Me and my good friend Dick/PA3GLF had been busy the whole week installing antenna's on a
farmers property, a 20 minutes drive from my house.
We had set a high tower (about 18 meters) which held a inverted L for 160 meter and several
dipoles from 15 to 80 meters.
Further a GPA-30, a triband GP from Fritzel to cover 10 meters, and 1/4 wave verticals for 40 and
This was perfect location and the antenna's seemed to work well on some tests earlier that week.
On 11 February I went to the contest site around 07:30 local to prepare and have a rest in quietness.
When I got there I lighted the stove cause the temperature was around 0 degrees Celsius at that
time of the day.
I listened around on the bands to see if could hear the 3Y guys but that was not the case and so
I tuned the amplifier on all the antenna's and wrote it on a piece of paper.
This was hung in sight so I could switch quickly during the contest.
After all was ready I listened on the bands and made some contacts on 80 and 15 meters.
Reports from a PA and a ON showed that the 80 meter dipole was very loud for
Europe traffic, 59 +30 !!
I did not know what to expect in a single operator contest so I went to sleep for 1,5 hour to be fresh
at the start.
At 12:00z the contest started and a pile up was there directly on 20 meter.
It did not ease till 14:45 and around that time 223 QSO's where in the log.
The dipole at 15 meters worked very well and was much better then the GPA-30.
Then on to 40 meter, after checking 15 meter, where was no activity except a PA, which I could
work at the end of the contest the other day.
Same as on 20 meter at start, instant pile up on CQ and I had to type like crazy to get them into
Nice DX came into the 40 meter log like S56X (Singapore), 9M2MRS (West-Malaysia), JK1AVG
(Japan) and YB0ASG (Indonesia).
Around that time Dick/PA3GLF came to bring soup and listen along.
The QSO rate was very stable around 80 QSO's in an hour and they kept on coming!
When it slowed down after 3,5 hour I went to 80 meter.
One after another new multi there and I had to go at speed again,........boy this is hard working!
I spent about two hours there and after a short visit on 40 I turned to 160 meter.
The inverted-L with the elevated radials turned out to be a good antenna for DX as well because it
delivered 4x JA's around 21:50z.
I was really surprised about this and I almost fell of my seat when I heard them pop out of the noise.
Later the first US-stations were worked on 160 as well! ( total 4x JA, 10x USA and 1x VE)
Around 01:00z it really slowed down but I was very happy with the score being equal as last years
"total score", and I had still many hours to go!
Half an hour later I went to sleep for about 1,5 hour because I needed to make it to 12:00z on Sunday.
When I woke, I started on 160 again and because the activity was still slow I switched back and
forward from 160 to the 80 meter dipole, from the dipole to the vertical, from 80 to the 40 meter
dipole and vertical, and back to 160 meter again!
This went on a while and the rate started to climb again but not to the 80 QSO's an hour, like it was till 00:00z.
I hoped to work a lot DX on 40 and 20 at sunrise but it was surprisingly quite.
For example, I worked no South-America at all on 40 and 80, this was kind of strange!
You cannot change conditions, can you?
Anyway, I did what I could and in the last hour I made some needed QSO's on 15 meter and only
"one" on 10 meter.
You guest it, a PA station,hihi!
Satisfied I closed the log at 12:00z and I had 1267 QSO's with 186 multipliers.
Claimed score is: 235.662 points.
Thanks to Dick/PA3GLF who helped building the antenna's and to all the stations who replayed to my CQ.
Hope to see you another time in a contest.
Rig: - FT-990
Amplifier: - AL-811
Logging: Laptop with N1MM
Antenna's: - 160 meter / Inverted L
- 80 meter / 1/4 wave vertical and an inverted V
- 40 meter / 1/4 wave vertical and an inverted V
- 20 meter / inverted V and a GPA-30 (10/15/20 meter)
- 15 meter / inverted v and a GPA-30 (10/15/20 meter)
- 10 meter / GPA-30 (10/15/20 meter)
Here are some numbers generated by the N1MM logging program:
PA3GVI Max Rates:
2006-02-11 1202Z - 4,0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 240 per hour by PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1837Z - 2,3 per minute (10 minute(s)), 138 per hour by PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1551Z - 1,8 per minute (60 minute(s)), 108 per hour by PA3GVI
PA3GVI Runs >10 QSOs:
2006-02-11 1200 - 1441Z, 14000 kHz, 200 Qs, 74,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1447 - 1811Z, 7000 kHz, 289 Qs, 84,8/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1814 - 2103Z, 3500 kHz, 240 Qs, 85,5/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 2120 - 2310Z, 1800 kHz, 115 Qs, 62,8/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 2312 - 2349Z, 3500 kHz, 46 Qs, 76,2/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0002 - 0039Z, 1800 kHz, 31 Qs, 49,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0051 - 0106Z, 3500 kHz, 12 Qs, 49,5/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0110 - 0123Z, 1800 kHz, 12 Qs, 53,5/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0305 - 0351Z, 1800 kHz, 15 Qs, 19,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0356 - 0425Z, 3500 kHz, 26 Qs, 53,9/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0503 - 0552Z, 3500 kHz, 27 Qs, 33,2/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0559 - 0630Z, 1800 kHz, 15 Qs, 29,1/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0635 - 0700Z, 3500 kHz, 19 Qs, 46,6/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0704 - 0745Z, 7000 kHz, 32 Qs, 46,0/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0751 - 0906Z, 14000 kHz, 52 Qs, 41,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0918 - 1000Z, 7000 kHz, 42 Qs, 60,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 1007 - 1030Z, 14000 kHz, 16 Qs, 42,4/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 1035 - 1053Z, 21000 kHz, 22 Qs, 70,2/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 1101 - 1116Z, 14000 kHz, 13 Qs, 50,4/hr PA3GVI