Sunday, April 11, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

Commonwealth contest know as BERU this last weekend 13th to 14th March 2021

 My one of the most favourite contests.  Only Commonwealth countries are invited and only CW mode is used.

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Assisted Category : NON-ASSISTED
             Band : ALL
            Power : HIGH
             Mode : CW

         Club/Team : VK Contest Club
        Band     QSOs     Pts     Cty   Sec  Pt/Q
         3.5           17        425     13    4  25.0
           7          128      1780     43   14  13.9
          14           73      1020     24   10  14.0
          21            7         175      5    2  25.0
       Total     225        3400     85   30  15.1

            Score : 3,400

Total Time On 14:30  (870 mins)

Unfortunately I did not do as good as last year.  The condx should have been better, since we are out of Solar minimum.  Must be, that I'm sliding down on the other side of the bell curve of age and abilities.

There was, in the middle of the contest allocated time,  increase in A index.  Increased close to number 20.  That indicates disrupted ionosphere.

The graph of my activity tells all:

Good going at the beginning and at the end of the 24 hours contest period.  Not much in the middle:

The highlight was a great run to G land on 40 m about three hours before the end.  The challenge was that we had a storm within relatively short distance from my QTH.

Plenty of signals and plenty or noise caused by the storm.

The speed was very good for a great number of minutes.  Very satisfying.

Heidi save "my life" by supplying a yummy dinner and I ate it while operating. Genuine multitasking.

Thanks everybody who called and gave me a number.



Saturday, August 15, 2020

WIA Rembrance Contest

 For little bit of fun:

Murphy interfered big time.  In the evening when the 160 m band opened my hurriedly installed End Fed antenna for that band failed and I thought that the amplifier  "got sick".  Why it worked well on Friday and on Saturday morning and not on Saturday evening?

The good thing is that when I've removed the EF all was right again.  Amplifier is healthy.



Saturday, August 8, 2020

The WAEDC CW contest 2020

Very interesting contest, however a little bit slow.  The world is working only EU stations.  The "interesting bit" the passing of QTC.  It is easy as the logger makes most of the work for you and you get extra points (i.e. for doing very little) 

Dear YL, dear OM,

thank you for your log of the Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) CW. This message indicates
that your log was received in good shape on 2020-08-09 02:05:31 UTC.

If you detect any mistakes please correct your log and send it again.

Receipt-ID: WAECW.00005416

-------- Information from log header -------------
  Contest       : Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) CW
  Mycall        : VK2PN
  Category      : Single-OP high
  Claimed Score : 18468
  Club          : VK Contest Club
  Specific      : VK2
  Part          : 

-------- Check of log lines  ---------------------
  Total QSO lines                : 121
  QSOs without any complains     : 121
  Total QTC lines                : 110

You can now find your call in the list of received logs on our contest

This e-mail has been automatically generated. In case of questions, please
check the contest website or send an e-mail to contest manager as appointed
by DARC at Peter John, DL7YS <>.

73 and thanks for taking part in the Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) CW!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

CQ WPX CW contest 2020

Feeling little worn out.  Just finished the test.  Been mixture of good and not too good as always.

 ARRL Section : DX
        Club/Team : VK Contest Club
         Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.8418.0

        Band     QSOs     Pts  WPX  Pt/Q
         3.5          3          5       1      1.7
           7       165     902      94      5.5
          14      369    1043    239     2.8
          21        29       81     10       2.8
       Total      566    2031  344     3.6

            Score : 698,664


Conditions were better than expected. US and EU signals were huge when the bands
opened.  Managed few very pleasing runs.
Unfortunately "Murphy" had his day.  My radio failed on Sunday
afternoon.  Lost time putting my portable rig in the service.  Later on had
computer (Windows) problem.
However the result is quite OK considering the circumstances.
Thank you all who called.
Patrick VK2PN

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020

JI DX CW International

Call: VK2PN
Operator(s): VK2PN
Station: VK2PN

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Home
Operating Time (hrs): 5

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   40:   38    16
   20:   64    27
   15:   10     9
   10:   33    19
Total:  145    71  Total Score = 12,638

Club: VK Contest Club


Interesting contest (this time) and varied propagation.  It was a pleasure to
work/run JA stations.  Very easy to manage.  
Nice surprise was 10 m run in the afternoon, very productive hour.  Signals were
not strong, but easy to copy.  15 m was a let down, I thought that will be the
best band.
Thank you all for calling.
Patrick VK2PN
de VK2PN

The results of the Commonwealth contest were published.

  As I member of the team Australia 2, I was quite pleased with the result.