Now thats something that I have not been able to say for quite a while. But I managed a few contacts on VHF and UHF C4FM and FM along with a few HF SSB contacts and also 2 HF CW contacts.
In addition to that I also managed to find more “stuff” for the VA3QV table at the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club Hamfest on September 7th in Carp Ontario.
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Its really amazing when you do a “stuff” hunt what you can find when you look hard enough… For most of the weekend my catch phrase seem to be
“I wondered where that was!!!”
Some stuff included:
My TakTenna… Its a limited space 10-40 m antenna that can be configured as a multi band or a single band antenna. Not as efficient as a dipole but it has a small footrpint and it does work.
Also found was my Yaesu MD 100 Desk Microphone. Its been sitting in a box in my garage for about 14 months now. Finally found it. Never really missed it as I prefer hand mics but it sure looks pretty on the desk.
No doubt it will find a new home after the Hamfest
A 2m mobile antenna and a 6m mobile antenna were hiding in the garage as well along with lots of COAX runs of various lenghts …. Lots of small stuff as well…. a few small power supplies…. and gawd knows what else….
Above pic shows a much younger VA3QV at the hamfest more than a few years ago. I’m the fat guy on the left.
And I’m still looking….
I earlier mentioned my Winkeyer USB and I am happy to report that its working fine and I managed to get CY9C (St. Pauls Island DXPedition) in the log on 30m CW and 40m CW. I got them on Digital on the previous DXPedition so I left them alone there (that and I already sold my Digital Interface for the radio so…..) I am still listening for them on SSB but not going to cry if I miss them. There is only so much I can do with my compromise antenna system and I am ok with it. As I have said many times in the past:
” I would rather be on the air with a bad antenna than not being on the air at all”
And with my setup I can get a weak signal out on 6m to 160m that hopefully a big gun station should be able to hear.
A DXPedition is not a big gun station….
Hell….their antennas are only marginally better than what I am using here. Vertical and wires are better than my random short wire antenna but they mean that they are trying to get the signal out and the stations who want CY9 in the log have to work hard at it….
If you can’t make the contact its not them….. its you!!!
The CY9C crew are spending a lot of resources to operate from that little speck of land in the Atlantic… time…. equipment….food and fuel…. so they can give out contacts…. They are trying to give out the most contacts in the time they have available and if thats SSB, CW or Digital (FT8) so be it.
After seeing some of the comments about the DXPediton on the cluster…. I think we are lucky that they don’t just shut it down.
If you don’t like how they do things just leave them alone and let the rest of us happily make the contacts….
Sorry about the mini rant….. Just an old Phart speaking his mind….
Thats it for now…..I think (hope) the next post has a camping twist to it….