Station Damage

In December 2016 the 4O3A contest station suffered significant damage due to strong storms. All antennas had to be removed from the towers. Repairs of the antenna systems were scheduled for August 2017.
Unfortunately in July 2017 the whole of Lustica peninsula (where the 4O3A station is located) got caught in a series of fires. As far as we know fires started due to extremely hot weather.
The station was in grave danger from wildfire in two separate occasions. Thanks to the exceptional effort by the emergency services and volunteers the station was saved.
Unfortunately all antenna installations and control boxes outside the shack were destroyed. Damage is estimated to at least 20000€. It will take a lot of time to return the station to a fully operational state. They way things are now it won’t happen before summer 2018.


On the picture you can see the first fire that came from the south side of the building. It came as close as 10m of the porch. The second fire came from the north and the station was saved thanks to airplane intervention.
A big thank you to everyone who offered to help during the catastrophe.
See you in contest.

  • Leo Ferreira says:

    I’m sorry to know that.
    I hope 4O3A returns to back on the air soon.
    We’ll miss you in the contests until there.

  • Oms says:

    I’m very sorry about it
    I hope the station can be recovered as soon as possible
    Go bless you
    Oms PY5EG

  • Toomas Soomets says:

    Sad news Ranko!Super station in my memories.
    Hope heard you soon.

  • steen oz8sw says:

    Very sad news from this extremely well built station, and its creator Ranko – hope you will be back.Best wishes Steen oz8sw

  • Mike W4AAW says:

    Very sorry to see that you fb ops suffered such damage to your station.

    Best wishes for a speedy and trouble-free rebuild.

    73. Mike W4AAW and TeamW4AAW


  • Mike W4AAW says:

    So sorry to see you guys suffered such damage.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    73 Mike W4AAW and TeamW4AAW


  • Jim Nitzberg says:

    Dear Ranko and team,

    Very sorry to see and hear about this second round of damage to your radio home and station. I hope you can rebuild completely – and soon.
    Best wishes from Maryland.
    Jim Nitzberg WX3B

  • Vic Culver says:

    Sorry to hear of the great loss at 4O3A, Ranko. Missed you in the WAE CW event. Good luck with the rebuilding program. We will all be waiting for you and your team to get back in action. By 73, Vic, W4VIC/NF3C

  • Igor UA9CDC says:

    Hi Ranko.
    I had lightning strike which caused fire at my station also in July 2017. The damage is not as much as yours if expressed in money but equal in percentage. Anyway there were no human casualties and this fact makes me hope we will continue working each other in upcoming contests.

  • Gerry Hull says:

    Ranko, so sorry for your station difficulties. Hope to hear you on the air soon!
    73 Gerry W1VE/VE1RM, and the VY1AAA Contest Team

  • Holger says:

    Hi Ranko & team
    Sorry to hear about the trouble. We all hope you’ll be back on bands soon. If we can help, let us know!
    Hope to hear you guys soon!
    73 Holger, ZL3IO/ZM4T

  • omar says:

    hi 403A,
    am really sorry to hear that, am sure you will back soon.

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