Today was Murphy in the House…..
Where we had hoped to start working the pile-ups we continued working on the station. Last night vthe OptiBeam was officially declared “not working”. When we returned to the station it appeared that the overnight rainfall had also taken the Force12 as his cassualty as this yagi was also not working. A small field trip to the 2nd tower brought a damaged isolation of one of the feedlines and when observed closer the water was freely runnin in and out and the connector appeared also to be a loose connector. Jo PA9JO and Ronald PA3EWP fixed the connector and isolation and shortly after the C3 was available again. The new connector also took out a lot of QRM between different bands, so a really BIG improvement.
In the afternnon Phil GJ4BCQ made us a surprise visit and he went onto the roof to identify the reason why the OptiBeam was no good. He succeeded in indentifying the course. As usual it was something very unexpected but replacing a cable between the feeder and the antenna solved the problem.
Despite some interference issue between different bands we now could start working the pile ups and with success.
We also had to repair the VHF amplifier in order to have the station ready for the VHF contest. We more or less found the problem and with handling the amplifier very carefull we could start the contest on 2m. 17 QSO’s in day 1 tells more or less the story. No propagation and no-one heads their beam to Jersey in the contest. So mostly F’s made it in the log and best DX just over 400 km. We know it is not the station as we worked an OK by meteor scatter in just 2 minutes, just before the contest.
Ronald PA3EWP and Alex PA1AW made it a long day and stayed at the station to work low bands and especially 60 meters as the demand is very big on 60m. This was clearly appreciated by the positive DX-cluster comments. We were able to give out a lot of new bandpoints today.
To Be Continued.
73 Alex PA1AW