A low power perspective…
I thought about repeating SOA LP SB15 category I used on the CQ CW, but due to commitments over the weekend I was going to miss the best timing for that and decided to stick to the Inv-V doublet at 11m that I have used in the last EU contests.
Like others, I dipped in and out around commitments. On Saturday mid-morning I went to collect a TS-590S from a friend who last year changed to an IC-7600. After the customary checks and getting some familiarisation on the key functions I headed back home for a late lunch and getting started.
I quickly built a jumper DC lead to connect the PS, installed the Kenwood drivers and after I changed the USB baudrate settings in the TS-590S - N1MM+ was talking to the TS590S.
The glass fibre 12m Spiderbeam mast and the 16.5m doublet (335deg N/NW broadside) went up and
|16.5m doublet - 600ohm open wire line|
I was finally in business. I logged the 1st QSO at 17.30z on 15m. The band was in a slightly better shape than expected and S&Ped 25 multipliers until the band died. From 18.30z I worked through 20m until 21:00 when things got quieter. I took a break for dinner and sort out some of the home family stuff and got back on the chair at 22:50z. On 40m as expected – I was not heard as well due to the higher angles with the low dipole but slowly worked my way through a fetched 18 multipliers. Around 00.30z Sun am things slow down and I was going to go to bed, I decided to try 80m. To my surprise I picked up 9 multipliers with such an inefficient setup (it was a struggle). Sun pm I worked from 12.30 to 14:00pm and 18:30 to 19:00 – and found overall to 20m to be in better shape than 15m. Nothing at all on 10m.
Overall operating time 6-7hrs. Most Northern path worked - VE6BBP in AB (319deg).
Band QSOs Pts Sec
3.5 10 30 9
7 40 120 18
14 113 339 35
21 52 156 27
Total 215 645 89
1 Mult = 2.4 Q's
I was more than pleased with the TS-590S – great in RX; it is a keeper. Improvements in mind: a rotary light dipole/s on a 10m Al pole will give directivity on 20-15-10m.
|Spiderbeam 12m HD glassfiber|
73 Angel M0HDF