Portable VHF and HF weekend

Weekend VHF and HF activity by Dave M0TAZ.

This weekend I took part in the 144 MHz trophy contest. The contest attracts activity from all over Europe, and on Sunday it also coincides with the low power back packer series. The contest has a number of categories from 24 Hrs to 6 Hrs I decided to opt for a casual entry on Saturday only, operating for just under 4 Hrs. The contest was very busy, with a lot of high power multi antenna UK stations with exceptional signals.

Using a Icom 7100 with 50w and a 12m mast supporting a 9e tonna I was able to work 41 station. Some DX highlights for the day was

DL0GTH in JN50 @741 KM.
DA0FF in JN40 @ 688 KM
DL0GM in JO31 @520 KM


You can view the claimed scores here

On Sunday I decided to work a few HF stations, the RSGB SSB Field day continued until 2PM local, so set up a simple station using 100w from the Icom into a doublet antenna 20m per leg fed with 300 Ohm ribbon cable.
With the able assistance of Fred G3SVK we worked 35 stations quickly before getting sidetracked by some JA stations calling on 21 MHz. After a few calls I was able to work


20m per leg doublet

20m per leg doublet


I also operated on 5 MHz and was able to work Mal G3KEV/p in Scarborough and Peter G4LNA in Hertfordshire.
A map showing the QSO completed on 144 MHz is available here.


Dave M0TA


About M0TAZ

Dave enjoys all aspects of the hobby from contesting in a wet cold field (OK enjoys is a bit strong) to building beams and working big DX. Portable VHF and HF can provide lots of opportunity to try new things, test out antenna and enjoy a field day based curry.
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