PACC 2013

9 & 10 of February is the weekend of the 2013 edition of the Dutch PACC. Despite the fact that I “lost” my great station in Malden, I spent some hours in our national contest from my new QTH. Running this with only a R5 vertical and a provisional top loaded wire vertical for 40m is quite a challenge. I had to compensate a bit for the antenna gain loss so I switched on the linear and ran most of the time with about 400W. 10m was not closed but activity was a disappointment. I am glad I put some effort in constructing something for 40m because this band appeared to be the workhorse together with 20m. All in all I am satisfied with my 700+ QSOs as I only spent a little less than 10 hours in this contest. Run rates were quite good in particular when showing up on a band for the first time (“fresh meat”). BTW the PACC log robot calculates a slightly higher score due to the fact that it mistakenly counts UA7 as a separate multiplier. I informed the contest committee about this little flaw.

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An interesting analysis can be made at the website of the Reverse Beacon Network. Here you see my signal compared to that  of PA0O as received by W3LPL on Feb 09, 2013. As you see the 40m vertical did pay off (substract 6dB from my signal as I used 6dB more power than Jaap did).



14 years of PF5X from Malden soon over

After 14 years of radio activity from my current location in Malden, I will move to a temporary house in Cuijk (8 km south of Malden) per July 4th.

Veldoven, Cuijk. View from East towards West.

We finally sold (conditionally) our current house and we will eventually build our new house at a fantastic location right at the border of a small lake (pebble/sand quarry) in Cuijk. My crank-up / fold-over tower will be for sale in due time.

The roof terrace will hopefully offer some possibilities for erecting a small 6m beam and a vertical antenna for HF (either my Cushcraft R7 or a glassfiber mast with wires).

View to the North from roof terrace.

Seasonal change of antennas

Saturday was a nice day in The Netherlands (sunny and warm), so I decided to change antennas again: 6m yagi out and 30/40m dipole in. After 4 hours work, in relatively high temperatures and losing a lot of sweat, the switch was complete.

Tower folded over during antenna work. The 30/40m dipole is already mounted above the 3 ele SteppIR.

Crete & SV9CVY

I just returned from a very relaxing holiday on Crete with my wife and my two youngest kids. The picture below is taken in the beautiful Samaria gorge close to the South-West coast of Crete.

Enno, Marenne, Marja and Jard taking a break in the shade in the Samaria gorge

During the time we had a car I tried to visit Mike, SV9CVY. As I had no phone number of him available I located his QTH with the naked eye and drove to him. This is not difficult as he has a very impressive antenna set-up. In the next pictures you can see his 2 Opti-Beam antennas and a 4 ele Ultrabeam antenna with extra 6m elements.

SV9CVY's OB17-4 (foreground) and OB804020 (background)

SV9CVY's OB804020 and 4ele Ultrabeam


After returning from a marvelous holiday in Crete, I found the QSL card from BA8AG on my doormat. After missing this country several times in the good old days of F2 propagation, I managed to work China this Es season in a fantastic opening on June 20th, 2010.

BA8AG qsl

No code ? – No way !

Browsing a bit to look what new equipment was presented in Dayton this year, I found this picture in a forum about the Dayton Hamvention.

How can you be proud of ignorance ?

And the back of this T-shirt looks like this:

Wrong text ... ?

Obviously this text should have read:  “No code – No way !” …

CW rulez, gentlemen. Try to snatch that weak DX signal in a spotty Es opening on 6m in CB. No way you can do that, there is only one solution: CW. (Unless you are going for those inaudible  screen modes of course, but that’s a different story).

VP2EMR active now on 6m

Andrea, IK1PMR, and Claudia, PA3LEO, are now active as VP2EMR and VP2ECF from Anguilla. They sent me an e-mail today stating that the 4 ele 6m yagi, which I sponsored them, is 2 meters above the wooden terrace. Take-off to Europe is relatively clear. Andrea has a K3 with 100W. Given the fact that he worked into Europe on 6m from St. Maarten with only a vertical, this set-up should certainly make it possible to cross the Atlantic. Check out their exact location at Google Maps.