Sunday, January 25, 2015

We were camping at Ulladulla headland.

Heidi and I had a long Australia day weekend camp at Ulladulla headland.  What a good opportunity to visit Allan VK2GR.


L to R,  Heidi, Allan (VK2GR), Josette (VK2FXGR) and Patrick (VK2PN).  Allan and Josette are volunteering at the Mollymook fair.  It was good to meet them again and thanks for the home made tomato sauce.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Operating as VK16AC

Last few days I had the privilege to operate as VK16AC being invited to do so by Chris VK3FY and Trent VK4TS.

VK16AC is a special call for the Asian Cup Special station.  Please scroll down and read about the Asian cup. 

It it is quite a buzz to be on the end of a pileup again.


73 to all and I hope that you give me and the other stations a call.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

VK2PN and a new knee.

On Tuesday afternoon 2nd November 2014 VK2PN right leg got a new knee:

The patient and the new knee are getting acquainted and liking each other more and more.


The overlapping bone on the left side is the "ouch" area... the bone rubs on bone.


This is the new "rendition".  Nice shiny pieces of metal.  The leg is happy and is it straight.


Above you can see "recommended"  range of exercises for the new knee.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CQ WW CQ contest 2014.

The contest finished little while ago and I just uploaded the Cabrillo file to the CQ headquarters.

Well it was good fun.  I did not do as well this year as the last year.  The reasons maybe:

  1. I'm one year older.
  2. The condx are not as good as last year (at least I feel that - the signals were not as strong). However the propagation was good.
  3. Operated from home (noisy Sydney suburb).
  4. My 40 m antenna gave me a grief - the SWR was erratic up and down and the amplifier did not like it.
  5. Can't think about any more excuses.

Here is the the 3038 report:

 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: VK2PN
Operator(s): VK2PN
Station: VK2PN

Class: SOAB Classic HP
QTH: Sydney
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160:    0     0        0
   80:    4     2        3
   40:   27     9       12
   20:  456    26       67
   15:  377    26       60
   10:  300    21       23
------------------------------
Total: 1164    84      165  Total Score = 845,355

Club: VK Contest Club

Comments:

It was a good fun and thanks all for giving me a QSO.  I had two incredible (I
mean incredible and "life altering" by my standard) runs on 15 and 10
of about 100 plus QSOs for the whole hour and a bit.  That was a buzz. Thanks US and JA competitors for being gentlemen.  There would no be a chance to do it with EU crowd (mind you I still love them despite)

73 to all
Patrick VK2PN


Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/ 
 
The stats in graph form:
 
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Return home after more than a month of absence.

As normal... the letterbox was full of mail.  Mostly bills (of course) but two envelopes contained QSL cards.  It is still thrill to receive a new QSL card and above all if it is a "rear one" or a "new country".

Some of the cards are just gorgeous, don't you think?



Thursday, October 9, 2014

VKCC meeting on Tuesday.

Unfortunately only four members attended.  However we had fun.  Exchanged tips, complaints and dreams.


It was good to have chat.


Ah... yes Vlad.. thanks for the chips..

73
P

PS.   We gotta have one more before Christmas.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oceania SSB contest weekend.

Heidi and I have a deal... She wanted to go camping with our camping group this weekend and I wanted to run the Oceania CW test which will be next weekend.  I was more than happy to forgo the SSB part.

So we are camping at Bendelong:






As it happened the the boys from HARAOA were visiting for the contest Allan's VK2GR QTH.

Allan himself top contester let me visit and take a few photos.  Allan and I go back some time as friendly competitors for quite some time.





Allan exchanged his "big smoke" QTH for absolutely delightful rural property.  He is currently enlarging/building his antenna farm to a first class status.

When I arrived the HARAOA boys and girl were in full swing and doing well:









Good luck in the contest and hope you will defend your place.

Thanks Allan for the coffee and the tour of the property... Love it.

73
patrick