SEØX SteppIR back in the air

Finally the SEØX 3 element SteppIR is back in service after repair following the failure this winter. This picture was taken after the first test QSO receiving excellent reports from Kevin, NL7Z.

SteppIR tower with 10 meter mono on top.

SteppIR tower with 10 meter mono band yagi on top.

In February SEØX lost it’s 3-element SteppIR antenna. During rapid temperature change from above to below zero the antenna tape froze inside the fibreglass pole tube and got stuck resulting in a real mess inside the EHU, Element Housing Unit.

Mess inside EHU

Mess inside the driver EHU

Both reels of the driven element needed replacement, a fairly simple task but it took three months as we had to wait for spring to bring the tower down on the ground. The lesson learned is to always retract the elements when the antenna is not being used to avoid element tapes getting stuck in the poles due to freezing.

When the 10 meter mono bander came down on the ground as well, we took the opportunity to replace all the elements to make it last another few winter storms. The wind has a nasty habit of chopping the elements in half, especially if element clamps are over tightened.

Now SEØX is ready to put an excellent signal on 10, 15 and 20 meter in the next contest.

7S0X in WPX SSB

CQ WPX

A team with SMØMDG Björn, SMØMLZ Patrik, SMØNOR Ulf, SMØUXX Erik and SM3VFE Loic was active in WPX SSB 2009 competing in class muli-one.

Preparations involved a lot of antenna work and Friday night greeted us with a snow storm while rolling out two 100 meter long BOGs and laying out radials for the 80 and 160 meter band verticals. In addition to this, the 80 meter vertical crossed wires with the 40 meter loop resulting in a little antenna meltdown… the Acom amp make a very good welding supply.

7S0X station in WPX 2009

7S0X station in WPX 2009

On Saturday morning around 0600 zulu we we’re up and running full speed and Patrik took the first shift logging. In addition to contesting the team had gathered for a club lunch with traditional Swedish herring served as a starter, for main course we enjoyed salmon and canned “fresh” potato.

The contest activity ended around midnight on Sunday with 1.300 contacts logged and a claimed score of 1.622.191 points.

73 de Polar DXers

Svalbard Topband Activity

SvalbardSMØMDG Björn and OZ1LXJ John were active from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Januari 8-13, 2009. A total of 1.011 QSO’s were logged.

  • 1002 QSO’s 160CW
  • 7 QSO’s 160SSB
  • 2 QSO’s 80MCW

The radio used was an Elecraft K3 with a TL-922 amplifier, the TX antenna was a double inverted L and for RX we added two BOI (Beverage On Ice) and a pennant.

QSL route is via homecalls, buro or direct. If you worked us both and prefer to send direct, it is enough to send to one of us.

If you want to confirm your log status, please check our log search for this activity.

Our TNX to everyone of you who worked us, tried to work us, or just listened. A special TNX to JW5NM Mathias (RIP!) for your help and hospitality!

Below some statistics from DXHeat.com, click on graphs for more analysis.

JW/SM0MDG Statistics

JW/SM0MDG Statistics from DXHeat.com

JW/OZ1LXJ Statistics

JW/OZ1LXJ Statistics from DXHeat.com

Below is the QSL confirming the  Svalbard Top Band Activity.

Svalbard Top Band Activity QSL, back side

Svalbard Top Band Activity QSL, front side

Svalbard Top Band Activity QSL Front Side

Svalbard Top Band Activity QSL, back Side

Update: All QSL requests have been replied to, if you have not received your QSL please email SM0MDG or OZ1LXJ.

73 de John JW/OZ1LXJ & Björn JW/SM0MDG

7SØX in CQWW 160 SSB

SM0MDG Björn, SM0MLZ Patrik and SM0NOR Ulf was active Saturday in CQWW 160 SSB. This was no effort to contest, but a chance get together to make plans for WPX and to test some equipment.

All corners of EU was heard and worked, but very few DX came through the wall of noise. The exceptions where CT3, UA9, KP4 and HI. The TX antenna we used was a very low Inverted L with 12 radials and RX antenna a Pennant facing NA.

A total of 180 stations where logged.

Svalbard Top Band Activity QSL

JW QSL

Svalbard QSL

The Svalbard Topband Activity QSL has been designed and will be printed next week. Click the QSL icon to the right for a peak at the artwork.

QSL requests have been coming in since the day we arrived back home from Svalbard and we are looking forward to start replying to the requests. If you want to confirm your log status, please check our log search for this activity. QSL should be sent to the home call of the operator via buro or direct.


CQWW 160 CW – Pure fun!

CQWW 160What a fun contest weekend! I was really looking forward to the CQWW 160 CW contest as topband is my favorite band, and what a great fun weekend it became. I entered the contest in category A single operator high power, but was initially tempted to re-enter in assisted mode and use the cluster as the band was quickly saturated with strong EU QRM making it hard to S&P for DX. I decided to stay blind and use my own skills combined with the powerful filtering in the K3 to pull calls out from an ocean of clix and QRM.

Topband was in excellent shape and the band was open all through daylight Saturday and Sunday with strong signals from states like TX, OR, CO, MT and a few exotic places like XE. The boys from K7RAT was fading in and out all day long peaking at 579, but I was not able to break through their contest QRM – I need a bigger stick! Just 30 minutes before noon (3 hrs 21 min after SR) I logged KL7RA who where booming, see audio link below.

During the total operating time of 22:49 hours I logged 925 unique calls in 56 different DXCCs, 30 states and provinces. My goal was to beat the results of the best SM station last year in my category, and with my final (claimed) score of 448.576 point I did it with almost 4.000 points of margin…  well, lets see how many busted calls are in there.

On a techie note I experimented with a very simple diversity antenna setup, using pennants in NE and NW as main RX antennas and a 20 ft coax loop placed around 35-40 meters from the pennants. The result was better than I expected and diversity reception really helped pulling out the weaker ones. A side effect was that I could listen into several directions at the same time, and based on left or right audio to better be able to guess the direction of a calling station and chose the appropriate RX antenna.

To sum it up, the CQWW 160 CW contest provided lots of fun for the weekend and the goal of the contest was achieved – now I just need some sleep to catch up. Thanks to you all!

73 de Björn, SE0X (SM0MDG)

Listen to KL7RA audio here

SM0MDG New QSL

SM0MDG QSL

SM0MDG QSL

 

Today a box with 2000 of the new QSL cards arrived at the doorstep. This card will be used to confirm contacts for SM0MDG, SE0X and 7S0X.

Pse direct your QSL requests via buro or direct to SM0MDG, information in QRZ.com is up to date.

73 de Björn

JW Topband Activity info

Svalbard

SMØMDG Björn and OZ1LXJ John were active from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. A total of 1.011 QSO’s were logged.

  • 1002 QSO’s 160CW
  • 7 QSO’s 160SSB
  • 2 QSO’s 80MCW

QSL route is via homecalls, buro or direct. If you worked us both and prefer to send direct, it is enough to send to one of us.

Log check at sm0mdg.com/jw.

Our TNX to everyone of you who worked us, tried to work us, or just listened. A special TNX to JW5NM Mathias for your help and hospitality!

73 de John JW/OZ1LXJ & Björn JW/SM0MDG

CQWW CW claimed score

Below is the claimed score of SEØX in CQWW CW, but first a proper contest meal 🙂

SEØX contest dinner

SEØX contest meal

Claimed score:

  • ARRL-SECTION: DX
  • CALLSIGN: SE0X
  • CONTEST: CQ-WW-CW
  • CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED HIGH CW
  • CLAIMED-SCORE: 663060
  • OPERATORS: SM0MDG

73 de Björn