marți, 25 iulie 2017

IARU HF Championships 2017 SN0HQ

SN0HQ 14 CW

I arrived at the site of the 2017 SN0HQ 14 MHz CW position merely minutes before the contest commenced. The host, Maciek, SP2XF, had not shaved for a week. I asked the team members to put on the formal T-shirts and smile in front of the camera.
SN0HQ IARU 2017 SQ9C SQ9UM SP2XF SQ6MS
Time 11:55 UTC Saturday July 8, 2017 From left: Tomek, SQ9C - Olek, SQ9UM - Maciek, SP2XF - Maciek, SQ6MS.
The SN0HQ team, the official representation of the PZK organization in the IARU HF Championships since year 2000, used to be structured upon several extraordinary operators and their huge antennas. After 15 years, some of the Big Guns showed reduced enthusiasm for the perennial mobilization on the second weekend of July. The formula of this contest is not in favour of those teams which are located in the most active ITU zones. The most active zone in IARU HF Championships is 28. Most likely the WRTC 2018 participants are going to notice the poor relation between the number of contacts and the points yield.
During all these 15 years, the SN0HQ team was constantly growing, attracting younger operators who were eager to learn. Now it is time for a new generation of contesters to play the first fiddle. Those who were the backbone of the group started their adventure with Amateur Radio in the seventies. The new generation of contesters are those who got infected in the late nineties. They are today between 30 and 40 years old and received practical tuition in modern operating techniques and radio technology in general. Most of them are rovers, guest-operating at powerful stations with better-than-average antenna systems. Maciek, SP2XF is an exception, his aim is to build such station.
SN0HQ Olek SQ9UM
Time 12:01 UTC Saturday July 8, 2017 Olek, SQ9UM takes the first shift at the RUN station. He is the elder brother of Tomek, SQ9C.
SN0HQ Tomek SQ9C
Tomek, SQ9C takes over after his brother. They live in the south of Poland and travelled 200 miles/350 km for this group effort.
SN0HQ Maciek SP2XF
The host, Maciek, SP2XF is monitoring own transmissions on a transceiver with a long Beverage antenna for low bands. This antenna is pointing to North America and acted an early warning indicator of propagation in this direction.
SN0HQ Main Antenna tower SP2XF
The main antenna tower at SP2XF is above the average, but not extreme. The operator can select the upper or lower antenna, or both. The difference in signal strength is notable and not always predictable.
SN0HQ Maciek SQ6MS
Operator Maciek, SQ6MS has travelled from France, where he now lives. He is originally from south-west Poland where he used to participate in contests in multi-op category.
SN0HQ SP2XF at his own station
Maciek, SP2XF at his own station takes advantage of all options and gadgets. He is fond of listening on two radios in stereo using different antennas. This mode enhances his ability to pick stations in a pile-up.
SN0HQ Team
All team members gathered in the radio room. Actually a conversation at the back of the operator is disturbing, so I asked them to keep quiet or leave. From left: Olek, SQ9UM - Maciek, SQ6MS - Tomek, SQ9C (at the radio) - Maciek, SP2XF.
SN0HQ Secondary Tower
The secondary tower with antennas at SP2XF
Text and photographs: Henryk Kotowski, SM0JHF
July 2017

miercuri, 19 iulie 2017

YO8KRR Iaru HF CONTEST 2017

YO8TTT si YO5LD, au lucrat in C.M IARU HF 2017, dintr-o alta locatie cu YR8D, baza de concurs a ramas disponibila pentru mine si YO8SS - Coco. In prima faza nu am vrut sa lucram in concurs, eram intr-un picior doar, fara antene in 160, 80 si 40m. Intr-un final ne-am decis sa lucram cu ceea ce avem. Pentru benzile de jos am folosit o antena delta loop, iar pentru benzile superioare am folosit YAGI OB 16-5. 
TRX: un batran FT-1000MP, inca bun, face fata in concursuri, dar sa nu uitam ca are totusi o varsta.
Am lucrat la MS, doar cu o suta de watti, fara internet, fara conexiuni la cluster, fara cat....fara etc .


Lucrurile nu s-au desfasurat asa cum ne-am dorit noi, am simtit din plin lipsa antenelor dedicate pentru benzile inferioare, trecerea de la liniar la o suta de watti a fost dificila, oboseala acumulata cu pregatirea lui YR8D, pentru simulare, toate aceste aspecte au adus un mare minus in evolutia noastra.
Antena Delta Loop a fost ridicata pe pozitie, efectiv in timpul concursului. Una peste alta, concursul a inceput si pentru noi, mai timid, dar am recuperat pe parcurs.
YO8SS - Coco, un operator de elita pe partea de CW, a tras tare si a reusit sa dreaga busiocul, astfel incat, log-ul sa fie putin mai calduros cu noi.
Propagarea a fost proasta, mai ales in banda de 15 si 10m. QRN pronuntat in banda de  160 si 80m.

La YO8KRR, ne-am descurcat cel mai bine in benzile de 40 si 20m, modest in 160, 80, 15 si 10m.

Mi-au placut o parte din operatorii de la HQ, care au facut o treba super buna si tin pe aceasta cala sa-i felicit pentru implicare si daruire.


La finele concursului YO8KRR, a realizat 1300 qso-uri/ 664.446 puncte.





A fost o experienta placuta, insa oboseala acumulata in timpul saptamanii, dar mai ales vineri si sambata si-a spus cuvantul.

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fotografii realizate de pe pilonul de 20m /YAGI OB 16 - 5.







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Multumesc: 


YO8NR - Vasile/ pentru SPIDERBEAM-ul folosit de YR8D in simularea WRTC.
 YO8SS - Coco/ pentru Elecraft K3, folosit de YR8D in simulare.

73 de YO8SSB!





YR8D/ De la Neagra - Sarului, la Messe Friedrichshafen

14.-16. Juli 2017
Messe Friedrichshafen

Timpul, evenimentele din ultima perioada, situatia financiara si nu numai, m-au dus doar cu gandul la o calatorie in Germania. pentru International Amateur Radio Exhibition 14.-16.Juli 2017. 
Surpriza mare a venit din partea lui YO8CLN - Ghita, care a suportat deplasarea, masa si cazarea pentru intreaga echipa de la YR8D. Zis si facut, miercuri dimineata la ora 08, am plecat de la Neagra - Sarului, spre Friedrichshafen -  Germania.



Calatoria a fost una lunga, obositoare, dar foarte placuta, odata iesiti din tara, drumul parcurs devine o placere si nu o povara. 




Joi in jur de ora 11, am ajuns la Friedrichshafen. Noaptea nu am calatorit, practic tot drum a fost parcurs in timpul zilei. 
YO8CLN - Ghita, a tras tare sa fim joi dimineata in Germania pentru a opera in 10Ghz, cu expeditia organizata de radioamatorii din VK. Din pacate nu i-am auzit, povestea este mult mai lunga, nu are legatura cu noi, dar....nu i-am lucrat ...si atat :)))))

Locul de campare.....




Locul de campare este chiar langa Hala Zeppelin, am avut demostratii de zbor din 30 in 30 de minute.



Joi ne-am pentrecut toata ziua in camping.

Vineri 14 iulie 2017, prima zi de hamradio.... ora 09.

Stam la o coda de 50/ persoane ...intr-un sfarsit ne-am achizitionat abonamentele pentru 3 zile in valoare de 20 euro/ persoana.





Sunt prezenti radioamatori din toata lumea, multe federatii au stand de prezentare, zarva multa si buna dispozitie.

















Intalnirea din 2017, a fost dedicata evenimentului WRTC 2018.








YR8D este direct interesata si implicata in WRTC 2018. 

 Firmele mari producatoare de echipamente au fost si ele prezente cu produsele lor .
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Dupa ce ne-am bucurat de echipamente noi, am trecut si la cele putin mai vechi.... :)))









Foarte multe conferinte si tombole cu premii substantiale......







Am avut placerea de a ma intalni cu multi prieteni radioamatori.....




In paralel cu hamradio a avut loc Maker Faire....









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73 de YO8SSB!