Thursday, April 2, 2020

Steve's VK6VZ post about BERU

For the fourth year in row Australia has won the team section of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Commonwealth Contest.
Australia One finished the contest with 35,683 points, with the top Canadian, World Traveller and New Zealand teams finishing second, third and fourth respectively.
Australia Two finished fifth overall in the team section, with 24,453 points
The CW-only Commonwealth Contest 2020 ran from 10.00 UTC on 14 March until
10.00 UTC on 15 March.
The stations in Australia One were Kevin VK6LW, John VK4CT, Barry VK2BJ, Steve VK6VZ and Alan
VK4SN, while Australia Two were Allan VK2GR, Brian VK3MI, Patrick VK2PN, Steve VK3JA and Rob VK6HG.
In addition we were ably supported by four Wireless Institute of Australia headquarters
stations, consisting of VK3WIA, VK4WIA, VK5WIA and VK6WIA. Many thanks to Lee VK3GK, the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club, Grant VK5GR and Peter VK6RZ, who helped us by operating these HQ stations for as long as they could.
There were also some outstanding individual performances from Australia. Brian VK3MI was world second in the Restricted Unassisted section with 6,092 points, while Kevin VK6LW top scored for Australia with 8,060 points and finished eighth in the Open Unassisted section. Honourable mentions go to Barry VK2BJ and John VK4CT who tied for sixth place in the Open Assisted category, while Steve VK6VZ and Allan VK2GR respectively finished in tenth and eleventh places in the Open Unassisted category.
Overall, the conditions during the contest were typical for bottom of the solar cycle conditions, with 10m just about dead, 15m showing barely a pulse, 20m only giving brief openings into the UK on both short path and 80m providing both local and DX contacts. Thank goodness for 40m being in such excellent shape and providing up to half the points score for many competitors.
A big ‘thank you’ goes to all the other Australian stations who took part in Commonwealth Contest 2020.
The Radio Society of Great Britain’s Commonwealth Contest is one of the
oldest radio contests in existence, having been first run back in 1931
when it was known as British Empire Radio Week and lasted for six
I hope to see you in Commonwealth Contest 2021.
73s from Steve Ireland, VK6VZ, Australian One Coordinator

Australia win

by bobg3pjt

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Russian DX CW contest.

Just for fun and two hours spare;

Class: SO CW HP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.5

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Countries  Oblasts
   40:   62     0        18         3
   20:   41     0        14        13
Total:  103     0        32        16  Total Score = 28,416

Club: VK Contest Club


Just for little fun and to give boys/girls number and multiplier.  20m to US was
big for a short time.

Thanks all who called.
 The band is in a good shape.  There is more than 20 station within the 10 kHz window.

 Very good rate for short while running stations to Us
 Quite satisfying for couple of hours at the bottom of the solar cycle.

BERU Commonwealth contest 2020

Another BERU is over.  One of my most favored tests.  Been mix of fun and frustration.  Fun when the condx were good frustration when one worked 4 QSOs per hour.

Thank you all who called.

This year I've done slightly better than last year. I could work practically everybody I could hear.

Yes there was slack time for a coffee.

Small list of interesting DX calls:

Been fun.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The VP8PJ DX expedition to South Orkneys is just about to pack up and go home.

I've been neglecting  this blog lately.
I had lots of things to do in the new house.  It will take longer before I can declare that all is done.


The boys at South Orknes are just about to pack up and go home.  I think that it was very successful expedition, however not much for us here in VK.

I consider myself lucky to work them only once on 30 m.  For me it was ATN.

My friend Barry VK2BJ was luckier.

On the other hand Luke VK3HJ did rather well:

I had the privilege to meet two members of the expedition two years ago at Fridirchshafen fair in Germany.

Gene is on the left, Les in the middle and the ugly one on the right is me.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The pleasure of working US and JA stations

Hi all CW practitioners,

Yesterday Luke VK3HJ and I VK2PN had three hours of bliss.  Working US and JA on 17.  Then the same on 30 next day.  The rates were around 100 per hour or so.  The callers responded our prompts and all was just SOOOOO EASY.

Thank you all who called on those bands.

This is the fun we are here for


Sunday, April 7, 2019

On DX expedition Norfolk Island as VI9NI

The beautiful Norfolk Island.

Chris VK3QB, Luke VK3HJ and David VK3BDX offered me a spot in the four members team.  I've accepted fast and gratefully.

After few days of operating and handling the pileups I have to release this:

Dear EU operators,

How come that I/we can work rates up 100 Q's per hour working US and JA stations? How come the rate drops below 50 Q's or as it was this morning to 25 Q's per hour?

Believe we try to work as many as possible, but you guys are making it just so hard. Please respond just with you call sign and try not to transmit over each other.

There is most obviously a new game in town. With the use of panadaptor (most radios have one) you can easily find where I/we are listening. Great feature. But why are you “dropping” on me/us before I/we complete the QSO. I can't hear the station I'm working and I can't hear you. Both signals are on top of each other. NO QSO then. Too many repeats and the rate is a quarter of what it was with the other continents.

Please wait for the QSO to finish and then call. I'm happy to hear you on the same frequency (saves me reaching for the tuning knob). BUT DON'T CALL ON TOP GOING QSO.

If I call with a part of your callsign I need your callsign only once.
I don't need the 5NN more than once. Actually I don't need the 5NN at all, but it is convention so send it only once.

With your panadaptor, please find a free slot and put your signal there I'll find it. It may take a minute, but I'll find it.

In the picture above there are approx 19 signals. Should be easy. It is not if you don't spread and if you don't keep dropping on going QSO.

Please reconsider. We are, all of us you and us the DX in it for the fun. The battle we are facing is NOT FUN.

Patrick VK2PN your humble operator and the rest of the team.

Friday, March 29, 2019

RSGB Commonwealth contest aka BERU results are out.

Let's congratulate to team Australia One for winning the contest. The whole team performance was amazing. The boys from WA (killer Kevin 6LW and killer Steve 6VZ). Then John 4CT and the rest of them.All have done a great job. So congratulations to Australia One team.
Well done our Canadian friends too.

 Third place was the Australia Two:

Well done everybody and hope to see us in 2020

Steve's VK6VZ post about BERU

For the fourth year in row Australia has won the team section of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Commonwealth Contest. Australia On...