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|||World Radiosport Team Championship 2010 - Russia, Nov/Dec 2010 NCJ (405k pdf)|
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|||WRTC-2006 Competitor Profiles, Jul/Aug 2006 NCJ (280k pdf)|
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|||WRTC-2006 Tidbits, Jul/Aug 2006 NCJ (28k pdf)|
|||A History of WRTC, Jul/Aug 2006 NCJ (82k pdf)|
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|||WRTC 2002 Report|
|||North American Teams and Order of Finish|
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|||WRTC-2000: A Test of Teamwork in "The Green Piece of Europe", Oct 2000 QST (210k pdf)|
|||WRTC Memories, Sep/Oct 2000 NCJ (37k pdf)|
|||WRTC2000 - The S582A Story, Sep/Oct 2000 NCJ (422k pdf)|
|||WRTC Champs K1TO, N5TJ Do It Again In Slovenia, Sep 2000 QST (32k pdf)|
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|||WRTC2000 - The US Guys, May/Jun 2000 NCJ (16k pdf)|
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|||KRØY-K1TO Team Tops WRTC-96, Sep 1996 QST (97k pdf)|
|||The Truth About Contesters, Nov 1996 QST (87k pdf)|
|||Observations From WRTC '96, Nov/Dec 1996 NCJ (42k pdf)|
|||WRTC + K1TO + KRØY = W6X, Nov/Dec 1996 NCJ (130k pdf)|
|||Official WRTC 1996 Web Site (NCCC)|
|||The World Radiosport Team Championship, May/Jun 1990 NCJ (131k pdf)|
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|Jeff, K1ZM WRTC-2006 Blog|
MONDAY Morning 10 July - It´s over....
Posted: Jul 10, 2006 05:08 PDT
Well, it´s over. Tom, K1KI, and I did our best but our claimed score looks like 32nd place out of 46.
We drew a seemingly good site on the South side of the island about 600m from the ocean - and did much of our setup by 8PM - then after it got dark we found 20M and 40M had S9 line noise which we did not think was there at 5PM.
I took a portable radio tuned to 26Mhz and walked down our street about midnight Friday night - and found peaks and nulls under the powerlines as I walked under the powerlines. About 1000 feet West of our site, there were four poles one after the other with incredible HASH coming from the street lamps - that lit up all the idiot lights on the portable RX.
I continued down the street with our referee LU6ETB and when we reached the end of the street, and having turned RIGHT - after about 100 yards, there was no noise at all - and this was only about 1/4 mile from our site. RATS - too bad we could not move the site......
Oh well - nothing to do - it´s all in the luck of the draw and we had the same chance as everyone else - just a bad break. That´s how it goes in these things. I understand some other teams had some tough going too - so we all have to take what we get in a WRTC draw - you cannot control what you end up with - you just go with it......
We went to bed around 2AM and I managed about 4 hrs sleep - then checked 40M at sunrise. JA´s were everywhere and they actually sound like PEOPLE down here - instead of JA´s with flutter and echoes.
Tom got in around 7:30AM (having gone back to the hotel with our referee LU6ETB) and we went through our final preparations - starting the contest at 9AM sharp with the call PW5D. Tom began for the first 2.5 hours on 15CW and then SSB and did quite well - or so we thought - around 130 per hour the second hour.
I did the next two hours and did okay - but not as well as Tom - I managed a 120 hour on 15SSB - then we lost something at 4.5 hours in - and the amp would not key and we also had no RX.
We managed to fix this after 10 mins (a faulty connector on the bandpass filter unit) - and then got back on. Nothing further in the way of failures until the end happened to us - except I especially was totally dead tired due to the late night chasing the noise - no sweat though - we still had a great time.
Highlights - JA´s on 40CW for an hour at sunrise -and the rate on 15M all day. Even 10M showed some life into Europe at times where we managed around 90 Q´s.
Lowlights - LINE NOISE S9 on 20 and 40m - rendering the use of phone on 40M out of the question. The CW filters allowed pretty consistent rates on 40CW - where we had fun and did well.
SURPRISES - The lack of any strong signals on 80M - we did work a handful of US stations - KC1XX came right back to us - others did not - HI!
We also worked a few Europeans on 80CW including OH2BH and one or two more - not many USA at all - perhaps 10 or so. The rest we did on 80 were PY´s and a few LU´s. We did work ZL6A and ZL4BR on 80M CW for a real kick. NO JA´s heard on 80 but WA1S managed one on 75M SSB when one answered a CQ she made.
At the end of the contest we were satisfied we did as well as we could considering the line noise - maybe better another year!
Congrats to the VE3EJ team, N2NT team and N2NL/N6MJ - glad to see some North American teams at the top of the pile in this one.
THE ORGANIZERS - deserve high praise for choosing such a wonderful venue here at the Costao Santinho and for making our WRTC experience so
incredible. I think everyone had a great time down here and soon it will all be over.
There is a trip up to the mountain site of PP5JR/ZX5J today - the superstation on the mountain - and I will probably go on that one. There is also a boat trip on the North bay - but I expect that with no sun and the high winds that that one will be COLD - HI HI.
73 for now
Other blog entries by Jeff, K1ZM:
Jul 10, 2006 05:08
Jul 7, 2006 04:59 - FRIDAY Morning
Jul 5, 2006 14:11 - WED July 5th
Jul 4, 2006 13:53 - TUESDAY Afternoon
Jul 4, 2006 08:02 - Tuesday July 4th
Jul 3, 2006 13:10 - Arrived Okay - Hotel Complex is PLUSH!
Jul 2, 2006 05:56 - WRTC 2006 Departure Thoughts
Comments on this blog entry:
David/K3LP Posted Jul 10, 2006 11:19
Hi Jeff (K1ZM):
Sorry to hear about the noise, but I know this issue so well. You always prove to be a class act with your positive attitude. Thank you - your friends are very proud of what you have accomplished. I think I've learned more about you with the 30th group finish.
During the CQWW DX SSB contest last year at 8P9R, our team wanted to surprise many, but our hopes were dead on arrival when the sun went down. Power Line and light pole noise was 9+ to 20 Over on 14, 7, 3.5 and 1.8 Mhz after 7:00 PM.
We did the best we could and had fun.
Life is good and we move forward with a smile.
Miriam, XYL Posted Jul 10, 2006 07:44
Mario, S56A Posted Jul 10, 2006 05:43
ZX5J was on 80 m CW around UTC midnight as expected but no PT/PW stations!? SRI ABT EMC.
73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU
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