I was able to join to the ZL6QH team for WPX CW contest at Quartz Hill. The propagation was not too good but considering this factor we are happy with the result. Hopefully the competition took part in MS or M2.
Back: ZL2AMI, ZL1TM, ZL2BSJ, ZL2AGY, HA3LN es XYL Kriszta
Front: W2ID, ZL1CT/GM3WOJ es ZL1AZE
Now I understand the big signals in Eu from ZL6QH. This is the station which you can put into the log very easily even if you have small wires and 100W on the low bands. The QTH is located on the top of Quartz Hill with clear (sea) shot everywhere and the most important… there’s no noise. The antennas are superb and worked great. You can find more detailed information about the full system here: http://www.zl6qh.com/.
The contest result:
Prefixes = 846
Total Score = 10,862,640
10, 15 and 160m are very challenging on this part of the world. We are in the bottom of the sun cycle and it’s even difficult to find stations on top band. We were always on the openings but that 26 QSOs speaks itself.
80m was my biggest surprise. There are lot of station audible/booming sometimes but because of the huge QRM it was not possible to get through. This especially happened on the EU sunrises where lot of European station had S9+ signals but I couldn’t even squeeze out a single “?”. Need RX antenna towards here… That’s a miracle how the LZs and EA8s could get through with the sun was still above the horizon while no other Eu was on the band.
40 and 20m was the money band with good rates and good openings. I observed the same situation on 40 as I wrote above about 80 but after I found a clear freq and got a spot the business has started. It’s great fun to work EU on 40m LP from ZL6QH I felt like at home at the beginning of the contest.
I had the opportunity to make a short activity as ZL/HA3LN. It’s fun to have pile-up very quickly. I was active 160-20m and logged 179 QSOs in almost 3 hours. It was very difficult to work towards Eu. We should have to think about this manner…
Some details of WWYC (related) station worked (40m Eu LP SR):
SM0W, DJ1YFK, G6PZ, DK9TN definitely had huge signals. SQ9UM and LZ4UU (sorry for misspelling) had good signals. 9A5K had big signal on 80m but it was too early he didn’t hear my calls.
Kriszta and myself enjoyed this nice trip to Wellington. Our hosts Brian ZL1AZE and Bob ZL2AMI and of course the rest of the crew made this visit very memorable. A big thanks goes to them for the great hospitality and friendly welcome. We felt like members who are in the team for long-long time already.
The station will be QRT for about 1 year because of wind farm building operations. All the antennas and supports need to be dismantled. Fortunately there is chance to rebuild the station after the constructions finished.
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Csaba HA3LN / VK4ADF