|* LA7DFA * JX7DFA CQWW CONTEST * JX7DFA *|
OPERATING AS JX7DFAIn 1990 I partisipated from the regular QTH near the 'main HQ' at the east side and made 2338 contacts on 20M CW. The sky was glowing from intense auroral activity that contest weekend.
The setup on 20M: FT-767, 600W, 3 ELE YAGI@13M & BENCHER KEYER
| In 1992 I tried from the 'regular QTH' on 80M CW. I made 400 Eu QSO's
the first night, but conditions were quite poor, so I gave up and worked
all bands just for fun. The best part of that contest was when I had a extremely
fast run on 10M on sunday. It is a pleasure working a perfect pileup with
good contest operators.
The setup on 80M: FT-767, 600W, DELTALOOP@20M & BENCHER KEYER
In 2000 I was portable and made 2580 contacts on 10M CW from the QTH at the west side of the island - a great result from 71 degrees north (lost all propagation last evening due to solar activity) ! One 'problem' during the contest was very auroral/fluttery signals from USA/Canada. It was quite difficult to copy the callsigns at contest speed... Another problem was to work Asia. Had to call weak JA stations skewed-path (22UTC) to get the multiplier. The most memorable QSO was with KH7R at 02UTC with 599+20dB signals - he sent WOW! before giving the contest exchange.
The setup on 10M: FT-1000MP, 1000W, 2 ELE YAGI (FIXED WEST), DELTALOOP & BENCHER KEYER
|I tried on 15M CW in 2001. Brought my FT-1000MP and Acom 2000A to the island just for this event. Went to the portable location 3 weekends preparing to get it 100% operational. During the contest it was radio blackout and I only made 13 QSO's in 10 hours! A lot of effort wasted, and I finally gave up. Working from the polar region has never been easy or very predictable.|
|CT3M IN CQWWCW 1991|
LA7DFA OPERATING FROM CT3MIn 1991 HB9CRV / CT3FN invited me to take part in CQWW contest from Madeira. The goal was to win the CW multi/multi class. Operators from many Eu. countries were taking part in the CT3M team.
I received information about how to get a license prior to the departure for CT3. The formular were written in Portugese, so I happily used the text (just swapping name and callsign) A few weeks later I got a letter back (in Portugese ofcourse..)
|I called the 'CT' embassy in Norway and read the text (surprisingly
they understood my speech). The letter stated that it was no agreement in
telecommunications between Portugal and Norway, so therefore NO license
would be issued. Fortunately I was permitted to operate from the contest
call at Madeira (but not given permit to use CT3/LA7DFA).
After one week vacation in Funchal, I went to the contest QTH. I met CT3BX and CT3EE and they vere both kind and helpful when assistance was needed. The QTH (Inatel) was up in the mountains and had good position for NA & EU. The first night I was operating 40M until 05Z or so. I did not feel too well in the morning hours. I had been eating some bad food and was very sick for the next 30 hours. It was quite an experience to work KH0, go outdoors to puke, and then return to the shack for more stations from the Pacific... In the evening I went out for some fresh air. Unfortunately the gates of the Inatel were closed when I came back, and I had to climb over a high fence. Beeing very sick at the time, it was quite a pain to get back to the cottage. Fortunately I got well enough to operate the last evening of the contest. The propagations from Madeira were (as expected) really good compared to Jan Mayen or Norway. 108 countries and 2700+ QSO's were worked on 40M in two days. The team ended as #3 in the world.
The setup on 40M: ICOM IC-765, SB 220, DELTALOOP (E/W), DIPOLE (N/S), LOCAL PACKET CLUSTER & BENCHER KEYER