144mhz Trophy Contest and SSB Field Day Contest Report and Updat

Rod G0CBO

    What a brilliant weekend. Friday was a very long day erecting the huge antenna array which consisted of 2 stacked 14 element yagis in one direction and one 11 element yagi beaming 180 degrees with a collinear on the top of the mast. The total height was around 25mtrs. One of the biggest I have seen, very impressive. We used the clubs new ICOM IC9700 and a small linear running approx 400 watts.

After sorting a few technical issues with the pre amp we finally managed a few test calls around 6 pm and straight away had a small pile up of Dutch and few English off the reverse beam. A great end to the first day. As most club members know I am not a big fan of NIMM but it seems it’s the way forward. A lot of time was spent tweaking the set up to accommodate the features of the station in order to take part in the contest. We worked about 155 contacts on 144mhz, which as a new venture for NARC was a great achievement. Best DX worked was a DL very near the Czech border, HB9, EI, numerous French and German stations, even heard the odd Italian.

We all were very pleased and surprised with what we heard and worked. Never thought also we would get Roger G3LDI on 144mhz SSB but he had a go.

The SSB HF station also did very well with about 550 contacts in the log. Using the ICOM 7300 and 100 watts into a dipole up at about 20mtrs, this worked very well. As expected with the current HF conditions most were worked on 40mtrs with Andy M0NKR clocking the score up. Mike G4DYC did a sterling job on the night shift and Pete G4RAV was on early Sunday morning.

Plans for the future: We shall be trying different antenna configurations at different heights and if I can talk others into having a go we might try a 70cms contest. With the equipment the club now has, everything is possible on the VHF/UHF bands.

My thanks go to all who supported this weekend, too many to mention but Sonny M0SYW, Paul G4SEM, Andy M0NKR, Chris G4CCX, Jim G3YLA, Phil G4LPP and David G7URP for the use of the facilities.

A few pictures from a fun weekend:

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73 Rodney G0CBO