TopBand: GJ2D report
Tue, 02 Mar 1999 22:41:00 +0000
Well, we did it! And hope we gave a few of you a new one on 160m or at
least a juicey mult for the contest.
We ran late setting up and had a few problems with the inv L when the
fibreglass top section broke. Winds were gusting Force 5 - 7 on the Friday
of the contest - not ideal antenna weather.
Jersey is quiet but the 1100 ft NA beverage was magic even so. As expected
the L and the V were noisey during darkness hours but switching to the bevs
just made sigs jump right out.
USA was strongest Saturday morning and Caribbean strongest Sunday morning.
VE1ZZ thundered in 6 mins into the contest and K1UO was bagged 39 mins in.
PT7BZ was an unusual time of 01:17, we would have expected that to be later
on. KD9SV was consistently strong but it took until 06:38 Sat morning to
catch him. Around that time 29 NA stns got into the log in 20 mins, along
with KP4 and YS - a nice run.
Sun morning had V47KP, HK6KK and HL6ISX, but most remarkable was XE1RCS who
was hovering around the S7 mark and peaked to 10 over 9 on the long
beverage (300 deg) for around 15 mins at 06:45. He was good on the 260 deg
550ft bev - but better on the 1100ft 300 deg). Both mornings the band
collapsed suddenly at 06:55 and only a few weak and watery sigs were heard.
K8CC was always there we couldn't even get a QRZ from him.
Pointing the other way - RW2F was an excellent sig - but not far from here!
Only a couple of Asiatic Russian stns were heard/logged.
Initial results are: 616 QSO's, 50 DX mults, 26 state/province mults
giving 260Kish points. Around 70 NA stns made it into the log.
Tnx for all the QSO's/points. Have a bunch of digital pictures that I will
try to get on to the webpage this weekend. Any reports on our sigs would
be well received.
73s Chris G3SVL and the GJ2D team.
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