I operated today 80 minutes from the Dörenberg, DM/NS-036, and managed in this time 68 cw QSOs – on 28 MHz!
Okay – it was the DARC 10m Contest. Station was 40W and a horizontal polarized Delta Loop in about 8m height, Condx for groundwave were really good and I wondered about so many far distance QSos.
I heard, we had Meteor Scatter … that were the reason – but I do not know how to recognize that. It was uncomfortably cold and icy. In our area yesterday was freezing rain and it was no pleasure to go up the mountain. For the climb, I needed more than twice the time than under normal conditions.
Für den diesjährigen 10m Contest habe ich mich für die 2x CW Klasse entschieden. Station: FT-817 ND plus 25w PA, Delta Loop ca. 26m über Grund, 350m ü. NHN. Im Log landeten 41 QSO, das ist weniger als die Hälfte, die ich sonst in SSB habe. Score 1400 Pts, das kann ich jetzt nicht einschätzen, wo man da landet … einfach überraschen lassen. 73 von den Bergen, Mario
A lot of VHF contests are on the first tuesday in a month across Europe. Tonight Klaus, DH5KLI, and I met on the „Venner Berg“ (GMA DA/NI-096). Also Christian, DO7AG, joined us. We installed 2 (!) 144 MHz stations in a distance of about 50m. I was on the 20m high outlook tower with 4x Oblong and FT 817 plus PA ~25w output. Klaus used at the car park a FT 897 with 20w and also a 4xOblong. Of course we had problems with interferences but funnily other station in umpteen 10km distance caused more problems! ODX of Klaus and me was SK7MW near Malmö with an ODX of 466km. WX: dry, overcast, 2°C.
In the DARC 10m Contest I only wanted to check my portable station for upcoming holidays and try a new antenna. WX was dry but cold and very very stormy. At 10:10 UTC was the station ready and I started my first CQ. After a short time were 10 stations in the log. After 10 QSO I wanted to QSY to 40m but a lot of stations called and so I made qrt after 20 QSOs. Surprisingly only a few stations from Germany were in the log.
In the North I heard a thunder storm and so I decided to make QRT. I will test the new multiband-dipole next weekend.
Quick I packed the rucksack and left the stormy summit. When I was back at the car it started raining …