From: Ray G3XLG
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:28:09 GMT

First reasonably serious effort for me, not SO2R.

Band      Q’s         HQ          Tot Q’s DXCC

3.5          13           10           23           12

7.0          30           12           42           16

14.0        52           9              61           17

21           3              –              3              3

98           31           129         20

 

I operated for just over 11 hours & have entered in the 12hr OPEN-SOA section. I was reasonably pleased with my result considering the poor conditions.My rig is the Expert Electronics MB1 SDR transceiver feeding an Elecraft KPA500 amplifier. The antennas are a 3-EL SteppIR for 10,15 & 20 at 50feet, an Optibeam 40M dipole at 60feet & an Inverted Vee wire dipole for 80M  at 45 ft.

I worked all the UK HQ stations between various bands. Overall a very enjoyable experience & an interesting Contest. One or two difficult QSO’s were hindered by non-Commonwealth deliberate QRM when the DX station wouldn’t work them.

73 Ray G3XLG