ZM2K CQWW-CW M/S story
w.knol at niwa.cri.nz
Wed Dec 1 22:49:45 EST 1999
CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 1999
Call: ZM2K Country: New Zealand
Mode: CW Category: Multi Single
BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/QSO ZONES COUNTRIES
160 3 4 1.33 3 3
80 36 91 2.53 22 30
40 541 1590 2.94 28 77
20 850 2520 2.96 31 100
15 891 2628 2.95 31 95
10 1947 5798 2.98 30 84
Totals 4268 12631 2.96 145 389 =>
All reports sent were 59(9), unless otherwise noted.
QSL: bureau or direct to ZL2IR
Operator List: G4EDG, ZL2AZ, ZL2AGY, ZL2DX, ZL2BSJ
Venue: Barry's Woolshed, Long Ridge, Sunny Wairarapa
TS930 + SB201 (run stn)
IC725 (mult stn, 1st half)
FT847 + SB100 (mult stn, 2nd half, tnx ZL2AZ!)
Ant: 7 el (10), 5 el (15), 4 el (20), vert (40), dp
Logging: CT9.40 over .X25
Club Affiliation: Kiwi Contest Group
Thanks to those who provided gear, initially it looked
like Single Op/Some Bands/QRP. Also thanks to Steve G4EDG
for popping down, radiation hardened from ZK3, to help
out. I reckon Steve is probably responsible for single
handedly scoring 2/3rds of our run QSOs, and he carries on
what is starting to become a tradition of excellent CW
guest ops from G-land.
Turning up with a box full of cans of 'contest spaghetti'
and baked beans & sausage, only to find the microwave oven
Tony's wife Mary arriving with a carload of food:
Shepherd's pie, bowls with nuts, rasins, strawberries...a
huge bowl of lovely creamy desert with bits of kiwi fruit,
and, a stroke of genius, a square metre slab of chocolate!
At this point we seriously considered flagging the lousy
contest to put the chairs out on the woolshed 'balcony'
for a pig-out...
A big Southerly change soon put a stop to that... as the
rain started pelting down, temperatures dropped to 9 C.
So...we reluctantly shuffled back to our battle stations,
cocooning ourselves in sleeping bags.
Toughest call: turning on the 1000 W fan heater caused the
mains supply to sag even further, reducing RF output at
the multiplier station by 50 W. What to do? Sorry DX....
Peeking through a cobwebbed window to see Nigel, 13 yrs,
roar past in the farm truck. Behind it, being towed by one
leg, and flapping around like a rag doll, a sheep ...
succumbed to blood poisoning and headed for 'the pit'.
Most interesting episode:
Witnessing 15 m signals from Scandinavia wrap around the
globe a few times. I quickly recorded a bit of OH1JD in a
WAV file, at times the callsign can be heard almost twice.
Most embarrassing episode (this is starting to sound like
a teenager's magazine...): discovering we missed ZL on 20
m, and VK6 (Z-29) on 20 and 10.
Luckiest Escape: not having Chris ZL2DX on site to give us
stick over the missed ZL multiplier!
A good time was had by all...thanks to those who took the
time to work us.
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