Tuesday, October 31, 2017

#cqww PA6AA contest report

Event: CQWW DX SSB contest 2017
Section: HIGH power MULTI TWO
Logger: N1MM+ 
Station: 2x Elecraft K3 + amplifiers 400W
Antennas: Inverted-L 160m, verticals 80/40m, dipoles 80/40m, FB23. Hex beam, 3 band vertical.

Well, some people think the amateurradio hobby is a bit anti social. Since many are operating from a small room alone, they all do it for their own benefit. However if you do some teamwork, like we did this weekend, it is a nice social event. We had a great team for shure and all experienced radio operators that had fun.

Contest fieldday style
A house was rented at a great location at the northern coast here and about 50m from the dyke and 100m from the sea, the surrounding all flat land with only a few farms as neighbours kilometers away. The house has a nice field which is excellent for wire antenna's like we had.

The rest of the team started friday morning building the antennas, unfortenately I had no time to join them. All antennas were fieldday style, wires and small beams. I attended the team saturdaymorning.

What I especially liked is the free style operating, no time blocks or planning. If you got tired or hungry another operator took your place and that worked very well for us. Same for band switching, we all are experienced operators and know when a band is possible open or not. No planning just common sense and it worked.

Broken hexbeam
The only thing that didn't really work was the extreme weather. Windgusts from about 100 km/h which destroyed the hexbeam and the inverted-L for 160m saturday night. Especially the lost 160m antenna was a loss of points.

When I arrived sundaymorning I already saw the damage and after all we managed to put the FB23 into the scaffold together. Luckely a spare mast saved the inverted-L so we could continue 160m sunday evening. A 3 band vertical was placed as well which actually didn't do a bad job.

If you, by any chance, had a look at cqcontest.net you see we claim place 19 worldwide very close to our biggest concurrent PI4M. Actually we were very close at the start of the contest but in the end they had a few more multipliers and probabely more 3 pointers. PI4M however used a beam on a large tower and a moxon beam on 40m. So we were not surprised...


VE9KK said...

Good morning Bas, I can see the contest bug has bitten you? Very nice score and seemed like the non ridged schedule made operating a pleasure? I see from one of the pics you had a chance to work with the K3 and how did you like it?

Paul Stam PAØK said...

Hallo Bas, mooi resultaat, vooral ook op 160 meter. En de meeste punten behaald op 40 meter. 73 Paul PC4T

Angel M0HDF said...

Nice score Bas

73 Angel

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hello Mike, well I have been in contesting since 2006. But am not really participating every contest anymore. only the real big ones like teh CQWW. I think those are the real fun! Well, the K3....first time I worked with it and it was a pleasure. Especially the filters were very useful. Excellent receive I can tell you. And most important in a contest the radio didn't get hor like my old IC-706. 73, Bas

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hallo Paul, toen ik zaterdag morgen aankwam (eerste stukje van de video) zat Bernard op 160m amerikanen te werken. Dat zijn allemaal 3 punters, dus dat ging erg goed. Zelf heb ik 758 QSO's gemaakt waarvan de meeste op 40m. 73, Bas

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Thanks Angel! 73, Bas

Hans said...

Hallo Bas, een mooie score, maar dat zag ik al aankomen.
Het ging erg goed t.o.v. andere stations en dat blijkt wel in het eindresultaat. Zo te lezen was de sfeer goed, de locatie etc. Ik vermoed dat jij vaker hier aan mee gaat doen. Naar mijn mening is het toch wel gezelliger dan in je eentje hi.
73 Hans, PE1BVQ

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hallo Hans, zo lang het 1x in het jaar is zou ik wel willen meedoen. De sfeer was erg goed. Het werkte naar mijn mening gewoon. Locatie was ook erg mooi. 73, Bas