Plans are underway for my operating in the 2008 CQ WPX Contest (SSB).
So near end of March I shall be flying down to Nice, France to visit my Uncle who is also a Radio Amaetur.
I will be taking part using his equipment and my callsign as F/MØTZO (first time in a foreign country as a Ham as well) as a Single Operator. This means I can operate upto 36 hours during the 48 hour contest. Wonder how much I can actually do??
This will not be a go all out to win entry, but more to operate from different location and practise my contesting skills.
My uncle has an Icom IC-737. (www.rigpix.com/icom/ic737.htm)
I will of course do some casual non-contest operating whilst there and may also build a SoftRock TxRx 20m kit.
As internet will be available I will be updating this blog, my other blog with non-amateur radio stuff, and my gallery with photos.
Tonight after local net had finished I went up to 432MHz to work a few station in the 432MHz UKAC contests.
Operated for about 40 minutes and worked 6 stations. Not mega numbers, but I gave a few points away and as I only ran 20w and that was into a vertical I am not upset with results.
Was more to give me something to do than watch TV all evening.
QSOs = 6
Mults = 2
Longest distance = 44km
Total Score = 202 points
More info on RSGB VHF/UHF contests available at www.vhfcc.org
Plan for future:-
Buy 70cm Beam & Rotator. Install in Loft with 2m ZL Beam.
Over the weekend of 27-28th October 2007 I was at the Whitton Amateur Radio Group for the CQ Worldwide 2007 Phone Contest. I was actually there from 6pm Friday night until about 1am Monday morning.
This contest we had a more organised feel and early on we could see that we were doing better than we did in 2006. But this could also be due to running as a Multi-2 station when in 2006 we operated as Multi-Single.
We still had 2 radios, but the 2nd station could operate anything, not just multipliers and could call CQ as well.
We had a set schedule for operators and this was filled out more than 2006.
Like 2006 we had some guest operators. Vlad UA9FAR did a remarkably well. So how did the club do???
Bold equals Best score in that category