160mtrs Contest

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REAL TIME CONTEST AUDIO AND LOG:  http://160.pc5m.com

From 1980 onwards we have been participating in the CQWW 160mtrs CW contests.

Our contest group consists of:

  • Peter, PA3AUC
  • Han, PA3BPL
  • Johan, PA3CLH
  • Frans, PA3CQE
  • Paul, PA3DSB
  • Carel, PC5M
  • Rob, PE1ITR

Location

Our contest QTH (JO21OJ) is located in the country side near the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands and we operate
from a barn with plenty of free space around us to setup the antennas and supports.

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Equipment

Radio's

Radio used is a FT1000 mark V feeding 2 poweramplifiers via the 160mtrs antenna switch·controller.
Main poweramplifier is a Russion surplus amplifier build around a GU43 tube, output 400W++. Second amplifier is a FL2100, running·also around 400W.

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For logging we use n1mm contest logger feeding our interactive live website with current log data.

Antenna's

160_vertical_1_150_200Our main antenna is a vertical, during the years we used different configuration. Ranging from fullsize quarter wave with plenty of radials to L-shaped with four elevated radials. At present the vertical is L-shaped with vertical part around 30mtrs and approx. 30 radials of 40mtrs length.

Second antenna used is a good old dipole.

 

As receive antenna's we use a 300mtrs long beverage pointed at the USA and two K9AY loop's.

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Via the 160mtrs switch box we are able to select for receive the vertical, dipole, beverage or one of the four K9AY loops.

Footage

 Exploding powersupply/amplifier:

 CQ160 mtrs contest 2009:

 

Some pictures of last years activity can be found here:

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