Jul 142018
 

Last weekend, 7th-8th July, the club put on a station for VHF National Field Day.

The intention of this weekend was to have a social weekend for all members and to allow those who have not participated in a contest, me being one of them, to try things out in a relaxed and chilled manor.

 

Setting up G5FZ/P

After Preparing equipment on the Wednesday before, Les G1LQB, Stephen 2E0SSM, Alistair M0TEF & Steve M5ZZZ were down early on the Saturday morning to load up the equipment.

 

Les Ready with the Trailer mast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once ready, the team headed up to the old RAF Scampton bomb dump where most of them would be stationed for the remainder of the weekend.

Fitting Antennas to the mast

Fitting Antennas to the mast

Fitting Antennas to the mast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Arrival we were soon joined by Fred G4HNQ & Peter 2E0FGA. The first task was to get the antennas mounted on the mast and the mast winched up into position. One thing that should’ve been done before raising the mast would have been to test the rotator. Unfortunately we all forgot until the station was set up, only to find the controller we brought didn’t work. Fortunately, with the shack only being a few minutes away, Stephen rushed back to search for another one. Returning a few minutes later with a replacement and the station was ready for TX testing. It was found that the log-periodic that was brought gave a high SWR on all bands and it was suspected the Coax to be at fault as it had not been used for a while. The 2/70 beam however worked perfectly.

 

Les Setting up the Camp

Les Setting up the Camp

The Portable station for the weekend

The Portable station for the weekend

The setup Team

The setup team, minus me behind the camera

The Whole Station

Time for Operating

After a few QSO’s were made to test the setup all was ready for the Contest to start.

The contest soon got underway with various people taking the hot seat in front of the radio.

2E0SSM operating the station M0TEF operating the station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the day progressed the contacts started to come in and as the conditions improved one contact was made with a distance of 700km on 2m. Who says the 2m band if for local contacts only?

Night Shots Night Shots Night Shots Night Shots Night Shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the sun set the radio was kept in use until late into the evening. It was at this time that Stephen & Peter had to head home leaving Alistair and Les to man the night shift.

 

After some sleep in cars and tents Pam G4STO stopped by to provide breakfast. before heading off. Switching on the radio Alistair heard a station calling DA0FF. After checking the logging software to find we hadn’t had them before he started calling back. After battling the conditions the QSO was completed at a grand total of 786km. During the morning Fred G4HNQ returned and helped pack away.

Throughout the weekend there was a constant battle against the flies and bugs especially while we packed up on the Sunday.

After getting the equipment back to the shack everyone headed home worn out and sleepy from the enjoyable weekend.

 

The Grand Total at the end of the weekend was:

2m, 62 Contacts with a total of 21,675 points.

70cm, 15 Contacts with a total of 4,408 point.

The log submission deadline is in a few days so we will have to wait and see where we end up in the tables.

 

2m QSO Map

70cm QSO Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Such a successful weekend the club intends to put on more events like this in the future so keep your eyes pealed.

Mar 192013
 

2nd and 3rd of March 2013 saw the annual ARRL DX 48hr  Contest. This contest is maybe one of the easier contests in respect that we can only work Stateside/Canadian stations. Basically point beam to 300 degrees and call !!

ARRL DX 2013

ARRL DX 2013 Final Score !!

I decided due to lack of operators to limit our involvement much the same as last year trying to optimise running time during daylight instead of cramming onto 40m in the night with most stations working splits ie. listening above 7.200 and operating below as you know states have a higher 40m band plan, it is allowed to receive on lets say 7.210 and call on 7.180.

Anyways back to the crux of the matter, so i tried to run much the same as last year when we ran with just myself and Jeremie which was productive always busy running when we was operating, culminating in 1st in UK, 16th in Europe and 29th in world for 16 hours operating!!

We kicked off on Saturday about 10:30z starting on 20m as you can see from picture things were steady most of States still in bed hi hi !!, and propagation a bit flat .Also we had our friend Murphy in shack as pc kept muting the auto voice keyer!! Mark (m0zle) and I managed to sort it while I was doing cartwheels around shack…Steve (m5zzz) took over but had to leave as did Mark at just before 13:00z . At this time i switched to 15m for a marathon run which would last for nearly 5 hours at mic, during first hour I worked 122 stations the pile up was nice and steady ebbing and flowing, if at peak of flow it had carried on during 13-14:00z I peaked at 260 qso an hour average on run rate but unfortunately it didn’t continue hence 122 qso much to Sys’ disappointment!!

Steve then took the reigns at just after 17:00z for his ‘Jedi’ training with me resting voice and a much-needed comfort stop !! Dropping back down to 20m to try to achieve some more multipliers (each state/province is a mult) saw rate drop but not to unacceptable levels so we carried on until about 20:00z then switched to 40m due to a technical hitch which was out of our hands ……We stopped not long after just as 40m started to open but problems persisted so we sacked it feeling very frustrated !

On the Sunday I started about 09:45z on 20m and we stayed on 20m all day to pick up more mults and hopefully to get a nice run rate as we had worked a lot of stations on 15m the previous day…Run rate was steady to say the least with Steve arriving to help at 12:00z after his news-reading.Steve unfortunately had to go again so it was up to myself to perform …Our second biggest peak run occurred at 15-16:00z with 110 being worked in the hour then things started to slow up just a bit but was ready to work into the night with the dreaded drop down to 40m !! Unfortunately this was not to be as  problems out of my control scuppered this and had to surrender my pile up at 17:30z ….Hopefully since, this the problem will not occur again !

Overall a very productive weekend taking into account limited running time hopefully it will be enough to successfully defend our 1st in U.K. place from last year. We worked more stations than last year 1062 last year 1200 qso this…378,777 points last year 406,461 this…. 12hrs 47m operating last year compared to 17 hrs 7m this !!!

My thanks go to Steve for giving me quite a bit of time and patiently listening to my advice I gave resulting in a more relaxed operator in chair and a higher run rate for himself !! Well done mate, you are truly on your way to becoming a Jedi master !!

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at being an author any comments are welcomed !!

Best 73 de Sy M0SIY