Posted by: GW7AAV | August 7, 2010

RSGB Low Power 144MHz Contest

The RSGB’s 144MHz Low Power Contest is today at 1400-2000 (UTC). Maximum output Power 25W at the TX. RST , Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator plus first 2 letters of your Postcode. Scoring is one point per Kilometre multiplied by the number of Countries plus Postcodes plus QTH locator squares.

I have printed out a log this time so no forgetting to write in the time like I did on Tuesday night. If I feel I did okay I might actually up load my log this time. Not that it is worth getting competitive about because I just cannot compete with stations who have 4 x 16 elements on 100 foot towers who live on the East coast and can rack up the continental stations like shelling peas even if they are only running 25 watts. It would be too easy to suggest that they might be running a couple of kilowatts as well but that would be without substantiation, so I will not do that and after all I can’t accuse anyone or they might not come back to my call. So I am just going to have some fun and hopefully I will get off page one of my new log sheets.

Update: It is one minute after the above contests and that was one of the biggest none events I have ever tried to take part in. After six hours I have seven stations in my log and I only heard one station I did not work and he was only heard working others and was never on his own frequency. A bit of a contrast to Tuesday night and the 144MHz activity night where I worked that many stations in the first six minutes. What makes it more galling is that before the contest  many people were working sporadic E in to Portugal on the same band.

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