Isola radioamatoriale

OH73ELK Transceiver

Benvenuti in Finlandia, Savonlinna - il cuore della più grande regione dei laghi in Europa!

Trascorri le tue vacanze con la famiglia o con gli amici in questo bellissimo e romantico posto con annessa stazione radioamatoriale
OH73ELK Radio Shack Equipment

La stazione radioamatoriale

La stazione radioamatoriale  è situata nella quiete dei boschi finlandesi. Un'atmosfera rilassante e sopratutto priva di QRM per un momento di relax con il tuo hobby!


- Yagi fullsize per bande 20-15-10m su traliccio da 18m, costruita ed installata da OH7RM
- Inv-V 160 m, Inv-V 80 m (+17 m); Inv-V 40 m; Inv-V 30 m ;GP 40-20 m,GP 40 m elevated
- E’ anche possibile sperimentare con le proprie antenne filari in quanto carrucole e funi di sollevamento sono già installate.

Lo schack:

- Ricetrasmettitore IC-7300, tutte le bande HF, interfaccia digitale inclusa per una varietà di modalità digitali

- rotatore Yaesu G-1000DXA

- headset Heil BM-10 iC, Icom SM30

- footswitch Heil FS-3

- SWR&Power Meter Daiwa CN-501H2

- Interruttore antenna RQUAD per 8 antenne

- amplificatore 1.5kW R-140 (solo su accordo speciale extra)

Contest Call: OG7Z

OH73ELK Island - QRM free

Yagi 20/15/10 for DX


Our new CW Paddle

In the heart of OH73ELK

Ham Radio Amplifier R-140

Jukka OH2BR

to sleep in the Shack ;-)

Fullsize yagi beam

Installation of InvV

Hoisting ropes prepared for your ANT experiments

Antenna switcher outsides the house

YL RAISA with our new QSL

OE5NRF Maxi in the Shack

Icom SM 30

Saimaa, la regione dei laghi

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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

Savonlinna è al centro del lago Saimaa e dell’omonima regione. Questo labirinto di laghi e isole è il luogo perfetto per rilassarsi nella natura.

È l'ideale per coloro che amano un'atmosfera tranquilla con il sole che sorge sopra gli alberi e il sole che tramonta sull'acqua cristallina.

Immagina di nuotare in un'acqua così pura da poterla bere!


Avrete una completa privacy offerta dal generoso lotto di 2,5 ettari sulla punta di un'isola con il suo litorale di 300 metri e sentieri nei boschi.
Dopo una giornata di attivà DX, ci si può rilassare in una sauna tradizionale in legno finlandese situata a soli 10 metri dal lago.

Ogni stagione in Finlandia ha il suo fascino. Dai un'occhiata alle fotografie e guarda tu stesso, a cominciare dall'inverno!

Qui trascorrerai un'indimenticabile vacanza radioamatoriale!


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OH73ELK cottage in winter
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Enjoy the silence of winter
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Finnish outdoor activity
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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......

La baita

Questa moderna baita di 100 metri quadrati è stata costruito nel 2007 da Honka, il designer di case di tronchi finlandese riconosciuto a livello mondiale. All'interno troverai tutti i comfort moderni necessari.

Questo QTH da DX in affitto è disponibile per un massimo di 6-8 persone durante tutto l'anno.

Il costo è nella media degli affitti per questa regione, ma cambia in base alla durata, al periodo dell'anno del soggiorno e al numero di ospiti. L'uso della sauna, del patio per le grigliate, legna da ardere, barca a motore Yamaha, canne da pesca e altri vantaggi sono tutti inclusi nel prezzo. È incluso anche il Wi-Fi illimitato.

Non ci sono costi aggiuntivi per l'uso della stazione radio.

L’affitto di questa baita è possibile solo tramite il proprietario.

Invia eventuali domande in tedesco o in inglese a e riceverai una risposta direttamente dal  proprietario.

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 to Ham Radio rental Shack


Our new "thickened" GP for 40 meter band
08 febbraio 2020
This special Ground Plane antenna consists of eight wires vertical element 20 cm diameter and 12 m. long, capacitor for reactive compensation in series with the vertical element; 4 wires horizontally symmetrical resonant counterpoises 3 m. above ground. So that Elks can freely pass under it :-) SWR less than 1:1.1 in the range 7.0 to 7.3 MHz. Thanks to RA1AMO for help.
Our Site's Сhef is preparing for new challenges
28 dicembre 2019
This is our friend and a very brave man Yuri Zagranichny. It was he who made this main site of OH73ELK! And after hard work, he cooled a little in the lake directly opposite the ELK's Sauna. By the way, in 2020, Yuri plans to manage it so that everyone can see here online when YL Raisa or our Ham guests go On Air from OH73ELK Shack and on what frequency!
The second run of ELK-AWARDs available
20 novembre 2019
The First print run (100 pieces) of ELK AWARD was sent to Radio Amateurs in 27 countries within a few months! The new run of Awards with a hologram on the Callsign is received from the printing house. The Award Manager YL Raisa continues to process new applications. Take a look for more details in the "ELK AWARD" section of our site.
A new exclusive ELK-paddle in our Shack
08 novembre 2019
Now our guests CW Lovers can taste the new paddle. This special "ELK-edition" is produced for us by RA1AOM in St.Petersburg. He used 50 hours for this work. Everything is made of stainless steel and polished by hand. The base is made of jasper.
HEIL PROSET IC - a new option for our ham guests
02 novembre 2019
now each of our guests has a choice: to work with microphones or with headsets: light Headset HEIL BM-10 or a new one: HEIL PROSET IC
New desktop mic Icom SM 30
10 ottobre 2019
For more comfort during prolonged Pile-Ups in OH73ELK Shack in addition to the standard Icom microphone we have now the new desktop mic SM 30! With this microphone we have got an excellent modulation quality!
Ahr-Rotwein Diplom for our Shack
29 settembre 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 settembre 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 settembre 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 agosto 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 agosto 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 luglio 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 luglio 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 giugno 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 giugno 2019
A nice gift from our guest from Belgium, OO7J. Thank you, Christoph!
News from our Shack Library
23 aprile 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 aprile 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 :
Mini Music Studio of OH73ELK
05 febbraio 2019
For our guests who want to make some music in between Work On the Air ;-)
Elks1 ELKs come for a visit OH73ELK
26 novembre 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 settembre 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 settembre 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 agosto 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 agosto 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 luglio 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!


Scandinavian Activity Contest SSB 2019

For the Scandinavian Activity Contest SSB 2019 Guenther DG7EE, Daniel DJ4MF and Rene DL2JRM went to OH73ELK in October.

Just for an Extended Weekend but with a lot of fun. We enjoyed the Autumn in Finland and the Sauna beside the Contest. With the Contest Callsign OG7Z we hopefully got a good place in the competition with all the Big Gun!

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The Station became not cold ​

We spent Two Wonderful Weeks in the most Beautiful Cottage @ OH73ELK.

Silence, mushrooms, swimming, fishing and the perfect Environment made everything to a relaxed hollyday.

The Station became not cold and a few more contacts has been taken.

For sure we will come back soon!

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An idyllic place that inspires calm and tranquility 

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Location, house itself and radio equipment are spectacular! The cottage is located in a forest, witch is on an island in a huge area with hundreds
of lakes... An idyllyc place that inspires calm and tranquility, as well as beauty wherever you look. The house is perfectly prepared for living and I
have to say it is very welcoming. You can see it in the photos, but in reality it is even better and more beautiful!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Qualche info su di me e su questo progetto

YL Raisa

Ciao sono Alex,
nel 2007 ho deciso di costruire questa baita e ne sono felice. In questi ultimi 10 anni di villeggiatura ho accumulato ricordi meravigliosi. Recentemente ho deciso di convertire la baita in QTH in affitto per i radioamatori di tutto il mondo. La baita è stata ristrutturata in modo diventare la guest house ideale. Oltre a questo sito ho anche creato un pagina Facebook e un account Youtube. Vi sono grato per qualsiasi dimostrazione di interesse abbiate. Per informazioni, commenti o curiosità scrivetemi su

Oltre ad essere attivo come radioamatore, sono specializzato in “caccia alla volpe” ARDF Amateur Radio Direction Finding (vedi i miei video ARDF), anche chiamato Radio Orienteering. Partecipo attivamente a competizioni nazionali e internazionali in questo sport avventuroso che unisce conoscenze tecniche e fitness.

73 dalla terra degli Elks (alci)  e dei laghi

Alex OH73ELK
PS. L'alce (ELK) è uno dei simboli nazionali della Finlandia. Questo call  OH73ELK celebra questo bellissimo animale ;-)