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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Commonwealth contest BERU 2019

One year older and we had another BERU contest.

Thanks everybody for your calls. Great fun to meet you again.  The result this year was better than last year. Not by much but significant because we are in the solar minimum. However I was amazed how strong some of the DX signals were. Just BIG that is mainly on 40 m.

Total:224Total Score3,560

Below is last year result

Total:189Total Score3,025

Both scores are very similar however one would expect this year should have been not as good.  We are deep in the minimum.

Steve VK6VZ did some hard work by organizing HQ stations from each state.  I believe that gave us all more points.

The 40 m band was the band.  As you can see it was almost busy.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy new Year.

Dear Santa,

As you know I was a good boy the whole last year. I've attended quite
a few contests even the small ones just to give a few numbers to fellow
contesters. I've tried to chase any DX I could hear and thanks to you
 I even worked some of them.

My wish for the stocking is: I want my own freqency in the CW portion
of any HF bands. That will give me unfair advantage when I take toilet
and food break during the contest. I also need clear spot exactly
1.342 kHz above the DX frequency so I can call them without being QRMed.

The abovementioned frequencies should be free of QRM, QRN,LIDs and
DQRM as well.
Ah... almost forgot the XYL QRM too.
Thank you Santa

de VK2PN

Friday, December 7, 2018

The CQ WW CW contest 24th to 26th November.

I got an invitation from Steve VK3JA to do the contest from his QTH.  Impossible to refuse.  Steve has one of the best antenna farms I know.  We get well together and the XYLs have fun together as well.

We got set up on Friday and tested the condx a little that day and mainly gave ourselves some proper training:

Alicja Steve's XYL is excellent cook so we had a ball.  Thank you Alicja.

This is the prediction for the weekend of the contest.  If we believed it, we would QSY to the bottle of red and would not switch the radios on at all.  However the
prediction turned to be totally wrong.  How lucky we were.

The morning started well.  Steve had taken the 20 m band and I was running the 15 m.  Started slowly, but within a few hours we were "flying".

Above is my operating position

Here is Steve smiling while "piling" the QSOs on.

Busy on 15 m

Busy on 20 m

Our best band was the 15 m (believe it or not).  We both thought that 40 m will bring the best result.  Steve has full size wire three element yagi on 40 pointing towards EU.  The antenna can put big signal into the center of EU.

Above you can see the situation on Sunday early morning.  Would you say there is no space to start calling CQ?

Our final result was:

We both think that it is pretty OK for the bottom of the solar minimum.

Patrick VK2PN


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Armistice event activation

The activation started well, however I've worked mainly JA station and smattering of US and other DX.  Sunday was a bit messy since there were Ukrainian, US Sweepstakes and High speed CW test at the same time.   However I've managed to have a good run for a time.

The the storm intervened that made the bands bare on Monday.   Tuesday was just that little slow time as well.

The A of 35 slowed things down.  On Tuesday we were hit by stormy WX and I had to unplug everything for most of the day.

Wednesday morning made up for two days of frustrations.  Had a very good run to EU o 40 m.  The band opened for over an hour and kept me busy.  Nice.

 Above is RBN chart of activity for my activation

  I'm sure we highlighted for the world the VK Armistice action.

Patrick VK2PN

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 da...