Januar 2015: WNA und DARC 10m Contest

Summit Activation #463 & 464

Piesberg - Standort für den DARC 10m Contest
Piesberg – Standort für den DARC 10m Contest

06-JAN-2015 – WNA – DA/NI-096 Venner Berg

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.

DL4MFM/p on the outlook tower
DL4MFM/p on the outlook tower

4x Oblong of Klaus, DH5KLI
4x Oblong of Klaus, DH5KLI

11-JAN-2015 – DARC 10m Contest – DM/NS-108 Piesberg

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.

Station: FT-817 ND + 20w PA + 28MHz Inverted V Dipole
Station: FT-817 ND + 20w PA + 28MHz Inverted V Dipole

 

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 …

DL4MFM/p operating
DL4MFM/p operating

the equipment
the equipment

... leaving the stormy summit.
… leaving the stormy summit.