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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FT5ZM QSL card arrived today.

And a very nice card it is too:


The card is threefold two sided:

 
One of the "most elegant" QSL cards I earned.

73
P

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CQ WW RTTY contest 2014

I've spent few hours on the most important RTTY contest of the year.  The reason that I had only few hours was previous commitment.  I was glad to get some practice and above all to hand out QSOs to the other competitors.  It is good to support the contesting fraternity.

My efforts:

 CQWWRTTY Summary Sheet
                Mode : RTTY
               Default Exchange : 30
                 ARRL Section : DX
                Club/Team : VK Contest Club
                Software : N1MM Logger V14.9.0

        Band    QSOs    Pts  ZN    Cty
          14     112     334   14   36   16
          21      32      91   12   16    2
          28     159     464   19   28   16
       Total     303     889   45   80   34

            Score : 141,351

The conditions were very good except a part on Sunday afternoon (local time).  Solar flare hit the earth and the bands were very dead for close to three hours (approx 12:30 to 15:00 local).

Steve VK6IR printed:  DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD ;;;;;;;;  in frustration.

This is busy band isn't it?

video 

Above is about 26 kHz of the RTTY part of the 20 m spectrum.

Good fun

73
P