|Antenna's ready Steppir and new linear load rotary 40m dipole 14m wide very light using glasfiber fishing rod's and foldback wire linear load design thanks Thomas PA1M|
I choose to run in the high power CW single section this time.
With moral support and company of Willem PD0OHW (photos) to experience the contest live..
But Tropical storm CIARA was expected to land about halfway the 24 hours in the early Sunday morning
So we had to decide to take the high 25m pole down at 05 hour before the high winds and rain would reach us.
That meaned 40m dipole 80 and 160m out...
And the Steppir at lowest position.
Saturday before contest start 15m was open FT8 : YB EU VK
I started CW at 15m but long CQ with no reply and no CW signals heard i had to go down to 20m.
Not to speak of 10m always start at the at the highest bandthat what the the hams said before the age of FT8 and RBN clusters internet. When one only could find out by listening the bands..
the week before there where some ES openings but now CIARA depression seems blow away all
Tuesday and Monday propagation was recovered at 15 with many EU and PY at 10m...
That is how it goes.
Everyone had to deal with the poor propagation during this PACC
But i had high expectation for the Steppir 3 ele for 15 and 10m ..
Only 20m was left now but this 3 ele was working well and it seems lower in noise at least i can turn it with the back to the Solar Edge QRM of my neighbors home.
the low bands 160 80 where good to USA
even JA worked at 160
And remarkable good signals from USA at top-band and 80
of those hams that joined our PACC contest thanks!
and not the WWRTTY ..
The good old CW nice to work
Band QSOs Pts Cty Pt/Q
1.8 165 165 40 1.0
3.5 353 352 51 1.0
7 238 238 45 1.0
14 347 347 48 1.0
21 3 3 3 1.0
Total 1106 1105 187 1.0
Score : 206,635