Just finished the Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) in CW. It was my first participation as a non-European station using my vanity callsign 4E1A in the single operator low power class. Only contacts to European stations are allowed, and you can sent telegrams (QTCs) to them to earn additional points. Poor propagation conditions made it very difficult this year. On the 40 m band there was a lot of noise due to lightening (QRN), and I could only make 3 contacts (QSOs). Nevertheless, it was fun to participate again after more than 25 years (!) ago 1991 under my German call sign DK4TB.
Icom IC-718, 100 W output. 3 el Spider beam for 20 m and 15 m and a full size G5RV for 40 m (and 80 m). Using Digikeyer II interface with Bencher paddle and RUMlogNG logging program on my MacBook.
Early morning sunrise. You see the feeder line of the G5RV antenna running up the 12 m (40 ft) antenna mast.
Finally, with the help of PARA, I received the vanity call sign 4E1A. Will use it for the first time during the upcoming All Asian DX Contest CW contest.
The General Meeting of the Cavite Radio Amateur Enthusiasts (DX1ACE) took place on June 11th in our house in Tagaytay. hanks to all for joining!
From left to right: Al, DU1KA, Klaus, 4E1ADW and Brian, ZS6BR
On Feb 18 the International Friendship Exchange (INFEX) and DX contest took place in the Philippines. DX1ACE participated with a group of eight girl scouts in the Dasmarinas National High School.
Station setup and test
12 m Fiberglass pole with 40 m inverted vee antenna
Girls are exited and having fun using the first time a radio
Finally, I received my amateur license for the Philippines with the call sign 4E1ADW. Now trying to get a 2 letter suffix, like DU1KG or 4E1KG.
During this visit I had more time to setup my station in Tagytay and test the antennas. I was very impressed by the performance of the spider beam and even the good propagation on the lower bands.
IC-718 with AT-130 manual tuner, external speaker and Yaesu rotator controller. Using my Macbook for loggin and digital modes
Spider beam for 20, 17 and 15 m and trap dipole for 40 and 80 m
View from our terasse to the south. Ideal propagation in direction of Australia VK
On 1st of Feb I went to NTC and PARA office to take the exam for class A Philippine Amateur radio license. Hopefully I will receive my DU1 callsign soon.
Visit at PARA office in the NTC building in Manila
Finally, after 30 years of service for Rohde & Schwarz, I had my last day in the company. A small “good bye” celebration with a surprise present.
My boss Markus Becker
Prakash (HR), Markus, Klaus and Joseph.A darbuka (middle eastern drum) as present.
Of course, I had to play the drum.
In Singapore space is limited, and in our appartment it is difficult to setup any HF antenna. Our balcony is the only place where I have a space to mount something. Even there, officially nothing is allowed to extend out from the building.
I decided to setup a simple vertical, using a telescopic fiberglass pole, which I can pull out temporarly, when it is getting dark. The pole has a total length of 10 m, approx. 1 m (the lowest segment) safely mounted to the balcony railing and sidewall.
10 m fiberglass pole mounted to the balcony railing in the 17th floor.
The actual antenna wire is fixed to the pole using Velcro strips. The horizontal wires on the picture are part of my short linear loaded dipole for 15 m and 17 m.
Antenna extended to 10 m
Rubber protected pipe clamps to secure the segments and Velcro strips to attach the antenna wire to my telescope fiberglass pole. Allows quick extension and retracting of the antenna.
VSWR of 1.2 at resonance frequency 7.050 MHz, using only one radial around the outer wall of our appartment