|Once again a BIG fieldday....lots of
antenna work on friday and saturday. This makes me think of
starting in another category next year maybe...
The "magic 1 million points" were in reach again, but
the bad 10m-conds didn`t allow us to break it.
This time Stefan/DK1MM joined me, who I knew from former
activities like CN8WW.
Because of various reasons we couldn`t find a 3rd operator, so we
had to do it alone. The problem is not, that you then have too
much time on the radio, but that you need a third person, who
cares about the generator and explains to curious spectators what
we are doing here and why.
Not an easy job: sometimes even we don`t know, why we are doing this all, hi hi.
During night time each operator had to work alone for 6 hours
during the rest period of the other one.
Setting up the station worked fine this time, on saturday we
had to search for a contact problem on the KT34XA, which resulted
in a high SWR on 20m, but more or less this could be fixed.
On Friday I got a wasp sting into my lip (yes: first watch out for
insects, then drink...). After a while my whole cheek was so
swollen, that I wanted to take part in CW instead of SSB. It felt
like getting an injection from the dentist!
As Stefan came up and first saw me, he nearly laughed his ass off, so I
told him not to shoot any close ups...
Fortunatelly I felt better the next day.
The contest itself:
The low bands sounded very noisy, we had QRN of S9+10 until sunday
morning, when the bands calmed down a little bit.
So sorry to the guys, who thought we had no ears at all... This
wasn`t easy at all, especially on 40, where the distance to the
next station usually was 1kc...Best time on 40m was the last
hour, when Stefan managed to work another 70 stations or so.
A pity that not all EU-countries work 160m in fieldday, so not
much activity on that band.
Working highbands was more fun. Especially 15m made me feel
like in a DX contest, excellent openings towards JA proved once
again that Fieldday and All Asian DX contest work together very
10m only opened for a short period, nevertheless we worked some
asian mults. Unfortunatelly the KH0, who was really loud refused
to work Europeans... the LUs and PYs were loud, too, on saturday
evening, but there is traditionally nobody working in the contest.
DL0CS/P was in front with QSOs for a long time, during the
night they were leading by about 80 QSOs. I don`t have their
result yet, but I think we came very close to the end. The
multipliers will give the decision once again!
WinCT worked quite well, but for some reason we had problems with
the Dupe-Check and multiplier-controll in WAE-EU-mode, so we
switched to ARRL-Contest-mode.
Now all functions worked except the display of W/VE-mults.
On saturday Reinhard/DF4TD showed up as official fieldday
inspector, this was a nice surprise. We hope, he enjoyed our
Thanks all for helping hands, especially Florian/DB1PF,
Ulrich/DG4BUL and Helmut/DG6MDG. Without their help this would not
have been possible.
Big TNX to Fred/DF5UL, who won the
DF0WA-special-price for helping on saturday and sunday with the
antennas and giving 6 mults as OE/DF5UL/P !
Here are some impressions, more pictures coming up soon.