Introduction Amateur radio ABOUT Activity Contest – October 2023

ABOUT Activity Contest – October 2023

FT-2000
FT-2000

The last round of the OM Activity Contest, in which I did not miss a single lap. I made some connections and then it was over. But it's not that easy. Why?

Every month there is a different participation in the OM Activity Contest, which changes the number of achievable connections but also the multipliers. The conditions of dissemination are also changing. Ten, whoever can deal with it the best will be the winner. But it also requires technical equipment, experience and a little luck.

Yaesu FT-1000mp
Yaesu FT-1000mp

In the 100W QRO category, most stations apparently do not focus on searching for multipliers. He tries to do every station, which he hears. I very often use the SO2R subvariant, called. SO2V. In the gap between calls, I listen to two frequencies simultaneously. In this way, even during operation, I can search for other stations on request. And when I guess, that no one will call me, so in the next gap I try to connect with that station on the second frequency. Ideally, after the connection is complete, I return to the frequency and continue the challenge. But sometimes it happens, that in the meantime the frequency will be occupied by another competitor. This is the disadvantage of this operation.

In the QRP category, the strategy is a little different. Participants in this category usually know from experience, which stations they manage to call and which ones are more difficult. At the same time, they probably won't be able to reach the full number of multipliers, so it makes more sense to focus on them.

The ionogram showed, that the signals are reflected back to the earth's surface at a higher altitude. This was also confirmed by the band, where stations from longer distances communicated on some frequencies (Germany and Poland). At the same time, the OK and OM signals mostly did not reach much strength, because the signal route was longer. This eliminated some interference at the same time, so the reception was quite good.

Map of Europe
Map of Europe

I was able to rack up twenty multipliers pretty quickly. Among them also such, which are among the more difficult. However, on the second connection to SO2V, I lose the frequency and start searching. Connections are increasing quite well anyway. Unbeknownst to me, I hear Honza OK1MNV on the connection, that apparently he was the multiplier, which I will miss at the end.

I will then alternate several more frequencies when prompted. Connections with new stations will also please, which I don't normally do. Even in the very end, connections are still added. It's at the end 69 contacts, one missing multiplier: In. Yes, apparently OK1MNV.

I used the usual gear: Yaesu FT-1000MP s INRAD a SDR, inverted Vee antenna and 100W power. I am looking forward to next year, friends!

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