07Apr/16

John Moyle Field Day Redux

 

The Field Day is over for another year but there was plenty of action around the bands –

 

VK4BZ/P Broke NSW

From Broke NSW (near Singleton) VK4BZ put on a solo effort.

 

JMFD Operation by VK5ZT

JMFD operation by VK5ZT

For the first time ventured down south of Adelaide with the roving van for the JMFD.
It was a somewhat cobbled together effort as the van is in the midst of a makeover and update.
No huge antenna arrays, dishes, masts etc… just a setup that can park and be on air up to 24 GHz in less than ten minutes
and packed up even faster….

The site was a property owned by Barry VK5KBJ…ten acres on a hilltop with good views to the
north and west and generally good coverage in all directions. It is a popular site with southern Adelaide hams
and there were others nearby on site which was occasionally problematic, as one would expect!

In terms of operator numbers it was pretty quiet, especially for a VHF & Up operator. Signals from the city were fairly weak as there is
a bit of real estate in the way. There were other operators up north who provided regular contacts during the contest.
It was still the usual flurry of activity followed by periods of nothing…

Here’s a few happy snaps of the van on site…

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Van setup on site…

 

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Another view…

There’s a cable leading away from the tank whip antenna on the front of the van. This was to allow Dave temporary use of the whip as it was the best performing six metre antenna on site despite the length of cable involved!! The RF field can get a little troublesome with equipment in the van if 100 W is used….I don’t think the operator has been affectered affeeted affectte affec affe…………………….. :)

Here’s the contest operating desk…

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Contest desk in the van….

Not too far away was Dave 5KK. Here’s a night view of his station….

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Dave 5KK’s station

We had a late evening dash to a Maccas for food and COFFEE. The temperature was dropping fast at the site.
The 4 AM start to hit the overnight time slot was a bit erratic due to operator fatigue!
I think (the very few) other operators felt the same way! I crashed for a couple of hours when I got home
to try and recover from the lost sleep a bit!

How well we did remains to be seen but not too bad a day when all was said and done…maybe next year, maybe!

Cheers

Tim VK5ZT

 

FROM VK3QI

 

We had three generators running continuously for the JMFD. 2 Honda Eu20i and 1 Yamaha EF2400is.

Our ops on 80 mx had their dipole strung above and quite close to the generators with no noise issues.

no noise issues.

The trick is to manufacture outboard powerline filters that can plug directly into the output sockets of these generators. Unfortuntately C tick in Australia does not mean the same thing as it does in Europe, where it is mandatory to fit EMI filters to the internal casing of the generator.

We use good quality EMI filters preferably with two series inductances/capacitors and rated to the current rating of the generator and mounted in a suitable waterproof plastic box.

THE SECRET TO SUCCESS HOWEVER, IS TO ADD A SUITABLE INDUCTANCE TO THE EARTH LEAD AS WELL, since most EMI filters only filter the common mode and differential mode between the Active and Neutral. Unless of course you can find suitable EMI filters that are used in the medical field, where the earth lead is also filtered.

Attached is a suitable circuit setup, details of the earth filtering and a picture of one such layout. There are available suitable waterproof female power sockets that mount internally to the box. The connection to the generator is a short male plug on a flylead so that the box sits on the ground right next to the generator. The whole purpose of the design is to provide appropriate filtering without compromising the electrical integrity of the generator as required by the various standards that apply to portable generators.

Cheers

Peter VK3QI

Filter AC

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29Feb/16

Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest

The Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest takes place on Sydney Harbour on Sunday March 13th from 10:00 to 16:00 local time.

This unique new contest brings hams from all over the nation to Sydney Harbour and invites them to make VHF / UHF contacts from any of the system’s ferries and 36 wharves.

With all-day travel for just $2.50 using an Opal Card, this is a great way to spend a Sunday!

To add some fun, operation is restricted to hand-held radios (any mode) and can include repeater, simplex or “eyeball” (a handshake and an exchange of QSL cards) contacts. Continue reading

27Feb/16

John Moyle Memorial Field Day 2016

Rather than tapping away on the internet, here is a very good opportunity to get on air. If you have a radio there should be no excuse.

I am thinking of entering the 8 hour section as I have a function on the Saturday night… de VK4TS

The next Field Day will be held over the weekend of the 19th-20th March 2016 and will run from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 on the Sunday.

What category would you enter ?

http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/

19Feb/16

Contester’s Code of Ethics

  • I will learn and obey the rules of any contest I enter, including the rules of my entry category
  • I will obey the rules for amateur radio in my country.
  • I will not modify my log after the contest by using additional data sources to correct callsign/exchange errors.
  • I will accept the judging and scoring decisions of the contest sponsor as final.
  • I will yield my frequency to any emergency communications activity.
  • I will operate my transmitter with sufficient signal quality to minimise interference to others.

http://wwrof.org/contester-code-of-ethics/

11Feb/16

Delay to Trans-Tasman 2015 results

The Trans Tasman results are being delayed owing to some problems with the WebSite.

We moved the TT to an environment that will allow public logs and cross checking.
These results have been completed and all programming is done, for that stage.

The website houses the log files and the claimed scores, and unfortunately we do not have a copy of the various logs.

http://www.b4h.net/vkcc/transtasman/

This WebSite is being created for future running of the event and others by VKCC.

TT2015

As shown all details including participants who did not enter a log are included.

The site caters for uploading of logs and cross checking as well as errors in copying serial numbers.

We hope to have the completed results issued shortly.

11Feb/16

K5ZD Stepping Down as Director of CQ WW Contest

K5ZD Stepping Down as Director of CQ WW Contest

Randy Thompson K5ZD has announced his intention to step down as Director of the CQ WW Contest as soon as a replacement can be found. The decision was due to increasing responsibilities in his professional career. The Director of the CQ WW Contest is responsible for appointing the members of the CQ WW Contest Committee and organizing their work to develop the rules, log checking, and production of the contest results.

Thompson became Director of the CQ WPX Contest in 2008 where he served through the 2012 contest. He was appointed as Director of CQ WW in September 2012. Under his leadership, the CQ WPX and CQ WW contests have improved the log checking process and enforcement actions against rule violations. The Web sites for the two contests were enhanced to include a historical database of all time scores, records, results, and log submission tools.

According to Thompson, “I have enjoyed working on the CQ contests and hope to stay involved with the web sites and log checking. The demands of a new job are preventing me from dedicating the time that the role deserves. With WPX, WW, and WRTC2014 activities over the past 8 years, I am ready for a break. I am very proud of the work the Committee has done in enforcing the rules and feel that contesting results are now more accurate than ever. I look forward to working with the new Director.”

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, has been licensed and active in contesting since 1973 at age 13. He is an accomplished contester, having multiple single-operator wins in the ARRL Sweepstakes, CQ World Wide DX Contest, and the CQ WPX Contest, among others. Randy is a past editor of the “National Contest Journal” (a post he has held three separate times) and a co-founder of the eHam.net website. He is a member of the CQ Magazine Contest Hall of Fame. He has competed in five World Radiosport Team Championships and was a member of the organizing committee for WRTC2014. When not in front of a radio, Randy is in product management for a technology company involved in the Intenet of Things (IoT).

A description of the CQ WW Director role is listed below. Anyone interested in being considered for the job should apply by email to questions@cqww.com. Questions may also be directed to CQ Amateur Radio publisher Dick Ross K2MGA at k2mga@cq-amateur-radio.com

 

Job Description: CQ WW Director

The Director of the CQ WW DX Contest is responsible for the operation and results of the CQ WW DX Contest. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the CQ WW, a respected member of the contest community, and have demonstrated proficiency in contesting.

Responsibilities:

  • Administration
    • Recruit volunteers with necessary skills to assist with the administration and operation of the contest
    • Appoint members to the CQ WW Contest Committee
    • Appoint leaders of internal working groups
    • Consult with CQWWCC to set policies, define rule changes
    • Manage the log checking process
    • Work with WWROF and others to fund needed infrastructure
    • Coordinate with CQ Magazine management and editorial staff
    • Uphold the ethical standards of the competition
  • Communication
    • Serve as external spokesperson for the CQ WW Contest Committee
    • Manage email requests to questions@cwww.com (e.g., did you get my log? where is my plaque? rules questions? log formatting?)
    • Communicate the policies and decisions of the CQWWCC to entrants
    • Distribute announcements to the contest community by blog post and email
    • Make presentations about the CQ WW DX Contest (club meetings, webinars)
    • Review and provide content for the cqww.com web site
  • Results
    • Publish raw scores
    • Notify entrants of disqualifications or category changes
    • Contest results article for each mode
    • Assemble final results package for CQ
  • Other:
    • Presentation of CQ Contest Hall of Fame awards at Dayton
    • Conduct participant surveys

Required Skills:

  • Organizational and leadership ability to work with a global team of volunteers
  • Attention to detail and ability to work with data
  • Connection with the international contest community
  • Strong writing and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to devote 10+ hours per week between September and March each year to answer questions, manage the log checking, and compile the results, plus additional time during the rest of the year to promote the contest