Tower 1

Tower 1
Tower 1: Main tower supporting 50MHz 6M2WLC yagi, 14MHz 5 element yagi and 75m full wave loop.
Please note that all times are in UTC. As such comments relate to the next morning/day AEST unless otherwise stated.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

An early start, but not much time today as we re heading out 4WD'ing to Condamine Gorge.

Very few signals about, but David VK3AUU @ 1918z (RS57) was an interesting burn. Initial signals were RS51 at best and  after 3 overs built to RS57. Brad VK2QO @ 1938z (RS41) was heard but signal sounded more forward scatter than MS enhanced.

As for ZL8X... think I've missed any chance of working them. Summer Es would have usually been well established by now between VK and ZL,but we've had very little.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Condx this morning were less than favorable with few good MS enhanced burns. Many stations heard via short pings including Brad VK2QO, David VK3AUU  and Frank VK7DX, and rx reports received from Brad VK2QO, David VK3AUU, Glenn VK7AB and Frank VK7DX resulting in some partials. But only one complete - Joe VK7JG @ 2016z (RS51).

Local traffic added to the mix this morning with stations calling over each other, calling immediately as one finished, and a QSO held over those at the far end of the path calling all limiting the opportunities to complete. Looks less than favorable for when we get F2 if this operating style is any indication of what we can expect - but it's nothing new I suppose!

Friday, November 19, 2010

With absolutely no QRN the band was perfect for weak signal work. But after listening from 1900z for close to 30 minutes without a signal heard I was almost was going to give it all away when I could hear Norm VK3DUT and Frank VK7DX on forward scatter perfectly clearly with absolutely no signal to report!

Soon after the MS enhancements begun. Worked this morning were Norm VK3DUT @ 1939z (RS511), VK3DUT again @ 2001 (RS53) Frank VK7DX @ 2002z (RS51), VK3DUT again @ 2004z (RS57), Brad VK2QO @ 2035z (RS55), Dave VK7DD @ 2036z (RS51) and finally Peter VK5PJ @ 211114z (RS51).

Focus for the rest of the day will be towards the South Pacific and the ZL8X operations. With chances of Es prop, ZL8 would represent represent a new DXCC on 50MHz for me and one step closer to achieving 50MHz DXCC after 25 years on 6m!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A rare weekday opportunity to be in the shack and listening to the radio.  And sorry, haven't made time to post up the weekends activity either, so here's a quick summary:

Saturday - no activity, was out spraying weeds!
Sunday - Norm VK3DUT @ 2012z (RS51), VK3DUT again @ 2028z (RS58) and finally Frank VK7DX @ 2028z (RS51)

Today - Lot's of activity. with very short pings producing regular opportunities to hear stations. VK2QO, VK3DUT, VK7DX and VK5BC regularly heard. QRN played a part in my rx this morning... most frustrating when I don't experience it much... but makes me empathise a little more with those who regularly do!

Stations completed with this morning included: Norm VK3DUT @ 1948z (RS52), Wayne VK4WTN @ 1950z (RS52 via ground wave), VK3DUT again @ 1958z (RS58), Frank VK7DX @ 2024z (RS51), David VK3AUU @ 2032z (RS41), Brian VK5BC @ 2034z (RS51), Brad VK2QO @ 2106z (RS52), VK3AUU again @ 2106z (RS53 - and upto RS58).

Friday, November 5, 2010

CQWW is now a week behind, and operations have returned to normal.

50MHZ MS activity today was interesting. Short, sharp pings produced the following completes - Brad VK2QO @ 1944z (RS53), Norm VK3DUT @ 1957z (RS51) and VK3DUT again @ 2014z (RS55).