The RSGB run a series of contest aimed at getting clubs active as a team. This year Havering ARC had 2 active stations, one operated by Fred G3SVK and the other by Dave M0TAZ. The contest encourages teamwork, and members can operate from home. The combined score from the team contributes to the club score over the course of the year.
Fred G3SVK reports that in between other activities he completed 156 contacts. His aerial was best placed for 7 MHz, so Fred didn’t venture onto 3.5MHz.
I set myself a target of 200 contacts, and had reached that after 3 Hrs. I did a little bit of operating on 3.5MHz, but the vast majority was on 7 MHz. Using a doubt antenna and 400w, the only distraction was from Billy who decided he wanted part of the action.
Billy offers support.
Location portable in JO01CM, ASL 20m, Operating time 2 Hrs, Temp +1C
Operating alfresco in the UK Christmas Cumulative Contest with John M0UKD from Hornchurch country park. Located in JO01 at a height of just 20m ASL. Using a Icom 7100 battery powered, with a push up mast at 6m. The antenna was a UKD designed 6E pegtenna, with a gain of 9.3 dBd.
We worked 43 stations, with our best DX 280km into Wales GW8ASD.
Other highlights included working into JO03 (quite rare) and ON5AEN (JO10) in Belgium.
A map showing the QSO is available here.
Altogether a most enjoyable afternoon operating in the afternoon sun.
73 Dave M0TAZ, John M0UKD
UPDATE – The results are now in. M0TAZ came third in our section.
Last night with the able assistance of John M0UKD we attempted an entry in the 160m club calls contest. As the name suggests this is a 160m contest, designed for clubs to have teams of members on air. The exchange is a little strange, RST, Serial, (member, Club HQ or non club) and then 4 letters for your club HAVE (for Havering). The rules and contest exchange are available here for further reading.
As you may recall, Saturday night was heavy rain. The forecast suggested it would be very windy and a little wet, it was in fact very wet and not windy. Our nominated operating position was grass based, and we soon took the view this would be less than desirable. Not only was the car likely to get stuck, but the prospect of getting muddy and wet before even starting!
We decided to use plan B, a tarmacked location with access to put up a large doublet. The plan was to use my 18m roach pole and a dipole / doublet (2 x 40m) fed with 300 Ohm feeder.
After the initial “what the hell are we doing moment” we decided to brave the rain, and was set up for around 20 mins late (around 8.20). In the process of setting up a local farmer came over to check we wasn’t trying to install a new caravan based settlement close to his home. He was “reassured” to see it was just some blokes with a very large pole. At one stage he asked “haven’t you got anywhere dry to do that” ….. A good question, well presented….”no”.
The next challenge was logging, we opted for SD and the first attempt caused much swearing. The exchange is not standard, and while the program should take this into account… lets just say it caused some stress.
The contest lasted for 3 hrs, and topband was very busy. At times it was hard to find a space to call CQ, and we had quickly worked 30-40 in the first hour. In the end we worked 69, not bad considering we had a very high noise level (s9) and I have no doubt we had people calling that we just couldn’t hear. Not sure why that was, only one local farm but who knows, even poor farmers have Range Rovers and plasma TV these days…
73 Dave M0TAZ
Today the weather was ideal for some /p over Hornchurch Country Park.
85Ah Battery, Icom 7200, 18m Roach Pole, Inductor 340µH.
The roach pole provided 18m (60ft) of antenna, and when coupled with the inductor at 15m provided a match at 1830 kHz. The ATU was used to provide a match at 1910 kHz, the club top band frequency. It makes it all a bit critical having the inductor so high, but the big advantage is that the bottom 15.5 metres has a lot of current in it, leaving only the 2.5 metres above it at a high impedance, making a better radiator. Ground was provided by a chicken wire fence, which I have used many times before with good results.
The club took part in this years CQ World Wide contest this year from the Secret Nuclear Bunker. The event was organised mainly by George, M1GEO and Dave M0TAZ. We operated two stations, one on 20m with George’s monoband 3 element Yagi and one on 15m with Dave’s 2 element Quad. We also operated on some other bands with a doublet.
The total stations we worked was 1743. George M1GEO has compiled some very interesting statistics which are well worth a browse. Take a look at them. The full log can be viewed as a 35 page PDF file. Some photos can be seen in the gallery. More will be added as they come in! There is also a QSO Map.
CQWW 2014 – G4HRC
We worked 109 countries in many CQ zones, 33 out of 40 were worked. It was a great event and one I’m sure one we will add to the calendar for 2015!
Thanks to Chris, G0FDZ for giving a fascinating talk to the club this Wednesday on the microwave bands. Chris is one of the few amateurs in the UK that is operational on the bands up to 241GHz, what he calls the other ‘Top Band’. On display were three of his homebuilt transverters, some of which are dual band capable, covering in total 24GHz, 47GHz, 76GHz, 134GHz and 241GHz. All using an FT-817 as an IF.
Chris, G0FDZ and his microwave equipment.