preparing contest @ PI4GN

This weekend VHF/UHF/SHF contest in Europe
Preparing the antennes is always taking a lot of time, taking down can be done in 2 hours.

Hoping for good weather but some storms coming…

small film

Burned 70cm preamp oeps

Broken relais, but fixed in time

Broken relais, but fixed in time

It was a very special start of the contest. Rainclouds came in with heavy thunder. CB was building to over 8km high which gave us a perfect rainscatter propagation on 3cm (10 GHz) to South and South East. Reflection area from G to F to OE(!! forward scatter). In the 3 hours of the contest we made 22 qso’s on 3cm, real DX ‘ing! ODX was OE5D and average was over 500 km.

We got our share of the storm too, no wind but heavy rains. The garden needed that.
Of course something got broken and of course we had to take down the mast in the pooring rain……….

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