While not a part of the big VK5 multi/multi effort (see John Moyle Field day station VK5WIA – On the air and John Moyle Memorial Field day over for another year for some details) – we had a go!
We operated from PF95tx near Morgan in SA. We have a “shack” (well 4 walls and a roof!) on a 5Ha bush block just out of town that offers a reasonably quiet HF environment and no neighbours close enough to bother when running the generator to charge the batteries!
I did a 6hr from around 16:00 Saturday afternoon and ended with 84 Contacts across 80, 40, 20 and 15M – Yes, I did it tough using only the KX3. And no there is not a QRP section for the JMMFD!
Yes, running QRP did put me at a disadvantage, but that is not the point! Reality is, that at any given moment, I can grab my QRP kit and be ready to go portable and set up with the minimum of fuss. after all, the aim of the contest is to encourage and provide familiarisation with portable and field operation and one would wonder why there is not a QRP portable section for this Contest.
The other side of this is that given I was only running a QRP station I still had a reasonable number of contacts.
- 80M – 5 Contacts
- 40M – 71 Contacts
- 20M – 7 Contacts
- 15M – 1 Contact
Nothing on 160M or 10M
When we woke up this morning, Ray (VK5RR) proceeded to have a go, with just under 5 hours worked and ending with 89 contacts across 80, 40, 20 and 15M – but he was using the 7100 and 100W!
- 80M – 1 Contact
- 40M – 66 Contacts
- 20M – 21 Contacts
- 15M – 1 Contact
Anyway, we had a bit of fun – yeah, we were by no means a big gun and nowhere near a winning score – but it was good to be able to give it a go.
Given we were only using quite modest Antenna’s and most of the contacts were made using one of the 3 dipoles, it was not too bad.
Looking forward to hearing the rest of the results.
Edit – adding a couple of photos from while I was operaing