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This is my 2005 diary page.

You find reports about contests I joined, my activity on the bands and other  hamradio related items.

(some stories are in dutch,sorry!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-25 december 2005.

 

This morning I was out early on X-mas day and found 6W/JM3XAV (Senegal) on 7003 Mhz.

I set the amplifier and soon he was in the log without to much trouble.

Later I worked T77C from San Marino in CW (30 meters) and some DL's and LA9NJA in sideband on 40 meters.

 

 

   

-24 december 2005, TR8CA.

 

In the late evening, around 21:30/GMT, 40 meters was very quite.

I saw TR8CA on ON4KST's chatchannel and so I asked if he would listen for me at 40 meters.

I called him and he replayed, giving me 599 in Gabon.

 

 

 

- 16 to 21 december 2005, QSL via buro!

 

I have not been on to much but worked the following stations: PZ5RA (Surinam) on 17 meter/CW,

VP9BO (Bermuda Islands) on 40 meter/CW, HI8RV (Dominican Republic) on40 meter/CW,

TI3TLS (Costa Rica) on 40 meter/CW.

 

 

 

I also sorted out my buro cards and found two new DXCC.

These two, HR2/AC4LN (Honduras) and ZD9IR (Gough Island), are DXCC 279 and 280 for me!

Also confirmed via the buro: 9M2TO, KP2/OK1TN, ST2DX, 5H3/SM1TDE, HI3/RA3AUU, 1A0KM, OY7WP,

9Y4/DL6FBL, HS1BK, OA4DKC, YI9ZF, TJ3G, ZF2AM, ZD7K, Z21KF, 5T0CW, S9LA, ZB2/DL7VEE, VP8NX,

OJ0LA, SU9BN and 5U7JB.

 

 

 

-15 december 2005, lot's of VK's!

 

Today I visited my friend Peter/PA8A to play with the brand new FTDX-9000D transceiver.

After some coffee and adjusting some settings in the transceiver I called CQ on 14.203.

Soon I worked the first VK stations and they all came in very well on the 3 elements yagi which is up 24 meters.

 

 FTDX-9000D

 

The FTDX-9000D performed very well together with the amplifier and the high antenna.

With in 1 hour I worked 16x Vk, 1x HS and 1x VU.

Then I tuned around and found a nice pile up at 14.200.

The station was V8BDS from Brunei which I still needed for DXCC.

 It took me 4 calls to get him, and I was pleased to work V8, cause this is difficult at my own place.

Back home, first thing to be done was write the card and send it off!!

 

 

 

14 december 2005, PACC 2006.

 

At 09:30 local I went to my friend PA3GLF to check out the new PACC contest site(second weekend Februari 2006)

He arranged a piece of land on a farm nearby.

We met the farmer and he gave uss "card blanc" on this spot.

It all looks very prommising as there are some high trees(+/- 20 meter) and the caravan can be posted far enough from the house(s).

There is also enough space  for the 40 and 80 meter verticals.

The antenna's we will build are :

160 meter: Dipole at 20 meter.

  80 meter: dipool at 20 meter and a vertical.

  40 meter: dipool at 20 meter and a vertical.

10/15/20 meter: GPA-30 from fritzel at 10 meter

  20 meter: dipool at 20 meter

 

 PACC-2006 contest site.

 

I can't wait till februari!

 

  

 

 -26 & 27 november 2005, CQWWCW!

 

I looked forward to this contest as it is always a weekend with great activity on all bands.

I cancelled the trip I planned to the north of the country but still wanted to do something more then marginal this time.

So, I choose to be active on single band/40 meter from home with just the sloping dipole.

I started saterday morning tuning the band and I quickly found some nice ones to start with.

I could very easily work V26K, J79CW and TZ5A and then I searched a clear spot(not easy!!) to call "CQ".

The normal run of European stations followed and after it eased I tuned again for some rare ones.

Again some Caribean stations where logged and some US aswell.

Then (08:00 UTC) I had to close for some family obligations and returned in the afternoon.

At 12:18 I was back in the contest again and directly had a European pile up.

After dinner and in the evening conditions seemed pretty nice and I could even work some JA's.

Early next morning I was there again and didn't here to many US stations.

But, still enough to do and so I bagged ZL6QH and some Caribean stations like 8P5A.

Then I spend some time with the family to get back at the contest in the late afternoon and evening.

Great opening then to Asia and  contacts where made with 9M2 and VU2, to call a few.

Ofcourse Europeans aswell when I called CQ again.

At 22:14 I quite and called it a day.

 

 concentration!

 

I was very satisfied with the result and It was actually more then I expected.

The dipole did well and I am sure that the amplifier helped too.

I did not run it at more then 300 watts which seemed good enough to work most of them.

I only felt a bit unhappy when 3B8/OM3PC logged me as JA3GVI and I could not get him again!

Anyway, I made 517 QSO's and  claimed a score of 75.813 points.

A total of 90 DXCC countrys and 21 zones where logged.

Some of the nice DXCC: VK, ZL, VU, 9M2, JA, HZ, 8P, V2, VP5, PJ2, PJ4, P4, 8Q, 9Y, A4, A6, FP, HC8, HI, HK, J7, KP2, OH0, PY, PZ, ST, TI, TZ, and ZA.

Worked zones: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34 and 35.

 

See you all next time!

 

 

 

-15 to 25 november 2005, update!

 

Besides the many Europe contacts ( DL,G, F, ON etc. )I worked the following:

On 30 meters I bagged OJ0(Market reef), VQ9JC (Chagos Isl.) and YN/H79W (Nicaragua).

Others that came in  the log where: HZ1IK ( Saudi Arabia ) on 40 meter, R1MVW (Malyj Vysotskij Isl.) on 17 meters,  J79CW ( Dominica Isl. ) on 20 meter and P40L on 15 meters.

 

 

 

- 14 november 2005, last weekend.

 

Saturday and sunday the local PA-beker contest was held.

This contest takes place on 40 and 80 meters in two days, saturday CW and and sunday the SSB part.

In this small contest PA's work PA's with the QSL region being the multiplier.

The contest took  place from 09:00 to 11:30 UTC, both days.

Below the results.

 

CW on saturday:

          Band     QSOs    Pts       Sec
             3,5       21       21        18
                7       29       29        21

          Total  :    50       50       39                score: 1950 points

 

SSB on sunday:

          Band     QSOs    Pts       Sec
             3,5       42       42        26
                7       54       54        26
         Total :      96       96        52       
      Score: 4992 points 

 

Not a top listing for sure, but I had my fun!

 

 

  

- 9 november 2005, ISS recording!

 

 ISS.

 

Today at 18:46 local (17:46 UTC) I could see the ISS passing our country with high speed from west to east on a clear sky.

Very weird to see this tiny moving spot in the sky and on the same time hear the sound of an astronaut aboard.

I made a recording of Bill Mc arthur(US astronaut) when he answered  questions from UK students on 145.800 Mhz/FM.

This was recorded from an IC-260E and the antenna was a mobile whip(5/8 wave) placed on my topfloor window.

You can listen to the recording in the "soundfile" section.

 

If you want more info about this schoolcontact you can visit PD0RKC's website:

http://pd0rkc.ontwikkel.nl/

He has a  better soundfile then mine and the questions asked by the children from the English school.

 

 

       

-1 november 2005, DXCC-certificate arrived!!!!

 

 

Today it finally arrived, my DXCC certificate!

Some weeks ago I already had the confirming letter from the ARRL with the award notification, DXCC award credit slip and the DXCC award credits listing but no certificate.

And today, the postman made my day!!

Now, up to the next 25 "new ones"!!

 

 

 

  

-29 and 30 october 2005, CQWWSSB.

 

I didn't feel like anticipating in this CQWWSSB contest  this time but I could not resist working some nice DX and give away some points (rules on: http://www.cqww.com/).

All contacts listed below where made on 40 meters with 300 watts.

HI3TEJ(Dominican Rep.), J3A(Grenada Isl.), 6Y2Z(Jamaica Isl.), V26B(Antigua Isl.), ZF2AH(Cayman Isl.),

9Y4W(Trinidad & Tobago) J7DM(Dominica Isl.), 8P1A(Barbados Isl.), PJ2T(Curacao Isl.), PJ4W(Bonaire Isl.)

Further, regular stations which where easy to work like: P40, CN, VE, HB0, CU, ZB2, 3V, TA and a bunch of US stations.

It will possible have a more serious run in the CQWWCW, end of november.

 

 

 

     

-28 October 2005.

 

Today, I did some more ragchew on the 40 meter band.

Contacts where made with Germany(DL), Czech republic(OK), England(G) and Sweden(SM).

Later in the afternoon when 15 meter opened I logged SV9/IK8UND and TF/N0HJZ in SSB and VE2XAA/2 in CW.

 

 

  

 

-27 October 2005, 40 meters untill after noontime!!

 

This morning after I  fixed a loose wire of the remote-cable to my amplifier I listened around on 40 meters(SSB).

At 10:00 local,on 7048, I found PJ4/OE9MON (Bonaire Island) working a big European pile-up.

Even with the time being far past my sunrise(07:30 local), he still produced a big 59+ signal here.

I switched the amplifier on and soon he was in my log.

While working on my pc I could hear him working Europe till 10:30, still being 59.

You can find a sound file of Karl in my sound file section.

 

Later that day around 13:00 local, I checked the spots on the DX-summit page and saw some Caribean and North America stations spotted.

There was VE2XAA/2(Canada) on 7007 from Quebec/zone 2 and to my surprise I could hear him.

I gave my call a couple times and he replayed with a 559 report, same as I gave him.

Amazing that I could still work VE2 many hours past SR.

 

 

     

-24 and 25 October 2005.

 

Besides some rag chew contacts with M3JZT, DL4XAV, DG4FAN/M, MM5TUW/M and OK1DHP on 40 meter daytime I worked CO8LY(Cuba) on 17 meters and V31MD(Belize) on 40 meters.

 

   

-23 October 2005, Good conditions on 160 meters.

 

This morning I was first time out early since a few weeks and found just a few stations of interest on 40 meters.

I worked PJ2/N4GG (CW) and YY5RED (SSB) easily and then I saw some interesting spots on 160 meters.

Some PA's where spotted by some west-coast guys and that made me tune to 1.835 to listen to PA0CLN/Kees.

I could only hear Kees with my 2x10 meter dipole, not the others coming back to his CQ.

He seemed to work one after another from the west coast.

I dropped him an e-mail with my congratulations for the good opening and he answered the following:

 

Hello Rob, this was a nice opening on 160 meters.

It lasted until far past sunrise and so I went for breakfast.

125 QSO's with the USA, of which 34x W7/W6, 1x VE7, 1x VE6, 1x VE5, not to much east-coast.

Also KH6AT, KL7Z and ZS1REC, total 42 states!!

Pretty nice, 160 meter!!

 

 PA0CLN.

 

Kees/PA0CLN is using an "inverted L" for transmitting and K9AY loops for receiving.

Very good result and it made me think back to the time I had the "full size vertical loop" for 160 meters.

How can I make 160 work again from this small city lot.....let me think!!!!????.

 

 

 

 -22 October 2005, Antarctica again!

 

They seem to be pretty active these days or is it just conditions.

I worked R1ANN ( Novolazarevskaya base) at 19:49 0n 30 meters in CW, again with ease.

The spots on the cluster also showed R1ANC active but by the time I got there he was gone.

 

 

   

-17 to 21 October 2005, nice 30 meter conditions!

 

I had my doubts now and then about the dipole which runs from the chimney to the backyard fence between the houses.

It slopes down south to about 2,5 meters from ground (see the pic in the station section).

When I see the spots on the cluster and hear absolutely nothing I think that this antenna is not functioning at all, but now and then, and I must say specially on 30 and 40 meters, the signals come in quite good.

It even leaves me stunned when I break a big pile up in one or two calls cause mostly I have to try very hard to get through.

Anyway, it's fun to see that with this antenna the world is still in reach.

Last days I frequently checked the cluster for nice stations and worked the following.

In the evening of 17 October I worked 9M2TO(West-Malaysia) on 30 meters, who didn't need long to answer my call.

One day later ZA1Z (Albania) and YI9LZ (Iraq), the ZA on 40 meters and the YI on 15 meters, both in CW.

Then on the 21 of October some special event stations from the UK like GB200T and GB200HNT were logged on 40 meters in SSB.

In the evening I heard and worked R1ANT from Mirny Base on the arctic continent with a 559 report(CW).

 

 "old R1ANT QSL-card"

 

I always work these guys on the south pole quite easily on 30 and 40 meters, which must be mostly their effort being on the ice, but maybe my dipole helps a bit too because it slopes south.

Anyway, nice to work them and later I also bagged a SV9(Creta), EA8(Canary Islands) and a SV5(Dodecanese), all on 30 meters/CW.

 

Satisfied I called it a day and see what will come up next days.

 

 

     

-22 September to 16 October 2005, month review.

 

I did not have my mind on radio for some weeks, specially the last three.

In the last week of september however I worked the following stations:

SY8S(Greece), OH0JFP(Aland Isl.), 5Z4DZ(Kenya), SY9S(Greece), YI9LZ(Iraq), KG9N(USA), PA0JWV, my friend Jan (Netherlands), RU3HD/ANT(Antarctica), 5Z4/UA4WHX(Kenya).

Today I briefly worked HB0/SP2FAX in Liechtenstein which was booming in on 30 meters.

 

 

 

-21 September 2005, nice conditions on 40 meter.

 

I stayed up late to check conditions on 40 meter.

At 22:31 I heard and worked 5Z4/UA4WHX from Kenya in CW.

A bit later there was Francisco/LU3OE with a nice signal from Argentina on 7051 in SSB.

I called Francisco and he replayed my call with a 59 report.

He is using a 2 elements yagi for 40 meters and was 57 with good clear audio.

 

 LU3OE/Francisco

 

  

 

-20 September 2005, finally some nice DX again!

 

The band conditions have been very bad lately but today some nice DX was heard and worked.

On 40 meter I could work 5T0JL (at 00:26 UTC) in CW through the big pile up.

I did not hear his first report  because to many stations where still calling, very annoying!

After "pa3gvi only" I took my report and gave his.

Same evening at 18:19 UTC I worked R1ANN from Antarctica on 30 meter.

Good to see conditions getting a bit better!

 

 

-31 August to 5 September 2005, LX/PA1TK/P- trip with PA1TK,PA5WT and PE1BTV.

 

Finally the day had come to start our trip to Luxembourg for the IARU VHF contest on 3 & 4 September.

Below the story!

(Nederlands verslag op: http://sitekreator.com/PI4KML/lxpa1tkp_09-2005.html)

 

Things had been planned long before and so we left on 31 august around 13:00 hours.

Everything well organized by Theo/PA1TK which does this for 30 years now.

I joined the car from Kees/PA5WT and along the route we would contact Theo/PA1TK who also pulled the caravan.

The fourth operator (Ruud/PE1BTV) would join us on Friday because of QRL obligations.

We were just on track when we could hear Theo calling us on 144.315 in SSB.

We made contact and soon we were behind Theo and his caravan.

After many talks over the radio we stopped to drink some coffee and shake hands.

Then, back on track again and so, somewhere in the afternoon, we drove into Luxembourg.

Really nice views along the way with nice mountains and steep roads.

 

 "steep"

 

Then, we reached our destination and after setting the caravan we started to build the tent which would be our shack for the next 4 days.

We could also set up the rotatable south tower which held one 9 elements yagi.

The second was my telescopically tower with a 144MHz antenna and a pulley to hoist my 30 and 40 meter dipole.

After dinner we made a 144 MHz set-up and one for HF, so we could do some radio first evening from this lovely spot at 550 above sea-level.

The HF bands worked well and even with the balun at 6 meters I worked two ZL's on 30 meter the first evening with 100 watts.

 

 "LX/PA3GVI/P on HF".

 

Many Europeans were logged to, but no big pile ups.

Theo/PA1TK played some VHF and it must have been around 00:00 local before we had hit the sack.

The next morning I was out early (around 06:30 local) to work HF again.

A bit later Kees/PA5WT joined in and after a short chat he concluded he could better be of to bed again because he did not feel to well.

His sickness held on to the other day, long before the contest began!

After Theo/PA1TK woke up and having had breakfast we started building the east-tower which would hold 2x 9 elements yagi.

Rotator placed  on the ground which made the system easier to lift (especially with the 4x9 el.).

This went up successfully and then we came to one of the bigger systems.

As lifting the north-tower with his 4x 9 elements yagi's would be difficult to do with the two of us we limited our self to assemble the antennas and set the tower without antennas.

By the time we did this the afternoon had already gone halfway and so we took a break to eat something, same time discussing the next thing to do.

We decided to build the shack with his tables, transceivers, antenna adjustment gear and amplifiers.

 

 "organizing"

 

Theo did spend the evening with testing the amp's and he made some nice QSO's while I made some QSO's on HF again.

I also got familiar with the switching system which was very  thoughtful made.

When all antenna's were up we would have 6 towers (5x rotatable).

The 6th tower held a Maltese cross (12 times dipole), just for a listening station.

All antenna groups held an amplifier from about 400 watts which were all switched same time.

This way the frequency would stay clear with the vertical system and we could call on the yagi towers in all directions.

Whilst listening on the headphone you could listen to the yagi-systems (all together or individually) and/or the vertical system.

Left side from the headphone you would hear the yagi's and right side the verticals.

It must have been around 00:00 local when we went to the caravan and fell asleep after a day of hard work.

Friday morning started with some HF again and we were happy to see Kees/PA5WT back on his feet.   

Still a bit shaky but feeling better along the day.

First thing we did was take the north-tower down to connect the 3 yagi's.

With the three of us we could easily lift this and after it was fixed we could connect the 4th yagi as well.

The rotator was on the ground again which made the tower much easier to lift.

The bearings with their guy wires held the tower on his place.

Then we started on the 4th rotatable tower, the east one.

Four 9 elements yagi's were prepared and the tower was tested straight up again and guy wires connected.

After some time this tower was also operational and now we had to fix the HALO system (omni directional system for TRX) from one to "four stacked".

This was just a piece of cake to what force we had to use for the other towers.

Last thing was the listening system, the Maltese cross which contained 12 dipoles.

Now we had all towers up which was a beautiful sight especially at sunset.

 

 "sunset"

 

In the meantime Ruud/PE1BTV arrived and so we could enjoy some drinks and spent the evening testing and making QSO's.

Again some HF was done including some contacts with Dutch amateurs on holiday in Italy and Croatia.

Because all the work was ready we could rest on Saturday morning and make some checks on the amp's and switching units.

We were also visited by Philippe/LX2AJ.

He was showed around by Theo in the shack and passes the towers.

Philippe left to return the other day to do some operation as well.

The clock crawled to 14:00 UTC and Theo and Ruud started the contest.

 

 "contest"

 

Of course this went very well and we did not have to call CQ to much.

After two hours it was our turn and Kees and I (PA3GVI) went on same speed.

First 3 hours the QSO-rate was around 68 QSO's an hour.

In the evening we enjoyed some Chinese food, in shifts of course because we wanted to be on the whole contest without rest or sleep.

Nice long distance contacts were made like IK and GM.

Around 19:00 UTC we passed mic and laptop to our friends Theo and Ruud to have a long run so we could sleep some hours before our night shift.

Around 23:30 we were woken up by Ruud to sit behind the rig again and so we went with sleepy heads.

Power-engines were filled again and we good go on another 2 hours.

The average qso rate fell back to a minimum as 25 an hour but we kept calling and searching from time to time.

Sometimes we called for 5 minutes but the few that called from far, like S5 and TK, gave us the drive to go on.

Sooner then we thought the sunrise was there and time to switch operators again.

Ruud and Theo were fresh to go for our goal, 950 QSO's.

This would not be easy because the counter was around 700 at sunrise and we did not expect the stations to call that furious like the day before.

The crowd woke up soon and the rate went up again.

Not anymore above 68 QSO's an hour but still going quite well and when I made the 900th QSO a short party was celebrated and hands shacked.

If we were lucky we would just reach the 950th QSO goal!

Phillipe came along again and he and Kees formed an international team for about an hour.

 

 "LX2AJ"

 

And finally Ruud and Theo had the last shift and signed with 935 QSO's.

We were all very happy with the score and hands were shacked.

We relaxed a while and took some drinks to celebrate the way things had gone.

We did not have too much trouble except a forgotten rotor-cable and some loose wires which had to be soldered again.

The rest of the Sunday we disconnected the gear and took the towers down with the help of F6HPP.

He and his wife had already been there some hours in the early afternoon while we were contesting.

This was quite quickly done and that evening we enjoyed a very nice dinner with the four of us, of course telling jokes and looking back on the wonderful days we had on the hill.

Late in the evening we drove back to the contest site to sit outside and talk a bit more and watch the stars.

Satisfied we all fell asleep and on Monday morning after breaking down the tent we went on track, back home!

Half way we enjoyed some lunch and we said goodbye to everyone, thank each other for the pleasant time.

Maybe we will join again next year from---..???

 

Last two things to do are to thank all the folks who worked us and line up all the gear we used.

Transceivers: - 2x FT-847

- 1x TS-2000

 

Antenna's:     - North tower with 4x 9 elements yagi.

- East tower with 4x 9 elements yagi.

- West tower with 2x 9 elements yagi.

- South tower with 1x 9elements yagi.

 

- Tower with 4x HALO antenna (omni directional)

- Tower with Maltese cross (12x dipole for the listening station)

 

 "LX/PA1TK/P"

 

Amplifiers: - 2x GS-35 amplifier.

                   - 2x FET amplifier.

                   - 1x 3CX800 amplifier.

All set at 400 watts.

 

 "amplifiers"

 

Power : - 2x 6KW power engines and over 100 liters fuel.

 

Claimed score: - 315.000 points from 935 QSO's.

Best DX: - GM2T in IO86RW/959Km.

 

 

 

All contest QSO's will be confirmed by a special QSL of 30 years "PA1TK-contest groop".

73', and see you in the pile up!

 

Kees/PA5WT, Theo/PA1TK, Ruud/PE1BTV and Rob/PA3GVI.

 

  

 

-27 August 2005, amazing!!!

 

I have been out during the night around 01:00 GMT short to check the bands.

There was not to much on but bagged CO6LPB and ZA1Z on 40 meter in CW.

Off to bed again!

During the day I checked the bands frequently and even found some stations active in a contest on 20 and10 meter(SSB).

I did not call as there was nothing new, special to be heard or spotted on the cluster.

After dinner, around 17:30 GMT, I walked into the shack and turned to 30 meter to see if there where conditions.

There sure was, and I could not believe my ears  when I heard T88BH from Palau(579).

I set the second VFO up 2,5 Khz and called when he signed "TU".

A few times I thought I heard him give me a report but there was too much QRM.

I found out that the QRM came from the S61FD(Singapore) "pile up".

He was 2 Khz below the T88 and the pile up from S6 was on his calling frequency,....... damn!

But then they stopped calling and I had a clear shot on T88BH.

I worked him very easily to my surprise and jumped the air cause this was another "new one" on this band.

Shall I try S61FD,...why not!!

I could not believe it when he gave me 599 after just 2 calls and yes, another new DXCC in the log.

I switched of the transceiver as there was some work to do in the house, but I was very satisfied with this short but successful time picked on 30 meter.

You can find the sound file of the T88BH QSO in the "soundfiles" section.

What a nice hobby,..."HAM RADIO".

 "old S61FD card".

  

 

 

-26 August 2005, 30 meter opening.

 

In the early evening, between 17:40 and 19:30, there was nice activity on this "CW only"band.

VK2IA was a good 579 and so he was in the log quickly.

I contacted some Europe as well like: IS0/I0JX, OH0/SM0IHR and EI/DJ6OZ.

The IS0 and VK were "new ones" for me on 30 meter!!

 

 

 

-23 August 2005, 40 meter, daytime again!

 

This time I called CQ in the late afternoon and several station replayed my call.

Conditions where very unstable again as they came in 59 most of the time.

But during the QSO they (almost all) dropped into the noise.

All the time I could exchange reports and names which was enough to log them as a good contact!

In the log came: F6GHG, GW3RFM, 2E0BBL, 2I0TMW/P, M0CLH and M0YEL.

All where worked in Side band (SSB).

 

 

 

-22 August 2005, YAESU FT-2000!

 

This FT-2000 has been presented on "Japan Ham Fair 2005".

This transceiver will replace the 1000MP line .

I called to "YAESU EUROPE" for more info and they couldn't say anything yet.

Searching the internet however, I found some brief spec's : -  6 kHz and 12 kHz roofing filters, IF DSP, in-band dual watch, RF scope, audio scope en oscilloscope via extern display.

No price indication available!!!

 Pretty nice looking !!

 

 

 

 

-20 and 21 August 2005, Lighthouse/lightship weekend.

 

In this weekend, there was activity from lighthouses and lightships around the world.

Look at the following page for all the stations active this year: http://illw.net/2005_list.htm

 

 

On Saturday I worked, 7S6LAN(Sweden on 40 meter/SSB), DA0OIE(Germany on 40 meter/SSB/CW),HE1G(Switzerland on 40 meter/SSB), GB2LBN(Scotland on 40 meter/SSB), GB2BHL(England on 40 meter/SSB), GJ8PVL/LH(Jersey Island on 40 meter/SSB),DL0IPA(Germany on 80 meter/SSB), 4X4FR(Israel on 20 meter/SSB) and DN1KS(Germany on 80 meter/SSB).

The next morning I switched on 2 meter and tuned around 144.300Mhz.

I found PI4LDN/LH in Noordwijk calling CQ in SSB and after we made a QSY to 144.330 Mhz the contact was quickly made.

 

 PI4LDN/LH.

 

As Noordwijk is just a 30 minute drive from my house I decided to jump into the car and visit the station.

Around 11:30 local I arrived at the lighthouse and found one of the operators busy on 40 meter/SSB.

Some stairs up, there was Ruben/PB9ZR, running the 20 meter station with PSK.

 

 Ruben with PSK on 20!

 

After some talks and pictures I had to go back to the car as I only bought a parking ticket for one hour.

"Nice job boys", and hope to talk to you again next year!!

...-.-

 

 

 

-16 to 19 August 2005, "CQ CQ 40 meters".

 

As you noticed, I like to hang around on 40 meter during daytime and chat a bit.

I am always surprised how many people seem to be tuning the bands at daytime.

Last few days I could have gone "on and on", because the stations kept on coming in to give me a report.

Most being G's, F's, Pa's and DL's, with the condition being very changeable while having a QSO.

I experienced stations coming up with a nice 59 but then instantly drop to unreadable.

Most of the contacts where brought to a good end after all.

I worked F4TTR/M, PE0MGB, ON6PW, G3PNU, G1HIP, 2E1DNH,

LX/PA1XA, DG5RBK, GM0FTX (YL), M3HBI/QRP and many others.

Thanks lads for the QSO and see you later!!

 

 

   

-15 August 2005, Countdown for LX- adventure!

 

A little while ago I was invited by PA5WT(Kees) to join the PA1TK-group which goes abroad every year to join a VHF contest in september (3+4 september this year).

This because One of the members ( PA0ASH), unfortunately, had past away some months ago.

This year the plan is to go to Luxembourg again, same as last year.

I accepted this invitation with both hands as I like contesting and never had been operating from abroad.

So, this would be a good experience and fun as well.

 

Later we made an appointment at PA5WT's house to meet Theo/PA1TK and to discuss the plan.

Theo ( and Ton/PAoASH/Silent key) seems to have things organized really well and so the only thing left to discuss was date and time we would leave.

This year the operators will be: Theo/PA1TK, Kees/PA5WT, Ruud/PE1BTV and myself, Rob/PA3GVI.

Theo, Kees and Rob will leave to LX at noon 31 August, to set up the station and Ruud will join uss friday evening.

The location will be underneath the "RTL" radio-tower near Hosingen (north-Luxembourg).

This radio-tower has a diameter of 2 meter and a hight of 300 meter.

 

 RTL tower.

 

The location itself has a height of 550 meter above sea-level with good sight to all directions.

Towers and some other stuff are stored near the location at a camping site.

Other equipment as amplifiers, transceivers, power-engines and PC have to be transported to the site.

All things putt together, will bring a "super station" come alive!!

The locater is JN39AX and operating frequency will be 144.315 Mhz, +/_ QRM.

Look for uss in this particular weekend and give uss some points!

We will be active, possible on HF (30 meter), in our evening hours from 31 August to 2 September to kill some time.

 

Two and a half weeks to go from now,...can't wait!!!

          

 

 

-14 August 2005, some single-side band on 20 meter.

 

Around 22:30, before going to bed, I found nice conditions on 20 meter/SSB.

The South-American stations where quite strong just as other directions and I could work a few very easily with 100 watts into the low dipole.

They following stations all turned 57 to 59 here: PY2VA (Brazil), 9K2YM (Kuwait), ZP5VIA (Paraguay),

3V1WSC (Tunisia/ world scout-station), LU7HN (Argentina) and WY3P.

 

 

-13 August 2005, worked stations!

 

Here is a line-up from the stations I worked last few days.

On 40 meter: 4X4DZ(CW), PY8AZT(CW), A61AJ(CW), VO1AAM(CW), VY2/KD4D, FM/JJ2RCJ(CW).

On 30 meter: CO8LY(CW), S9SS(CW)

On 160 meter I managed to work HB0/PA6TUE in SSB with a "very non resonant" antenna.

 

 

-10 August 2005, HB0/PA6TUE info.

 

The Eindhoven Student Radio amateur Club (ESRAC) is active from the
Sareiser Joch (Locater: JN47TC) in Liechtenstein from 4 to 17 August.

Main call sign to be used is HB0/PA6TUE.

They are also using HB0/Homecalls in RTTY/PSK31/SSTV/JT6M on 160 - 3 cm.

The QSL route is via PI4TUE.

From here, HB0 is quite easy to work and you can find some audio-files from the contact's I made in the "soundfiles" section.

They produced big signals on 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters here in CW and SSB.

Looking at the picture below you will understand why!

What a view!!

 

 

Besides the spider beams for 10-20 meter(2x), they use delta loops for 40 and 80, a grounplane on 30 meter and a inverted L for 160m with the top at 21 meters.

For 6 meter a 5-element Yagi and also a yagi for 2 meter.
They plan (as stated on 11 august) to have 2x K9AY-loops for the low bands as well.

The promotion for ham radio goes well too with a visit from an Austrian TV-station and a local newspaper.

 

 

Good luck, if you try to work them!!!

 

 

-05 to 07 August 2005, rag chew and DX.

 

I spend some time rag chewing (SSB) during daytime on 40 meter and worked the following DXCC:

I (Italy), G ( England), OZ ( Denmark), SP (Poland), HB0 (Liechtenstein).

The last one, being HB0/PA6TUE, which was also worked on 40 and 30 meter same day/evening.

Some people use the band only at night for DX, but daytime can be just as much fun!

Of course I could not resist working some DX too.

Worked ET3TK ( Ethiopia) on 15 meter/CW, TA4/SM2EKM (Turkey) on 30 meter/CW and YV5YMA/SSB (Venezuela) on 20 meter.

 

 

 

-04 August 2005, Some nice DX!

 

  Anguilla Island, VP2E.

 

I have been on the bands from time to time last days, mostly during the evenings/nights and worked

the following DX:

- 40 meters CW and SSB : VP9/N0ED ( Bermuda Islands), VP2E (Anguilla Island), VP5/K4SV (Turks and Caicos Islands), KP2/AA1BU ( US-virgin Islands), FP/K9OT ( St.Pierre and Miquelon Island), C91CW (Mozambique).

- 30 meters CW : ZA/Z35M (Albania).

 

 

 

-30 july 2005, 3-elements yagi for 144 Mhz.

 

After I bought an  Icom-260E transceiver for 2 meters some weeks ago from Kees/PA5WT (did not have a TRX for 2 meter about 9 years)and did some QSO's on a indoor mobile-whip I wanted to have a good antenna to putt on the roof for SSB and CW use.

First thought, was to buy a small yagi or a vertical but then I de sited to make one myself.

This could be build really small budget as I found some PVC pipe and window-curtain pipes(aluminum).

This was all I actually needed so after I found the project written by WB0CMT in QST magazine I started to build

the antenna.

This was just done in about 1 hour.

I had it installed  on a piece of PVC pipe, long about 1,80 meters in the vertical position.

I found the SWR to be 1:2 indoor.

Listening to some FM contacts turning the antenna gave me a good sight about the front/back/side.

I was listening to a station with a good 59 report and when I turned the antenna, the station disappeared into the noise completely.

later in the evening I mounted it horizontal and held the antenna outside the window in my shack( topfloor-room).

The SWR got a bit better then and turned 1:1,8.

I called Kees on the phone and we did some tests turning the antenna at 144.300 in SSB.

Holding the short mast with the antenna was a hard job and so after some time I said goodbye and 73' to Kees and some other ham's who had joined the test as well.

I did no further adjustments yet on the SWR as this would be good enough for CW and SSB transmissions.

(article says you can adjust the SWR by making the driven-element shorter/longer,just that, no balun is used!)

Only thing left to do is fix the coax connection into a waterproof box and place it on the roof with a small rotator.

I can't say anything about real or calculated front/back and gain as I don't have a PC program or anything which could Annalise the antenna for me.

Below you will see some pictures of the antenna and a link to the WB0CMT article!

 

Article can be found at:   http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/pdf/9304054.pdf

 

Simply and cheap to build antenna for 2 meter.

 

This is how elements and coax are connected.

For further details check the article!

Try it yourself!!

 

Good luck!!

 

 

-23 july 2005, S9SS!

 

At 23:59 I found S9SS ( Sao Tome & Principe Islands) with a massive signal on 40 meters, wouw!

I got 579 from him!

 

 

-22 july 2005, today at the radio.

 

In the late evening around 22:30(GMT) I spend some time playing the radio.

On 14 Mhz there was Joe-KP2/AA1BU ( US-Virgin Islands) in SSB and got a 57 report from him.

On to 10 Mhz then and worked OH0/SM0JHF (599) on Aland Island and 6Y5/W6FA (449) from Jamaica both in CW.

A little later found 7 mhz te be open to South-America where I worked YV5SSB (Venezuela) and ZP7SR (Paraguay) in SSB.

Last one to contact was 3V8SM (Tunisia) with a strong 59 report in SSB.

Then, on to bed!!

 

 

-2 july 2005, Having fun with a FTDX-9000D from Yaesu.

 

The day began with some radio-fun on 40 meters where I worked YV5CQ and YV5KG in SSB(and later that day 5H3RK from Tanzania on 18 Mhz and HF0POL/Antarctica on 30 meter, both in CW).

Around 10:00 local I went with PA8A/Peter to the Yaesu dealer to pick up a "FTDX-9000D" which we where offered to test.

 

 FTDX-9000D versus IC-7800.

 

This new radio, which will be probable available around August this year, Looks very nice and is a  "big " and "heavy" piece of equipment.(+/- 35KG approx.)

The radio was set on the desk in Peter's shack and so we could look at the features and made some QSO's.

The TFT display at the right side on the transceiver looks very well and is offering a band-swept SWR display,

Spectrum scope and multi-function world clock.

The screen-buttons are  very easy to use, as is the menu for accurate settings for TX-audio, screen colors etc.

The radio also has integrated logging, build-in memory board and connections for a monitor and a keyboard, so that you actually don't need the PC.

There's a key-jack and microphone plug(XLR/front,8-pins/back) on the front and back as also possibility for 4 transceiver antenna's, 2 RX outputs and and RX antenna input.

The different controls are easy to find and reports given during the QSO's where all good and all mentioned, " very nice audio".

Because of the limited time we could spend with the radio I did not have the chance to see what the radio does on a crowded 40 meter band.

The specifications look very good and I enjoyed using this new radio very much for the short period of time.

It really looks like a real "all in one" transceiver to me!

 

 

 

 

 

- 21 june 2005, a nice ham dinner!

 

With the Friedrichshaben event ahead, Dave/NN1N from the ARRL, planned a stop in Holland and was staying at the house of my good friend Peter/PA8A.

As Dave also checks cards for the DXCC program ( his job in Friedrichshaben), he offered to check mine on his short stay.

An offer I could not refuse as I did not go to Germany and actually never thought about sending the cards in at the ARRL desk.

Dave had already arrived on Monday and I would drop by at Peter's house to meet Dave on tuesday morning.

While enjoying a nice cup of coffee Dave did the job and checked 277 DXCC cards.

In the afternoon Peter would show Dave a bit of the country and in the afternoon around 18:00 local we would meet again for a dinner.

Our good friend Rob/PE9PE also joined in and we had a very nice evening spent in the restaurant at the lake.

 

 

I expressed my appreciation to Peter for arranging this nice evening and to Dave for the card check and It must have  been around 23:30 by then, time to go home.

I could not get asleep, so I decided to check the bands.

The activity on 40 was just regular and no DX was spot either on the cluster.

On 30 meters it opened up really nice and so I could work some nice DX between 01:30 and 04:45 GMT.

All of course in CW, and here's the line up:

VP5/K7LAZ, FP/N6RA, CO8LY, A6/ON5NT, ZB2FK and C6AIE.

 

 

- 4+5 june 2005, Joining the field-day contest at PI4KML/P.

 

I was really looking forward to the REGION 1 field day contest this year after the fun that we had last year.

The same as last year, I would join in at the "kennemerland group".

So, saturday-morning at 09:00 I was one of the first to arrive in the small forest near Hoofddorp where we keep this yearly event.

Joost/PA2EAR was already there and we started building the 80 meter vertical first which is a peace of cake if you know how to do this(it's still a 20 meter high pole).

While we where busy other's like, Joop/PE1DOY, Werner/PA0FLE, etc had arrived and started to build the tent and the new spider beam which they had tested some weeks ago.

 

 Spiderbeam

 

Last years we used a Fritzel 3 elements 10/15/20 meter band yagi in a 18 meter fixed tower.

This Spider beam would be held in the air by a 10 meter telescopically Clark tower, strong enough to carry the +/- 6 Kg antenna.

Soon the tent was ready and Kees/PA5WT could install the gear and also the 5KW power-engine was set far enough from our shack to reduce the noise.

The 80 meter and 40 meter ( 40 meter vertical wire parallel to the 80 meter vertical) stood straight up and so we just had to lay the radials around it for good ground.

Next was the 160 dipole and a 40 meter dipole held up in the center by a small tower at about 10 meters with the legs going up to two trees.

We had some problems getting the 40 meter dipole at resonance but finally we made it  and al the antenna's where ready to go.

A problem occurred with the rotator and the small pipe that held the yagi, so we could only rotate the thing with a rope.(*&%$#@!)

This was the only thing that went wrong but it could not spoil our fun and good mood.

We also had some VHF activity's by Joop/PE1DOY who had a nice telescopically tower with vhf antenna's attached.

He worked some nice long distance on 2 meters and 70 centimeters in a very relaxed way.

 

At 15:00 GMT saturday afternoon the contest started and Kees/PA5WT had to control the first big burst of stations replaying PI4KML/P's "cq".

He did well and  soon it was my turn to sit behind the laptop and listen to the cw concert.

I got used to the N1MM buttons real fast cause I downloaded this Program at home to practice a bit.

The offer on 20 was good but 10 and 15 meters where very bad.

After some time we where visited by Peter/PA4EA as well and he also climbed the chair to have some CW fun while I kept his dog busy.(please don't pee on my shoes or trousers,HAHA)

As the hours past we already had a good amount of QSO's in the PC and also Dick/PA0GRU did his best to get them in correctly.

Soon it was time to eat and Joop/PE1DOY got uss some nice chinese food which tasted very well(thanks Joop).

The evening went on with still good rates on 40,80 and 20 meters.

Peter/PA2V came along to operate some hours which was a welcome surprise.

Kees/PA5WT went home for a short sleep and would be back around midnight.
I planned to sleep on the stretcher later when he was back.

Around 00:00 we where the only two  operators left for the night, which was very quite and comfortable also because of the warmth coming from our good old AL-80B which we had set at about midrange/400 watt.

 

 PA5WT/Kees and PA3GVI/Rob.

 

Every 3 hours the power engine started screaming for a fill up and these where the only minutes we where of the air.

I really enjoyed being there at night because of my fascination for low band and so I was desperate to go on 160 when Kees woke me up after a short sleep at about 04:00 local.

A lot of Europe of course on the low dipole but at 05:30 local I heard PY2DO coming out of the noise with a good 559 report.

We exchanged serials and I was very happy and trilled to have this DX in the log just like in the old times.

Soon it became light and Dick/PA0GRU was there again too.

De higher bands opened up a bit after the afternoon and so we could have a good amount of multie's on 10 and 15 meters as well.

This had really been our worry but the chances seemed to turn our way now.

At that time we could already see that we would probable beat the score of last year which would be very good with the sunspots cycle being even worser then last year.

I had to leave the event around 15:00 local to join my kids at a weekend event on the soccer field to end around 16:00.

I didn't mind to much cause this had taking quite some energy from my being there from saturday 09:00 till 15:00 sunday with only 2 hours sleep.

The boys did very well the last hours and so the 2005 field day had come to an end again.

All stuff was cleared quick and now we just have to wait for the final results.

I enjoyed being there very much and loved the antenna building and running the pile up's.

Thanks guy's for the fun, see you soon again!

 

 

Only thing left to mention is the equipment and some nice results/claims.

 

PI4KML/P Field-day 2005

Band

QSO's

point's

DXCC

1,8

137

459

18

3,5

222

711

34

7

233

692

39

14

254

732

39

21

66

204

23

28

39

118

18

 

951

2916

171

Score: 498.636

     

 
Some of the multipliers we worked:
ZS,ZA, 9M2, VU2, P40, ZA, ZP, YV, PY, VE2, K.

 
 Equipment:
-FT-1000 MP
-Ameritron AL-80B amplifier
-Laptop with N1MM logging software
-Power engine 5 KW.
 
This years crew was formed by the following amateurs:
PA0FRX/Gerard, PA0GRU/Dick ( HF-operator), PE1OCT/Jaap, PE1DOY/Joop (VHF-operator),
PA1G/Gert-Jan, PA2EAR/Joost, PA2V/Peter, PA3FMC/Henk, PA3GPA/Fred, PA4EA/Peter,
PA5WT/Kees(HF-operator), PA0FLE/Werner, PA3GVI/Rob(HF-operator), NL-13190/Rob.
 
Till next year!!
 
 
- 12 + 13 February 2005, PACC-2005 using the PA7TWO call -sign.

 

De PACC van 2005 dit jaar gedraaid vanuit de provincie Groningen.

De gebruikte call was PA7TWO.

Hieronder het verslag:

 

 Al weer vanaf 1998 wordt er door ons(pa3gvi, pa3gwj, en pa7two) meegedaan aan dit jaarlijkse evenement.

We doen en deden altijd mee in de sectie D van multie operator/single transmitter.

Dit jaar zou ook pa1gr(gerard) meedoen en zo hadden we dus een groepje van 4 wat handig is ivm slapen enz.

Gebruik werd gemaakt van de shack en antenne's van Rob(pa3gvi), simpelweg omdat die voor alle banden een antenne had.

Had zeg ik, omdat pa3gvi in juli afgelopen jaar verhuisde naar Bodegraven en daar alleen een draadje dienst  doet als antenne.

 

Dit jaar hadden we dus de keuze om mee te doen met de club(pi4kgl en pi4kml) of toch ervoor gaan en ergens een geschikte plek te vinden waar we naar hartelust konden bouwen aan antenne's.

Die plek was redelijk snel gevonden bij de schoonvader van pa3gvi in Finsterwolde (noordoost Groningen).

Een stacaravan zou mooi dienst kunnen doen als shack, perfect!

Probleem alleen was dat dit 2,5 uur rijden is en dus vooraf opbouwen moeilijk was.

Na enig overleg werd besloten dat we daar toch zouden gaan proberen een redelijk resultaat neer te zetten.

Dennis(pa3gwj) haakte dit jaar af ivm andere verplichtingen zodat we met zijn drieŽn over bleven.

 

Gewerkt zou gaan worden met verticals voor 10 t/m 40 en dipolen voor 80 en 160.

De verticals voor 10 en 15 meter werden net als de dipolen voor 80/160 gemaakt door Rob(pa3gvi) en zo hadden we voor alle banden een antenne klaar staan..

De verticals moesten op een daar aanwezige oude lantaarnpaal, een legermastje en een stuk steigerpijp komen.

De dipolen zouden worden gevoed via een balun(1:1) en in een boom worden gehesen.

Gerard zorgde voor de boodschappen en ook Kees moest het nodige meeslepen.

Een ieder droeg zijn steentje bij variŽrend van drank, tranceiver, amplifier, coax enz (hier moest aardig wat meter van mee, au mijn rug!).

 

Voor het weekend van de contest kon al op donderdagochtend pa3gvi vertrekken om alvast het een en ander klaar te zetten en op te bouwen op locatie in Finsterwolde.

Daar aangekomen werd begonnen met de 40 meter vertical die inclusief de radialen binnen een half uur stond.

 

 Vertical for 40 meter.

 

Daarna waren de dipolen voor 80 en 160 meter aan de beurt.

Het voedingspunt kon in een boom boven de shack worden gehesen en de dipolen werden in een V-vorm weggespannen.

Dit kon nu eenmaal niet anders, net zoals het voedingspunt wat maar op ongeveer 8 meter zat.

De uiteinden zaten niet hoger dan een meter of 6 bij de 160 meter dipool en bij de 80 meter niet hoger dan 3 meter.

Niet echt optimaal maar het zou hier (vooral op 160 meter) gaan om de nodige multipliers.

Nadat dit was geregeld werd er in de shack de nodige apparatuur opgebouwd zoals de FT-990 met een pentium I pc voor het logwerk.

De 40 meter vertical stond goed in de band en de 80 meter ook wel maar de 160 meter dipool moest eerst even worden gecheckt met een analyzer de volgende dag omdat deze niet resonant was op de gewenste frequentie.

S'avonds en s'morgens vroeg de andere dag konden er al mooie verbindingen als test worden gemaakt op 40 meter met 6O0CW, V25BO,  CX, T7, UK, 7X, ZA, enz.

 

Vrijdag kwam Kees (pa7two) mij versterken en Gerard (pa1gr) zou zaterdag in de loop van de ochtend arriveren.

 

 PA7TWO/Kees

 

Voordat Kees er was kon ik alvast mooi de 20 meter vertical plaatsen op de 9 meter hoge lantaarnpaal.

De lantaarnpaal werd vastgezet met touw.

De radialen even wegspannen en klaar was ook deze antenne.

Dit was veel werk maar verliep gesmeerd en gelukkig stond deze antenne direct goed in de 20 meter band.

Omstreeks 12:00 was Kees er en er kon worden gekeken waar de dipool voor 160 meter resonant was.

De analyzer gaf aan dat die een stuk lager in frequentie zat dan 1.820 wat betekende dat we beide poten iets moesten inkorten.

Na twee pogingen werd de juiste lengte gevonden en zo stond dus ook de dipool zo rond 1.830 afgestemd.

Aan de beurt was de 15 meter vertical en het leger mastje.

Dit werd ook snel opgezet en de radialen (4 stuks) werden onder een hoek van 45 graden weggespannen met tentharingen in de grond.

 

 Verticals for 15 and 20 meter.

 

De zeer handige frequentie-analyzer werd weer aan de coax gehangen en al snel bleek dat ook deze antenne nog iets korter moest worden.

Dat moest de andere dag maar gebeuren want de vrijdag was al weer om.

S'avonds werden er nog tot laat qso's gemaakt op vooral 40 meter.

Kees kon zowaar nog 6O0CW werken op deze band wat een nieuwe DXCC voor hem was.

Verder werden VU2, YV, WP4, CO, gelogd.

Geslapen werd er in de stacaravan en al om 04:30 was pa3gvi al weer in de weer op 80 en 40 meter.

De 80 meter antenne kon nu ook worden getest en die werkte gezien zijn hoogte eigenlijk wel aardig.

Stations die konden gelogd op 80 waren: TI4, V31, en vele anderen

Op 40 werd nog gewerkt met 9Y4.

We hoopten dat de band in het weekend ook zo goed open zou zijn natuurlijk want dit was zeker niet slecht.

Om 08:30 ging pa3gvi alvast aan de 10 meter vertical beginnen want die moest ook nog omhoog.

Een oude steigerpijp en een stuk bamboe van ongeveer 3 meter werd het mastje en het geheel stond al gauw op zijn plek.

Weer de radialen weggespannen en klaar was de laatste antenne.

Kees was inmiddels wakker en na wat te hebben gegeten gingen we de 15 meter dipool even strijken en iets inschuiven zodat deze ook goed op de frequentie stond.

Dit was binnen 10 minuten gebeurd en daarna konden we even douchen en ons gereed maken voor de contest.

Gerard kwam met proviand omstreeks 12:00 aan en hij kon mooi even wegwijs worden gemaakt met het logprogramma en de rest van de equipment.

 

 PA1GR/Gerard

 

Inmiddels was het weer erg slecht geworden en de windkracht liep op tot tegen de 9 of 10.

Veel regen en zware wind probeerden onze constructies om te krijgen maar buiten het opnieuw aanbrengen van een tui in de contest nacht en een iets scheef gezakte 40 meter vertical hebben we geen problemen gehad.

Om 12:00 GMT was het dan zover en Kees nam de aftrap op 20 meter in SSB.

Snel kwamen er punten op het scherm en de nodige mutipliers werden ook binnen gesleept.

Overigens, er werd geen gebruik gemaakt van een multiplier station.

Daarna naar 15 meter en iets later eens naar CW.

Enfin, het liep helemaal niet slecht maar vooral in CW was het aanbod grandioos.

Vele pile ups werden door Rob weggewerkt op verschillende banden aangezien Gerard en Kees wel CW bedrijven maar op een iets lagere snelheid.

Toch konden ook Gerard en Kees een behoorlijk aantal QSO's in deze mode maken.

S'avonds werden er mooie verbindingen gemaakt op de lage banden en ook de dipolen voor 80 en 160 deden het verrassend goed.

Op 80 meter kwamen er veel Amerikanen in het log en zelfs op 160 meter lukte dat in de vroege zondag ochtend.

Vanaf 02:30 is het station  even uit de lucht geweest voor een kort slaapje maar pa3gvi pakte om 05:00 de draad alweer op terwijl de anderen nog lekker lagen te slapen.

Lekker rustig de stations in het log kloppend werd het langzaam licht en werden de anderen ook wakker.

Pa1gr en pa7two konden de stations in SSB weer loggen en zo bleven we allemaal actief.

Alle banden waren redelijk tot goed open behalve 10 meter.

Daar hebben we maar een paar verbindingen gemaakt en dus ook niet veel multipliers.

Om 12:00 GMT was het  weer voorbij en het resultaat was voor deze contest eigenlijk wel aardig .

We waren in ieder geval tevreden want we wisten van te voren niet hoe zo'n tijdelijk opgezet station met bijbehorende antenne's zou werken.

Een greep uit de multipliers: W, JA, YI, YB, OD, TN, VK, VE, HK, PJ2, P4, VP2E, PY

 

Na even te hebben nagebabbeld werd er besloten de antenne's en masten snel op te ruimen omdat het toen even droog was.

Dit verliep allemaal erg snel waardoor we omstreeks 17:00 de auto in konden en de 2,5 uur durende reis naar huis konden gaan maken.

 

Al met al waren we heel erg tevreden over de hele operatie.

We waren niets vergeten mee te nemen en de constructies waren allemaal erg solide gebleken.

De meegebrachte tuner hebben we niet nodig gehad omdat alle antenne's goed konden worden afgestemd met de analyzer.(bedankt Kees)

Volgend jaar zijn we er zeker weer bij vanaf deze locatie!

 

 PA3GVI/Rob

 

Equipement die werd gebruikt was als volgt:

 

-FT-990

-FL-2100b  (400 watt)

-PC met GENLOG programma

-DVS unit voor het CQ roepen in SSB  (erg handig, bedankt Dennis voor het lenen)

 

Antenne's:

 

-10 meter:              vertical op +/- 4 meter mast

-15 meter:              vertical op +/- 7 meter mast

-20 meter:              vertical op +/- 9 meter mast

-40 meter:              vertical op maaiveld hoogte met 16 radialen

-80/160 meter:       dipolen met het voedingspunt op +/- 8 meter

 

Het aantal QSO's en multies per band waren:

 

    Band:               QSO's:              Multipliers:

 

    160m                   69                       18

    80m                   285                       36

    40m                   197                       39

    20m                   290                       55

    15m                   190                       52

    10m                       4                         2

    --------------------------------------------

    TOTALS          1035            x          202

 

                         Claimed score = 209.070

 

Iedereen die ons heeft gewerkt willen we bedanken en hopelijk tot ziens volgend jaar!

 

PA7TWO, PA1GR en PA3GVI.