Russian DX Contest

Well, it’s been a while since I last participated in Russian DX (must have been 5 or 6 years ago). Motivation was not very high this time, either. Lots of work after a second change of QRL within a few month’ and all the needed preparations, etc. But I wanted to hand out a few QSOs at least and collect some points for BCC’s Frequent Contester program …

                    Russian DX Contest - 2020

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO CW HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 3:15
Remote Operation

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Countries  Oblasts
----------------------------------------
  160:                               
   80:                               
   40:                               
   20:   70              14        36
   15:   32              17         9
   10:   10               6         6
----------------------------------------
Total:  112     0        37        51  Total Score = 77,000

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
FLEX-6600, Elecraft KPA500, 4L 20m, 6L 15m, 6L 10m Yagis
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ARRL DX CW ’20

After having just received the world winner plaque for my last year’s V37DX entry in ARRL DX CW it was of course a question of honour to take part this year, too. 😉

20 m wall to wall with CW contest sigs, later on even up to 14.150 MHz.

I probably “wasted” too much time searching for the multipliers on Saturday. In the end they all answered my CQ calls, too, even the rather rare ones like North and South Dakota. Nevertheless I missed two states from USA (NE & WY, never heard them) as well as “the usual three” from Canada (NT, NU & YT).

Condx were rather bad on Saturday up here in the almost north-eastern most part of Germany. The 7’s, i.e. the north-western US states as well as VE6/7 in Canada, were basically not workable (I even heard only two very weak in the noise). And not many 6’ers either. Sunday was way better but still much worse here than in western and southern Germany when comparing scores with other contesters. 😐 And 500 watts into our not too high 4 ele Yagi does meanwhile feel like QRP … but it maybe our location again. Enough whining. 😉 All in all still much fun and a nice contest! Lucky to finish with 599 QSOs (incl. dupes), appropriate for a CW contest as I think. 😉

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW - 2020

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 15

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   20:  599    58
-------------------
Total:  585    58  Total Score = 101,790

Comments:
FLEX-6600, Elecraft KPA500 + 4 ele YU7EF Yagi @10m height
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CQ WPX RTTY ’20

Second contest this year and again RTTY. Hope I’m not getting old. 😉 Motivation was not that high. As our temporary 80 m Groundplane is still up Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious 80 m single band entry from our station so I had basically 40 & 20 m to play with (although 15 m opened on the southern path’ a bit, too). It was rather handing out a few points to lay the foundation for this year’s Frequent Contester program of the BCC. So my initial goal was “just” 500k points. When I had reached that I changed the goal to 500 QSOs. After that to 1 million points. Then Uwe told me he would finish his max. allowed 30 hours of operating time Sunday evening 23z so I could even play “fresh meat” on Eighty during the last hour … well, you know, the appetite comes while eating. 😉

                    CQ WPX RTTY Contest - 2020

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:   90
   40:  385
   20:  312
   15:   41
   10:    0
------------
Total:  828  Prefixes = 507  Total Score = 1,422,642

Club: Bavarian Contest Club
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ARRL DX CW 2019 Plaque received :-)

Very happy opening the post box today! Brings back very nice memories immediately and looks great on the wall, too. 😎

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Another January Tropo

Again some tropo, this time also fitting for JO73. 🙂 Forecast showed some possible condx for yesterday already but nothing over here while the colleagues in JO64 could already work some DX. Today sigs came up over here, too. Signals were very weak most of the time (except the 5-600 km away Dutch stations that called in, too) and in & out so FT8 could excel once more as a weak signal mode. Here are the “better” ones:

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TIME   CALLSIGN      LOCATOR   TX    RX    BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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18:52  G7RAU         IN79JX   -14   -08    2 m.   FT8   TR    1383
18:57  G8TTI         IO81WM   -17   -08    2 m.   FT8   TR    1122
18:58  G4TRA         IO81WN   -16   -12    2 m.   FT8   TR    1120
18:59  G4RRA         IO8ØBS   -06   +00    2 m.   FT8   TR    1263
19:09  GW4HDF        IO81JO   -19   -17    2 m.   FT8   TR    1191
19:21  G3KZR         IO81SC   -19   -13    2 m.   FT8   TR    1157
20:14  G1BHM         IO7ØUU   -13   -05    2 m.   FT8   TR    1288
20:17  G4IJE         JOØ1HP   -10   -10    2 m.   FT8   TR     935
20:20  G8RWG         IO91WH   +01   +07    2 m.   FT8   TR     996
20:46  G8HGN         JOØ1FO   -07   +06    2 m.   FT8   TR     948
21:49  GØBBB         IO91PK   -19   -07    2 m.   FT8   TR    1030
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ARRL RTTY Roundup

The ARRL RTTY Roundup is one of the favourite contests of Uwe, DL3BQA. So he’s usually taking part for a serious entry from our station. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it at all this year so I took the chance to jump in this weekend and hand out a few points remotely. This time non-assisted and RTTY only not to be thrown into the same pot with the FT8 guys who are assisted by default as WSJT is of course decoding several signals/callsigns at once. 😉 Unfortunately no condx at all on 15 & 10 m …

                    ARRL RTTY Roundup

Call: DH8BQA

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 19

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:  231
   40:  142
   20:  227
   15:    0
   10:    0
------------
Total:  600  State/Prov = 36  Countries = 58  Total Score = 56,400

Comments:
FLEX-6600, KPA500 + 4 ele YU7EF (20) and dipoles (80/40)
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VHF condx around the turn of the year

There were some great tropo openings between 28th December and 5th January, just not here. 🙁 😉 Besides the usual path between EA and G it also opened between EA and PA/ON + West-DL, then extended up to OZ/SM6 and even SM0, wow! Also the 3000+ km path between the UK and the Canaries opened. There was even some very rare winter Sporadic-E on 2 m on the 28th! There must have been some lucky guys … 😉 I only heard (or more precisely saw) G3YYD for 2 periods on FT8 on the 28th but that might as well have been some MS enhancements. Although condx were still far away from JO73 I had some more luck today and could work 2 QSOs at least. QSB was deep and condx not stable and I’m not sure how it worked at all looking at the tropo forecast but it showed once more you just have to be there and sometimes miracles happen. 😉

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TIME   CALLSIGN      LOCATOR   TX    RX    BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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20:09  F6DBI         IN88IJ   -07   +02    2 m.   FT8   TR    1336
20:16  F6GNR         IN97FD   -16   -24    2 m.   FT8   TR    1303
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The NECG X-MAS Event

It’s been an over 20 years old tradition now: We meet up with the NECG (North Eastern Contest Gang) members every 27.12. for a small party, recalling the past, meeting friends and their families, making future plans, a.s.o. I did a presentation about our V31FO/V37DX activity in February and Uwe, DG1BRB, did some great firework again. Lots of helping hands preparing all the food, etc. Thank you all! We have been well over 30 people this time! Always good company and an enjoyable event to let the year fade away.

My “Mrs. Right” and YL Gitti, DL3BYA.

We certainly need more youth! 😀

Great start of a …

… fantastic firework again!

 

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ARRL-10M ’19 … or a Meteor Scatter Contest ;-)

One would think it’s total nonsense to struggle through a 48 hours contest for only 250 QSOs. Except, you are a bit crazy and/or a total fan of the 10 m band. Well, I’m probably both! 😀 On the other hand I managed to triple my last year’s score (while doubling the number of QSOs) last weekend … albeit with about double as much time spent on the radio (15 h last year vs. 28 h this year). So it’s proven once more that BIC time (“butt in chair” time) really pays off! 😉

The contest this year conicided with the peak of the Geminids meteor shower which makes sure there are plenty of meteor reflections that sound like “mini band openings” on 10 m for people not aware of it, i.e. you hear signals for a few seconds or minutes and suddenly all’s gone again and the band is silent. While I had reported of my MS activities on VHF in the past and talked about ufb reflections on 2 m it’s even better on 10 m as the time ratio of reflections between both bands is about 30! So a one second reflection on 2 m (which is plenty of time to transfer QSO information using digital MS modes like FSK441 or MSK144) is about 30 seconds long on 10 m and thus useful for fast CW/SSB meteor scatter contacts! At least if both parties know about it and speed things up accordingly! The Geminids shower is known for it’s good and long reflections, during maximum they can last as long as 30 or even 60 seconds on 2 m. Now you can do the math yourself how long that reflections will last on 10 m. 😉 Result is: Sounds like a small Sporadic-E opening of a few minutes duration and enables contacts up to about 2.000 km! The real challenge is that people are not aware of that kind of propagation. They just think “hey, it’s sunspot minimum, 10 m is dead anyway, let’s do something else this weekend” so the number of potential QSO partners is rather sparse. Quite a pity …

This is how Meteor Scatter “looks” like. The signal on 28.027 MHz is faintly audible via Tropo or Iono Scatter and then suddenly gets much stronger around the -5s mark for almost 2 seconds due to a meteor reflection. The signal on 28.024 MHz was strong via MS but became weaker and weaker as the ionization of the according meteor trail started to vanish around -6s and is almost gone when the screenshot was taken (i.e. the 0s mark – screenshot taken at 7:38z on Saturday).

Saturday morning was dominated by MS QSOs. In general reflections were much better on Saturday than on Sunday (which correlates perfectly to the Geminids peak time). But we had some good (i.e. real, not just sounding like) Sporadic-E to France & Spain on Sunday lasting for about 4 hours but as mentioned above, just few people QRV so not many contacts. Thus Sunday was a real “endurance day”! Made 170 QSOs on Saturday and just 80 on Sunday … go figure!

But of course there’s real DX on 10 m, too, even in sunspot minimum! You just have to catch these openings. 😉 How they really work is a bit of guesswork … were it different meteor reflections geographically perfectly lining up? Very unlikely, even with just 2 “hops” (i.e. 3-4.000 km distance). Most times it’s probably a combination of MS + ES or even double-hop ES as there is the small additional maximum of Sporadic-E in December/January (the so called winter ES season). On the southern path’ it might also be a combination of MS + F2 or ES + F2 or even MS + ES + F2. But no matter what it really is, it’s so fascinating it motivates me enough to struggle through such a contest! 😉

Now what could be worked for “real” DX? Saturday morning (around 7z) I was called by VK4CT – I was almost falling off my chair! Signal was extremely weak and while I got the VK4 the first time I had to ask for several repeats to get the suffix right. When sending his number sigs were up again a little, tsss. 😀 I heard VU2BGS two times and called him but did not even get a QRZ. Around 10z he then called me for an easy QSO (and he was not louder than before, maybe less local noise for him then). The southern path’ were more stable, FR4QT and V51WH could be heard (and worked) several times during the contest on SSB. V51YJ was a good catch on CW. Around 13z I was called by N5DX from NY! He was a 319 to 419 at best and I really hope the QSO was okay. Oliver, DL2ARD, worked 3 x USA around that time but unfortunately nothing else over here. At 16z PX2A was a solid S9 signal. On Sunday EA8RM, EA8AQV, EA8/IK1PMR and EA8OM could be worked (all between 11:15 and 11:45z), around 12z L55D made it into the log for another multiplier. PX2A was loud again at the same time but both were the only signals audible from South America so propagation was really selective! I was also happy to be called by 6W1TA around 13z. Boy, he was so loud I couldn’t believe it at first. 😉 Half an hour later FY5KE finally made it into the log, too, after I had heard him in the noise already before. It seems like especially the path to French Guyana is more often open than we think even during “no propagation times”, have worked the guys every now and then during the last few month’ and this time they were even only running low power! Really amazing …

That was it for the real DX. MS condx died down rather fast on Sunday, too. I only made 7 local contacts between 14 and 19z so even I 😉 was jolly well fed up and called it a day then. As there were so few SSB contacts I sent in my log for the CW-only category like last year. Speaking of SSB I finally figured out how to configure N1MMLogger+ correctly so it switches on/off DAX on the Flex automatically for the canned messages without influencing local voice operation. It turned out to be just one little checkbox … oh well. 😉

                    ARRL 10-Meter Contest - 2019

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO CW Unlimited HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 28

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   CW:  235    42
  SSB: (18)      
-------------------
Total:  234    42  Total Score = 39,312


Comments:
FLEX-6600, PA + 6 ele G0KSC OWA Yagi @60ft.
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More youthwork …

Time for part 2 today. As I mentioned in my recent blog post I bought two small kits for some more solder fun with Annika. She built up the second one today, a small blinking christmas tree. Meanwhile she’s soldering like a pro! It’s unbelievable how fast kids pick up things and do them right if they are really interested in! But beware if they’re not … 😉

Melting solder again! 😎

Both projects united. 😉

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Final WPX-CW results :-)

CQ Magazine published the final results of this year’s CQ WW WPX CW contest in it’s November issue. This officially confirms my 4th world-win this year. 😎

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CQ WWDX CW ’19

As our groundplane from Uwe’s 80 m entry in last month’ WWDX-SSB was still up I decided to go for 80 m in this year’s WWDX-CW, too. I haven’t done so for a few years and there was nothing to be expected on 15/10 m with current solar minimum condx anyway.

Our GP is a simple design: an 18 m fibre mast by Spiderbeam with 19,5 m of wire loosely wound around it as the radiator plus 20 x 10 m long radials and another 4 x 20 m radials evenly thrown into the grass. A little coil to inductively match it to 50 ohms and et voila, it’s working across the whole band … although that indicates rather high earth losses. But it’s working much better than our 18 m high (apex) Inverted-V dipole, of course, real fun to use! Didn’t use any RX antennas but just the GP so there’s still some potential for improvements. 😉

The first night was really good! Worked 630 QSOs in a little over 8 hours, went to bed at 8:30z. The second night was (expectedly) already much slower with 900 QSOs in 18 hours while the third night always needs endurance – this time, too, with just another 400 QSOs in 10 hours.

It was cool to work 360 x W/VE, much more than expected, even 5 x zone 3! Most of the North Americans during the first and second night, a few of them being extremely loud. The third night the band was very noisy with lots of QRN and weak signals and QSB which made copy difficult and needed several repeats at times … partly also due to my brain going intermittent while decoding the CW signs. 😀

I was lucky to also work 20 x JA, expected only a handful. Interestingly most of them Sunday evening which was much better into that direction. 5 x zone 19 were not bad, either. 😉 Looking into multipliers I didn’t raise the full potential. I heard 2 zones and 15 countries more than I worked (i.e. KH6 as a double mult) but eventually lost my passion to queue up in the pileups. 🙁 It’s unbelievable what’s happening almost all the time: there a skimmer spot for a new mult and immediately all big M/M stations jump onto it (of course lots of others, too, but the big M/M always stand out as you hear them over and over again) giving their callsign 10-12 times in a row without listening, then RXing for 1 (!) second and starting all over again?! They probably think brute force will make it but nope, it does not! During that time nobody is doing a QSO and the DX is frustrated too (no QSOs = no rate). This “if not me then nobody else either, I have to be first” mentality really sucks! 🙁 I don’t blame the ones who in the heat of the moment call a second time and if not hearing anything maybe even a third time after listening for 3 seconds. That happens to me, too. But an RX:TX ratio of 15:1 really doesn’t cut it … Another pain in the ass are the guys with 1 kHz splatter signals. If they start CQing 100 Hz next to you you can only pack in. Is my signal too clean? Don’t they hear me? Maybe I should buy such a 30 years old unmodified clicky FT-1000, too, to keep them on distance …

Enough grumbling, all in all it was still fun although not record-breaking. 😉 There are simply too many much better CW operators than myself. You have to know your limits. 😉 Looking forward to the start of sunspot cycle 25 with open high bands again. It’s simply much more fun then. 😉

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW - 2019

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)SB80 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 36

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
   80: 1940    32      114
   40:  (3)               
   10:  (1)               
------------------------------
Total: 1874    32      114  Total Score = 420,918

Club: Bavarian Contest Club
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Some youth work again …

Another fun afternoon with Annika! I had ordered two small kits recently. Decided to build up the first one today, a wooden manger with some lighting electronics. 😎

Doing the wood work.

Can you feel the fun? 😉

Soldering focusedly …

PCB done, all working! 🙂

Looks great on her window sill.

PCB attached to the manger.

 

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CQ WWDX SSB ’19

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious 80 m entry as DMØY in this one. For me it was only a part time activity. Travelled the 420 km from Hamburg to the station after QRL on Friday and had to leave again Sunday afternoon to go back. My focus was rather on station testing the FLEX-6600 with an Apple iPad Pro as a control panel together with a Bluetooth jog dial as a VFO knob.

Running the FLEX-6600 with an Apple iPad Pro 12,9″ as control panel while the Windows laptop gets the serial and audio data from the FLEX all through network APIs … how cool’s that? 😎

Unfortunately I had some trouble with RFI into the footswitch connection which was through an USB-Serial adapter into the Windows laptop (and then through another network API to the FLEX) when operating on 10 m so all 28 MHz QSOs were done using low power only. Another challenge was the FLEX needing DAX to be enabled for the canned voice messages from N1MM+ to play CQ calls etc. while I was using headphone audio through the iPad for talking directly. It turned out that while enabling DAX the local VOX would still work ok-ish so used that combination. Not optimum, something to dig into during the next few weeks, there must be some easier (and more reliable) way for SSB …

Decided to participate as SOSB15(A) but couldn’t resist to stray onto 10 m every now and then as there were some nice openings! 😎 Condx were quite bad on Saturday – Aurora disturbances! I managed to work just 2 U.S. stations with great difficulty to have the double mults in the log at least! In the late evening there was some great Aurora-E propagation (kind of Sporadic-E triggered by Aurora and working northerly [from here] only) but unfortunately almost nobody QRV on the high bands anymore. 🙁 Did a quick QSY with Peter, SM2CEW (an old VHF addict like myself), from 15 to 10 m and even we both did not retune our amps from 15 m but were only using drive power on 10 m (i.e. around 50-60 watts) we worked easily … in fact signals were even louder on 10 m low power than on 15 m with high power! 😎

15 m was busy wall to wall on Sunday …

… and 10 m opened nicely, too!

Sunday was much better, added another 115 North American stations in the afternoon, most with lots of QSB and mediocre signal strength only but some nice (albeit short) runs at times, too. If I would not have QSY’d to 10 m every now and then it might have been 700-750 QSOs on 15 m but probably not more, at least not from our north-easterly location. It was astounding (and frustrating, too) to regularly hear known low power stations from south and west Germany beat me calling stations while using high power and a 6 ele monobander overhere so I don’t want to know how low power stations up here would feel about it … yes, location matters! 😉

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB - 2019

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)SB15 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 18:30

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160: (12)               
   80:                    
   40: (22)               
   20:                    
   15:  660    30      127
   10: (82)               
------------------------------
Total:  660    30      127  Total Score = 197,192

Club: Bavarian Contest Club
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WAG ’19

Part time (remote) activity this year only as I was attending a funeral on Saturday and had my mom visiting over the weekend. The FLEX played quite well remotely in general. But it seems the foot switch PTT through a virtual COM port does not work as reliable as it should, looks like a known bug from a bit of searching the Flex internet archive. Will have to see how the announced next version of Flexradio firmware will work with it.

Condx were quite good, 15 m even opened nicely with loud signals into the U.S. which was rather unexpected! Let’s see if condx will hold until next weekend’s CQ WWDX SSB!

                    Worked All Germany Contest - 2019

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO Mixed HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Remote Operation

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  SSB Qs  Mults
----------------------------
   80:  112     156     34
   40:  100     114     42
   20:  109      24     32
   15:   52      18     19
   10:   32       7      9
----------------------------
Total:  405     319    136  Total Score = 245,072

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
FLEX-6600, KPA500/KAT500, 80/40m dipoles, 20m 4L, 15/10m 6L each
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Makrothen ’19

Just a few QSOs while playing around Sunday afternoon (i.e. much less effort than last year). Really like the format of distance based scoring as well as exchanging grid squares. Must be the VHF genes in me. 😀 Some nice QSOs into the U.S. West coast on 20 m …

                   Makrothen RTTY Contest

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO/Single Xcvr HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 6

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   40:   32
   20:  152
   15:   18
------------
Total:  202  Total Score = 835.847

Comments:
FLEX-6600, KPA500 + 40 m dipole, 20 m 4L, 15 m 6L Yagi

 

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CQ WW RTTY 2019

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious 80 m effort. The guys had installed our 80 m GP antenna behind the 15 m beam again so a bit of distance to the 40 & 20 m antennas giving me a chance to play on all the other bands without too much interference. 😎

I was not up for a serious single band entry, rather played around with the new Flexradio setup, making sure all’s working flawlessly together including N1MM+ and trying out some of the superb software integration features as posting packet spots from N1MM+ through an API into the bandmap/scope of the Flex. 😎

Cluster spots integrated into the Flex’ bandscope – great feature! 😎

Condx were rather bad, earth’ magnetic field was still quite distorted from Friday evening, not much DX and couldn’t get much going trying to run. Still being a bit poor from a recent cold I made several breaks. All in all it didn’t help for a good result on Saturday.

Took a good night’s sleep and everything was much better on Sunday, condx as well as my health. 🙂 Had a great 1,5 hours run on 40 m with almost 90/hour max! That felt like being on the DX side of the pileup bringing back nice memories of our Belize trip earlier this year. 😉 Another good hour with almost 50 QSOs later on 20 m but although it’s really not bad for being an average station in DL / Europe amongst thousands of others it still felt kinda slow. Of course much better than running at 25/hour if at all in other hours … really looking forward to the next sunspot maximum for some more fun again! Rumors are it will be around 2024 …

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY - 2019

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)AB HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 25:30

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  State/Prov  DX   Zones
------------------------------------
   80:    1                1     1
   40:  286       6       65    18
   20:  225      26       64    23
   15:   65               31    11
   10:   27               12     4
------------------------------------
Total:  604      32      173    57  Total Score = 351,866

Club: Bavarian Contest Club
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Another world-win confirmed :-)

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IARU VHF Contest ’19

Took part in the VHF September contest a.k.a. the IARU VHF contest last weekend as a small team from the club station again. Equipment played well, lucky with the weather (just some drizzle Saturday evening) and good company, what else is needed? 😉

Condx were quite okay and I had the impression that participation was quite good, too, at least on Saturday. Amazing to get number 807 from DA0FF at 02z Sunday morning already with still 12 hours to go, i.e. at half-time! Wonder how many QSOs they did in total …

YT4B and IQ5NN with 1.080 km are meanwhile almost regulars although the Italians really struggled this time to pull our signal out of the noise even when they were a solid 529 over here … seems our QRO plus 10 ele Yagi are not yet enough? 😐

Signal of IQ5NN, well over 1.000 km away:

Great to catch IQ4FD for a third one over the “magic” 1.000 km distance. 😎 A pity we didn’t catch YU7ACO this time (another one > 1.000 km). Never found them on the band and they didn’t react in the ON4KST chat, would usually have been another save QSO. 🙁 But we worked YU7C as an all time new one instead with a great distance, too. Ukrainian UR7D was extremely loud! Did they do some power upgrade? 😀 Heard them quite often even beaming far away from direct path …

UR7D – “only” 773 km away but very loud:

SN7L was wide as hell again (like during July VHF contest), not good. 🙁 Heard a few more different wide signals, too, but none of them as bad as SN7L.

All in all we are satisfied. Our claimed result is exactly the same as last year, amazing! 😎 But we made 9 QSOs less so the kilometers per QSO average is a bit higher this year. 😉

Contest Report from DF0TEC in JO73CE at 144 MHz
===============================================

Contest : IARU-VHF-Contest '19
Date    : 2019 Sep 07 to 2019 Sep 08
Section : 02 144 MHz Multi-OP
QTH     : Woltersdorf

Co-OPs  : DG1BHA;DH8BQA;DL3BQA;DM5DX

TX      : IC-9700 + PA, 750 W
RX      : IC-9700 + MGF1302
Antenna : 10 ele DK7ZB Yagi, 20 mAGL, 70 mASL
Log     : TACLog by OZ2M, 1,995, http://www.qsl.net/oz2m

QSOs    :  442
-invalid:    1                                       Points/QSO
-valid  :  441     QSO-points (*1)    :    183430           416
WWLs    :   93     WWL bonus (0)      :         0             0
DXCCs   :   22     DXCC bonus (0)     :         0             0
                   ------------------------------        ------
                   Total score        :    183430           416

ODX     : YT4B in JN94SD at 1079 km

Worked World Wide Locators:
JN29:  1   JN76:  5   JO11:  1   JO54:  1   JO72:  8   JP70:  1   
JN38:  2   JN77:  3   JO20:  2   JO55:  2   JO73: 10   JP90:  1   
JN39:  5   JN78:  3   JO21:  2   JO57:  1   JO75:  1   KN06:  1   
JN47:  3   JN79: 17   JO30:  7   JO58:  1   JO76:  1   KN08:  1   
JN48:  7   JN85:  1   JO31: 20   JO59:  1   JO77:  1   KN09:  5   
JN49:  9   JN86:  4   JO32:  5   JO60: 12   JO79:  2   KN18:  1   
JN56:  1   JN87:  5   JO33:  2   JO61: 24   JO80:  6   KO02:  3   
JN57:  1   JN88:  8   JO40:  5   JO62: 24   JO81:  4   KO04:  1   
JN58:  4   JN89: 12   JO41:  9   JO63:  2   JO83:  2   KO05:  1   
JN59:  1   JN94:  1   JO42: 11   JO64:  3   JO84:  2   KO13:  1   
JN63:  2   JN95:  5   JO43:  8   JO65:  4   JO89:  1   KO14:  1   
JN65:  1   JN97:  2   JO46:  1   JO67:  2   JO90:  7   KO15:  1   
JN67:  1   JN98:  3   JO50: 18   JO68:  1   JO91:  1   KO20:  1   
JN68:  3   JN99: 13   JO51: 15   JO70: 18   JO93:  1   KO24:  1   
JN69:  8   JO01:  1   JO52: 11   JO71: 13   JO94:  6   KO25:  3   
JN75:  2   JO10:  1   JO53:  4   

Worked DXCCs:
9A :   7   G  :   1   LA :   1   OM :  15   S5 :   8   UA2:   1   
DL : 216   HA :   9   LY :   7   ON :   3   SM :  16   UR :   2   
EU :   1   HB :   2   OE :  11   OZ :   5   SP :  53   YU :   2   
F  :   5   I  :   3   OK :  68   PA :   5   

Top 10 QSO-points:
20190908 0139 YT4B           559  263 599  224    JN94SD   1079 
20190908 0252 IQ5NN          599  273 599  472    JN63GN   1078 
20190908 0259 IQ4FD          559  274 599  230    JN63AX   1037 
20190908 0341 9A0V           599  279 599  293    JN95PE    963 
20190908 0225 9A8D           519  268 599  187    JN95LM    919 
20190908 0327 9A7D           599  277 599  195    JN95CI    918 
20190908 1336 YU7C           559  437 599  310    JN95SS    910 
20190908 0318 G8P            599  276 599  541    JO01QD    903 
20190907 2159 9A6K           59   213 59   190    JN95GO    900 
20190907 2153 9A1N           59   210 59   269    JN85LI    894 
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Two world-wins confirmed :-)

My V37DX world-wins in this year’s CQ WPX RTTY as well as the ARRL DX CW I took part in from Belize are officially confirmed now. 😎

A few technical problems on the start but big fun and great victory. 😎

Hard competition with TM5Y/F8DBF and a new country record, too. 😎

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