CQ WPX SSB Contest 2018

Over the weekend March 25th/25th I participated in the CQ WPX Contest SSB, category Single Operator, Non-assisted, Low Power. Although propagation was not favourable, I could make more than 1000 contacts and achieve more than 1 Mio points (raw score). Having fun!

Klaus, 4E1A, during WPX SSB contest 2018

The analysis of log data gives a good snapshot for the current propagation conditions from the Philippines.

CQ zones reached with time (local Philippines) and average frequency. Yellow: long path.

10 m band was open to Japan, Korea and China

INFEX 2018 – DX1ACE

The 2018 International Friendship Exchange (INFEX) and DX Contest took place on Feb 17th, 2018. DX1ACE participated from the National High School Dasmariñas.

OCF dipole for 40, 20 and 15 m on a 12 m fiberglass pole and commercial v-shaped multi band dipole
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Girl scouts having fun with the radio
Dasmariñas National High School

80/40/30 m Dipole

For the lower bands I am using a 40/80 m trap dipole. In order to become qrv on 30 m, I added a radiation coupled lambda/2 element for 30 m, using 10 cm spreader. After cutting the additional wire to the right length, the resonance on 30 m is exactly at 10.1 MHz. The additional element has no influence on the resonance for 40 and 80 m, but the impedance on 30 m is with 150 Ohm significant higher than 50 Ohm.

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10.1 MHz Impedance (141 – j34) Ohm – VSWR 3
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7.1 MHz Impedance (40 + j1) Ohm – VSWR 1.24
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3.6 MHz Impedance (27 – j5) Ohm – VSWR 1.9

Linear Loaded Dipole for 20 m

As the propagation conditions getting worse for 15 m and 17 m, I extended my linear loaded dipole on both sides by 1.8 m in order to cover the 20 m band. SWR is ok without modification of the 1 : 4 transformation line.

Will see, how it works in the upcoming CQWW DX CW contest.