Month: June 2019

70 MHz Cumulative #4

Portable operating in the summer can be one of the main attractions of contesting. Not only do you get the chance to enjoy the summer, but a chance to try things you cant do at home.

Like many, home comes with a considerable amount of man made noise, operating in the middle of a field solves that!

M0XTA Selim setting up the beam on the mast.

On this occasion we had setup around 1hr before the contest, so had enough time to call CQ and have a chat with other stations setting up for the contest.

Selim having a chat with some station on 4m

The contest lasted 2 hrs, and the first 60 minutes provided close on 40 QSO. The second hr wasn’t so busy, I guess we had worked most of the stations taking part.

We worked 48 stations in total, best DX was MM0CEZ at 554 KM.

The QSO map can be found here. The claimed scores can be seen here.

70 MHz providing QSO over most of mainland GB

Thanks to Selim M0XTA and Dave M0YOL for their help in the contest.

50 MHz Trophy Cup

The 50 MHz trophy cup is a regular SNBCG event, thanks to a 6e beam originally acquired by the late Bill G0BOF for the club.

Icom 7300 and 400w from a solid state amplifier.

M0SNB station setup

50 MHz is somewhat unpredictable, and can range from very quiet to pile up mode. This year the SPe did make an appearance, but the activity levels seemed a little low.

Richard G4DDP operating M0SNB

It was possible to work South and East of the UK to around 2000 KM, but most of the propagation fell in the 1,200 to 1,500 KM range. Over the course of the next 12 hrs we managed to work 139 QSO in 23 DXCC


The QSO map can be seen here.

The claimed score and further details of the context are located on the RSGB VHF contest pages.