Monthly Archive for May, 2013

80m CC CW – 23rd May 2013

Another decent month for the club championships, 100 QSOs in the log, 4 duplicates leaving 96 claimed. Again managed to keep a run going for the whole contest, though some notable call-signs missing from the log still. I really must get back into trying SO2V!

70MHz CW Contest – 12th May 2013

I was a little late on for this contest, and after some fiddling around I found that with the Funcube Dongle plugged in to the K3 receive antenna port I was getting s7-8 of broadband noise across the 4m Band.

I decided to cut my losses and not use the PC during the contest and relied on pen and paper. Two receivers and the band-scope were useful so I was able to listen around the band for new signals while waiting for exchanges to be completed before calling.

Only worked 7 QSOs, I did hear a couple of other stations but they were brief encounters and weren’t there long enough to work. I was purely S&P, I think if I had called CQ I might have worked a few more.

Still, a decent spread this time. I was beaming North quite a lot, and although I heard IO83 and IO84 I didn’t work them.

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144MHz UKAC – 7th May 2013

So, I managed to miss the April event, mainly due to having been active in the CQWPX SSB contest at M0VSQ over the Easter bank holiday weekend and then in the 80m CC CW event on the Monday evening.  By Tuesday I was contested out.

This month was a decent event, 27 QSOs in total, not quite my best score, but not far off. A much more diverse map too, and even a new square with G3TTC/P down in JO00.

Yet again you can see a distinct lack of signals do the East. I do keep beaming that way, but the path is truly terrible.  F8BRK was worked from IN99, not a huge signal but easily workable. Still using the trusty little 4 element LFA, though I think a 7 element would be a game changer.

The obligatory map is much more pretty than it has been for a while. Hope to be active in the next one.

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