Safe Contesting Suggestions from CQ|
If you're "sheltering in place" or otherwise stuck at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the CQ World Wide WPX SSBContest this coming weekend (March 28-29) is the perfect way to have some fun and keep connected with the outside world.
However, we want to make sure you practice "safe contesting," especially if you're planning a multi-operator effort. A few suggestions:
73, stay healthy, and good luck in the contest,
Your friends at CQ
PS - If you haven't already seen our previous e-mail, you can get two free digital issues of CQ (March and April) just by sending a request to
Note about our free issue offer: Please be patient, as requests are being processed manually by limited staff working from home; and if you've already put in a request, please don't send a repeat as that slows the process for everyone. Thanks & 73.
[Update: 17. March 2020]|
As you all may have noticed, we have a pandemic that is currently sweeping across the globe. In this situation DCA has imposed a few restrictions on the use of the Old Hen House.
First, we have closed multi operator activities so far. And then it has become necessary that you make a firm appointment with Jan before you show up to use the station. Now we may see how long Corona will be about to quiet down and then we hope that, at that time extra activity will come on the station.
Som I alle nok har bemærket er vi løbet ind i en pandemi som for tiden fejer hen over hele kloden. DCA har i den forbindelse indført et par restriktioner hvad angår brugen af Hønsehuset.
For det første har vi lukket for multi operator aktiviteter indtil videre. Og så er det blevet nødvendigt at du laver en fast aftale med Jan inden du dukker op for at bruge stationen.
Nu får vi se hvor længe Corona vil være om at stilne af og så håber vi at der til den tid vil komme ekstra stor aktivitet på stationen.
[Update: 16. March 2020]|
The ARRL DX SSB test was operated by OZ1ADL Jan and he quickly found that there were good conditions on the 80 meter band so the energy became concentrated on that - and with a really good result.
Looking at the current Danish records, it looks like an improvement with ten times the number of QSOs. Well done Jan.
[Update: 16. March 2020]
Eurasia Championship Results
[Update: 28. January 2020]
24-26 January became an absolutely exciting weekend in Stjær together with EI5KF Gerard as well as many other Danish guests and helpers.
The weekend started on Thursday when Gerard and Andrew prepared antennas and hung up a 160m dipole. I arrived on Friday morning and during the day we got 8 40 meter long radials rolled out to the Titanex vertical. It is a free standing aluminum mast at 26.7 meters height with an adjustable joint at the bottom so that it can resonate in the right place.
As the receiving antenna, we had a Beverage system with two double wires with a switching system so we could listen in four directions - one at a time. A really good system to exclude powerful stations from the EU when driving America. At the same time, we had set the receiver to be able to listen to both beverage, vertical, dipole and two of them at the same time. K3 is fine with Diversity on the two receivers.
The TX plan was that we wanted to combine vertical and dipole so we sent on both of them at the same time and it worked fine. Then, when open to DX, we would switch over and send the entire power to the vertical, since that is the DX antenna.
It was a really good plan except that we got problems every time we changed the Stack Match switch. At 3 o'clock between Saturday and Sunday, Alex OZ7AM and I messed around with flashlights to shift the 60 meter coax for the vertical. It was a not-so-pleasant experience, but it is part of every real contest, hi hi.
Operators were EI5KF and OZ2I with OZ7AM as a guest operator a few hours overnight between Saturday and Sunday. We had visits from OZ1ADL, OZ4AAL, OZ5KU with family as well as OZ4VW.
Thank you for QSO to: OZØB, OZ2TF, OZ1AAR, OZ3SM, OZ8AE, OZ1LO, OZ7YY, OZ4MD, OZ4CG, OZ8SW, OU2V - I hope I haven't forgotten anyone; o)
Also take a look at https://oz5e.dk/2020-CQ-160-OZ5E
ps. This is the first time I've run as assisted and used DX-Cluster, RBN and Bandmap. I must say that it is pure pleasure to run S&P - click in band folder, press F4 and it runs. But I found that there are many errors in the call signals, so you have to listen once if it is also correct.
CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW - 2020
Operator (s): OZ2I OZ7AM EI5KF
Class: Multi-Op HP
Operating Time (hrs): 37
Total: QSOs = 1421
State / Prov = 35
Countries = 76
Total Score = 883,227
Club: Danish DX Group
73 de OZ2I Henning
[14. January 2020]
The first activity will be the CQ WW DX 160 Meter CW Contest running from 24. January until 26. January.
We have planned a Multi Operator operation and we do have a guest operator from Ireland; EI5KF Gerard. More of you will recognize his call sign from many CW Contests thrue the years.
Gerard has got a Danish call sign; OU5KF and are sometime active from his "base" in Denmark placed on the island of Fanoe. We look forward to be on the air with OZ5E call sign in the 160m contest. Dont hesitate to call us if you hear us on the TopBand.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020
We are here and a bunch of unused Contests are waiting for us
Send mail til OZ1ADL for at reservere en tid.