zondag 23 december 2012

Croatian CW contest

I had great fun in participating in the Croatian CW contest, on a wire of 10 mtr.
I did not expect this amazing result with my crippled antenna. The inverted Vee lost one of it's wires in the storm in November. I used the remaining wire that lies partly flat on the roof.

I had to take it easy, so I did not make many QSO's. But I still had fun. On Saturday I started with 5 QSO's on 40 m, in which I had to use 2.7 watts.

After 2 more QSO on 40 m on Sunday morning , I went to 20 m. I was surprised by the signals on 20 m. The signals were very strong S9 plus 10 dB.
So I immediately decided to use the lowest possible power.

With the pre-programmed messages and the pre-programmed serial numbers in the Morse Machine, I effortlessly made the QSO's on 20 m. 

Please notice:  Propagation and Activity are much more important than the antenna.

Who would expect, that I could make 4 QSO's with just 36 mW on a wire of 10 mtrs. Well, I would'nt.
All the QSO's on 20 m are made with more than 1000 Miles per Watt. So I don't complain about my antenna, but I am grateful  for the excellent propagation.

4 opmerkingen:

  1. Very good results, Bert. I will probably be active today. G3XBM had an interesting experience with his FT-817. You may have read it.

    73 and Merry Christmas

    1. Hello Dick, Good results indeed. I worked for half an hour on 20m. hi I am very familiair with power indicator of the FT-817, since I write down the used power after EACH QSO. Merry Christmas for you and your family. 73, Bert

  2. Hello Bert,

    Glad to see you're "back in the saddle again"; even with a compromised antenna. Hihi. I participated in a similar event a few days ago but worked only "two" with 900mw. One in Canada and the other just across town....the propagation just wasn't there; which can mean "everything". Glad to hear you're feeling better. Keep on the same path!

  3. Hello John, it was great fun to make QRPpp QSO's with the half inverted V in the contest. Congrats on the 900 mW QSO's. BOTH. hi. When the S-meter goes up, the power goes down. Good luck in QRPp. 73,Bert