Attendance was down a bit this year, there seemed to be only a few from Ottawa. The guys from Kingston and Montreal made up for it though.
Dave, VA3ORP, once again brought the portable bar, and the single malt flowed as usual, and the Pizza supper on Saturday evening was as good as ever.
The propagation for the weekend was: SFI=68, SN=0, A Index=5, K Index=1. Those numbers did not change all weekend.
Over the weekend a European DX Contest was on, and Saturday afternoon saw us working into Europe at QRP levels with no problem. I managed to work DL0HN, a club station near Stuttgart, and OM2VL near Bratislava with my FT-817D with 5w on SSB. The antenna was a 66' wire into a 9:1 unun, and four 16' ground radials. I also managed to put another 20 North Amercans in the log, including Rick, W6KH from Vista, California, another nice QRP contact.
Don, VE3MNE, won the DX Contest this year with a QRP SSB contact into Saudi Arabia. He used an FT-857D, dialed back to 5w, with a 20m hamstick mounted on his truck.
Those who didn't make it missed a great weekend, and I'm sure Eric and Stuart will tell the guys in Ottawa just what they missed. Of course Eric was not pleased that he, once again, did not win the DX Trophy, and is plotting to change some of the rules for next year in his favour. We did, however, insist that he present the trophy to Don so he could say that at least he got to hold it this year.
Some more pictures of the weekend.......
|The VE3FI FT-817ND|
|If you're going to drink Scotch, drink the good stuff!|
|VE3AMX presenting the DX Trophy to VE3MNE, this years winner.|