With the Canada 150 birthday coming up, there was the usual Canada Day contest to be had. Having just got back in time to check a few things out I set out to make a few contacts and see how well we can do this year.
Starting out I make the usual first contact with our local power station (Ed ve4ear running the ve4rac station). He is only a couple of km from me and it’s not difficult to find him in the bands. I was glad to make a few runs and have some others contact me as I was able to make a VE8 as he replied to my calls! I was also glad to make all the provinces, but was not able to make anything in YT or NU. There were some weak stations that I could just not pull out – I was running with both a vertical (R5) and a wire antenna (Alpha-Delta DX LB+). With the changes in our back yard over the last while, the 160m portion of that antenna is now not resonant – so was not able to reset it in time, so no real 160 contacts (except for our local power station).
Was glad to make a few local contacts and I was surprised how many Saskatchewan (SK) contacts I made – must have been some interesting propagation. I was only able to make a few contacts on 40 before I found out my relatively newly installed smoke detector is very sensitive to RF and did NOT like 100watts coming out of my antennas – even though they are a ways away — so not sure about that! I guess they don’t make them like they used to. Me thinks there needs to be some filtering on the power lines heading into it.
So, having worked a number of hours hoping for a big break in propagation (ha) .. I have the following score:
The one thing I did notice in the last while, was that when I picked up a used home-brew 6m 3-element beam from some of the guys (it’s a hand-me-down), it made a significant difference to the operation on that band. So much so, that I think I have to now try out the tri-band that’s been sitting in the basement for some time — just to see. I have no means of permanently mounting it at this point, but will be interesting to see how it performs. Another contest down.
73, Dan ve4drk