Sunday, November 27, 2016

CQ WW CW contest 2016

And what a great surprise.  The conditions were much better than expected.  I've entered the "classic" category, but did not have all 24 hours to my disposal due "circumstances".


        Band     QSOs     Pts  ZN   Cty  Pt/Q
         3.5          4          10    4      4     2.5
           7         62        165   15    24   2.7
          14      336        961   24    61   2.9
          21      368      1004   19    24   2.7
          28      141       386   10    12    2.7   (look at the 141 on 10 m wow)
       Total     911     2526   72   125   2.8
              Score : 497,622
              Rig : Elecraft K3 + P3 + SPE 1k-FE
             Antennas : Hexbean + G5RV

Total Time On 18:47  (1127 mins)

The max rates are quite good:
2016-11-26 0517Z - 4.0 per minute  (1 minute(s)), 240 per hour by VK2PN 
2016-11-26 2022Z - 2.4 per minute  (10 minute(s)), 144 per hour by VK2PN 
2016-11-27 0455Z - 1.7 per minute  (60 minute(s)), 101 per hour by VK2PN
I wish that the 144 per hour could be maintained for the duration of the contest.

Statistics by graph:



Over all I was happy with the result.  It was better than last year.
The body and the brain is one year older and one more operation experienced (ear).  The brain is getting more and more foggy with age.


Thanks all who called.  I did appreciated even friendly VKs saying "hello" despite the fact that there were no points to be gained.

TU es 73
Patrick

Monday, November 21, 2016

Laurie G3UML visited Manly as VK2UML

It was second Laurie's visit to my QTH.  This time he arrived with his new call VK2UML and badly needed to give it some "airing".

Early in the evening the condx were not that good, but after dinner the 20 m band (starting LP and soon switched to SP) turned to be excellent.

Laurie was able to QSO all over EU and mainly was able to catch up with his friends in G land.

Video



I was fascinated with his skills of handling the pileup on SSB.  I'm most of the time CW operator.

Laurie G3UML visited Manly as VK2UML

It was second Laurie's visit to my QTH.  This time he arrived with his new call VK2UML and badly needed to give it some "airing".

Early in the evening the condx were not that good, but after dinner the 20 m band (starting LP and soon switched to SP) turned to be excellent.

Laurie was able to QSO all over EU and mainly was able to catch up with his friends in G land.

Video

I was fascinated with his skills of handling the pileup on SSB.  I'm most of the time CW operator.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

CQ WW SSB 2016

I'm not a great fan of SSB.  However I try to participate if nothing else to give out some numbers to the keen competitors.  This most famous contest weekend I had only few hours available between social engagements I could not miss.  Saturday we had to go to a party for colleagues I used to work for 28 years (you don't miss opportunity like that) and Sunday my goddaughter had her birthday (and you can't miss opportunity like that).

So I had circa four hours at the radio.


        Band     QSOs     Pts  ZN   Cty  Pt/Q
           7         1             3    1        1   3.0
          14      10           19    8        8   1.9
          21     141        389   13      12   2.8
       Total     152       411   22      21   2.7

            Score : 17,673

The conditions were less than optimal, after all we are on declining curve of the sunspot cycle.  Some stations were very strong at times in my QTH.  But most were S3 to S7. Good enough for communication.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Oceania CW contest 2016

First thank you all for giving me a call.  I enjoyed every each of them.

Yes it was fun and yes the Murphy interfered.  Woke up on Saturday morning with feeling that I've got a cold coming.  Later in the afternoon it was in full swing.

Imagine to operate CW contest and keep sneezing.  One might sneeze and the headphones left my head and finished in the corner of the shack.  Typing the call sign into the logger and needed to interrupt it to stop your nose running.  I wondered what was the other station thinking?

The conditions were pretty pleasant surprise. Not too bad.  Even 10 meters opened at my QTH for a short while.  Most of the time I was running and say every two hours I've checked the band with S&P. My usual complain was working the EU ZOO and my usual appreciation was working the US and JA stations.  Thank you gentlemen and ladies.

This year I did not match the score of last year.
QSO number: 533 and score: 613,816

Oceania CW 2016:

        Band     QSOs     Pts  Pfx  Pt/Q
         3.5      17         170   13   10.0
           7     100         500   72    5.0
          14     173        173  139   1.0
          21     118        236   85    2.0
          28       8         24      8     3.0
       Total     416     1103  317    2.7


            Score : 349,651

Not enough multipliers and not as many stations active.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oceania SSB DX contest 2016

2016 Oceania DX Contest, SSB

             Callsign: VK2PN
    Category-Operator: SINGLE-OP
 Category-Transmitter: ONE
        Category-Band: 40M
       Category-Power: HIGH
                 Name: Patrick
       Postal Address: Novak
                       11/39-41 Addison Road
                       Manly, NSW 2095
                       AUSTRALIA
        Reported QSOs: 105
       Confirmation #: 1626252.oceania-dx-ssb

Thank you for entering the contest and submitting your log in Cabrillo
format.  Please review the information listed above and, if necessary,
resubmit the log to make any corrections.

73,


 
 The  first hour on 40 m, I've worked 90 QSOs.... WOOOHOOO said I.  Love this
 contesting stuff, bring it on, having a great time, can get used to this,etc. 
 Then the rest 20 hours I worked only little over 20 QSOs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What about this? My new Hexbeam SP7IDX is finaly up and works great.

It took long time to get the kit.  Waldi in order to save me money had shipped the kit by surface mail.  Needless to say it had taken more than half a year since order to have it on my doorstep.
Every thing was also complicated that we travel a lot so we were not at home most of the time.

When I found the time to assemble the antenna, I had to leave it on the roof, because we were leaving Sydney for another trip.











We are now home for more than a week before I had a day to do it.  It has to be calm day, no rain otherwise I'd get blown off the roof wet as well.  Today was the day.

It is up and working.  The photos are not bright.  It is very overcast.








Thank you Waldi SP7IDX the quality is very good.

73
Patrick

BTW... let's chase some DX now.