2nd Subregional VHF and Up Contest 2012

Being the Rain Scatter Point

The joint effort of the south east contest team and the DF0MTL crew went into the second round. This time we operated from JN59RJ.

This time the weather was more standard contest style. It has been pretty warm and sunny on Friday. However, there have been quite a lot of showers starting at around Saturday noon and lasting all Saturday and Sunday.

Station Set-Up

Getting all the equipment to “Mount Häuselstein” is quite a logistics effort. Pit, DK3WE transported the 2m trailer already to Munich two weeks before the contest. So, DL2LSM started early in the morning in JO61GH and met Pit arriving from JN58SG and the locals Wolfgang, DJ7AT and Thomas, DL3NGN.

Setting up the 8-by-6 element 2m antenna started on Friday early afternoon in perfect weather. A perfect team effort let us finish the antenna in less than 5 hours giving us time to set up the 70cm operating tent and parts of the antenna before sunset.

Jens, DH0LS showed up on Saturday morning and started together with Herbert, DG2NMH setting up the microwave stuff while the rest of the crew set up the 8-by-19 element 70cm antenna. Thomas, DL3NCS set up the second system (2-by-9 element) for 2m. The long shower around noon didn’t really help but we managed to finish well before the contest start.

There have been some problems with the mobile internet but in the end everything worked just fine.

144 MHz (DK3WE and DL3NCS)

The contest itself started pretty slow. Not even 50 QSOs for the first hour. This rate stayed for a couple of hours and got even slower during the night. It picked up again in the morning as usual. We feel that a lot of portable stations in DL have been missing due to the bad weather. Surprisingly, there has been nice activity in Italy and a fair number of stations from YU called in. So, the ODX is much better than in March with 887km. There has been heavy QRN due to strong showers from time to time. Thus, we might have missed a couple of stations calling us during these periods of time.

We ended with a QSO total of 528. Nevertheless, the average is 320km. So, lets see how much it is worth.

The equipment worked almost flawlessly but the HLV-1000 for the secondary antenna system didn’t show any power output about an hour before the end of the contest. Additionally, the contest logging program crashed three times most likely due to problems with the USB to serial link to the K3 transceiver. This needs to be investigated.

432 MHz (DJ7AT and DL5YYM)

This time the rig worked pretty well although the BEKO power amplifier switched off from time to time when it was raining to hard.  Unfortunately, the tent isn’t completely water proof giving the second operator some additional jobs of keeping the water out of the power amplifier.

It seems that the there haven’t been to much stations qrv on that band.Nevertheless, some nice DX stations have been worked. So, we ended up with 146 different stations worked. The average distance is well over 300km. Good job guys.

Microwaves (DG2NMH and DH0LS)

Naturally, the microwave bands are a bit slower than the other bands. However, some extended rain scatter conditions in the beginning of the contest resulted in some nice contacts into 9A, S5, and OK land. So, we saw some pretty happy operators there.

The qth is unfortunately a bit far away from the centers of GHz operation. Thus, there have been some outstanding contacts on 23cm and 13cm for instance into Italy. However, stations on 9cm and 6cm in reachable distance are quite rare down south.  The wet conditions didn’t even allow a single contact on 24GHz nor 47GHz. DL6NCI has been heard on 24GHz. However, Lorenz has 5W compared to the 200mW we use. No trace of DB6NT at all. This is particularly pity since a beacon about 100km away has been heard just before the rain started.

DH0LS, Jens and Herbert,  DG2NMH did a great job. No problems with all the gear. Well done.

Station Dismantling

Taking down the antennas has been done pretty quick with the help of the entire crew. So, everybody left the hill by about 8pm. So, DL2LSM and DK3WE have been back home in JO61JF by 1am in the morning.

Conclusion

It has been a great weekend despite being the rain scatter point some times. Congratulations to Jens, DH0LS again for his twenty years contest anniversary and thanks for the meat, sausages, and the BEER.

We would like to thank Peter, DK5RAX for all his help during station set up and dismantling and Stefan, DL9GRE for loaning the spare power amplifiers. Luckily, they haven’t been needed.

So, we hope to see everybody – and hopefully a few more – in June from JO60OM and July from JO61JF.

Results: DQ7A – JN59RF

Operators: DG2NMH, DH0LS, DJ7AT, DK3WE, DL2LSM, DL3NCS, DL5YYM

BandPointsQSOsFieldsDXCCODXStatisticsMapLog
144 MHz
169438
528
82
16
887km (YU7ACO - KN05QC)
X
X
X
432 MHz
45031
146
52
13
779km (IK0VWO/0 - JN62ML)
X
X
X
1.2 GHz
15424
52
30
8
619km (IQ1KW - JN34OP)
X
X
X
2.3 GHz
6142
22
15
5
619km (IQ1KW - JN34OP)
X
X
X
3.4 GHz
1093
6
4
3
428km (S50C - JN76JG)
X
X
X
5.7 GHz
751
5
4
3
236km (OK1YA - JN79IO)
X
X
X
10 GHz
3405
16
9
5
482km (9A1CMS - JN86DM)
X
X
X
>300GHz
1
1
1
1
1km (DF0MTL/P - JN59RJ)
X
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X

Pictures

by Günter, DL2LSM:

by Thomas, DL3NCS:

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