25th November 2007
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More tests with VK7MO to check autodoppler tuning
2250 -26 to -14 / R-19 to R-12... signals improved during our test from my Moonrise, Rex has autodoppler working correctly now with his IC910
1045 CW K2DH 559/569, 1102 CW K5SO 599/589, 1116 SM2CEW 569/569, and 1148 LA9NEA 569/569.
Also heard SV1OE, WB2BYP and K5JL.
1552 JT65c RD3DA R-10/O, 1916 JT65c M0DTS RO(-27)/O(-18)... 2m Dish and 35W, 2006 CW K1RQG 589/589.
2145 JT65c PA3DZL -16/R-14, 2205 JT65c PA3FXB -11/R-10, 2215 JT65c M0DTS O/RO(-15)... 2m dish and 35W
|PA3FXB - 3m Dish and Septum Feed with Flare|
1813 JT65c SM5LE O(-11)/R-10, 1907 CW SM5LE 559/559, 1949 CW/SSB SM5LE 559/54, 2104 CW I5MPK 569/579, 2143 OK1DFC 589/579.
1840 CW IK5WJD 559/559 for Initial... Alex has a 3m dish and HB 250W SSPA, 1856 CW SP6JLW 569/569.
|IK5WJD - 3m Dish and Septum Feed with Chaparral Ring|
1940 1945 JT65c RD3DA R-06/O.
2013 CW RW1AW 589/589 and 57/57 on SSB... Alex was using his 6m dish and new 560W SSPA.
2059 JT65c OM1TF RO(-21)/O(-19) for Initial... Stefan has a 2.7m dish and 100W???
2243 CW HB9Q 589/569.
ARRL EME Contest Report (rules)
This year I will be entering the contest in the 23cm Mixed Mode Unassisted section... that was my original intention, I later changed my mind as explained in my soapbox comments:"This year I operated on CW, SSB and JT65 totally Unassisted and tried to bag as many QSO's as possible... any mode.
My original intention was to
enter the Mixed Mode Category, but realised afterwards that the real challenge
was of course in the Analog Category. So I sent in logs for Analog, Digital and
Mixed with a preference to enter ANALOG if only one category is allowed."
Conditions were strange as previously reported in the October session, but very good in November, with plenty of activity over both weekends.
The ARRL contest always seems to generate a lot
of interest, and knowing that there WILL be plenty of activity provides a good
opportunity for those making their first attempts at EME. The expedition to P43L
on the contest weekend almost certainly helped too… well done Al and all
involved, and thanks for the QSO’s.
At times, the bottom 35 KHz of 23cm was crammed with stations, and some of them were VERY loud… like HB9SV, HB9BBD, K5SO, HB9Q, OZ4MM and OK1DFC. Finding a quiet spot to call, was often difficult and at times stations were getting quite close to P43L’s sked frequency on 045.
Here’s the list of stations worked in the contest - by date in alphabetical order:
27 Oct. 07
CW or SSB - AL7RT, DF3RU, DL1YMK, DL4DTU, DL4MEA, ES5PC, F5JWF, G3LQR, G3LTF, HB9Q, IK2MMB, IK3COJ, IW2FZR, IZ1BPN,JA4BLC, JA4LJB, JA6AHB, JA8IAD, JF3HUC, JH5LUZ, JR4AEP, K0ALL, K1JT, K4QI, K7XQ, K9SLQ, LA2Z, LA9NEA, N2UO, N9JIM ssb, OE5JFL, OH2DG, OK1DFC, OK1KIR, ON4BCB, OZ6OL, PA3DZL, RA3AQ, RD3DA, RW1AW, SK0UX, SM3AKW, SM3LBN, SM4DHN, SM5LE, SP6JLW, SP7DCS, SV1OE, VA7MM, VE3KRP, VK4AFL, WA6PY, WD5AGO, WW2R.
JT65 - N9JIM, SM5LE, VA7MM, VK7MO.
28 Oct. 07
CW or SSB - EA3UM, F5FF wrong call copied- was F5FEN worked again later, G4DZU, I5MPK, IK2RTI, JA8ERE, LX1DB, N9JIM ssb dup, OK1DFC dup, OZ4MM, SM5LE dup, VE1ALQ, VK3UM.
JT65 - ES5PC, G4DZU, VK7MO dup, WW2R.
24 Nov. 07
CW or SSB - DK7LJ ssb, F5FEN (not F5FF) for # Initial, F5HRY, G4RGK, GW3XYW, HB9BBD, HB9SV, IQ4DF # Initial, JA6CZD, K2DH, K5SO, K7XQ dup, N0OY, NA4N, OK1CA, ON5RR, ON7UN, P43L (K2UYH expedition) in Aruba for # Initial and DXCC first, PA3FXB, SV1OE dup, UA3DJG, VE3KRP dup, VE6TA, VE7BBG, W7BBM.
JT65 - G4RGK, K1JT, K7XQ, OH3MCK, OK1KIR, P43L, PA3FXB, VE7BBG, VK7MO dup.
Also, a first at least for me... I heard JA8ERE
on my Moonset, from about 305az / 8el, and very good copy on CW.
25 Nov. 07
CW or SSB - EA3UM dup, F6CGJ, F6KHM ssb, GM3SBC, I5MPK dup, K5JL, KL6M, OE9ERC, SM2CEW,
VE4SA for # Initial... 12ft dish VE4MA feed and 1 x 7289 N6CA, W2DRZ, W6BY for # Initial... 2.4m dish in N9JIM's front yard, WB2BYP,YL3AG.
JT65 - GM3SBC, M0DTS, RD3DA, UT3LL.
|W6BY - 2.4m dish in Jim N9JIM's front yard|
|YL3AG - 3.6m dish and septum feed with choke|
Final score: 97 CW/SSB and 20 JT with 44 Multipliers = 514800 points… needs checking.
I’m not sure if Darrell VE1ALQ’s interpretation is correct about double counting multipliers, I didn’t see it that way… my take on this is that contacts with the same station in CW and JT count for points, but multipliers only count once… please someone confirm or correct me if I am wrong.
Believe it or not I still missed some stations, and I know from other reports that there were more to be had:
DJ9YW, IK5WJD, IZ2DJP (heard testing with IW2FZR), JH1KRC, JR4ZZS, LA5ZK, OE9ERC (JT), W7UPF, W9IIX
Still not fixed my memory keyer after it failed at the start of last year’s contest, so all keying was done manually… if I had got the keyer, then I think I would have fell asleep with the TX running, so good move. Even so, I have a gap of 2hrs in the log on both nights when I fell asleep while sat at the rig.
Busy checking the log for mistakes… but I’m almost sure all is correct.
Many thanks to all who I was fortunate to have a QSO with, and if anyone called me and we did not complete then please let me know by email.
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