G’day

A big thank you to all in the Australian teams and our HQ stations for taking part – you did a fantastic job – and to everyone else who took part in the this year’s CC! My summary was 322 QSOs (4 dupes) for a score of 4,455 points.

.             80  40  20  15  10

QSOs    68 157 75  18    1

Bonus  32  55  43  15    1

Antennas this year were a half-square antenna on 80m, an Innovantennas C-140 rotatable loaded dipole on 40m and a Innovantennas XR6 2-ele yagi for 20/15/10m. All the antennas’ highest points were around 20 metres above ground.

Conditions were very bottom of the cycle and, with the exception of 80m, were poorer than in 2019. 10m was dead except for VK6WIA, 15m barely had a pulse, 20m staggered open very briefly on the UK short path/long path, but the 80m conditions compensated to some extent, including QSOs with the UK, Caribbean, VE/VY2 and VO. 40m was the money band, providing about half my QSOs.

Hard work and great fun as always. Biggest highlight was working Peter GM3XOQ who taught me CW back in 1969/70 via his (then G3XOQ) 160m slow Morse transmissions.

Vy 73

Steve, VK6VZ