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

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Steve's VK6VZ post about BERU

For the fourth year in row Australia has won the team section of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Commonwealth Contest.
Australia One finished the contest with 35,683 points, with the top Canadian, World Traveller and New Zealand teams finishing second, third and fourth respectively.
Australia Two finished fifth overall in the team section, with 24,453 points
The CW-only Commonwealth Contest 2020 ran from 10.00 UTC on 14 March until
10.00 UTC on 15 March.
The stations in Australia One were Kevin VK6LW, John VK4CT, Barry VK2BJ, Steve VK6VZ and Alan
VK4SN, while Australia Two were Allan VK2GR, Brian VK3MI, Patrick VK2PN, Steve VK3JA and Rob VK6HG.
In addition we were ably supported by four Wireless Institute of Australia headquarters
stations, consisting of VK3WIA, VK4WIA, VK5WIA and VK6WIA. Many thanks to Lee VK3GK, the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club, Grant VK5GR and Peter VK6RZ, who helped us by operating these HQ stations for as long as they could.
There were also some outstanding individual performances from Australia. Brian VK3MI was world second in the Restricted Unassisted section with 6,092 points, while Kevin VK6LW top scored for Australia with 8,060 points and finished eighth in the Open Unassisted section. Honourable mentions go to Barry VK2BJ and John VK4CT who tied for sixth place in the Open Assisted category, while Steve VK6VZ and Allan VK2GR respectively finished in tenth and eleventh places in the Open Unassisted category.
Overall, the conditions during the contest were typical for bottom of the solar cycle conditions, with 10m just about dead, 15m showing barely a pulse, 20m only giving brief openings into the UK on both short path and 80m providing both local and DX contacts. Thank goodness for 40m being in such excellent shape and providing up to half the points score for many competitors.
A big ‘thank you’ goes to all the other Australian stations who took part in Commonwealth Contest 2020.
The Radio Society of Great Britain’s Commonwealth Contest is one of the
oldest radio contests in existence, having been first run back in 1931
when it was known as British Empire Radio Week and lasted for six
I hope to see you in Commonwealth Contest 2021.
73s from Steve Ireland, VK6VZ, Australian One Coordinator

Australia win

by bobg3pjt

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Russian DX CW contest.

Just for fun and two hours spare;

Class: SO CW HP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.5

 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Countries  Oblasts
   40:   62     0        18         3
   20:   41     0        14        13
Total:  103     0        32        16  Total Score = 28,416

Club: VK Contest Club


Just for little fun and to give boys/girls number and multiplier.  20m to US was
big for a short time.

Thanks all who called.
 The band is in a good shape.  There is more than 20 station within the 10 kHz window.

 Very good rate for short while running stations to Us
 Quite satisfying for couple of hours at the bottom of the solar cycle.

BERU Commonwealth contest 2020

Another BERU is over.  One of my most favored tests.  Been mix of fun and frustration.  Fun when the condx were good frustration when one worked 4 QSOs per hour.

Thank you all who called.

This year I've done slightly better than last year. I could work practically everybody I could hear.

Yes there was slack time for a coffee.

Small list of interesting DX calls:

Been fun.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The VP8PJ DX expedition to South Orkneys is just about to pack up and go home.

I've been neglecting  this blog lately.
I had lots of things to do in the new house.  It will take longer before I can declare that all is done.


The boys at South Orknes are just about to pack up and go home.  I think that it was very successful expedition, however not much for us here in VK.

I consider myself lucky to work them only once on 30 m.  For me it was ATN.

My friend Barry VK2BJ was luckier.

On the other hand Luke VK3HJ did rather well:

I had the privilege to meet two members of the expedition two years ago at Fridirchshafen fair in Germany.

Gene is on the left, Les in the middle and the ugly one on the right is me.

The results of the Commonwealth contest were published.

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