Sunday, 22 November 2015

Friese 11 steden contest - Frysian 11 cities contest review

Event: Frysian 11 cities contest 2015 80m (SSB) section outside region 14 
Logger: HRD logger V4 export to a excel sheet later 
TRX: Icom IC-706 MKIIG - 100W 
Antenna: 84m horizontal loop on 7m agl 

 Ik begon precies op tijd. Hoorde niet veel CQ roepen of ik kon het gewoon niet horen. Het ruisniveau was erg hoog ondanks het gebruik van de horizontale loop. Dit keer moest ik echt goed luisteren om sommige stations uit de ruis te halen vooral de stations uit het zuiden van het land waren erg zwak. De meeste Friese stations kwamen hier keihard binnen. Weer weinig activiteit vanuit het buitenland en vanuit Nederland heb ik diverse stations gemist. Gelukkig wel wat aktiviteit van PE2KM Kees die anders nooit meer zo aktief is op de radio. Uiteraard heb ik mijn signaal en modulatie weer even beluisterd op de webSDR van Weert. Deze webSDR heeft ook een mogelijkheid tot opname. Te beluisteren is mijn CQ en QSO met PA3JD Joop uit Dedemsvaart. Dat ging ook vrij moeilijk al ontving ik hem beter dan hij mij had ik het idee. Uiteindelijk maakte ik 3 QSO's minder dit jaar. Ik was even bang dat ik alle 12 multipliers dit jaar niet halen, maar gelukkig lukte mij het toch de laatste (PA3DTY Bolsward) te werken 3 kwartier voor het einde. Uiteindelijke score 301x12=3612 punten.

 I did make a start just on time. Not many running CQ or I didn't hear them. Noise level was very high despite using the horizontal loop. This time it was really hard to pick up some of the stations out of the noise, especially when from the south part of the country. Most of the Frysian stations however were very strong. Unfortunately again there was almost no activity from outside Netherlands and even inside the Netherlands the activity was low. I missed a lot of stations that normally show up in this contest but not this year. Luckely there was some activity from PE2KM Kees who has not been active to much lately. Of course I monitored my signal and modulation again via the Weert webSDR, this one has a recording function implemented. I made a recording from the QSO wit PA3JD Joop from Dedemsvaart. This QSO went very difficult although I had the feeling I received him a lot better then he did me. In the end I made 3 QSO's less as last year. I was afraid I would not get all 12 multipliers but managed the last one (PA3DTY Bolsward) 45 minutes before the end. Score 301x12=3612 points.

Saturday, 21 November 2015


Today, saturday. Together with my daughter. Weather was too bad to play outside. Since we were done inside the house we went out. We drove the car to the always attracting coast. The growing industrial site Eemshaven is growing fast and there is always something new to see. This time it is the SAIPEM 7000 pipelay crane vessel. Wow, you can see it from far here. It's just like it is in my backyard. Unfortenately on my photo it doesn't look big, but it is...we enjoyed the beautiful sky and stayed inside the car as the wind blowing from sea was really icecold.

Incredible but besides this all I managed to squeak out for 5 minutes and work a new one! I was playing with a android phone I got since a few days and just installed the DXfun DX cluster app. Just testing and looking at it I discovered PJ7K was on 12m. So I told my daughter that I was on the radio for 5 minutes and made the QSO! I'm not really a fan of these touchscreen magic smartphones but I think this is really something useful. I also installed the HRDlog app for logging, very handy and it uploads instantly to which is displaying the latest contacts on this blog (right side) here. That way it is not always neseccary to start the desktop or laptop to log the QSO. Importing in the logbook can be done afterwards as the app can make a ADIF that can be send via e-mail.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Frysian 11 cities contest this Sunday

Route of the skating event
Event: Frysian 11 cities contest, Sunday 22 Nov.2015

For those wo don't know this contest: this is related to the legendary 11 cities skating tour. It is a Dutch (Frysian) contest although international hamradio operators are invited to participate. This contest is only on the 80m and 2m band. Duration is 3 hours from 10-13 UTC (11-14 local time). The exchange is the QSL region number + QTH name. Multipliers are the 11 cities from the tour + a extra multiplier (Bartlehiem) which is a legendary place in the skating tour. It is a fun contest as you hear most strange city names you never heard from before. It is also fun to hunt the multipliers which are not always easy to work.

Rules in english can be found HERE.

Foreign stations only have to give a report and their QTH name as exchange.

Reviews (incl. video on some) from past contests can be seen here on this blog:

If you want to participate this form can be very handy.

Hope to work some of you blogreaders in the contest. I really would like to see some more international callers in this contest as it is not for Dutch amateurs only!