 September 2018
Many Boletus Edulis ( (English: penny bun, cep, porcino or porcini)) have grown in our forest! And some grew right near the pier! It was possible to observe the growth rate of the fungus every day :-)
Incredible Summer 2018
29 August 2018
The second half of the summer of 2018 in Finland was so warm that the water in our lake warmed up to 25 degrees and 26.5 near the shorline! And even at the end of August it was possible to swim for a long time.
OH73ELK at Nordic Radio Orienteering Championship Nordic ARDF Championsship 2018
05 August 2018
OH73ELK participated in ARDF competition in Rassepori. Keijo Lehtosaari OH2ETM organized very interesting distances. Thanks to the rocks relief and rain, the signal at 144 MHz was often reflected: not easy to find all foxes quickly :-)
QSL OH73ELK OH73ELK new QSL cards
11 July 2018
The first thousand QSL-cards are newly-printed. We will reply to all who will send us their QSL: DIRECT or via BUREAU. The first few hundred of our cards have already been sent via Bureau (thanks to Jukka OH2BR). Our first received DX QSL was from VP8LP Bob from Falkland Islands!

Reviews

We have visited holiday cottage OH73ELK twice during 2018. The first time was in June. In instance we fell in love with the cottage and the surrounding nature where main elements are pure water lake and peninsula of an island. The radio station with its tower and antennas has been professionally built having in mind maximum comfort for the licensed guests. More antennas and accessories are in the works :)

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OH73ELK is a wonderful amateur station! Thanks to the hospitality, we (PE2W and YL) spend a couple of nights and enjoyed the environment and the radio station and the fabulous antenna's. Made some nice DX's Japan, South Cook Islands, Ascension Island, South Korea. If you wanna enjoy the silence, nature and enjoy the HAM radio, this is the place to be! P.S. I made a 3D virtual tour about the place of our Ham holiday 73, de PE2W

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This year I wanted a special holiday. I was looking for an holiday that could combine my OM needs as well as the needs of my family.

I wanted to be able to play with Hamradio because at my QTH condition are not great, because during the year personal impediment did not allow me to be an active OM.

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My family loves Finland very much. We love for pristine nature and special atmosphere, which is only here. In Finland I “charge my batteries” for Moscow bustle..We know Alex and Raisa because we take part in international ARDF competitions together. During our last trip to Finland, I was glad to have to visit the hospitable Ham Radio Shack and to work On The Air with the Prefix OH/R2AOI  and also as OH73ELK. There is also a great place to train in ARDF, it remains to draw a map :). This, apparently, is Alex’s next step in popularizing the radiosport.

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My DX experience as Dutch ham station PA3FTP

And then it's that time again, the holiday expedition to Finland is over. OH73ELK was a great experience. Both as a holiday destination but especially a new experience as a radio amateur. From 20 to 26 May I have been QRV almost daily for one or more hours at 10, 20 and 40 meter SSB. I worked in many new countries that I found in NL much more difficult or possibly just not working, such as Australia, Japan, Taiwan or Uruguay to name but a few, also 5 or 10 watt QRP stations that just arrive in Finland 5-9 +. If the frequency is empty noise less than 1 s point, delicious.

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World Wide Flora & Fauna near OH73ELK-island: first ever activity from OHFF-0091

When I booked my vacation at the OH73ELK-QTH I was focused on having some holidays right in the middle of nowhere together with my 10 years old son Ole. Planning what to do I could not resist to have a look on spots to activate with my radio gear. Nowadays in all dense populated areas and even a bit outside you are faced to any kind of disturbances on the radio bands. Beside the chance to work from an area that would be almost free of man-made or any industrial noise I became interested in if there would be any spot to activate

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Fantastic opportunity to combine my love of exploring the world and my lifelong interest in radio 

Thanks to Alex and Raisa, OH73ELK Radio Island has giving me a fantastic opportunity to combine my love of exploring parts of the world that I have not visited before and my lifelong interest in radio. Their holiday home is amazing. The forest and lakeside location is breathtaking and the relaxed and peaceful way of life is a million miles away from what I'm used to back in England. It is truly fantastic.

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6 wonderful days at OH73ELK cottage

I have been hamradio operator for almost 33 years and have never thought to operate on such beautiful scenery and station in my life.

My wife and I arrived on the 5th July to OH73ELK cottage and for us was our first time in Scandinavia, first time in Finland and first time we rented a car (I do not like to drive, that’s the reason that I mention it here).

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Message from Miika, OH2BAD and XYL Raili:

Recovering from the annual Finnish SRAL national Field Day is always a big challenge. This year (2019) we were 857 people present at OH3W, trying to remember faces and connect them with names and voices. In 58 years of active participation it has become almost a stress and you deserve a total relaxation after such a week-end! 

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We hear just the noise of trees...

We have pass one funny week in Finland. The cottage of Raisa and Alex is located inside the wood outside the village.
It a very quiet place. We hear just the noise of trees leaf and the wind noise, nothing else. The region is touristic and lot of stuffs are to be discover.The Ham shack is well appointed and you don't miss to make nice QSO. 

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CQ from the Elks

Earlier this year, I stumbled over a rather unique and funny call-sign, OH73ELK. After a quick research on the net it became clear that this is a station located in the beautiful Lake District of Finland, in the Savonlinna region, and that this station can be rented for a DX holiday. I quickly contact the owners, Alex and Raisa (home call: UB1AOA), and, after checking holiday possibilities with QRL, we quickly agreed on a week in late April 2019, and Alex and Raisa added that they would be happy to have the First ham operator visiting from Belgium

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Privater HAM Contest von ELK aus

Das Erste was uns überrascht hat beim ELK, ist die Ruhe! Nach dem Alltagstress und Hamburg-Tempo, konnte sich meine Familie wundern und freuen! Eine weitere Überraschung - fast gleiche Ruhe, wenn man Transceiver hört (kein QRM). Was mich noch in Finnland wundert, dass solche Ecken mit jungfräulicher Natur immer noch auf der Erde existieren! Noch vor der Reise kam ich zu Idee von ELK aus einen kleinen privaten Contest mit den OMs aus meinem Amateurfunkclub (DL0AT E13) zu machen.Gesagt - getan!

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Ein (Funk-) Paradies im Norden Europas: OH73ELK

Statt im 40m-Band mit S7 bis S9 QRM Pegel im Linzer Industriegebiet nun doch nur unterhalb von S1 das Rauschen zu hören ist ein tolles Empfangserlebnis auf der Insel in Finnland bei OH73ELK. Auch Maximilian (14) vom vergangenen Amateurfunkkurs konnte mitfahren. Derzeit ist OE5NRF der jüngste Funkamateur Österreichs und auch der jüngste Funkamateur an der Station von OH73ELK. Eine SOTA Aktivierung durfte in OH nicht fehlen: OH/JS-053, Pekkolanmäki – 202m   73! OE6PGM Gerhard

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About us and this project

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YL Raisa

Hi, we are Raisa and Alex. We would be happy to help you with any information you might need about your stay here in Finland. 

Here are OH73ELK  Facebook page and YouTube account

YL Raisa created an own Youtube Channel:  "My way to Ham Radio: Step by Step"   

We specialize also in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (see our ARDF-videos), also called Radio Orienteering, and participate in international competitions in this adventurous sport combining technical knowledge and fitness.

73 from the Land of Elks and Lakes

P.S.  Elk is one of the national symbols of Finland. The new сallsign OH73ELK symbolizes this beautiful animal ;-)