Kim Östman kim.ostman at abo.fi
Sun Oct 18 13:04:26 EDT 2015

Mukava kisa, vaikka keli taas pettikin sunnuntaina...!


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                    Worked All Germany Contest

Call: OH0X
Operator(s): OH6KZP
Station: OH0X

Class: SO Mixed HP
QTH: Brando
Operating Time (hrs): 21
Radios: SO2R

 Band  CW Qs  SSB Qs  Mults
   80:  192     294     26
   40:  175     342     26
   20:  120     242     26
   15:  156      10     26
   10:  112       1     26
Total:  755     889    130  Total Score = 634,920

Club: Contest Club Finland


A fun contest with great activity from Germany! Got to do some nice brushing up on my 5 years of school German, as I strove to speak Deutsch in most SSB QSOs. The money bands were 80 and 40, as we are too close to Germany on 10 and 15, and 20 just didn't work well from up here in the Aurora Belt due to the unexpected geomagnetic storm on Sunday. 

Started the contest on 20 and 15, and was really surprised and happy/relieved about managing to collect all multipliers on 15m already on Saturday evening. It was then down to 40 and 80 for the night; 40m became unrunnable at some point during the evening, to open up properly again with great signals from DL after sunrise on Sunday morning. The very recently fixed 40m 3el yagi got its first contest testing and turned out to work very well. Went to bed at 0130z for about 2.5 hours when I ran out of stations to work on 80m.

15m and 10m were both open towards the U.S. East Coast on Sunday, 15m direct path (300 degrees) and 10m skew path (220-240 degrees), so it will be interesting to see how they behave next weekend in CQWW SSB. The 10m contest QSOs were mostly about picking up CW letters from the noise, but I was really happy to obtain all mults, the final ones through moves from 15m.

Some energy went to fighting a ground loop problem that involves the SO2R audio system. Few things are more aggravating than listening/trying to desperately fix strong transmission-time 50-Hz hum by not breathing on certain cables while at the same time trying to run a contest :) It's been there in varying severity for a while but this time it went off the charts, so it's time to get rid of it for good.

Thanks for all the QSOs and to the Brando Island Group and Radio Arcala teams for support!


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