I've missed out on John Moyle contest this weekend... (bother)... so I needed some contesting fix.
I've just spent two hours of fun on the Russian DX contest:
Just two hours of fun... In the middle of the afternoon I felt that I need to reward myself with little of red wine... While I was sipping I've started the radio and tuning around the 20 m band I saw the contest going... Set up the N1MM (only about a minute) and of I went... Sipping red and contesting.
I gave myself a limit of one glass of red and 100 contacts... All accomplished in about two hours.
Band QSOs Pts DXC OBL 14 99 806 24 34 Total 99 806 24 34
I happen to listen on some of the other competitors frequencies to learn more about their operating techniques. I was quite amazed that operators in rural areas could hear much
better than I could here in the "big smoke".
From the previous post I was hoping to give the 40 m ground plane antenna a good workout, however the action was elsewhere.
(b) The “latitude factor” will be re-calculated each year
based on published scores: for each hemisphere, the highest-scoring
team total for each of the last three years will be used to give an
overall total and the factor will be calculated as the ratio of the
northern to the southern grand totals rounded down to the nearest two
I had in my storage for quite some years now, old Hustle 5B-TV vertical. In some contests my 40 meter band performance was less than ideal. With the BERU coming this weekend I had plans to put it up and test it.
It is temporary installation for now. If it works... it will stay. Have to of course build better base for it.
At the moment there are five 40 m radials. Will consider the alternatives in the future.
I still have about two days to tune it up and "fiddle". Tomorrow may add some more radials... Can't hurt... eh?
It hears about the same as the OCF dipole. The amplifier is happier with it than with the dipole.
So far it is promising. Wish me good luck.
As far as luck goes:
About 20 minutes after I published the blog... Sydney was hit by a storm... squall. Not much rain, but the wind was strong and the whole show lasted no more than 15 or 20 minutes. When I looked up the antenna was not there... it toppled over. OUCH.
Too late in the day to get up and initiate salvage (that is what I had on my mind).
How lucky one can be:
Early today I drove to a fishing tackle shop and purchased strong mono-filament fishing line to use as guy wires for what I thought was left of the antenna. When I opened the hatch - oh what a joyful sight:
The antenna was intact, have fallen on the guy rope and dipole. So there is hope after all.