22nd November 2008
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Activity Weekends 18th & 19th October, 15th & 16th November
I will try to be QRV on 23cm for a few hours this weekend, but I’m having some difficulty working up any enthusiasm for the ARRL contest after the fiasco with my entry last year. My intention is just to work a few stations, hopefully find a few that I haven't worked before, and have some fun.
Also, as I'm not entering the contest, I will be monitoring the loggers and will take real time skeds from anyone who wants to try CW or JT65c. Note: there were quite a few stations logged in on HB9Q's logger last night... some I guess should not have been there if they are entering the contest!
See my logs below:
Here's my comments about the contest:
This was not really a serious effort on my part,
as I like so many others had decided not send in a contest entry… but I was
interested in working whoever was on.
I suspect that to have done much better, I would have had to put a lot more time and effort in during the night… I wasn’t up for that, the first weekend was only 2 days after an op on my foot, and I had to return to work the next day after the second weekend.
Also, to get a good place in the most challenging category (CW unassisted) would require concentration on just analog QSO’s and potentially missing some digital initials… so no point in working digital and include the QSO’s in a contest entry to end up being placed 1st out of 1 like last year, hi! So I just went ahead and did my own thing at a relaxed pace and had some fun.
I did monitor HB8Q’s logger and occasionally
ON4KST chat, but this is NOT my normal practice during Contests. It was
interesting to note that some stations known to be entering the contest were
listed as logged on during the contest… perhaps they forgot to log out… or did
Curiously, the contest seems to have generated possibly the largest level of activity on 23cm that I’ve known during my 26 years experience… despite all the disagreements about the rules.
Just think what we could have had if we had some sensible rules, and those that said I’m not even going to operate had pitched up too!
Thanks to all for a great time… here's the result:
72 x Analog
AL7RT, AL7RT, DF1SR, DF3RU, DL0SHF, DL1YMK, DL4DTU, DL4MEA, DL6SH, EA2LU, ES5PC, F2TU, F5FEN, F5VHX, G3LTF, HB9DGK, HB9GR, HB9Q, I5MPK, IK2MMB, IK3COJ, IW2FZR, IZ4BPN,
JA4HZN, JA4LJB, JA6AHB, JA6CZD, JA8ERE, JA8IAD, JH5LUZ, K1JT, K1RQG, K1RQG, K2DH, K4QI, K7XQ, LA2Z, LA9NEA, LX1DB, N2UO, NA4N, NY2Z, OE9ERC, OH2DG, OK1CA, OK2KJT, OK3RM, ON4BCB, ON5RR, ON7UN, OZ4MM, PA3CSG, PA3FXB, PI9CAM, PY2BS, RA3AQ, RK3WWF, RW3PX, SD3F, SM5LE, SP6JLW, SP7DCS, SV3AAF, UR5LX, UT5JCW, VA7MM, VK3NX, VK4AFL, W9IIX, WA5WCP, WW2R.
Including 7 Initials
Missed DL1HYZ, HB9SV, IK2RTI, JA6XED, RA6DA, RA3EC, RU3ACE (RD3DA), SM4DHN and VE6TA
12 x Digital
EA3XU, G4CBW, HB9EHJ/P, K1JT, K6JEY, K7XQ, PA3FXB, PY2BS, RW6AG, UT3LL, VA7MM, VK2JDS
Including 4 Initials
Missed DJ9YW, G4DZU, IK5WJD and W7UPF
0022 CW RW3PX 549/549 for Initial and Grid
0028 CW UT5JCW 569/579
0032 CW RK3WWF 549/559
0104 CW IW2FZR 569/559
0109 CW ON4BCB 589/559
0115 CW SM5LE 559/549
0953 CW AL7RT 559/559
1001 CW JA8IAD 569/559... the opposite way to normal, on my Moonset 311deg az 4deg el.
Heard RA3EC but didn't get an opportunity to work him, will be looking for him on the next pass plus RA6DA, DL1HYZ and anyone else I can find.
2118 CW HB9GR (same as HB0HAL?) 589/549
2128 CW OZ4MM 589/579
2134 CW I5MPK 569/569
2141 CW IZ4BPN 569/579
2145 CW JA4LBN 569/559
2151 CW JA6CZD 579/559
2156 CW PA3FXB 559/559
2202 CW JH5LUZ 559/569
0023 CW ON5RR 559/549
0029 JT65c G4CBW O/RO for Initial and Grid... this was Tony's 1st ever 23cm EME QSO, he was using 2 x 67el yagi's and 200W
0047 JT65c EA3XU O/RO
0111 JT65c PY2BS RO/O
1041 JT65c K1JT RO/O
2136 CW VK3NX 569/529 for Initial and Grid... thanks Charlie, nice sigs, very efficient station
2202 JT65c UT3LL O/RO
2234 OK2KJT 549/559 for Initial... tried earlier on JT but too much drift, so CW did better this time.
2300 JA4HZN 569/559 for Initial... not sure what grid he's in?
Heard JA6XED, IK2RTI also, but no opportunity to work them this time...
1440 JT65c PY2BS O/RO
2036 JT65c Test with LY2BAW NIL/-25 best... 1.8m dish 100W, horizon only
2340 CW VE7BBG 559/569
2346 CW VE3KRP 559/569
1641 CW SM5LE 559/549... Sven is solid copy now with his new 500W SSPA
1756 JT65c EA3XU O/RO for initial... this was Benjamin's first ever 23cm EME QSO, he was using 4x33 el yagi and 90W
|EA3XU - 4x33 el yagi|
2303 JT65c EA3XU O/RO
2322 CW I5MPK569/569
2025 JT65c PA3FXB O(R-12)/R-09
2041 JT65c EA3XU O/RO
2115 CW RK3WWF 549/559
2125 CW JA6CZD 569/559
2149 CW JA4BLC 559/569
2236 EA2LU 559/549 for Initial and Grid... Jorge has a 3m dish, VE4MA scalar feed and 200W
0638 JT65c UA9FAD RO/O for Initial and Grid... Viktor has a 1.5m dish, linear feed and 120W, this was only his second QSO on 23cm EME
I found out later that UA9 (Asiatic Russia) is a new DXCC for me and first C to UA9... really pleased with that, thanks Viktor!
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