Monday, December 7, 2015

CQWWCW contest 2015

I forgot to add my result from this year contest:


Total:533388Total Score613,816

 Been fun. Pity the condx are on decline. Done better years previously. Personally I'm finding the limits of being over 70 yrs old. Thanks everybody for the call. 73 Patrick VK2PN 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Laurie G3UML

Had a visit from Laurie G3UML last night.  He, Heidi and I shared a meal at the local Chinese restaurant (first class food BTW) and then we went to the radio club, where he was made a "star".  Laurie is a contester, DXer and DX expeditioner.

Looking forward to  his next visit some time in the future.

Monday, November 30, 2015

CQ WW CW contest 2015

Call: VK2PN

Operating Time (hrs): 21:05

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
   80:    1     1        1
   40:   82    15       26
   20:  189    25       49
   15:  311    21       45
   10:  117    11       10
Total:  700    73      131  Total Score = 409,428

Club: VK Contest Club


Started very slow, the condx were not very good.  Next day surprise was 10 m
band.  Very lively and plenty of stations. 15 m was the best band in my QTH. 
Unfortunately we had to attend a wedding, so I was "time limited"

Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Had a "little" play in the mighty CQ WW SSB contest

Call: VK2PN
Operator(s): VK2PN
Station: VK2PN
Class: SOAB Classic HP
QTH: Sydney
Operating Time (hrs): 03:43
Location: VK/ZL



Total:1042629Total Score15,895

Club: VK Contest Club

Friday, October 16, 2015

Oceania CW contest October 2015

I forgot to publish early in the week.  Here it is:

160:   0  0
Total:533388Total Score613,816

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hex destroyed yet again.

Yesterday morning flock of sulfur-crest cockatoos descended on the Hex and in about seven minutes destroyed the whole antenna.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My SPE 1K has new relays.

After several millions of on/of action the current set got tired and sometimes missed a beat (known problem with these amps).   After planning the job for several weeks I was able to do it today.  Hard work it is too.

The hardest and the most time consuming was desoldering the pins with only simple "sucker".  Managed to do it after all.

Hope all be fine for the Oceania CW test.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Oceania SSB 2105

Had a little play on the weekend:

 Band     QSOs     Pts  Pfx
           7      99     495   32
          14      94      94   69
       Total     193     589  101

            Score : 59,489

Next weekend is the CW section... will take it much more seriously.

Good news was that on forty meters I worked quite a few Foundation license holders.  good on you "F" calls.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Three months in DXers paradise.

Last night I had the privilege to meet Milan E51DWC his wife and daughter.  Milan's home call is OK1DWC and was on the way home after spending three months in Rarotonga having holidays and mainly working DX.  Milan is lively, enthusiastic and a charmer.  Most obviously the whole family had a great time.

We spent few hours in Manly having long chat and exchanging stories.

Have a great trip home Milan and hope to meet you again on your next pass through.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Russian RTTY contest.

Just for little fun and bit of practice I'm giving out some numbers in the Russian RTTY contest.
The N1MM and fldigi makes it very easy.  It is fun.

I've been in several RTTY tests, however not as serious contester.  One of those days in the near future I may give it real push.


Monday, August 24, 2015

QSL cards for VK2SSI are printed.

Few days ago Tommy sent me the images of the front and back of the South Solitary card.  Very nice.  No doubt the recipients will be very happy.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Remembrance Day Contest

Rememberance Day Contest

Few weeks ago I got invitation from Allan VK2GR to join him, Tommy VK2IR and Dave VK2AWD in a team: "wombats of NSW" CW mode only.  Quickly obtained the permission from the great boss to go.

Worked it from home:

As you can see from the above statistics picture it was not very busy contest.  I may ask Alan VK4SN later how many logs were submitted.  Interesting rule in this contest is, that you may make contact with the same station again after three hours.  The program VKCL takes care of this.  Without this logger the test would be impossible.  The big gap in the middle of the graph is my bed time... Mind you there was not much action during the night.  All good people were in bed too.

The conditions weren't very good at all.  Most obviously we are starting to descent on the solar cycle curve now.

However because the contacts for the RD are only between VK, ZL and P29 the condx were adequate.

This is the operation position... The logging program has no provision for macros so I had the important messages programmed in my Winkeyer and the rest was done by paddle.  Easy stuff.  Nobody was running faster than about 22 words per minutes and some were much slower and even using hand key.  Interesting stuff, quite refreshing really.  Comparing to big internationals, where all run macros and run at 27 to 35 words.. That speed makes is VERY exciting and brings the sweaty palms syndrome on. Not in this contest for sure.

QRM at times was atrocious.  The above pics shows somebody's TV QRM on 40 m.  Good part was, that the QRM was not there at all times.

The photos are not very good quality.. being taken by mere mobile phone.

I was lucky to clock 147 contacts for 294 points.  Allan and Tommy score was much higher, because they had the fortune of having 160 antenna and QSO on 160 yields 6 points per QSO...
One of there days I'll figure how to put 160 m (some sort of) antenna on my roof.

So that is RD for yet another year.

73 to all

many thanks to Allan, Tommy and Dave


It is Tuesday and I've imported the ADIF from VKCL to N1MM for further analysis. 

Here are the Max Rates:

2015-08-15 1005Z - 2.0 per minute  (1 minute(s)), 120 per hour
2015-08-15 2236Z - 0.8 per minute  (10 minute(s)), 48 per hour  
2015-08-15 0402Z - 0.4 per minute  (60 minute(s)), 21 per hour

And here are the runs:

2015-08-15 0338 - 0602Z,    7000 kHz, 27 Qs, 11.3/hr 
2015-08-15 0637 - 0721Z,    7013 kHz, 13 Qs, 17.6/hr 
2015-08-15 0959 - 1038Z,    3524 kHz, 14 Qs, 21.7/hr 
2015-08-15 2227 - 2252Z,    7020 kHz, 14 Qs, 33.3/hr

Nothing impressive huh?

I had made several attempts to erect 160 m antenna on my roof, but the effect was that I got QRM gathering device only.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Another piece of wallpaper.

Very pleasing piece of wallpaper appeared in my letterbox this afternoon:

They (the HQ) made mistake... Not Mulitoperator..  I was single op.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Expedition to South Solitary island VK2SSI OC-194

I almost had fallen of my chair when couple of months ago Tommy VK2IR called and asked me if I'd want to join them for activation of the South Solitary island off Coffs Harbour.

After checking my bank balance I quickly agreed.  The island can be reached only by helicopter from the mainland.  The company Precision Helicopters is the only company which provides the service.

Tommy had been working on this project for the last few years.  No doubt is was long and tedious process to clear it all through the National Parks.

The expedition was organized by the HARAOA radio club.
Helenic Amateur Radio Association Of Australia is very
active in actions of similar kind and I feel proud to be part of it.

Finally it happened last weekend.

Adding a few photos:

Just about to depart.

Here it is the great South Solitary island.

The main feature of the island... Lighthouse.

Just landed and Garry is unloading.

The building is in top nick... freshly painted.

Tommy (foreground) and Nick operating.

Nick, Tommy and Raffy in a full flight.

Please note the concentration.

Alan and Jason.

One of the views.

Little time off. Guided tour by Garry.

 The second from left is Garry the ranger helping us.

Jason, Garry, Tommy Allan and Raffy.

Patrick and Tommy.

The operators:
  • Tommy VK2IR
  • Alan VK2KAM
  • Raffy VK2RF
  • Jason VK2FMAD
  • Nick VK2DX
  • And me VK2PN
Tommy, Nick and me were working CW (mainly) and Alan, Raffy and Jason were on SSB.
We finished with over 5600 QSOs during available approx 36 hours on the air.
The National Parks allowed us 48 hours on the island.  Setting up and breaking down the stations and antennas had taken the rest of the time.  We managed to have four stations  on the air most of that 36 hours..  The CONDX were not the best, however none of us called CQ more than few times to get a pile up going.

We were extremely lucky with the weather. Sunny windless days, but cool nights.  I was wearing my ski merino underwear and "just" managed .

I want to express my personal thanks to the rangers: Garry and Geoff.... thanks guys for looking after us.
The staff of Precision helicopters... nothing was too difficult for them.

I have only one complaint to make:  On Tuesday after sunrise on 30 m I was running rate about 90 qso per hour.  Then the central European stations (the so called European ZOO) started.  My rate dropped to 30 qso per hour.  Those guys just don't know how to behave.  Constant calling (even when I was transmitting, Transmitting during a contact with other station and not observing the fact that I was asking for one particular callsign. It is so upsetting when that happens.  We the expedition are there to give them the QSO, but they make it so difficult.  It is such a pleasure to work JA and US stations.  They are gentlemen.

This is the first version of the blog.  I will add some more as time will allow.  I'm putting most of the photos on picasa so you may be able to see some more.  Here is your link.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Visiting Liz and Bruce VK4MQ

Passing through their QTH. We had to stop and have nice dinner and lots of chats.

Thanks Bruce and Liz..... till next time and have a great trip yourselves.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Visiting Pete VK4LAT in St. George.

Trent VK4TS suggested to give a call to Pete and pay him friendly visit.

Pete was working hard to get to this position:

Pete's secret weapon is his youth and determination.  Second in importance is great antenna farm still being built:

Here is a beauty being created. Aluminium mast:

Several antennas waiting to be added to the farm:

Great looking vertical:

One of the two beverages:

Over all impression is:  Makings of great contest station.  Congrats Pete and Good luck for the contests. Thanks for being kind and showing me around.  Ah... Thanks Amy for the coffee and cake.

The results of the Commonwealth contest were published.

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