Monthly Archive for July, 2014

IARU HF Contest 2014 – GR2HQ

In 2014 I joined the UK national team as GR2HQ. I was operating mostly on 15m CW, with a short foray onto 160m CW.

15m kept going all through the night and we made over 2000q on there. Hopefully we managed to pull our weight for the GR2HQ team.

VHF NFD 70MHz – 6th July 2014

This year for VHF NFD I was busy during the Saturday sessions so decided just to get some time in on the 70MHz band during the Sunday morning session. I was late getting to the usual spot in IO81VT due to a variety of things, not least of which was down to my lack of organisation.

Once I had sorted out the DC power and auxiliary battery in the car, integrated the new TE Systems 0610G 140W amplifier with the IC-7100 and fitted the radio back into the car then I made it to site by 1130 BST.

I made 26 QSOs using both SSB and CW with 5 DXCCs worked (G, GI, EI, GW, GU) didn’t hear any GM or any stations from the continent. Was a little lower than normal as the usual high spot was already in use for parking by the time I got there. The equipment all worked well, and gradually I am approaching a reasonable portable fit-out in the car, though I still have a way to go.

Obligatory map, but I am pleased with the score, and it feels about the right number for the relatively short time I was QRV.

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