After a long time I participated again in the March 2017 VHF-Contest, 144 MHz. Conditions were quite normal and activity low due to the time of the year. Despite the low power of less than 10 Watts into the 9 Element Yagi 79 QSO’s and stations from 9 Countries and 31 Squares found the way into the log. ODX with 784 km was HG7M from JN97.
SSB Contests are not my favorites at all. Despite this, I made a handful of contacts during this weekends SSB Part of the 2017 CQ WW DX. It was just another chance to test the Heil headset and Contest software in combination with the K3’s voice memory. Peaks were 84 QSO’a an hour just by S&P (search and pound). It seems that everything is working so far. I stopped at 200 Q’s after 3 hours of participation.
The 3rd CISM World Winter Gamestook took place in Sochi (Russia) from February 22-28, 2017. The “Miller-DX-Club” offers free to download Awards in 6 different classes for working special stations. More informations to find here.
The ARRL DX CW Contest is that one I like most of all the Hf Contests. Due to the low sunspot number of just 13 and a solar flux of 74 band conditions were quite poor. No USA/Canada contacts on 10m and only a couple on 15m. Missing all the good series of West-coast contacts during the past years. Over all the result of 500 QSO’s is far behind my personal record in 2014 with over 900 QSO’s. Nevertheless it was fun and nice to hear all those fluttering signals from the far west. See you next year boys!
Another attractive short term Award is issued from the Spanish Amateur Radio Union URE to commemorate the 14th International Antarctic Week 2017 to all radioamateurs worldwide who contact with a number of Special Event Stations that will be active on the HF bands. The four classes Bronze ,Silver, Gold and Platinum depends on the number of special stations worked.
This years CQ WPX RTTY Contest was just to test the new Contest Software “N1MM Logger+” and the new GS53b tube in the amplifier. Both worked excellent and my short time activity endet up with 311 QSO’s.
This weekends “CQ World Wide 160-Meter CW Contest” was a great fun at all. I did not plan to participate, because my Amplifier quit the days before and I had no spare tube for it. After tuning 160 m late Friday night I found more and more interrest to make some QSO’s just with the K3 barefoot. Working Europe was no problem at all but DX, especially NA, was a challenge and hard to fight against the QRO participants. Finally it ended up with 605 QSO’s, 51 DXCC, 7 US-States and 4 Continents.
Activity as seen on the Elecraft P3 Panadapter.
More and more stations appear on the 60m band and activity increases rapidly. After 7 days of operation 45 DXCC entities and 11 CQ-Zones are in the log, including this nice ones:
A6 (United Arab Emirates), C37 (Andorra), CU (Azores), EA8-EH8 (Canary Is.), EA9 (Ceuta & Melilla), KC4 (Antarctica), KP4 (Puerto Rico), SØ (Western Sahara), UM (Uzbekistan), UN (Kazakhstan), ZS (South Africa).
More fun to come, for sure!
Since December 15, 2016, Radio Amateurs in Germany are allowed to use a 15 kHz wide segment on 5 Mhz (Class A only) with max. 15 W EIRP. That was something I was waiting for a long time. On New Years afternoon I easily matched my inverted L-Antenna to 5.360 Mhz and started working on that band in CW and JT65 mode. In just a couple of hours 24 DXCC-countries, incl. TF, W, VE, KP4 were worked and my signal was heard on all six Continents (by PSK-Reporter). What a fun!
Short term Awards become more and more popular nowadays. This one comes from Spain as a free pdf-download and celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the death of the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, one of the greatest writers in Universal History. His most iconic novel, “Don Quixote” is the most edited and translated book in all Literature History, just behind The Bible.
Got Award-Number #0095 (Plata), #0046 (Gold), #0021 (Platino)