The new contest year starts for us today! We will participate with our team at the CQWW 160M SSB 2012 contest. During the full time we will stream our activity live via Ustream (see below). Even Propagation seems to be not very good, we will give our best. Our QTH is the new home of HB9ELV Chris. Chris will also start at 23.00 HBT. Later during the night HB9EMP Mischa and maybe HB9EPW Wernie will operate.
We hope we can find you down log and wish you a good Contest.
73’s de HB9EE
The CQWW WPX SSB 2011 Results were published just a few days ago on the official website.
HB9EE with the operator HB9ELV, HB9EPW and HB9EMP reached the 1st Place in Switzerland, 31. in Europe and 75. in the World. We reached a final score of 3,710,460 points, 1939 QSO’s and 852 WPX’s in the Category Multi OP – Single Transmitter. This is a huge improvement to the 2010’s CQWW WPX SSB, where we reached 962’588 points.
We are satisfied with this result, but of course there i still a lot to do better. This year we will try to improve our strategy and equipment.
The results of the 2011’s CQWW 160m SSB and CW contest were published last week on the official website. The results article of the CQ Magazine can be downloaded here.
We reached a final score of 302’956 points and 798 QSO’s. This placed us on the second rank in Switzerland. Congratulations to HB9CXZ who reached 348,840 points. This is a good results for us and it seems that we are also on a good international ranking.
We are looking forward to the next contest which will be the CQWW 160m SSB 2012. Most probably we will operate from the new QTH of HB9ELV. The equipment will be more or less the same. Maybe we will install some more beverage antennas.
We are happy that the new contest season starts for us soon. 🙂
Last weekend we participated in the CQWW SSB 2011 in the Multi-Two Category. To operate 48hours, we asked some friends from Germany and Switzerland to help us. Finally Niko DD1MAT, Tom DK1GO, Thomas DL1TS, Bert DK1IR, Robert DL2MIJ, Jörg DG4NDV and the two Swiss Operators, Christian HB9ESS and Stefan HB3YYD appealed to attend and build up the station. The planning and the preparation started already couple of monthes ago and the effort for this contest was huge. Unfortunately we could only start to build up at Friday afternoon. 10min before the contest started we were more or less ready to operate.
The propagation was amazing on the high bands. Especially on 10m the conditons were outstanding. For the setup we used:
160m: 26m Vertical and Full-Size Inverted -V
80m: 18m Vertical and Full-Size Inverted-V
40m: 2 Element Beam on a 30meter Big-Lift tower and a Dipole at 15meter
20m: 5 Element Monoband Beam Full-Size on a 25meter tower.
15m/10m: Optibeam 9-5 at 12meter
RX: Beverages in many directions 😉
Station 1: Yeasu FT-1000MP, Yaesu VL-1000
Station 2: Yeasu FT-2000D, Yaesu VL-1000
and some filters.
Chris HB9ELV, Mischa HB9EMP, Wernie HB9EPW, Peter HB9EPR, Nadja, Ives, Mr Toni, Christian HB9ESS, Stefan HB3YYD, Niko DD1MAT, Tom DK1GO, Thomas DL1TS, Bert DK1IR, Robert DL2MIJ, Jörg DG4NDV,
In total we logged 4800 QSO’s with a total amount of 7’400’000 points.
During the analysation of the contest one day later, we realised that we made some mistakes regarding the spotting rules of the CQWW. HB9EE is a fair contest team, out of this bad happenings we decided to send the log as “Checklog”. So we will not be in the rankings but the other stations who worked us, don’t lose their points they got from us. Of course this was disapointing every operator but for us it is important to follow the rules and respect the contest ethics. We are a young team and we still have to learn things.
We are looking forward to the next contest and of course, at the end of the contest, it is before the contest 🙂
Thanks for all the support and the points.
73’s de HB9EE
This weekend we (HB9ELV and HB9EMP) worked the IARU Region 1 Fieldday. The installation of the equipment worked without any problem. At about 13:30 HB time the equipment was built up and tested. The time until the start we used for a short discussion on how we proceed in the contest. We knew that during the same time there will be the “AA all Asia” contest, which will be a problem because of the points we will lose. But in general we knew that our chances of a top ranking will be good. As announced there were not too many other Swiss stations which could win against us. We also realized that we forgot to buy food. Only some snacks and about 12 red bulls were available :p additionaly it was also the case that we were only two operators, which means that the one who was not in front of the radio had to check the generator make sure that it is enough petrol in it – hard 24 hours came up…
At 15:00 HB time the contest started, at the beginning we worked the top bands which means 10 to 20 meters. Propagation was fine. Japan stations and the Pacific area peaked S9. Our QSO rate was in the average and during that time we were around rank 2 in Switzerland. We always tried to build up some pile ups but this was hard to do. Not many stations spotted us even we got some nice signal reports from overseas. At about 18:00 we decided to go on 15m and beam to America. It worked fine. Our QSO rate increased alot. North and South America arrived in Switzerland with outstanding signals. Lucky we got spotted from some U.S. Operators – the show was on!
At midnight we reached the 600 QSO’s mark, but a couple of minutes later our big generator gave up like in the H26 contest (we definetly have to change it in the future). Within seconds we started the smaller backup generator, changed the power cable and we were back on air. From that on we thought a top rank will be difficult to reach. Only 400 Watts, will it be enough to break the big pile up’s on 80 meter? Chris HB9ELV started into the night session. This was the worst time in the contest.. Till 7 o’clock we could only work about 150 QSO’s the stations from America which gave us normally a hell lot of points during the night on 40 meter were rare. It seemed that they worked Asia on the high bands. Only a few found the way into our logs, even they arrived very strong…
Sunrise. We already thought that a good ranking is far away as we realized that we were still in good positions… Next stop was 20 meter with beaming to VK and ZL. A short check and we knew that the propagation was outstanding. ZL../mobile with S9 from Christchurch and other stations came in strong. Also a VK2 /QRP station found the way into our log. But beside of that not a lot was around on the top bands. The decision came from Chris to go back to the low bands and this was just right. Europe was pumping. The logging engine was back on and the activity on the frequency woke us up again. Many German and English portable stations were around. And once we heard their score we thought that we are even on a top rank in international comparison. Not too many stations reached the 1000 QSO mark that time we got there. Our Motivation came back again. Ready for a good finish we beamed in direction to England and we just got flooded with points from the British empire – thank you! Also big thanks goes to Germany, we are always surprised how many stations are active and how they always support us.
Finish! What a day. Chris and I were a bit tired but still nervous from all the red bull’s 😛 Three other members from HB9EE arrived and helped us to clean up and gather the things together. Big thank you for this! Arrived at Chris’s QTH it was time for a cup of coffee (we know that our caffeine level must have been incredible high). After two years of good contest results it seems that also the Swiss Amateur Radio OP’s have perceived us 😛 Chris was asked to give a short interview to www.Amateurfunk.ch (click on the link to read it).
At the end we reached a score of 1121 QSO’s and 586’764 points. It looks like we reached a top three rank. Some people think we won it, but we only believe it when we have the official results.
Thanks for the points and the support.
73’s de HB9EE
Today we inscribed HB9EE for the SSB Fieldday 2011 which will be between the 3. to 4. September 13:00 UTC – 12:59 UTC. Until now there are not too many stations listed but we hope to get some competitors until the deadline for inscription ends on Tuesday. The actual list of participating stations can be found here.
The operators will be HB9ELV and HB9EMP. The equipment is organized and as almost every time we will have a new special part in use but at the moment we keep it as a secret 😉
We hope and we would appreciate it to work you on every band!
Overview The contest started with just a few logs. It was difficult to catch many stations in the afternoon. In the evening it got better. Unfortunately we had to disconnect the antennas about 9.00 HBT due to some local thunderstorms. After a 1.5h break we could rejoin. It was working quite good for this season. We could even log a QSO from Canada at early Sunday morning. During the full contest we had about S9 QRN which means that weak stations were difficult to work or even not receivable. We were hoping that it opens up to USA just before sunrise, but this wasn’t the case. Even with all these bad side effects we logged 290 QSO’s and 22 ITU HQ’s.
Operators: HB9ELV, HB9EPW, HB9EMP
Equipment: Yaesu FT-5000MP TRX, Yaesu Quadra System
2×42 meter dipole at 30 meters, 26 meter Vertical, Beverage antennas
At beginning we were not satisfied with the result when we finished on Sunday. Once we compared our score with the ones in the past, our opinion changed a bit. If we look back today with some nights of recovery, we must say that the result is good. We would also appreciate more support from the HB stations the next time. A special thanks to the ones who spotted us and helped us to gain some more points.
We hope that the we can operate again the next year’s IARU HF championship for HB9HQ.
PS: We had again some internet problem, we hope you could enjoy the livestream even with some time outs.