This yearly event took place weekend 7 and 8 June 2008.
Previous year we were at a very good location as there is a lot of free space around us, no QRM.
When looking back on last year we decided to make some major changes and the biggest issues are:
- Bigger tent
- yagi higher from the ground
Both had been tackled and was going to be a fun weekend.
The weather was quite friendly to us this year
We would not use PI4WNO this year but a special call to commemorate Jaap/PA0MRN who passed away a
few weeks ago.
Great lost and we are proud to remember him this way.
We all gathered Friday around 1700 local to build our field day station at the farmers place.
We picked up our special guest, Paul/W6GMU , which would be one of the two operators the contest weekend.
We brought towers, antennas and all you need to build a fine field day station.
Our field day is a yearly event with fun, friendship, antenna experiments, contesting and a good dose of humor.
We started building the tent of 8x4 meters, a much larger one then previous years.
It didn’t take long to build this big white thing but not without taking the wrong poles first.
Ooh well, just a wink of Murphy.
Then we set up the 40 meter vertical and the tower which would hold the 80 and 160 meter dipole.
All went well but we couldn’t get the both dipoles working.
We never use a balun on these and worked very well but SWR was sky high this time.
Ooh, there you are miss Murphy…….!
This happened to be a case of a critical coax length because when we connected a 1:1 balun the other day all was just fine.
Manfred/PE1REO came with the construction to carry the FB-33 and some UHF/VHF antennas.
He is a very professional guy and we couldn’t do without him as he knows exactly how to guy this thing when 10 meter up in the air.
PA0AKN brought the yagi and assembled it on ground level first to mount it on the pipe about an hour later.
We just needed to attach rotator and coax the next day and raise it another 4 meter to get it on the air.
We left the field day site around 2200 local with almost everything fixed.
Tired but satisfied we could do some adjustments the other day and set the tables, radio’s and amplifier.
Saturday morning around 10:00 local we were all together again to set up the gear in the tent and make some final adjustments to the yagi and dipoles.
Fred attached all the interfaces between laptop, amplifier and FT-990 while Manfred set the generator far away in the field so we would not have to listen to the disturbing voice all 24 hours.
We have a wooden box to lower the voice and keep it dry when it would rain.
This worked very good previous years!
Hours before the contest we were already done and so the VHF/UHF station was putt together on another table, enough space in the big tent!
With the IC-706 connected we would use this as a demo station for HF and to participate in the VHF/UHF contest.
There was a G5RV connected to it via a tuner for the HF bands and a duo band stick for VHF/UHF.
Final thing we did was putt up a 20 meter vertical on a 3,5 meter pole as a listen antenna.
This happened to be very useful when, for example, East Europeans were calling with the beam towards Stateside.
At 1500z Paul started the contest on 20 meter and we could instantly see the lack of conditions on the band.
Mainly European stations in the log and the rate wasn’t impressive either.
It finally picked up in the evening when we changed to 40 and 80 meter.
The night went good on the lower bands, we even worked V51AS/P on 80 meter!
But again, more Europeans then across the pond or further away.
More US then on the higher bands but still very marginal.
Around 0700z we had 600 QSO’s in the log with 8 hours to go.
We really had nice runs on 80, 40 and 20 meter and even 15 opened up during the morning/afternoon.
10 meter wasn’t that good although I am sure we missed some short openings.
We decided to go for 1000 QSO’s and we could just make it, having 1002 QSO’s in the log when the clock hit 1500z.(eventually there seemed to be 15 dupes after checking the log)
We had already dismantled the yagi and the dipoles and finished the contest with the 20 meter and 40 meter vertical.
Satisfied with the result we took the last antenna’s down, packed the tent and gear.
We were all ready to go home at 1600z.
We can look back on a very nice weekend!
Overall conditions were bad, specially the higher bands with not many DX.
A lot of short skip on the higher bands and we, for example, did not work any JA, VK!
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Transceivers: FT-990(HF), IC-706(VHF/UHF)
Antennas:- 160 meter: inverted-V dipole feeding point at +/- 16 meter.
- 80 meter: inverted-V dipole feeding point at +/- 16 meter.
- 40 meter: ¼ wave vertical 40 radials.
- 20 meter: GP with 4 radials at 3,5 meter (mainly for listening)
- 10/15/20 meter: 3-element yagi up 14 meter in the air.
- VHF/UHF duo band stick at 10 meter.
Worked DXCC: DL, EA, EA8, EI, ER, ES, EU, F, G, GD, GM, GW, HA, HB, HB0, I,
K, LA, LY, LZ, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, PA, PZ, S5, SM, SP, SV, UA, UA2, UA9, UN,
UR, V5, VE, VP8, VR, VU, YL, YO, YU, Z3, ZS.
Band Mode QSOs Pts Cty
1,8 CW 109 377 15
3,5 CW 110 366 23
7 CW 410 1194 39
14 CW 301 836 37
21 CW 41 122 18
28 CW 14 36 7
Total Both 985 2931 139
Claimed Score : 407.409 points