Well the contest has ended and although VA3QV will not be getting any awards or even honourable mention this year (just like the other years…) it was a fun time.
As mentioned previously the main purpose of this years contest for me at least was to test out the TAK-tenna at a time when there would be people around to talk to on the different bands… I was not dissapointed although the band conditions could have been better.
This is the first RAC contest in a few years that I have not been able to talk across the country. This year I was unable to contact Prince Edward Island, British Colombia and the northern parts Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut. Now to be totally honest I have never made a contect in VE8, VY1 or VYO but one of these days I hope to….
But here is the final scores…
80m VE1, VE2, VE3 and VE6
40m VE1, VE9, VE3, VE5 and VE6
20m VO1, VE3, VE4, VE5 and VE6
27 Canadian Stations plus 5 RAC Stations and 6DX Stations. On 20m I worked a K7 station so there was propagation to the west coast so I guess I was just unlucky and did not hear any VE7′s.
My grand score was 392 contacts with 14 multipliers for a total score of 5488 points which will set in my records as the worst results since 1992 for any of my callsigns.
However on the equipment testing side of things the TAK-tenna worked better than anticipated and so far is the best multiband compromise antenna for the price I have found so far. My windom, G5RV and 88 foot doublet all are better but they need much more real estate than the TAK-tenna does.
I look forward to further testing with this antenna in the spring and I will let you know the results.
I sent an email out to the TAK-tenna company to advise them of my findings and to let them know where they could see what I had written about them (this blog) and their reply from the company president was as follows:
Dear Mr. Sharp:
Thank you for your note.
And…please excuse me…but that ‘bugger’ is doing what it is supposed to do!
Most Importanly…I am most Happy that you might be a Satisfied Customer!!!
Permit me for asking…but might you consider putting the ‘blog note’ as an eHam.net Product Review?
Here’s the link:
Please see “write your own review” ..under the gray box..on the left side…
Also….may I suggest that you try it in VERTICAL orientation…cold sprial closest to Mother Earth…makes a good DX antenna with low take-off angle…please see Vince’s – S52CC report..last line in his text:
And..of course…eager to hear YOUR report!!!
Thank you for making my New Year..Happy.
And..a Happy New Year to You and Yours!!!
I will be writing up a more detailed review for this blog in the future and will also forward a copy to eham and Tak-tenna. I am impressed with this antenna as a compromise antenna…
I do not regret my purchase and would buy another!
But now the contest is over and to be honest I am “radioed out” I managed to operate for about 16 hours of the 24 hour period and now its time to re-acquaint myself with the family…