Commonwealth ZL2BR Open-24 HP
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Mon Mar 15 16:10:26 PDT 2010
RSGB Commonwealth Contest, CW
Class: Open-24 HP
QTH: New Plymouth, NZ
Operating Time (hrs): 22
Total: 407 Total Score = 6,135
Things are definitely on the up. My best Beru score yet.
Conditions on the higher bands were a real improvement over recent years.
With bonus points being the name of the game, did not spend too much
time battling the noise on 80m after working the obligatory three G stations
plus all the ZL and VK stations that were around.
15m was in reasonable shape especially to VE, worked more VE stations on this
band than any other. In the other direction 15m only opened as far as VU.
10m was also open but only as far as VE7 and China. Heard a couple BD CW
signals plus heaps of the usual Chinese FM CB signals
As usual no Africans were worked except 3B9WR who is really in the Indian Ocean
rather than Africa, so was good copy on 40m SP. Did hear an extremely weak
ZS6KR on 20m LP, but he couldn't hear me.
40m was my best all round band. Worked more G's on this band than 20m. My
elevated 40m GP does a decent job as a radiator, but is very noisy on receive,
but using a 40m dipole for receive only made it much easier to hear the weak
signals. This dipole is only about 6m high, tried it much higher but it was as
noisy as the GP then.
No technical problems, except for a few times every now and then the SWR would
shoot up on 20m, maybe one of tribander traps was frying.
There were some really good signals around including VE3EJ, VX3AT and VP2MCC
who seemed to be everywhere all the time.
ZL participation was very much down on last year. By my reckoning only 12 ZL's
were active compared with 20 last year.
Band qso Bonus G VE VK ZL RoW Points
3.5 40 33 3 7 19 7 4 865
7 176 60 89 33 31 10 13 2080
14 111 48 56 14 22 7 12 1515
21 65 49 33 18 8 6 1305
28 15 15 4 5 6 375
Totals 407 204 148 96 95 38 35 6135
TS-2000 + AL-80B
Tribander, 40m GP, 80m dipole
73, Frank ZL2BR
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