Many members of PI4WNO/section 66/Woerden had volunteered on Friday evening to build a
big part of the field-day station.
I was actually very surprised and impressed when at arrive on Saturday morning 09:00 local most
of the antenna's were ready to go.
Fred/PA1WFB picked me up 20 minutes earlier and we were both very exited about this weekend.
There was a 30 foot tower which held the Fritzel FB-33 yagi for 10/15/20 meters, a 30 foot tower with a mono-band 20 meter vertical, a 40 meter base mounted vertical and a 40 foot scaffolding
which held a duo-band GP for VHF/UHF and a telescopic tower for the 80/160 meter dipoles.
Wooow, job well done guys!!
With the main portion ready we could take it slow during the day because the contest would start at 17:00 local(1500z).
We started measuring the 80/160 meter dipoles because we needed new CW antenna's for these bands.
This went well and soon we could hoist the dipoles up the pole on the scaffolding.
We had to lower them a couple times to get the right resonance-length but this was a piece of cake
with the available antenna analyzer.
With all antenna's in the air now Fred set up the HF station in the smallest contest tent I have ever seen, hihi.
Just big enough to fit in two!(hi)
But never mind, there was just enough space to fit in two chairs at the table and with this size the amplifier could warm it up during the night.
The club transceiver, a FT-990, and AL-811H were set and we could soon test the CAT interfacing and the amplifier.
The amplifier did not switch on when keying the TRX so we had to fix this inside the FT-990.
As I had this too, when I connected my own FT-990 to my AL-811, I knew the drill and this was quickly set and done, after Fred soldering the wire to different pins, and set the FT-990 internal switch in the right position.
So we were ready, hours before the contest would start.
The other guys were busy setting up the VHF/UHF and demo HF-station.
They even installed a camera in the high tower so we could see the driveway of the property and see when visitors were about to arrive.
Jaap/PA0MRN and his XYL provided us the whole weekend from good food which was highly
appreciated by the crew members of PI4WNO/p.
Nice bread, coffee and drinks around noon and soup, meatballs and bread again in the evening, just lovely!
The contest started at 17:00 local and I had good runs, +/- 60 QSO's an hour.
Nice multipliers into the log like HL (South-korea) and VP8 (Falkland Islands) on 20 meters and even
a VK8 on 40 meters.
The night went well and it was typical that there was no dip in activity during these hours, something you use to see in contests.
They just kept on coming on a regular base and soon it started to get light again, having about
660 QSO's in the log by then.
The 40 meter vertical and the dipoles for 80 and 160 meter worked well with mainly European contacts on the low bands but nice DX too from time to time(USA).
I felt exhausted in the early morning because I did not have any sleep from Saturday morning till Sunday morning.
After the good breakfast I felt much better and went on to make contacts again, enjoying the good response.
I still had to make some contacts on 15 meters were I did not hear anything the day before.
Glad to work a couple stations there and have the multiplier total go up a bit.
At 12:39 local I logged my last contact, I had reached the 800 QSO mark and found this a good result.
I could not bring it up to go on for another 4,5 hour till the contest would actually end.
I had been searching for stations along the bands but most were dupes and I actually felt very tired.
We decided to slowly break down the contest site and we went home around 16:30 local.
It didn't take long to fall asleep after a warm bath!
I want to thank everyone involved, they made this weekend to be such a success!
The whole crew was very exited about the result and the enjoyable weekend we had.
We had great weather, visitors, good food, and a lot of fun!
Logging: N1MM on laptop PC
Antenna's: - 80/160 meter: Inverted ''V' dipoles
- 40 meter: Vertical with about 20 ground radials
- 10/15/20 meter: FB-33 3 band yagi
- 15/20 meter: Vertical with 4 radials
Further, a VHF/UHF station with a duo-band GP on a high tower and a Demo-station for HF (TS-870).
Band QSO's Points DXCC
1.8 110 380 18
3.5 170 514 24
7 188 570 30
14 293 838 39
21 39 112 16
28 1 2 1
Total: 801 2416 128
Claimed Score: 309.248 points
Worked DXCC: 4J, 9A, CT, DL, EA, EI, ER, ES, EU, F, G, GI, GM, GW, HA, HB, HL, I, K, LY, LZ, OE, OH, OK,
OM, ON, OY, OZ, PA, S5, SM, SP, SV, TK, UA, UA2, UA9, UN, UR, VE, VK, VP8, YL, YO, YU,
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