Sunday, October 14, 2018

Oceania SSB and CW contests 2018

I do prefer the CW part of the contest, however I felt obligated to "play" little in the SSB section too.

Here is the report I've uploaded to the 3830 web for the Oceania CW section this last weekend:

Call: VK2PN
Operator(s): VK2PN
Station: VK2PN
Class: SOAB HP
QTH: nr Sydney
Operating Time (hrs): 11:34
Location: VK/ZL
Total:273210Total Score195,720

Club: VK Contest Club
Comments:      2018-10-14 20:45:34
Conditions were not great at all. Also had problem with my wire antenna and my vertical. Both wrecked by strong wind/storm about ten o'clock local time. I could not use the lower bands until daybreak when I was able to repair the damage. Forty meters was the band where the action was. The feeling is that not many stations participate. When the bands were open/running the signals were good. 40 m VK stations signals were awesome. Thank you JA stations for giving me a call on 10 m. Thank you all US and JA station for calls on 15 and 20 m. The highlight was a 109 Q's run on LP EU. Lasted short time, but it was fun. The boys at E6Y were working hard the whole 24 hrs. Yes it was mixture of frustration and fun overall. 73 all de Patrick VK2PN
This is the crack in the tree which broke my wire antennas. 

The only glimpse of fun was a high rate EU LP.


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).


Oceania SSB and CW contests 2018

I do prefer the CW part of the contest, however I felt obligated to "play" little in the SSB section too. Here is the report I&#...