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IARU UHF 2009 - F6KUP/P

It was a good contest with a great atmosphere.

 

Below are the reports per bands and the claimed results.

Photos  

Setting up the 23/13cm dish

The 4 x 15 el DJ9BV fot the 70cm

F6KUP team : from left to right : François F6GMF, Matthieu F4BUC, Olivier F1AKK(above), Regis F0DZH (below), Alain F4DZI, André F5DNO, Sebastien F8DBF

Panoramic view of the site (with our "surprise neighbourhood"!)

23/13cm station

10GHz op F4BUC

Antennas

An ape in the tree

Some antennas in the landscape

F8DBF and the 70cm station

F1AKK operating 70cm

70cm amplifier

... and many more here :  http://f6kup.free.fr/IARU_UHF_2009/

->  Video on Youtube

Results summary (announced)

Here are the preliminary results from our logs.
Contest         : IARU Region 1 UHF Contest
Callsign        : F6KUP/P
Mode            : MIXED
Category        : Multi Operator - Multi Transmitter (MM)
Overlay         : Radio-club
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : High Power (HP)
Locator         : JN29PD
 
 BAND   QSO DUP LOC  POINTS AVG PTS AVG DIS 
--------------------------------------------
  432   251   0  77   91619   365.0   365.0 
 1296    67   0  35   21500   320.9   320.9 
 2320    33   0  24   12489   378.5   378.5 
  10G    15   0  11    3563   237.5   237.5 
  --------------------------------------------
TOTAL   366   0 147  129171   352.9   352.9 
============================================
           TOTAL SCORE : 129 171
 

Comparisons 2007 / 2009

Band

Nbr QSO

Average/QSO

Total points

Remarks

432 MHz

202/251

353/365

71364/91619  (+28%)

 

1296 MHz

77/67

317/321

24381/21500  (-12%)

QRT after 8h utc

2320 MHz

26/33

320/379

8011/12489    (+56%)

 

10 GHz

16/15

203/238

3248/3563      (+10%)

 

 We expect a good European place for the 2,3 GHz (maybe in the top 10).

Total points :

2007 : 107 004

2009 : 129171   (+21%)

 

Details per band

432 MHz

Compared to the 2007 session, we have made 20% more QSO on 432MHz thanks to an improved station with more power and a better antenna system. The activity on this band was good, especially toward UK. Activity was also good in France. From our QTH in JN29PD we have encountered the same “shadow” effect toward OK. Anyway we count 251 qso in the log with a rather good average distance of 365km/qso. ODX was EA2DR/1 in IN83 at 952 km. Also we made the qso with AO2V at 900km, SK7MW at 872km.

Conditions:

Power: 500 W

Antennas : 4*15 Elts DJ9BV

 

Country

QSO

TOTAL PTS

Average/qso

%QSO

%PTS

Germany

105

34243

326

42

37

England

17

8280

487

7

9

Wales

1

658

658

0

1

Jersey/Gern.

1

540

540

0

1

France

82

26554

324

33

29

Belgium

9

1674

186

4

2

Holland

5

1746

349

2

2

Switzerland

9

2797

311

4

3

Denmark

1

725

725

0

1

Spain

4

3476

869

2

4

Sweden

1

872

872

0

1

Czech Republic

10

6630

663

4

7

Luxembourg

1

97

97

0

0

Italy

2

1371

686

1

1

Austria

2

1173

586

1

1

Slovenia

1

768

768

0

1

 

 

  

0-100 km : 10 
100-200 km : 30 
200-300 km : 77 
300-400 km : 39 
400-500 km : 37 
500-600 km : 30 
600-700 km : 13 
700-800 km : 7 
800-900 km : 6 
900-1000 km : 2
 

1296 MHz

The 23cm band was also good in qso rate and DX but … until saturday evening when the station failed. There was a serious fault in the transverter and we had to use the TS2000 instead, with less power (10W instead of 130W). In sunday morning an other technical fault made the 23cm qrt. Anyway with the 10W power we managed some dx contacts with EA2DR/1 at 952km! His signal was qsb but sometimes strong in east of France. An other good dx was F2CT at 830km.

We have logged 67 qso, 10 less than in 2007. We think we have missed around 20 QSO due to the technical problem.

Random activity in 23cm was low but we can improve it with a broader antenna beamwidth.

Conditions :

Power : 130W / 10W

Antenna : 1m80 dish

 

Country

NBRE QSO

TOTAL PTS

Average/qso

%QSO

%PTS

Germany

23

7269

316

34

34

England

3

1607

536

4

7

France

27

7997

296

40

37

Belgium

4

818

205

6

4

Holland

5

1579

316

7

7

Switzerland

2

626

313

3

3

Spain

1

953

953

1

4

Czech Republic

1

557

557

1

3

Luxembourg

1

87

87

1

0

 

 

  

0-100 km : 4 
100-200 km : 9 
200-300 km : 25 
300-400 km : 10 
400-500 km : 10 
500-600 km : 5 
600-700 km : 2 
700-800 km : 0 
800-900 km : 1 
900-1000 km : 1

2320 MHz

2320 MHz was quite successful this year with 10 more QSO than in 2007 and a significant higher average distance. This band works very well, as well as the 23cm. The fact we use the same dish as for the 23cm sometimes cause some difficulties to manage the sked on these two bands. Anyway, we think that this band is promised to great DX in future contests. Just think to beam or ask sked to us ;) !

The dx QSO was realised with F6DRO/JN03 at 700km via airplane scatter. We were also satisfied and pleased to work F6FHP at 653km, M0GHZ at 591km and OK1KIR at 594km.

A special mention to GB3MHS beacon that we have received all the time. Quite a very useful beacon!

Average distance per QSO is impressive with 379km/qso !

Conditions :

Power : 40W

Antenna : 1m80 dish (the same as for 23cm)

  

Country

NBRE QSO

TOTAL PTS

Average/qso

%QSO

%PTS

Germany

11

3895

354

33

31

England

2

1025

513

6

8

France

12

4799

400

36

38

Belgium

1

175

175

3

1

Holland

6

1998

333

18

16

Czech Republic

1

594

594

3

5

 

 

  

0-100 km : 0 
100-200 km : 3 
200-300 km : 9 
300-400 km : 7 
400-500 km : 8 
500-600 km : 4 
600-700 km : 2 

10 GHz

3cm was correct but about the same as in 2007. Due to a sudden gust of wind, the complete dish system (with the TRX, the transverter etc..) felled down by 2m high! It was very lucky that there was nobody below and also that all the electronics remained safe! We managed to reinstall and secure the station and continue the QSO …

We think that many more QSO could be achieved with a better activity on microwave in France during contest. In France we have the activity days (about one day a month from April to October) dedicated to microwave activity. The most of the microwave activity is done during these days and so the contests suffer from less activity. We have also high trees that make impossible QSOs is some interesting/strategic directions (S, SW, E). Without them, we can estimate the potential of our station/qth at maybe 25 qso.

15 QSOs are in the log with G3XDY/JO02 as our dx at 434 km. There is also M1CRO/P at 414km.

Conditions :

Power : 5W

Antenna : 85cm offset dish mounted on tripod

 

Country

NBRE QSO

TOTAL PTS

Average/qso

%QSO

%PTS

Germany

4

790

197

27

22

England

2

848

424

13

24

France

5

969

194

33

27

Belgium

2

357

179

13

10

Holland

2

594

297

13

17

 

 

   

0-100 km : 1 
100-200 km : 4 
200-300 km : 7 
300-400 km : 1 
400-500 km : 2 

Other observations

We have used Wintest logging software during the contest.

Wintest is our favourite because we found it very easy to use, very reliable. We have used the tchat function to send skeds info between the 23/13/3cm station and the 70cm station. 

The propagation was average and the WX was quite correct without rain but with a constant moderate wind.

 Low activity of the French club stations.

We hope to copy you soon during the next contests!

 

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