Right to start with the MFJ-1788X (Magnetic Loop Antenna 7-22 MHz (40-15M)) has been ordered awaiting delivery. I might contact Martin Lynch & Sons to say I’ll collect from Kempton Radio Rally (West London Radio & Electronics Fair)Â on Sunday 10th November so not much to report yet.
Also I purchased a DVAP Dongle. I went with the 70cms model as it’s a larger band and usually quieter. Some people mentioned that it’s it illegal. Well after some reading it seems I have to tick “lock callsign” box in UK and I have to be nearby so it’s still classed as attended. Also the DVAP Dongle only transmits aboutÂ 10 mW into it’s tiny antenna (see in photo with Raspberry Pi for size comparison).
I’ve had a few QSOs on it, and it’s nice to work anything waiting for my Mag Loop antenna.
Update (belated):- It was delivered after Kempton, but seeing the size of the box, I’m glad it was delivered.
ContestÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â : IARU HF World Championships
CallsignÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â : M2W
ModeÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â : PHONE
CategoryÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â : Single Operator (SO)
Band(s)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â : All bands (AB)
ClassÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/…Â : 27
LocatorÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â : IO91VJ
Operating timeÂ : 7h45
BANDÂ Â QSO DUP ITUÂ HQÂ POINTSÂ Â AVG
160Â Â Â Â 0Â Â 0Â Â 0Â Â 0Â Â Â Â Â Â 0Â 0.00
80Â Â Â Â 3Â Â 0Â Â 1Â Â 2Â Â Â Â Â Â 5Â 1.67
40Â Â Â 21Â Â 0Â Â 4Â 13Â Â Â Â Â 33Â 1.57
20Â Â Â 79Â Â 0Â 10Â 23Â Â Â Â 201Â 2.54
15Â Â Â 27Â Â 0Â Â 4Â 10Â Â Â Â Â 55Â 2.04
10Â Â Â 14Â Â 0Â Â 3Â Â 6Â Â Â Â Â 28Â 2.00
TOTALÂ Â 144Â Â 0Â 22Â 54Â Â Â Â 322Â 2.24
TOTAL SCORE : 24 472
Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations
OperatorsÂ Â Â Â Â Â : M0TZO
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Was active in the IARU HF World Championships as M2W from Midday (UTC) Saturday 12th July – about 8am (UTC) Sunday 13th July, by which time I was knackered.
I could have probably done as little better, but was also looking after my 9 year old nephew.
Was my first big scale HF contest on my own, although I was going to do with Peter M3PHP, but he had a medical emergency (he is better now).
Yaesu FT-897 for a few contacts on 80m as had better ATU
Icom SM-20 Desk Mic
WinTest Logging Software (but RigExpert S/D wouldn’t work, so manual band changes)
Laptop to keep Nephew amused for hours quietly
OK, wasn’t the best entry, and will not win any awards, but I did better than my CQ WPX entry were I got Zero entries.
Also in regards to 2m & 70cms, Peter and myself sorted the Ecoflex 15 cable so that I no longer needed the 1m patch lead to reach the radio. Someone has already mentioned I am getting out to them a lot better than normal.
Whilst I still have plans for CQ WPX SSB contest in March to think of, I have started discussions with Peter M3PHP about taking part in the IARU HF World Championship this year.
This would be in the UK, unlike WPX. This is to give me a target to complete my conversion of the old dining room to my new Shack.
It will also be that each of us will have different plans to acheive operating in that contest.
Mine include finishing the painting of room, building desk(s), carpeting the floor, finally putting up my Hustler 6-BT, getting the coax into the room, as well as moving all the computer stuff from bedroom.
Peter’s on the other hand will be arranging travel bringing things he has promised to bring for the contest.
Early indications are that we will put in a Multi-Single entry as MÃ˜TZO, using my Yaesu FT-897 and logging with Win-Test software. If this changes, will post on here first.