Monthly Archive for February, 2016

RSGB 1st 1.8MHz Contest

Only a small effort, I was on late and had to leave the shack early.

Contest : RSGB First 1.8MHz Contest
Callsign : M0PCB
Mode : CW
Category : Single operator
Overlay : ---
Band(s) : 160
Class : High
Exchange : GL
Grid square : IO81UT
Operating time : 00h 45m
BAND QSO DUP BONUS POINTS
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 160 36 0 28 108
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TOTAL 36 0 28 108
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 FINAL SCORE: 248

Also managed another new DXCC on 160m too with the 26m Inverted-L and 200W.

 

FOC Marathon 2016

Conditions were very good on most bands with some nice DX worked. This time I entered the Open QRO section as I decided to run the amplifier. I was averaging about 200W output depending on band. The antennas were the usual Cobwebb, dipole and Inverted-L. The station worked flawlessly and other than CQ calls I spent the contest keying by hand. 18 hours in the chair according to the log.

Decided to use DXlog.net and had made my own contest definition file based on the BW QSO Party one that ships with the software. Functionally everything was fine, but scoring is quite complex and that was left to Marabella by G3WGV.

Callsign: M0PCB
FOC number: 2024
Section: QRO Open
QSO totals:
 1.8 3.5 7.0 14.0 21.0 28.0
 35 115 134 149 155 28
Bonuses:
 5-banders: 22 x10 = 220
 6-banders: 4 x5 = 20
 Continents: 6 x5 = 30
 Entities: 52 x2 = 104
Summary:
 Total QSOs: 616
 Total bonuses: 374
 FINAL SCORE: 990
Continents:
 Africa Asia Europe Oceania N America S America
Entities:
 4X 5B 6Y 7Q 9A 9J 
 DL EA EA6 EA8 EI EU 
 F G GD GJ GM GU 
 GW HB HS HZ I K 
 LA LX LY LZ OE OH 
 OK ON OX OY OZ P4 
 PA PY S5 SM SP SV 
 TF UA UR VE VK VU 
 YO ZB2 ZL ZS

CQ160 CW 2016

I hadn’t put this one in my calendar for some reason, and was occupied on both Friday and Saturday evenings. I spent just over 2 hours early on Sunday evening and worked what I could hear – well I worked those who could hear me! I did get a couple of small runs going when I found a clear frequency. Noise level was around s8, better than it has been but not great.

Station was the K3, driving the KPA500 to deliver 150W out and the antenna was the 26m Inverted-L tuned against 150 feet of radials. Didn’t work any NA but worked most of EU and 6 new DXCCs on 160m.

Contest : CQ WW 160-Meter Contest
Callsign : M0PCB
Mode : CW
Category : Single operator
Overlay : ---
Band(s) : 160
Class : Low
Exchange : 14
Grid square : IO81UT
Operating time : 02h 10m
BAND QSO C S/P DUP POINTS AVG
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 160 99 35 0 0 498 5.03
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TOTAL 99 35 0 0 498 5.03
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 FINAL SCORE: 17 430