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Únor 2007

ZL6QH in CQ WW 2006 - story by Brian, ZL1AZE

19. února 2007 v 10:52 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
ZL6QH in CQ WW DX 2006 - story by Brian, ZL1AZE
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Operator(s): ZL1AZE, ZL2BSJ
Station: ZL6QH
Class: Multi-Op HP
QTH: Wellington
Operating Time (hrs): 30
Summary:
Total: QSOs = 329 State/Prov = 51 Countries = 21 Total Score = 225,792
We tried hard, but ended up only achieving 78% of our record score in 2005.
Perhaps the 2007 ops lacked some of the perseverance and cunning of the 2005
line-up - which included ZL1CT/GM3WOJ.
YEAR QSO PTS STATES/COUNTRIES TOTAL
2007 329 3136 72 = 225792
2006 281 2666 56 = 149296
2005 390 3827 75 = 287025
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Whatever the reason: we conveniently blame the loud summertime QRN. Noise was a solid S-9 on the first night to the US, and up to 20 over 9 towards VK and JA. There was a whole layer of (presumably barefoot) stations that simply could not be worked. Apologies to anyone in that category.
Almost all of the QSOs on the first night were with North America - K7JTR was first in the log at 0740. Signals from Asia and the short-path to EU were very poor. We only managed to work one JA station (JH2FXK) and then a handful of East EU stations (RX4HZ, RU4HP/4, OM7M and ES5Q) at our sunrise.
During the second night, Brian ZL1AZE found the European long path open at ZL sunset (EI,GI,GD), followed by good signals from North America. He was also pleased to catch CN2A for our 6th continent. However, the band was then wiped out for over an hour from S9+20dB rain static QRN , due to a front of torrential rain passing over the ZL6QH area. After the QRN abated, the Asian jammer signal swiftly moved in. Any remaining Asian ops were unable to hear us. Other than the OTHR ('599-BY CUAGN') very few Asian QSOs were logged and night watchman ZL2BSJ flogged North America for lack of much else to work. At ZL sunrise, the EU short-path was usable through the OTHR, but very few EU ops appeared to be hearing us, the EU QRM must have been substantial. 'Best ears' awards go to LY2IJ, UA6LV and UR4LRG.
Overall it was a lot of fun and there were enough signals to keep us busy for most of the contest. Thanks to everyone who worked us, and for your patience while we pulled you out of the QRN.
QSL via ZL2AOH or LoTW. ZL6QH is likely to be QRX next year as a wind farm goes up on site. http://zl6qh.com is the Quartz Hill home-page.
Station Description: FT1000 MKV-Field + amp
Antenna(s): Half-wave slopers to JA/EU SP and to NA, top-loaded GP
Multiplier List:
NA:
CT MA ME NH RI NY NJ DE PA MD AL GA KY NC FL TN VA AR LA MS NM TX OK CA AZ ID MT NV OR UT WA WY MI OH WV IL IN WI CO IA KS MN MO NE NB PE QC ON SK AB BC
DX:
A3 CN EI ES GD GI JA KH6 KL KP2 LY OM PJ2 S5 T32 UA UA9 UR VK XE ZL
Posted by ZL1AZE on January 31, 2007
...thank You Brian for activity. Unfortunatelly I did not make QSO as I did not hear any beeps from ZL6QH on Topband, sri. The improvement of the receiving antennas is never ending story...so I am going to rebuild the preamplifier. I already used homebrew using the BF981 transistor with 10dB gain. The new 2N5109 is ordered right now...
73, Petr OK1RP

Telescoping Fiberglass Mast - part V. (additional)

19. února 2007 v 10:18 | Petr, OK1RP |  Antennas
Hallo all,
a few days ago I received very nice email from Chris, DL8MBS with very interesting informations about another fibreglass pole from Germany...
Chris, DL8MBS wrote:
Hello Petr,
thanks for the infos about fiberglass poles on your site. If you like to make the list longer there are poles byVDL (Von der Ley-Kunststofftechnik).
I ordered their paper material because there is nothing on the net...
They offer five poles from 10 m to 20m, all with 23mm diameter at the top section. Their price range is from 149€ to 275€. They offer it for hams (with additional antenna ideas like some quads) and professionals i.e. for portable measurements. One thing looking interesting is the locking system at the intersections.

But I haven´t more infos (instead I bought the 12m- and 18m-spiderbeam poles - not yet tested due to an actual move). I have no relation to VDL and may send you additional info from the material if you are interested. Haven´t yet heard any ham comments about those poles.

All the best and 73, Chris
(www.dl8mbs.de)
...well thank You very much Chris. I tried to looking for VDL on the net and found that the company should be owned by DJ6NI, Peter Gunter. I am going to contact him now.
I will post more details about these products which can be usable for our 160m antennas (not only receiving loop) as soon as I will get it.
73, Petr OK1RP