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30m CW / FT8 DX S2S event - Good Friday 19th April 2019


#21

And we’re off. Set and QRV on an absolutely gorgeous morning on The Cloud G/SP-015. QRZ…


#22

Not a bad start. The customary SWL of 2E0YYY/P on G/SP-004, five on 30m CW, then another five on 30m FT8 - including S2S with YO6PIB/P on YO/EC-367 and a successful FT8 QSO with Ron VK3AFW.

I could hear VK3ARH/P on 30m CW but not well enough to work - hopefully later. I’ll stay on summit for a while yet, it’s a lovely morning.


#23

Same with VK3BYD/P on VK3/VE-178, but the other way round. Think I was too weak with him.

First DX S2S in the log though - a nice easy contact with VK1DA/P on VK2/ST-053. Then a QSO with Ian VK5CZ.

See what the next hour brings.


#24

Hi Tom

I’m having loads on fun on 40m. Worked Mike and Herbert. Sunset just now here is a live photo.

IC-703 10 watts and a ZS6BKW antenna



Full report to follow. Thanks for organising the Easter S2S.

73 Andrew VK1AD


#25

I’ve added a second DX S2S now with VK1CT on VK1/AC-042 and now working down many stations clg me on 10.136+1.356 FT8.


#26

Unfortunately there are other stations on top of you also on even. I’m decoding you only half of the time :frowning: Maybe it will be better to move from the middle of the crowd.

73, YO8SEP


#27

Sun has set, last light with Mt Stromlo optical and lazer ranging telescopes in the foreground.


#28

Hello Tom nice to make a QSO with you on 30m. Rig ft817 5 watts and my end fed random wire 51 foot long and a 12 foot ground radial tuned with the MT1 LC tuner. I was able to work all the vk activators with strong signals on 30m and 40m as well. I was hearing you very clear this end so glad you heard me as well. I was going to go out and activate but the land owner did not answer his phone so i had no permission for access.
Ian vk5cz .



#29

Try again now?


#30

Chaser Report FT8

Up early this morning and straight onto 10mhz. My machine would not TX on FT8. One hour later I found the fault. I put out a CQ OC on FT8 & NH6Y BL10 Hawaii came back to me which was a nice surprise. I saw a few VK, ZL, but no Sota FT8 Activators. Later I switched to 14mhz FT8 & worked YO6PIB/P. I also worked OE9HRV/P & M0NOM/P 0n 40 & 80mtr SSB.

Don GW0PLP.


#31

Great stuff Don. Hawaii - VFB!

Still going strong on FT8 here. Lots and of callers but no DX or S2S atm.

I will try some 2m FM shortly, and another session on 30m CW.


#32

Been watching your pile up, Saw a 5T5PA a min ago CQ Zone 35 10mhz


#33

A great session on 30m this afternoon.
I could hear the EU’s albeit a bit weak for some, so often squashed by more local stations.
But it was very good to get the 2 DL’s in the log.

Cheers,
Warren.


#34

Wasted around 30 minutes with computer problems. Have to restart the PC every time I unplug the 3,5mm audio cable. Think I will use a USB soundcard again next time to avoid problems with the internal soundcard.



Could only either send or receive on FT8 and changed then from 30m FT8 to 20m SSB. When I started the whole band was empty and I did not expect too much.

Then KL7WG in Anchorage came back to my CQ. I was running 20W then.

At home I found out, that NH6Y in Hawaii heard me on 30m FT8 too. That is interesting, as I put out only a single CQ with only 5W.


#35

M1EYP please call CQ agn I saw you from home now.


#36

Ok will do


#37

Wow, thank you


#38

Awesome afternoon on 80 and 40m, today propagation and band conditions from Mt Stromlo VK1/AC-043 were the best in the past 2 years.

Five SSB S2S: Gerard VK2IO/P at VK2/NM-2213 on 80m 3.625 MHz, then on 40m 7.180 MHz Herbert OE9HRV at OE/VB-494, Mike 2E0YYY at G/SP-004, Glenn VK3YY at VK3/VC-002 and Allen VK3ARH at VK3/VC-018.

The 40m DX window was open at 0600 UTC and closed around 0645 UTC. My only EU chaser was F5USK.

7 chasers on 80m, 26 chasers on 40m and 6 chasers on 2m 146.5 FM. Locations worked: VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK7, ZL1, ZL2, ZL5, F5, OE and G

A big thanks to Tom M1EYP for organising the Easter DX S2S QSO Party. Let’s do it again next year!

73, Andrew VK1AD


#39

Tom, what battery are you using? With the 891 I can only do 1h of FT8 with my LiFePo4 4200 mAh. Next time I use the 817 for FT8 to operate some hours as you do.


#40

Hi everybody,
I participated without prior alert, glad to have worked 4 s2s with 10 watts and a vertical wire: VK3BYD/P, M0NOM/P, 2E0YYY/P, OK/SQ9MDF/P.
Did not hear much of VK, despite my good QTH on top of the tower.
I hope to be one of the two DLs Warren has in his log.
Lets do this over and over again until Ionosphere learns how to behave…
73
Chris DL4FO