In reply to G3CWI:
I can certainly see the sense in the new rules for the 3W section of the contests, although I was quite dissappointed & a little miffed when the rules for this year were announced, that there is no 10 Watt section for the 50Mhz backpackers contest.
Suffering from horrendous QRM at my home QTH on 6 metres I was looking forward to getting out & about to less noisy locations with my FT897 & dipole. Of course I can still get out & play radio, but as the FT897 will not produce less than 5 Watts without a bit of tweaking ot flat batteries HI, I have resigned myself to being unable to enter the contest proper & only submitting a checklog.
The 6 metre backpackers contest does coincide with the 50Mhz trophy contest over the same weekend, which as a higher powered station (10Watts???) I would be encouraged to enter instead.
Anyway, I’m not downhearted, I’m sure I’ll enjoy myself whatever happens
Here is a very short video of my station in one of last years 144Mhz backpackers contests, I’d just worked Nick G0HIK/P who was a Huge signal with me, although looking at the map later he should be, there was nothing between our locations & theoretically we could have worked optically. The main reason I was out that day was to test my Sotabeam SB5 & Yaesu FT897D, & I have to say I was, & still am very impressed with both. A very nice antenna Richard
Here is my “Bike-packers” station: http://www.dogswebspace.com/belthorn.wmv
The furthest station I worked that day was in Kent, a distance of 337 Kms, & he was only running 2.5 Watts, although he did have a 13 element Yagi
Have a great weekend, the weather looks very promising.
73 Mark G0VOF