Monday, 19 March 2012

SARL VHF Contest March 2012

Just a few words regarding the VHF / UHF contest that took place last weekend.

I decided once again to be active on only 6m and concentrated mainly on long distance MS QSOs. IMHO conditions were not very favorable. The contest started at 12 Noon local time on Saturday and ended at 12 Noon on Sunday. The random meteors were virtually nonexistent on Saturday so I then tried working some weak signal tropo with mainly CW and was mostly unsuccessful, the pings were just to short to assemble the “bits and pieces” we require to complete a QSO. Sunday morning was much better and we all had great fun using the meteors as the main source of communication using mainly FSK441.

Now if only we could entice more of the outlying amateurs to join in on this fun event. I sure would be great if we could get some activity from our neighbouring countries. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique the stations in the center of South Africa in the Karoo would also be most welcome.

My best distance achieved was 1281 km.

The map below was generated by using the tool provided by K2DSL the program converts an ADIF file to KML format. This is a real handy method to visualize the propagation paths.

 73, Pierre ZS6A

Click on the map below for a more detailed view.
ZS6A 6M QSOs during SARL VHF contest March 2012

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