Just a few images from our last Drowned Rats outing. This is the RSGB 144MHz and 432MHz October Contest. Rats on parade were: M0SAT (Dave), G7LRQ (Anthony), 2E1LEX (Alex), M0ICR (Carl), M0ZRG (Gene) and a very welcome visit from Gordon G3WYG and his XYL Fiona.
It was pleasant to enter the first RSGB UK Activity Contest (UKAC) on Tuesdy night. Being the first Tuesday of the month this contest was on 2m (144MHz).
Activity levels were good although conditions were nothing special with many reporting high levels of QRM and deep QSO. It was particularly disappointing now to work any /P stations (portable operating is not allowed under current VHFCC contest rules, in accordance with HM Government Covid restriction in ‘Lockdown 3’). I did miss working some of the stalwarts of the UKAC like Chris (G4FZN/P) and Pauline up in IO94 and Gordon (G8PNN) in IO95. Despite missing some of these regulars it was a pleasure to work, amongst others Gordon (another Gordon!) GI6ATZ for my ODX at a shade under 500km.
Here is my map of contests map, note that there’s nothing much to the South / South East – I have rotten take-off in that direction.
70m antenna ready to liftGetting the 70cm antenna up – Gin Pole styleDavid G0CAG looks for stations on 4mThe Operating tent at Dusk – changing over the 6m and 4m antennasDavid G0CAG gets to work on his traditional ‘Bog-Rash’ Hungarian stew
Working G7RAU/P from the Lizard, Cornwall, using 50W and just 4 element Tonna in the garden this morning. Digital mode is ISCAT-A and the application is WSJT by K1JT. -8dB / -9dB each way … good copy of Dave’s digital signal. The image below shows the full QSO exchange.Distance = 380Km.