WAEDC CW Contest 2017 – 4E1A

Just finished the Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) in CW. It was my first participation as a non-European station using my vanity callsign 4E1A in the single operator low power class. Only contacts to European stations are allowed, and you can sent telegrams (QTCs) to them to earn additional points. Poor propagation conditions made it very difficult this year.  On the 40 m band there was a lot of noise due to lightening (QRN), and I could only make 3 contacts (QSOs). Nevertheless, it was fun to participate again after more than 25 years (!) ago 1991 under my German call sign DK4TB.

My Equipment:

Icom IC-718, 100 W output. 3 el Spider beam for 20 m and 15 m and a full size G5RV for 40 m (and 80 m). Using Digikeyer II interface with Bencher paddle and RUMlogNG logging program on my MacBook.

Station setup
Early morning sunrise. You see the feeder line of the G5RV antenna running up the 12 m (40 ft) antenna mast.

4E1ADW

INFEX and DX Contest 2017

On Feb 18 the International Friendship Exchange (INFEX) and DX contest took place in the Philippines. DX1ACE participated with a group of eight girl scouts in the Dasmarinas National High School.

Station setup and test

12 m Fiberglass pole with 40 m inverted vee antenna

Girls are exited and having fun using the first time a radio

Short video clip: IMG_2563

 

DU1 – Tagaytay – Jan 2017

During this visit I had more time to setup my station in Tagytay and test the antennas. I was very impressed by the performance of the spider beam  and even the good propagation on the lower bands.

IC-718 with AT-130 manual tuner, external speaker and Yaesu rotator controller. Using my Macbook for loggin and digital modes

Spider beam for 20, 17 and 15 m and trap dipole for 40 and 80 m

View from our terasse to the south. Ideal propagation in direction of Australia VK

On 1st of Feb I went to NTC and PARA office to take the exam for class A Philippine Amateur radio license. Hopefully I will receive my DU1 callsign soon.

Visit at PARA office in the NTC building in Manila