Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Visiting Europe June July 2018

Just realized that I've neglected the blog for a long time.  In meantime Heidi and I visited Europe (seven weeks of fun and hard work).  The first stop I should mention was Fridrichshafen the world famous Amateur radio fair.

The halls look deceptively small from the outside.
Inside were hundreds of displays.


I was recognized and welcomed by the boys of

Some of the guys I've met have great memory for calls.  Way beyond my ability.

Very pleased to meet Eric WA6HHQ one of the principals of Elecraft.

I love my Elecraft radios.  (have three of them)

Eric and Gary were kept busy explaining and demonstrating their product.

The newest addition to the Elecraft range:
1.5 kW solid state.

The famous and most expensive Amateur radio Transceiver.


Had the pleasure to meet Pietro Begali of the Begali paddles.  Pietro and I had several CW QSOs in the past.  It was great to meet him in person.

This is the latest model.  You can use it as iambic paddle and or small flick of a mechanical switch you have single lever paddle.  Cool.  It was so impressive that I almost got it on the spot.  But we had still six weeks of traveling and my suitcase was heavy to start with.

Con, owner of Spiderbeam is nice man.  I was the first VK to buy his Spiderpole and  Spiderbeam.

We used Spiderbeam during the VK9PN Lord Howe expedition.
We had great signal.

Meeting Gianfranco I0ZY owner of SPE Expert amplifiers was great fun.  Chris VK2YY and I had lot of fun talking to him and I'm sure he enjoyed himself as well.  We all had lots of laughs.

Here Gianfranco demonstrates a combiner.  You can combine power output of two smaller amplifers into one antenna.  I.e.  Big output for a modest outlay (two smaller amps cost less than one big beast).

Felow hams from VK6.  They told me that they vist Friedrichshafen and Dayton every year.  Nice.

Even Heidi found something interesting.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CQ WPX CW 2018

As expected the condx were not as good as one can hope for.  After all we are just about to hit the solar minimum.

Total:400Prefixes235Total Score313,490

Club: VK Contest Club

Condx were not as good as previous years. Worked mainly US stations and that was positive. JA stations were not represented in usual numbers. Europa presence was low at this QTH. Still it was fun to be part of the test.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Commonwealth contest - also known as BERU


Well chaps... it was fun after all.  Mix of frustration and delight.  The first delight was on eighty meters in the first hour of the test and the Canadians started to call.  Almost fell off the chair.  Then a call from Mauritius and Cayman island.  Had two good runs of "Gs" one on 20 m and the second before the end of the allocated time on 40.

The frustrations were, lotsa CQs with no answer (imagine the electricity wasted). And again when doing S&P and finding that I've got the lot I could see on the screen in the log already.

All nice ops - so thank you all.  And I got cranky only twice (I'm allowed to get cranky - I'm old)

Last year I've learned a lesson.  Most of the action was on 40 m band and I did not have half decent antenna for that band.  So with the almost new trapped 40/80 dipole (by Tony VK3TZ) I've decided to make 40 m GP.

I did not expect such a good performance from that aluminium stick.  It worked a charm.  The origin was in long past some kind of trapped JA made vertical.  Had to find pieces of aluminium tubing and build the length of it.  The yellow wire is the ground plane (about eighteen of them).


Friday, November 17, 2017

The Northern Corridor Radio Group VK6ANC

As a part of our big trip around Australia in four and a half months in a little caravan I have taken the opportunity to visit one of the best radio clubs in the VK land.

Very impressive range of antennas.

I've been told that some antennas were damaged in the recent storm.

I was late for the start of the lectures.  Not being familiar with Perth I got lost several times despite the fact I had GPS.
 Walked in the middle of a lecture by Steve Ireland VK6VZ about SDR radios.

 I've sat down in one free seat and guess what.  The bloke next to me pokes me with his elbow saying "G'day mate".  Trent VK4TS all the way from Queensland to give a lecture.

I admire Trent greatly for his dedication to Amateur Radio, to contesting and the way his column in AR magazine is constructed.

Steve VK6SJ is the president of the club.  Steve did have lecture in our Manly Warringah Radio Society (club) about the Flex SDR radios some time ago.  Steve and his company has the agency for Australia.

Trent VK4TS being introduced before his lecture.  The lecture was "of course" about contesting.

Gorgeous things collection which "used to" glow in the dark.

What to do or what not to do during a contest.

Two of contesting workplaces for contesting.

Boys are having a friendly chatter after the lectures.

Thank you Steve and all at the VK6ANC for a friendly welcome.  Yes you guys have a gem of radio club.


Visiting Europe June July 2018

Just realized that I've neglected the blog for a long time.  In meantime Heidi and I visited Europe (seven weeks of fun and h...