Steve G3UFY, my xyl and myself travelled to the Pafos forest location of Norman 5B4AIE at 900m asl this year to run C4I as a multi-op station. With a 3 ele SteppIR and verticals all looked good. However the Cyprus weather turned very nasty with big thunderstorms before and during the whole contest..S9+ static and high winds at the start. Apologies to those who were asked for many repeats but the static was bad. Sunday morning saw another storm and lightning and we closed down for a while. The station runs on solar batteries, big ones, and a top up generator. Unfortunately that generator wouldn’t go and we spent a while fixing it on saturday evening, jumping the solar inverters with cables and finding a pesky fuse with only one metal end.We had to run low power in the night as a result, then a huge storm swept the mountain depositing 2 inches of hail , lightning, and knocking down the 80m vertical in 3 pieces! This is all good expedition training and makes the end result and pub lunch well worth it. Conditions were poor, 1 qso on 10m, no Caribean, VE’s in the noise in the static, but great to hear the BERU regulars and travelers.The total of 600+ QSOs was slightly disappointing but good considering the band conditions and challenges.Thanks to Norman for all his help and great to meet the local 5B4’s before for a meal.Where to next year? 73 Mike G3VYI
Canadian amateurs are allowed to use special prefixes during 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Amateurs whose call sign begins with VA are allowed to use CF instead, CG may be used instead of VE, CH instead of VO and CI instead of VY. So, for example, VE3KI may use CG3KI as his call sign during 2017.
To put this another way, call signs starting with CF3, CG3, VA3 and VE3 are all from the VE3 call area, CH1 and VO1 are from the VO1 call area, and CI2 and VY2 are from the VY2 call area – and so on.
VA2RAC RAC HQ will be on air for 2017 Beru operated by Claude VE2FK.
73, Claude VE2FK
Mike, 2E0YYY, Andrew, VK1AD and Ed, DD5LP are planning another long path propagation SOTA Summit to Summit event for 11 March starting at 0630 UTC.
Activity will be SSB or CW on 20 metres and going by the last action in October 2016, over 30 summits are expected to be active concurrently over Europe, Australia, New Zealand and possibly Japan.
Check reflector.sota.org.uk for details.
Just a quick note to say thanks for all your efforts in arranging the Commonwealth Medal to be presented to Phil Holliday at the CDXC event.
He got quite a shock when he was called up and it really made his day.
-- Member ZL3X The Quake Contesters
QSO total was 114 by S&P no running. No Qs on 10m. GB5CC only heard and worked on 80 and 40m.
80m VK6, VO1, VY2, VP9.
40m was a good band with AT1HQ, J34G, VE1,2,3,9, VK2,3,4,6,7, VO, VP9, ZB2, ZL, 9V, even C4Z. Last Q was difficult with a VE3 as he was sending too fast for the multi-path auroral propagation was blurring his CW – a case of less haste more speed.
20m Worked C6ANM on same QRG as a stronger VK on the long path. Took a couple of NR? to get C6 NR but probably I am in the VK log twice as I had worked him earlier.
15m Nice to work 9J2BO as I normally do in BERU.
Only worked one on 4 bands VO1LET, but a number on 3: 40/20/15: CJ3T, J34G,VE3EJ, VE3FU, VE3UTT, VE9ML, VY2ZM; 80/40/20 VK6LW,VO1HP.
Did not hear anyone call CQ CC. CQ BERU is a more distinctive sound. Let’s forget the politically correct stuff and go for what the democratic majority actually want and do.
73 David G3YYD
were a problem and from here it was UK which was most affected, I had few problems with the dx. I had to abandon more contacts then ever before, sorry guys if you were one but you just faded away and did not return.
Without an 80m ant I had decided to do a 12 hr but in the event when it was sleep time I had less than 2 hrs remaining and I wanted to catch the dawn LP to Oceania on 20m, plus some dx on the higher bands later (that didn’t really happen) so I did around 14hrs in total. LP didn’t happen on 40 or 15 but it was my best ever numbers of ZL and a lot of VK’s in this event. By the time it was UK dawn some two hours later I wasn’t hearing them, cndx had changed.
40m SP Saturday evening was also best ever for ZL and worst ever for VK, no west dx on that band beyond VE3 although I did hear VA7RAC at my dawn but couldn’t raise him. No VK on 80m nor ZL on 10/15/80.
I was pleased to work all of the UK travelers on at least two bands but how miserable were the cndx to the Carribean – on 20m, a band we can always rely on. I couldn’t find any of them there on Saturday evening unless I left it too late. the band closes here a couple of hours ahead of UK. Bob J34G was the star with four bands 10 thru 40, he found me most, if not all, times. Alan at 5X & Mike at VP9 were great signals when I worked them. Peter at VO1 had a good score when I last heard him but seemed to have hearing problems on 20m, Sat evening he was loud but cq’ing in my face when I called him to no avail,same again same band this morning.
I did miss Dave, G4BUO and imagined that he must have broken both his arms since I doubt he has ever failed to turn out for Beru since he was a teenager!
Scores on the door.
10M – q’s 78 Bonus 15.
15M – Q’s 173 ” 40
20M – Q’s 293 ” 64
40M – Q’s 152 ” 38
80M – Q’s 5 ” 5
Total Q’s 699- less 5 dupes. Total Bonus 162
Total Points – 6718.
My score won’t survive checking. Having needed so many difficult fills my UBN is going to look ugly!, but despite all it was the usual fun and favourite event.
73 Brian C4Z / 5B4AIZ.