Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

ARRL 10 m CW contest 2016

Well it was little bit letdown.  It is hard to get used to declining DX conditions. I definitely did not do as well as I hoped, or as I could.  Bother.

 ARRL Section : DX
        Club/Team : VK Contest Club
         Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5995.0

        Band     QSOs     Pts  S-P  Cty  Pt/Q
          28         131       524    7   10   4.0
       Total        131       524    7   10   4.0

            Score : 8,908



Yesterday - that is on Sunday the band closed incredibly fast.  I remember the sunspot minimums where band opens and closes quite fast.  However it took about three minutes from "plenty" of signals to nothing.  Weird thing to get used to from now on.

I think it is time to concentrate on developing/building 160 m, 80 m and 40 m antennas.

73 and thanks all for your calls and QSOs.

P


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meeting Rob GM3YTS

After Laurie reported his visit to my shack, Rob GM3YTS who was currently visiting his son in Manly contacted me on email and we decided that I'll take him to the club (MWRS). Unfortunately Rob's time was limited and had to return to Scotland to -5 deg temperatures.

Here is Rob operating the club's FT-1000MP and TH6 antenna.






We have a plan to spend some radio time together on Rob's next visit.




Sunday, November 27, 2016

CQ WW CW contest 2016

And what a great surprise.  The conditions were much better than expected.  I've entered the "classic" category, but did not have all 24 hours to my disposal due "circumstances".


        Band     QSOs     Pts  ZN   Cty  Pt/Q
         3.5          4          10    4      4     2.5
           7         62        165   15    24   2.7
          14      336        961   24    61   2.9
          21      368      1004   19    24   2.7
          28      141       386   10    12    2.7   (look at the 141 on 10 m wow)
       Total     911     2526   72   125   2.8
              Score : 497,622
              Rig : Elecraft K3 + P3 + SPE 1k-FE
             Antennas : Hexbean + G5RV

Total Time On 18:47  (1127 mins)

The max rates are quite good:
2016-11-26 0517Z - 4.0 per minute  (1 minute(s)), 240 per hour by VK2PN 
2016-11-26 2022Z - 2.4 per minute  (10 minute(s)), 144 per hour by VK2PN 
2016-11-27 0455Z - 1.7 per minute  (60 minute(s)), 101 per hour by VK2PN
I wish that the 144 per hour could be maintained for the duration of the contest.

Statistics by graph:



Over all I was happy with the result.  It was better than last year.
The body and the brain is one year older and one more operation experienced (ear).  The brain is getting more and more foggy with age.


Thanks all who called.  I did appreciated even friendly VKs saying "hello" despite the fact that there were no points to be gained.

TU es 73
Patrick

Monday, November 21, 2016

Laurie G3UML visited Manly as VK2UML

It was second Laurie's visit to my QTH.  This time he arrived with his new call VK2UML and badly needed to give it some "airing".

Early in the evening the condx were not that good, but after dinner the 20 m band (starting LP and soon switched to SP) turned to be excellent.

Laurie was able to QSO all over EU and mainly was able to catch up with his friends in G land.

Video



I was fascinated with his skills of handling the pileup on SSB.  I'm most of the time CW operator.

Laurie G3UML visited Manly as VK2UML

It was second Laurie's visit to my QTH.  This time he arrived with his new call VK2UML and badly needed to give it some "airing".

Early in the evening the condx were not that good, but after dinner the 20 m band (starting LP and soon switched to SP) turned to be excellent.

Laurie was able to QSO all over EU and mainly was able to catch up with his friends in G land.

Video

I was fascinated with his skills of handling the pileup on SSB.  I'm most of the time CW operator.