Sunday, March 22, 2015

John Moyle contest and my personal disaster.

Last weekend was the Commonwealth contest, known as BERU and Heidi gave me "full rights" and I think I've done OK in that.

This weekend it was Heidi's weekend and we were at North Avoca with friends and I was "allowed" to operate only the "small radio" ie QRP portable.  About two years ago I operated from Innamincka with the same setup (radio and antenna).

The antenna was the trusty G5RV and after two contacts I was sure "this will be OK" and tried to rearrange the work area and then accidentally dropped the small led gel battery off the table and on my toe.  The battery and the radio survived, but the cabling got destroyed.  End of the contest.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The RSGB BERU (Commonwealth Contest) was this last weekend.


Not the best conditions.   Last year my score was significantly better.
10 m was poor.  The performers were 20 and 15. Some cream dripped from 40.  I think apart the great dip in propagation (which was forecasted by the VOAPROP) the average was good and when the band was open the signals were huge. Can't stop thinking that many stations were not interested in entering.
Some time was wasted by non BERU stations calling.  It was a flattery during
"slow" times, but made the rates lower when the pressure was on.
In every case the guys got their 599 and were happy.  It is much quicker that to explain that the test is only for Commonwealth entities. 
Some of the callers made me think that my signals were very good in non BERU areas too.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tolmie pub sign

Little town of Tolmie has about two houses and one pub.  The pub has a sign on its porch:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Telegraphic treasures in Victorian town of Beachworth.

As we are leisurely traveling through High Country of Victoria, I've come across a Post office Telegraph museum:

The lady "attendant", informed me that there are "at least" three old gentlemen coming some afternoons and use the equipment.  Each has their preferred key or paddle and they use it.  She switched on one of the setups for me and let me try it.  It sounded good.

Pity she had to leave for lunch and I could not meet any of the old timers.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

K1N on 12 m

This morning of local time I worked them on 12 m on a third call.  The signals here were no more than S3 or 4 and no doubt my sigs were about the same on his end.  He asked about twice to repeat the callsign.  The op was very courteous to ask for more VK/ZL immediately after the exchange.  Those guys are top operators.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Got lucky again on 20 m.

Yesterday during local afternoon I managed to work them on 20 m.  The signal here was only about S3 and I can imagine that my signal on their end was not much stronger (similar antenna and power).  The "op" had most obviously very "good ears".  TNX FER QSO OM.

All good fun.