I want to let you know how much I enjoyed the Commonwealth Contest again this year. Conditions didn’t seem to be very good but in spite of that I got more contacts (70) than I have been able to make previously. Making contacts from here in the Yukon can be difficult – partly due to equipment and antenna (and operator too, I’m sure) but it’s also a long way from most of the centres of activity and I think that people with beam antennas don’t aim this way too often.
All my contacts were on three bands, 80, 40 and 20 metres. I didn’t hear anything on 15 m. Twenty metres seemed very noisy and signals were weak. Nevertheless, I was really pleased to make a lot of contacts with stations in the UK, as well as some to Australia, NZ, parts of Canada and a few other locations. For the first time ever I heard a station in Singapore too, but was unable to make contact.
I’ve attached a couple of pictures I took this morning of my QTH on the North Klondike Highway north of Whitehorse and of my station. You may be able to see the end of my doublet antenna where it is attached near the top of the tall tree just to the left of the house. My radio is a Yaesu FT-ONE.
Thank you for your efforts with the Commonwealth Contest and to the participants who make it such a pleasure to take part in this event.
Allen Wootton, VY1KX