Monthly Archive for April, 2014

70MHz UKAC – 29th April 2014

This was the first 70MHz UKAC I have entered in 2014. A record 25 QSOs were made, compared with previous attempts from home resulting in under 10 QSOs.


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80m Club Championship CW – 7th April 2014

This is always a fun contest, somehow I managed to miss the first 2 of the series, but will try harder from now on. This was an all time best entry for me with 129 QSOs. I spent the whole contest calling CQ, on only a couple of frequencies.

For the first time I had a local skimmer running, which was populating my band-map just fine. When a quiet period came along I went to pick a station for the sub VFO in an attempt to work SO2V. Sadly win-test doesn’t support this functionality, though I have a custom LUA script which gives me ability to swap TX between VFOs. Annoyingly it wasn’t obvious how to get the DX spot to be passed to the sub VFO. Rather than risk moving my run on top of someone I decided to give up and just carry on as normal.

Just after the contest I managed to work out how to do this, so next time I will be looking for another all time new score with the aid of SO2V, a technique I’ve not yet mastered as only used it once before, but it led to an extra 7 QSOs that time.

RSGB RoPoCo SSB – 22nd April 2014

I’ve never actually operated in this contest before. It strikes me that it’s a format you either love or hate. As it happens I rather enjoyed it. This was the SSB leg, and although not a busy contest it’s quite short.

I made 48 QSOs in total, a mixture of CQing and S&P. The band didn’t get jammed up like it does for AFS, which made for a much more pleasant experience for 80m SSB.