Starting in high power category again as we feel
that low power and wire during these condx ain´t no fun!
So a lot of work to do, but fortunatelly Stefan could come on
friday noon this year so after a richful meal at my mother´s
house we managed to build the antennas until friday evening and
saturday would only be for lifting the antennas into the air and
We had beautiful weather on friday and until saturday afternoon,
but then it started to rain and didn´t stop until half an hour
before the end of the contest. puh, that was luck! So we could
clean up the fieldday QTH without getting wet to the bones.
A few problems occured anyway... The rotator was loose and so the wind
twisted the antenna round up to 90 degrees!
And the upper section of the crank up tower stuck while cranking
it down and we had some problems getting the antenna down. But
with some hardware from the farmhouse this was finally solved.
For the first time we installed a beverage antenna (160m long)
direction N/NE and that was really useful as we faced heavy static
noise on all bands from about 2 am until the end of the contest.
On 80m the QRN was 9+ on the dipole, but the noise on the beverage
was quite ok! A lot of QSOs wouldn´t have been possible without
On 40m the beverage was quite sharp, so it didn´t help so much
and we often felt like a crocodile. Later the A3 developed bad SWR on
20m, there must have been water in one of the traps, so at times
we only had one choice of operating: the R7 on 20m, because 80, 15
and 10 were dead and 40m impossible because of the QRN :-)
The result of the contest is quite surprising. Despite the bad
condx and listening problems we managed to work a lot of stateside on 20m and even 40m
and with the last QSO, which was a multiplier we topped our result
Thanks to our helpers DG4BUL, DG6MDG & sons and DF5UL!