Friday, 31 July 2015

IOTA 2015 MD4K MULTI-OP HP

IOTA 2015 MD4K MULTI-OP HP
Call: MD4K
Operator(s): M0BEW
Station: MD4K
Class: Multi-Op HP
QTH: IOM, EU116
Operating Time (hrs): 24

Summary:
 Band      Qs    Mults  
------------------------
   80:     0       0     
   40:     0       0    
   20:     0       0   
   15:     0       0    
   10:     0       0      
------------------------
Total:  2811     480     Total Score = 10548000

Comments:





Conditions really dreadful. 10m unproductive till Sunday morning.
Even short stuff on 40m was hard going.
Great contest with plenty of activity despite poor propagation.
Brilliant weekend with a solid team effort.

Thanks for everyone for the QSO's.

Tim M0BEW.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

IARU 2015 M0BEW SOABLP CW

IARU 2015 M0BEW SOABLP CW

Contest         : IARU HF Championship
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single operator
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : ALL BANDS
Class           : Low
Exchange        : 27
Operating time  : 06h 05m

 BAND  CW SSB HQ  Z POINTS  AVG
-------------------------------
  160   5   0  0  3     17 3.40
   80   0   0  0  0      0 0.00
   40   0   0  0  0      0 0.00
   20 154   0  9 15    528 3.43
   15 162   0 12 13    530 3.27
   10  11   0  6  3     21 1.91
-------------------------------
TOTAL 332   0 27 34   1096 3.30
===============================
      FINAL SCORE: 66 856


Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         : 


Usual battery powered field day setup.
Limited time operating during the Saturday afternoon.
Conditions really felt hard. Despite good RBN spots from 10m impossible to create any kind of run.

Tim M0BEW.

Monday, 22 June 2015

DXLOG CONTEST LOGGING SOFTWARE

DXLOG CONTEST LOGGING SOFTWARE.

I have used a number of different logging software over the years. I began with CT in the late 90's and moved over to Writelog in 2000. I used this exclusively for home operating till 2006. At this point I took a long break from contesting until returning to radio in 2013. 
When coming back I looked at everything new that was now available and ended up going with Wintest. It seemed stable, lots of operators were happy with it, and  had all the 1R and 2R options I needed. I tried it, liked the feel, and kept with it.
Recently I thought I'd take a look at DXLog. See screenshots for my setup.


I setup with a simple, basic, almost old school CT feel, but with everything needed visible. With a couple of shortcuts setup you can bring up cluster window and needed mult information.
Show mult window;

Show cluster window;

For a RTTY data seup it looks like this. (GRITTY is also supported.)

A nice, clean, no frills layout.

The few problems I had with Wintest, DXLog deals with fine.
Despite what I read about others experiences of Wintest performing solid I always had trouble getting Winkey to work reliably.
Unless I followed a specific sequence when loading up Wintest, Winkey would never initialize.
I would need to do the following, execute Wintest > Open the log > Type SETUP hit enter = Winkey detected. If I did anything to the log, e.g enter a qso, or dupe check etc before starting the setup Winkey would NEVER get detected, or more awkwardly if I had to change any thing mid contest with the comports it would break the cw, the whole process would have to be started again. Not ideal.
With DXLog once it had synced up, it just works, no matter when you re-initialize the comports. As it should. Very good.

Another issue Wintest had was with the DX cluser when connected to a busy node, such as RBN.  The system would become sluggish and unresponsive, CW was erratic with pauses in messages etc. Completely unacceptable, only option was to switch the cluster off.
DXLog in this case runs smooth despite the bombardment of spots coming though.

Things you'll need to get running if your using the recorder.
MP3 codec.
Download libmp3lame.dll and copy it into DXLog.net installation folder.
File libmp3lame.dll can be downloaded from here - http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-libraries.php

So, on the whole I'm very impressed, I'm converted.
This will be my go-to software for logging for the future.

73
Tim M0BEW.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

VHF Contesting Optimize Your Station Experience! by Joel Harrison W5ZN

VHF Contesting Optimize Your Station Experience! by Joel Harrison W5ZN.


VHF contesting is an exciting part of amateur radio and the contest scene. It presents some differences and challenges from HF contesting but is just as rewarding in achievement. Whether you're looking for a top 10 score, increasing your VUCC or WAS level or want to enjoy a weekend with a new amateur radio experience this information will be of benefit to you.


Thanks to the wealth of material supplied from WWROF.

Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 19 June 2015

RBN DATA RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS JUNE CW

RBN DATA RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS JUNE CW.

Below is the data I pulled off from last June's RSGB 80m Club Champs CW Contest.
I was interested to see how the my signal from a relatively simple system worked compared to previous 80m CC entrants that seem to do well.
For comparison I simply lifted the calls from the top ten entrants of the last session.
The system is 100w, 1/2w res dipole @ 30ft with ends at 10ft. Pictures speak a thousand words they say. See below.



DK0TE.


DL9GTB


EA5WU


F5RRS


G0KTN


HA1VHF


HB9DCO


IK3STG


OE6TZE


ON5KQ


S50ARX


SE0X


SM6FMB


ZL2HAM


This is not perfect data, however it does show the signal put into the main areas of interest. Unfortunately there weren't many UK RBN active on 80m that evening to get a good spread of UK reference.

Results.
It's amazing to see the vast difference of signal between stations throughout the session. Geography will certainly play a role in this.
As to be expected, I'm not topping the charts all over, however its still quite pleasing to see how such a simple system performs.
Just for fun I have included some spots from the ZL RBN, showing who was spotted from there at our sunset.
I will try to continue to do these reports through future sessions. It'll be interesting to see the differences through the year with different darkness hours.

73. Tim M0BEW.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

DRCG WW RTTY 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

DRCG WW RTTY 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : DRCG World Wide RTTY
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : RTTY
Category        : Single operator
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : 20
Class           : Low
Exchange        : 14
Operating time  : 00h 33m

 BAND QSO  C P DUP POINTS  AVG
------------------------------
   80   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
   40   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
   20  20 14 0   0     61 3.05
   15   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
   10   0  0 0   0      0 0.00
------------------------------
TOTAL  20 14 0   0     61 3.05
==============================
       FINAL SCORE:  854


Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         :
A little tester of DXLog using RTTY. 

Only caught last hour but the software seems solid. Very good.

Tim M0BEW

WWSA CW 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

WWSA CW 2015 M0BEW SOABLP

Contest         : WWSA CW
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single operator
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : ALL BANDS
Class           : Low
Grid square     : IO82VL
Operating time  : 01h 32m

 BAND QSO  Z  C DUP POINTS  AVG
-------------------------------
   80   0  0  0   0      0 0.00
   40   0  0  0   0      0 0.00
   20  38  6 21   0     44 1.16
   15  18  6 13   0     20 1.11
   10   7  3  6   0     13 1.86
-------------------------------
TOTAL  63 15 40   0     77 1.22
===============================
       FINAL SCORE: 4 235


Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         :
Oped from the usual field location.

Only a short session.
Activity didn't appear too high on in the last hours Sunday. Might have been higher on the Saturday, who knows.
Tested DXLog for the first time. Very impressed. Seemed solid.

Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 12 June 2015

RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS 2015 JUN CW M0BEW

RSGB 80M CLUB CHAMPS 2015 JUN CW M0BEW

Contest         : RSGB 80 meter Club Competition
Callsign        : M0BEW
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 80 m
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  : DX
Locator         : IO82VL
Operating time  : 1h29

 BAND   QSO DUP  POINTS   AVG
------------------------------
   80   134   1     134  1.00
------------------------------
TOTAL   134   1     134  1.00
==============================
       TOTAL SCORE : 134

Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations

Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         :
Operated from the field at IO82VL.
Fun little session. Tested a relatively low dipole. SE/NW. Feed point @ 30ft and ends @ 10ft.
My idea was to put a signal on the band for 90 minutes using a typical G system and see how it fared, checking the RBN data against the 80m CC regulars.
Interesting data.

Tim M0BEW.

Friday, 5 June 2015

CQ WPX CW 2015 MW6V(M0BEW) SOABLP

CQ WPX CW 2015 MW6V(M0BEW) SOABLP

Contest         : CQ World Wide WPX Contest
Callsign        : MW6V
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  :
Locator         : IO72PC

Operating time  : 16h27

 BAND   QSO DUP  PFX  POINTS   AVG
-----------------------------------
  160     0   0    0       0  0.00
   80     0   0    0       0  0.00
   40     0   0    0       0  0.00
   20   877   1  517    1534  1.78
   15    30   0   14      60  2.00
   10     0   0    0       0  0.00
-----------------------------------
TOTAL   907   1  531    1594  1.78
===================================
       TOTAL SCORE : 846 414


Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations

Operators       : M0BEW
Soapbox         : 

WPX coincided with a holiday this year so I operated from the holiday cottage in Gwbert Ceredigion.
Tremendous QTH with the house being located right on the coastline overlooking the sea. Nothing serious, a casual affair. 
Ran with Wintest, a TS480 and a simple linked dipole. 

Sunset @ MW6V.
Operating position.
Living area.














My activity was on and off throughout the Sunday only as we traveled out on the Saturday.
Being at an unfamiliar location its sometimes hard to gauge the conditions, and with how well this location played towards the west made things even more confusing. However, things did feel pretty good.

Upon setting up the station it was clear there was a local noise. 
A wide band qrm destroyed the upper HF bands. Very disappointing, in any case it wasn't 24/7 and even went quiet for a sporadic hour or two so things were fine. 

It was great to part of WPX 2015 and a pleasure to operate from such an idyllic location, and give away the MW6V mult.

Thanks for the qsos.
Tim M0BEW.