I decided to enter the CQWW 160M contest last weekend for real. All (2) night long till after SunRise. Didn’t manage to stay up all night had to sleep for a few hours. And a birthdayparty on Saturday night!
Total time on about 21 hours.

The week before the contest I quickly installed a beverage for West. Not too long about 100m space is limited in that direction. And I moved the K9AY square further away from the inverted-L tx-antenne.

Both changes were big improvements. Although signals are down on beverages the noise (QRN+QRM) is down much more. And the 3rd order IM properties of my TS-2000 are not too good, so listening on the inverted-L is not possible in contest situations. (PA0QX is about 10 km away from me, when he is on the whole band blocks).
Working most time with a bandwith of 80 Hz, but sometimes it is very difficult to tune to the right frequency. I think the tx and rx of my TS-2000 are not the same, when I use the RIT permanently +0,12 the qso-rate went up.

Did 429 qso’s in S&P-mode, 67 countries (5 all time new) and 32 US-states for a total of just over 250.000 points. Especially Sunrise on Sunday was great! I worked states like NM, CA & AZ and XE, PJ2 and P49 very easy. Heard CE but weak, too late and huge pile-up.

DXCC on 6m received ARRL award

This morning I received the award for 6M DXCC (100 countries confirmed). Still no F2 so Only Es!
Now already worked 116 countries.

But things get more difficult as the distance is groing to get a new DXCC.


Topband is also a magic band

6 meters (50 MHz) is called ‘magic band’ by many amateurs. And it is true , sometimes amazing DX is flying in while nearby stations are low in the noise. Especially with Es. (No F2-experience here, and I expect that there will be no or just weak F2 in this solar cycle).

But 160M is as magic as 6M. Propagation is very different from 6M, but can be magic too. Especially around Sunset and Sunrise DX can be expected to pop out of the noise. And a (relative) simple setup is enough to work real DX.

2 weeks ago I have set up my 160M flexpole (16M) as 1/4 wave inverted-L. Started with 4 radials on the ground, but today I added 3 more. Now the SWR is nearly 1:1 and impedance around 40 ohm. The efficiency will be 60-75%. Yesterday I heard VK4AM (his sunrise) but no power (enough) to break the pile-up. And last year VK3IO. But I never heard a ZL although it’s quit close from Australia (30 min sun).
New DXCC this year on 160M are XU (also 80), A4 and ZB2.

This winter I use a K9AY system for RX but I’m very satisfied with the results. Compared to the inverted-L signals are much weaker and noise (QRN) is not better, maybe worse. F/B attanuation (directivity) works OK so nothing wrong with the installation itself. Maybe to close to the inverted-L??

So I decided to setup a beverage, to the East (90 degrees) about 160m long. And it works perfect. Signals are not so strong but QRN is much much lower than on the inverted-L and the K9AY: the S/R ratio is better.

Yesterday on 80m I used the beverage to listen to Long Path qso’s (SSB) and I even managed to work K7ZV, my first LP qso on 80m.

Sorry the picture is not very clear on the.
The 160M vertical is clear on the pic. Just looked outside: no 160M there. The wind is strong today. Broken guy but no harm done.