2016 Winter UHF/VHF Contest

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Wet & cold up on the mountain for the Winter UHF/VHF contest this year. Not many contacts for the 8 hour period that I participated in. A combination of the weather & poor conditions for radio led to not many portable stations out for the contest.

I managed only 19 contacts on the 2 meter & 70 cm bands for my first solo outing for a UHF/VHF contest. Antennas used were both homebrew, 8 elements on the 2 meter band & 11 elements for 70 cm. I was also the first outing for my homemade antenna rotator which performed well.

I was working from Gridsquare QF59CQ at Mt Lindesay, on the boundary of Mt Kaputar National Park at an altitude of 1032 meters which gave me a good line of sight towards Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne.

Thanks to Cris, VK2BOZ & Brenda, VK2FSMI for being there for the majority of the contacts & points scored, it would have been a long day without you guys being there. One highlight was hearing a station in QF44NM, Matt, VK1MT, which I heard very faintly from just south of Canberra, some 600 km to my south.

Looking forward to the next contest in November, hopefully the weather & conditions will be better & a few more stations will be out & about.

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View to the south on a clearer day

 

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7 thoughts on “2016 Winter UHF/VHF Contest

  1. Hi Doug, congratulations on your efforts. A most creditable performance indeed! Also a great picture and I would encourage you to write up a blog on your home brew rotator.
    Cheers

    John D
    VK5BJE/VK5PF

  2. Well done Doug, a good result for a modest field deployment, hope to work you next time, most likely from a mountain top. Like John I’m also interested in your rotator design. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Andrew VK1AD.

    • G`day Rob, Work has kept me pretty busy, haven’t had much of a chance to get out to the parks. Been playing around on VHF/UHF lately, not on HF much.

  3. Takes me back to my humble CB days. I did make contact with Australia on two occasions, and many other countries. My gear was a NATO 2000, coupled too a 1 KW amp, and a Yagi beam antenna, attached to a rotator, all high illegal at the time, but great fun QSL’ing, when the skip was in good form. I did think about going HAM, but an arson attack on my radio shed, which totally destroyed it, and all its contents, ended my CB days. I hasten to add that I did hold a CB licience, but it did not cover my set up, and I’ve always looked back at the fire as a sort of retribution for breaking the rules. A little of my life history, in return for you sharing your life’s intrepid adventures.

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