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.

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DU1- Dasmariñas – Aug 2016

This time we stay longer than a week in our second home, and I set up a 12 m fibreglass pole with a G5RV multi-band dipole antenna for 40 m to 10 m. The pole is located at on corner of our area, the dipole endings are fixed at two other corners, so the antenna has a form of a 90 degree inverted vee.

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fibre glass pole

The antenna analyser shows clearly 3 resonant frequency points: around 40 m, 20 m and 10 m. All resonances seem to be below the amateur radio frequency bands, probably because of the inverted vee form.

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Using my “old” AT-130 antenna tuner, I can operate on all bands from 40 m to 10 m including the WARC bands.

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Assembling the antenna:

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Operation in digital modes using my home-brew interface:

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Time to disassemble, as we are going back to Singapore. Heavy duty 40 ft fiber glass pole and G5RV dipole:

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