After a very busy week of QRL in the Netherlands and (for a change) no other plans this weekend (summer weekends are usually quite crammed with activities) I decided to give the SCC-RTTY organized by the Slovenian Contest Club a go again. Luckily the SCC sent out a reminder a few days ago. 😉
I took it rather leisurely doing a few QSOs every now and then. Waking up after a late afternoon nap I even found 10 m open via Sporadic-E early Saturday evening but unfortunately not much activity, just a hand full of QSOs made. Enjoyed a great 20 m run later that night before testing out condx on 40 & 80 m. Went into bed 23z with about 250 QSOs in the log.
Got up early Sunday morning (5z) and while activity was not too high yet 15 m opened slightly into the Far East even allowing a few QSOs with South Korea and Japan. A few Japanese were real s9 signal strength but it all seemed quite localized. Suppose there was some Sporadic-E involved along the path as current sun activity would probably not allow any direct F2 openings on 21 MHz. Speaking of Sporadic-E 10 m was open Sunday morning, too. Not very consistently, i.e. changing open directions randomly, and again not too much activity but still good enough to keep me going most the time. Thus decided to continue on 10 m only and put in a single band entry. Who knows, maybe the result will be good enough for a world win. 😎 After all there was just one 10 m entry last year with 17 QSOs that took the world win. But Dusan, YT8A, was active this year, too (although on different bands but that does not indicate what category he sends his log in, as with myself 😉), and the South usually has much better ES condx … so we’ll wait and see. At least my result is about 50% higher than the current European 10 m record. 😎
SCC RTTY Championship Call: DH8BQA Class: SOSB/10 HP QTH: JO73ce Operating Time (hrs): 12 h (all bands) Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 80: (40) 40: (74) 20: (101) 15: (54) 10: 141 54 ------------------- Total: 141 54 Total Score = 14,256 Comments: Elecraft K3, KPA500, 550 W + 6 ele OWA Yagi @60ft.