Again supporting OV A24 in the
This time, Stefan DK1MM helped operating the station. Stefan is a
real SSB man, who squeezes the last db out of his voice and the
Rig, which helps a lot, when you are running low power...
This year we ran out of time when setting up the antennas. One of
our rotators broke.We lost a lot of time searching for the failure
and finally decided to get another one. Big thanks to Valentin,
DL4VK who drove home to his QTH and back to bring the rotator.
So the rotator of our 2ele Yagi was mounted while Stefan/DK1MM was
already running the contest.
About 1 hour after the contest started, all was running well...
Conds were quite normal, 10m was almost dead, but nevertheless
opened for some EU and also asian contacts. But we sure have to
face the fact, that the following years will be more and more
shifting to the lower bands...
For this reason this year a 40m Moxon Beam was installed for the
first time using extended Spiderbeam poles from DF4SA.
Although only 8m high this antenna was better than the dipole most
of the time.
We had no time to make detailed comparisons ore even measure f/b,
but when we switched from the dipole to the Moxon, the signal
mostly improved by 1-2 S-units. Nice to have...
I made a little mistake while assembling the wire, so maybe it
will be even better next time.
Of yourse the aluminium portabel tower you can see below is not
the right support for such a kind of antenna, but for the 24
Fieldday hours it may be sufficient. It looks impressive anyway,
Weather was just fine, sunny and warm during the day, what else
can you expect from a Fieldday weekend?
The result was a little back of our expectations, but with one
band almost not existing (10m) there is not much to do. Also the
activity is very low in my opinion, a lot of easy EU-countries
were not on the air.
See you again in 2005!
Will change the pictures, when I get some photos of the other