VP2VGG - British Virgin Islands 2013 DXpedition
ARRL 10M Contest December 13-15 2013
VP2VGG will be operating the 2013 ARRL 10M contest from Anegada, British Virgin Islands.
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2013 ARRL 10m contest
Arrived BVI and started setting up the station. The antennas are the vertical Moxon and 1/2 wave dipole at 30' from last year. New this year is Robert's 2 element 10m buddipole yagi. We re-tuned the moxon today so the SWR is better (and hopefully the pattern is better, too). Got the 2-el buddipole yagi up also, but its minimum SWR is at 29.300, so we have some tuning work tomorrow before the contest starts.
After dinner we put up a 20m inverted vee and Robert worked PSK-31 with good signal reports from US and Central America.
The contest plan, like last year, is to alternate CW and SSB very hour. Though we had 2 separate stations, the antennas were too close together and we really could not listen while the other station was transmitting due to RX overload.
12/13/13 Friday Solar Index: SFI=171, K=1
Started contest at 0000z (8pm local time - 1.5 hrs after sunset) on SSB. Not many signals on band, mostly South America as expected. Robert made 25 QSOs and we switched to CW. Couldn't get the CW station's computer linked to the SSB station laptop -- that took a few minutes to fix. But then made another 35 QSOs on CW. By 11pm band was still open -and a few JA,ZL,VK were worked. At midnight there were still a few signals on the CW band -- amazing to hear anything at midnight on 10m!
12/14/13 Saturday SFI=165, K=1
Turned on the radio at 7am and found the band *crowded* with European stations. It was wall to wall from 28.300 to 28.900 on SSB and 28.000 to 28.150 on CW. It was nearly impossible to find a clear run frequency so we just did S&P for the first 3 hrs with fairly slow rates. In the 4th hour with EU still bomming in, I went way up in the CW band found the clearest frequenccy I could (28133) and started calling CQ, hoping VP2VGG would get spotted way up there. After a few calls the pileup started and the rates went up to 100+/hr. Same on SSB as we kept up 100+/hr for the next 5 hours until dinner time.
In retrospect, for those first 3 hours in the morning we should have found the clearest frequency we could find and went to run mode ratherthan doing S&P.
12/15/13 Sunday SFI=163 K=0 to 5
Started 7am local time (1/2 after sunrise) with CW. The EU pileup started immediatey and was absolute chaos. EU ops kept calling while I was sending and receiving exchanges, getting a repeat or filling in a callsign. The unruly behavior slowed rates down by 1/2. Same for SSB. Robert commented that the EU SSB pile behavior sounded like a shouting mob at union hall meeting. Once EU propagation faded, rates went up to 110+ for the next 9 hours or so with peaks of 152/hr (SSB) and 122/hr CW. At 7pm the band went dead and Robert and I pulled the plug and went out for a lobster and steak dinner.
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Operators: Kevin K6TOP CW
Cliff K6CLS SSB
Log uploaded to LotW 1/9/2013 (will be processed on 1/18, due to LotW processing backlog)
If you worked us during the 10M contest, many thanks for the QSO!
Conditions on were generally poor on Saturday and just fair on Sunday, but witth a few good openings to NA and SA. Very few EU stations were heard. WIth SSN down in the 20s, many times signals were only S0-S2 in the pileups (when we even had one), Copy was difficult as we pulled out callisigns and exchanges from the noise and QRM. Thank you for your patience.
Up with the sun again. Start with CW at 09:00 local. Worked a smattering of EU and south east NA, only a few SA. 10:00 QSY to 28.460 SSB, ran with a nice pileup until noon, The last few QSOs were 55, 53, NA fading. On CW again from 12:00 local to 13:30, good rates. Band went dead for a while then picked up nicely. Running with the vertical Moxon all day. Worked a few VK and ZL on longpath just before the end of the contest at 8pm local.
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