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OR6T story : IARU R1 contest oktober 2019 432MHz & up
Soumis par: ON6TI

(a traduire) De eerste uren van de contest waren maar mager qua respons. Dit werd
naarmate de tijd verstreek wel wat beter, het was rustig QSO's afwerken.
Karel ON4FI was al snel ter plaatse om het nodige operator werk te verrichten.
Plots riep Marc dat we niet meer met de antenne mochten draaien, er was een draadantenne
die boven de 70cm stack hing, losgekomen en op de antennes terecht gekomen.
Resultaat : de boom van de bovenste 21 element antenne was onder een hoek van 90° gebogen...

Na enkele vruchteloze pogingen om de draadantenne los te maken vanop de grond,
is Marc ON4AMX in zijn mast geklommen om de schade te repareren. Dankzij een
houten lat, trekbandjes en tape konden we iets later verder doen met de contest.
Snelle service van onze CM,  hi hi !

Marc ON4AMX heeft wat QSO's gemaakt met het 23cm en 3cm station, maar na het instellen van de rigblaster,
was opeens de ontvangst op 23cm weg... exit 23cm dus, waarschijnlijk zit het probleem in de mast.

Toen de avond viel, werden de condities op 70cm beter. Italië werd gewerkt in SSB met S7 op de meter !
de betere condities vertaalden zich ook in het aantal QSO's per uur, dat toen piekte ( 30 QSO's/u ).
Tijdens de nacht werden de skeds afgewerkt. Helaas was het niet al te best voor echte "DX" QSO's...
Er is meermaals geprobeerd om OM3KII te bereiken, zonder resultaat.
Zondagochtend was Paul ON5RT al heel vroeg in de weer om de vroege vogels op de band in de log te zetten.
Rond 9u heeft Hugo ON7GB het overgenomen met als doel minimaal hetzelfde aantal QSO's te maken
als in de oktober contest van 2017, hi !! Hij heeft het doel gehaald, en met nog een anderhalf uur
te gaan, zijn er nog enkele extra stations gelogd kunnen worden.
Het viel ons op hoeveel Franse stations er deze keer actief waren. Heeft het iets te maken met
de dreiging van het verliezen van VHF / UHF banden ?? Dit in sterk contrast met het aantal
Engelse stations, die deze keer niet zo talrijk aanwezig waren dan op andere contesten...

resultaat: 244 QSO's en 79320 geclaimde punten.

Mvg, Kevin ON5DRE.

Contests, Top List et Firsts
Soumis par: ON4KHG

Les résultats du championnat VHF - UHF - Micro-ondes 2018 sont disponibles sur le site.
Le règlement du championnat 2019 a également été publié.
Finalement, les Top Lists et listes des Firsts ont également été actualisées, n'hésitez pas à envoyer vos mises à jour (vhf [at] uba [dot] be).
Gaëtan, ON4KHG
VHF Contest Mgr

VHF Contest survey
Soumis par: ON4AVJ

Dear contester,
you are invited to take part in the survey about IARU R1 VHF/UHF/Microwaves contests, first of its kind in their 61 years long history.

As you may know, the IARU R1 General Conference in Landshut this year formed the "C5 Contest Working Group" with the task to manage the IARU R1 VHF/UHF/Microwaves contests. Our goal is to bring the contest organization to a higher level so that the number of participants would increase. Contests are very important means of using our bands and this is even more so on microwave bands. We really want to hear your thoughts about VHF&up contesting.

To start a survey, follow this link: https://www.darc.de/referate/iaru/iaru-survey/
Survey will close on 30th of November 2017.

Forward this invitation to all hams that are interested in contest matters.

We are very thankful to DARC for their support.

OT5A/P IARU R1 432MHz & up Contest
Soumis par: ON6TI

Le contest IARU R1 432MHz & up aura lieu ce prochain weekend (7 & 8 octobre 2017). L'équipe OT5A/P participera à ce contestdepuis Assent - JO20MW. Il y aura plusieurs shacks pour activer les différentes bandes: 432 MHz, 1.2 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 5.7 GHz, 10 GHz et 24 GHz. Tout le monde est cordialement invité à venir nous visiter (contactez ON4GS svp). Vous pouvez aussi profiter de l'occasion pour nous contaccter sur l'air en UHF ou dans les microondes.

Remarquable expedition
Soumis par: ON4AVJ

Begin August some DL friends make a DX expedition on the millimeter bands. They activated, mainly in France, England and the Channel islands, but also touched Belgium. From De Panne they realized QSO's to Ramsgate/UK on 47 GHz and 76 GHz. This were first contacts between Belgium and England.

If you want to know more about this expedition you can read this article (in German). Later it will also be covered in DUBUS magazine.

You can find the list of firsts between ON and the rest of the world by clicking here.

144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest 2017
Soumis par: ON4AVJ

MMMonVHF, in cooperation with the magazines DUBUS and Funk-Telegramm, invites you to take part in the 10th edition of the “144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest” during the maximum of the Perseids meteor shower (PER). Based on predictions from IMO[4] (the International Meteor Organization), this maximum will occur on August 12, 2017, and August 13, 2017, between 14:00 GMT and 02:30 GMT.
August 11, 2017, 22:00 GMT – August 13, 2017, 21:59:59 GMT (end time last completed QSO).
Class 1: QRP (< 1.5 kW ERP)
Class 2: QRO (>1.5 kW ERP)
Stations can participate in one class only. No difference between single- or multioperator stations or modes.
Full callsigns, reports (e.g. 26 or R26 for FSK441 or in case of MSK144 +00 or R+00) and final rogers (RRRR)[5].
For each completed QSO you receive an amount of points that equals the spheric distance (111,2 km/degree) between you and the station you completed with. A worked station only counts once, so no duplicates allowed.
Final scoring:
The total score is the  sum of all points you received for all completed QSO’s together.
Logs can be send via E-mail or regular mail. Your log has to be received before September 15, 2017 23:59 UTC. In case you have send your log by regular mail, the postmark will count. Logs received after that date will be considered as checklogs.
Logs via E-mail can be sent to: mssprint [at] mmmonvhf [dot] de ; Subject: MSSprint “Call”
Logs via regular post can be sent to:
A.F. Veldhuijsen, PA4EME,
Westlandstraat 9,
6137 KE  Sittard,
The Netherlands.

Be sure you log contains at least the following:

  • Your call, name, adress and class you want to participate in. Stations in Class 1 (QRP) have to state details about the equipment they used in form of used output power and antennagain. If no data about your station is given, you will be placed in Class 2. The power used for the calculation of the Effective Radiated Power will be the power measured at the output of your transceiver or active amplifier(s);
  • The QSO list. As there are many logging programs available nearly every format is possible.
  • But make sure that the log will show at least: date, time (to be specific: end time), call, report send, report received, locator and distance (equals points). As it seems that logbookprograms are using different methodes of calculating distance, please check if your program is using spheric distance calculation.
  • If you have doubts what distance is calculated you can have a look at the distance calculating menu of the ON4KST-chat which will show you WGS84 and spheric distances.

With sending your log you also declare to have operated within the limits of your chosen Class, licence and local regulations when performing any activity that could impact your submitted score. Unsportsmanlike conduct can be ground for disqualification. Also you agree to have the log open to the public which might result in publishing your log on MMMonVHF or in the magazines DUBUS and/or Funk-Telegramm.
Reception of a log will be confirmed in the same way it was received.

Stories and pictures are welcome for the soapbox.
Conditions to be observed:

  • The use of DX-clusters and chat-channels during the contest is only allowed in such way that there is no exchange of reports or other data from which the status of the QSO can be extracted.
  • Limited information on the cluster (e.g. 12:00 DK5EW PA4EME JN48MB<MS>JO20WX) or chat (e.g. 12:00 PA2DW 144.355 CQ for MS Sprint) is allowed.
  • Acceptable examples for communications on chat-channels:
    • "Shall we make a sked on 144.388 at 13.10 GMT, PA4EME 1st period";
    • "I have QRM, lets QSY 5 kHz up and start again";
    • "Let us continue for 15 minutes and start again";
    • "Thank you for the nice QSO" after the QSO has been completed on the radio.
  • Unacceptable examples for communications on chat-channels:
    • "I only need the final rogers..";
    • "470/9";
    • "I received a burst from you.";
    • "I received a burst from you but no decode.".
  • Selfspotting exceeding more then once every 15 minutes will be considered as unsportsmanlike behaviour
  • The distance calculation will be spheric as this format is used by most programs that calculates distances between locators. In case a station has claimed his scoring on WGS84, his scoring will be corrected. Calculating a distance by WGS84 will give a different  result then calculating the spheric distance. Therefore the same formula need to be used for each participant.

Winner of the contest:
The winner of the contest is the station with the highest amount of points. There will be a winner in each class. If two stations have the same amount of points, the position will have to be shared.
Special scoring for outside Europe stations:
There will be a seperate listing for stations outside Europe.
 All stations will receive a digital certificate showing the Class and ranking achieved.
The results of the MS Sprint Contest will be published on the foreseen date that DUBUS magazine no. 4, 2017 will be issued: December 7, 2017. Results will be online that day on MMMonVHF. Printed versions will be in DUBUS magazine no.4, 2017 and Funk-Telegramm no. 1, 2018. VHF-editors around the world are free to publish the list as well provided the source and organizers are mentioned.
Participants are strongly advised to check the QTH-locators from the stations they contacted before they send the log. Using the database of the logbook will not always give you the correct QTH-locator of the station you worked! Just checking all calls with the available databases and a quick search on the Internet for each worked call will help. A very good source for actual locators is the [Users list] which can be found in the menu of the wellknown ON4KST-chat. Special attention should be given to stations that are not working from their home-QTH. Please also check for duplicate QSO's.

50MHZ band open naar de Caraïben
Soumis par: ON4IQ
Na een aantal rustige dagen opnieuw DX te horen en werken vanuit België.

FM5AN, KP4EIT, PJ4NX, PJ4VHF, NP2J om er een paar te noemen.

Ook YV5IUA was van de partij.

Vanuit Engeland waren de condities wel een pak beter.
Nouveau règlement VHF Fieldday
Soumis par: ON4AVJ

Le nouveau règlement du fieldday VHF est publié sur le site de l’UBA. Il y quelques changements importants:
•    Une nouvelle catégorie: multi 6 heures
•    La catégorie single est supprimé: le fieldday est une activité pour les sections.
•    Le délai pour rentrer les log est plus court (10 jours)
Jacques ON4AVJ
VHF contest manager

VHF/UHF contesters: important for the 6H contesters
Soumis par: ON4AVJ
Like you know we added a new category, 6H class, for the IARU VHF contests. The contest robot is ready for this and we tested it during the July contest, in cooperation with the S5 contest robot.
We did find a little problem:
Some contesters who are contesting in the 6h class, are competing more than 6H but only send the logs with only the 6h. This is confusing for the robots, because the QSO’s out of the 6h are rejected for the stations who are working 24 hours.
So please inform you members that they should be sending the complete log. We will correct this during the upcoming meetings.
Please inform you members who want to compete in the upcoming contests:

"Every participant that is planning to enter the 6H category MUST send his complete LOG even if he operated longer than 6 hours. Only first 6 active hours will be used for score evaluation, while the rest of the log (if at all) will be used for cross-check purposes".

73 and good luck
Chairman IARU-R1 C5 committee
New 70 cm beacon in GB
Soumis par: ON4AVJ
One of our new 70cm beacons is now on air - GB3LEU on 432.490.

One of its beams is South East (135 degrees) and should give you some reports in Belgium and Netherlands in good conditions.

You can see it on beaconspot at:-
UK Microwave Group - Beacon Spots.

View on www.beaconspot.eu.

Murray G6JYB