2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

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2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK4OE » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:06 pm

Greetings to all readers!

This event is coming up this coming week-end.

Weather permitting, on the Sunday morning I propose to be operating from Kamarun Lookout near the Lamington National Park (QG61NU) using all bands from 50 MHz to 76 GHz inclusive. In a different way from my usual pattern of FD operation, this time I will only be operating on the Sunday morning.

I am planning to commence operating from there around 6:00 a.m., through until the end of the contest period. That means quite an early start from home that morning!

I try as much as possible to keep 146.500 MHz and 439.000 MHz FM simplex open for getting in touch and for liaison for the higher bands. Of course, from time to time I will be operating on the usual SSB calling frequencies -> .150 in the 'busy bands'.

Here's hoping that the weather for going portable is looking good, and that many of us have many contacts over the week-end!

And if one or other reader has not tried going out portable, it is one of the real highlights of operating amateur radio just waiting to be discovered!!

Cheers and 73,

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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK4UH » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:38 pm

Brisbane VHF Group will be active in the Summer FD using VK4IF/p from QG62jv (Ocean View). Planning on the 8 hour, multi-op, 4-band (50-1296MHz) distance based sections in both Phone and Digital sub-categories. Will be active on logger and contest radar - assuming mobile Internet works

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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK4EA » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:27 am

Saturday is my wedding anniversary, needless to say, given I like being married I won’t be going portable that day.

However, I’ll be active on 24 and 47GHz from Mt Cootha looking South on the Sunday morning. Primarily to make contact with VK4OE but sure am open to others having a go. Unfortunately all other microwave bands are in various states of rebuild and the venerable IC970 is now strictly a home based radio hence no portable 2m/70cm/23cm/13cm either.




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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK4JAZ » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:13 pm

I will set up my portable station (FT-817 and VHF Packer 6m 30W amp), SSB and CW on Saturday from 0100 UTC Saturday morning on Mt Coot-tha. I will be in the 8 hr section but probably won't be there all that time. I will also have 2m/70cm FM hand held listening on the usual calling frequencies.
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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK7HH » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:51 pm

Will be operating my remote/portable station from home tomorrow during field day from QE37LD.

2m to 23cm

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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK3ZAZ » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:09 pm

high coming
will be there looking.
hope for activity and beams to the west.
baptism sunday so not around.
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Not a problem then!
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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK2XAX » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:42 pm

Myself and VK2AZ , Hilary are on for the duration QRV from 6m to 2.4Ghz in QF56IF

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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK3MAT » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:03 pm

Good to work a couple on the ghz from qf12dc best contacts to vk3alb/vk3acg on 2.4ghz just over 200km!

Shame I couldn’t get some of the Melbourne stations point out west.

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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK3ALB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:08 am

Thanks Matt. Another fun contact on a couple of watts. On 1296 the transverter is a SG Labs and the antenna is a measly Bi Quad inside a biscuit tin. Pictures is my small portable system pointing towards you (not very informative) that I've designed to be quick to deploy. I don't really expect more than 100km range from it so yesterday was a great bonus. Read all about it on my QRZ page.

On 2.4 and 3.4 We used a bit more power. 2.4 is my MiniKits transverter feeding a PyroJoe 30W amp into a grid pack. On 3.4 we have the ex VK4GHZ transverter now owned by VK3ACG. This is a XDK transverter with a Tosh 60W PA. No big antenna for it yet but a 3.4GHz panel helps it along nicely.

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Re: 2019 Summer VHF-UHF Field-Day Contest

Postby VK2XAX » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:16 am

Thanks to everyone who made the effort to join in the fun and double thanks to those who made it out into the field !

A great turn out with good conditions for both weather and radio.

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