CQ WW RTTY 2017

Category: MS HP
Call used: IQ6AN
Date: 23/09/2017
Operators: IK6JNH IK6RYU IK6VXO IZ4AFW IZ6TSA

This is our first experience in CQ WW RTTY as Multi Op. A small number of operators (beginners included),  but a lot of fun. No big technical problems were spotted during the contest, and after months of work we are finally happy for this achievement even if there are still a lot of parts and features to be added. We suffered only a big but short thunderstorm and hailstorm, because of this we had to make a forced pause of almost one hour Sunday afternoon.

We did not used any inband antenna in this contest and only one operating position for multipliers and no receiving antennas on 80m and 40m. We felt the need of a rotating antenna which will be installed in the near future. Surely with more radios seeking multipliers and inband antenna we could have increased our score a bit more. We hope everything is ready for next year, starting from CQ WPX RTTY. 

Bands were not so bad after all, good openings on 15m and just an hour opening in 10m Sunday at the right time for working both South and North America. However sometimes mostly on Sunday there were not so much traffic in the main bands (40m and 20m).

We had the pleasure to have IZ4AFW Fabio for the second time this year. We had a very good time after all during the contest and tasting the excellent BBQ by IK6RYU Franco and cocktails by IK6JNH Italo.

Congrats to I4DZ and EI7M for the great results they made and hope to reduce the gap in the future.

Raw scores are available on cqwwrtty.com

IARU HF Championship 2017 – HQ

Category: 160 SSB - 40 SSB
Call used: II6HQ
Date: 08/07/2017
Operators: I6CXB IK6JNH IK6JWK IK6RYU IK6VXO IK8UND IZ4AFW IZ6TSA

We took part in the IARU HF Championship as part of the ARI HQ team. Our bands/mode were 160SSB and 40SSB. We enjoyed the activuty on 40m with good openings mainly with north america during the night. We suffered in 160m because of the noise and with only an inverted L antenna.

A good thing to mention is the great BBQ at the end of the contest. We tasted delicious meat offered by Franco IK6RYU to celebrate our first place in europe in WPX SSB M2, and excellent food products from Campania brought by Sal IK8UND. I don’t know if we will remember this contest but the following lunch for sure!

Stay tuned for the full results and story.

ARI International DX 2017

Category: MS
Call used: IQ6AN
Date: 07/05/2017
Operators: IK1HJS, IK6JNH, IK6JWK, IK6LBT, IK6RYU, IK6VXO, IZ6CRK, IZ6TSA, IU6AEI

Siamo ritornati a prendere parte a questo contest dopo 3 anni di stop. In questi anni abbiamo lavorato duro per creare la nuova postazione da cui abbiamo partecipato questa volta. Sebbene ci sia ancora moltissimo lavoro da portare a termine, siamo contenti del risultato ottenuto.

Questa volta più delle altre abbiamo avuto problemi al setup, in parte risolti durante il contest. Abituati a questo abbiamo imparato a farne tesoro per i contest successivi.

La propagazione, da manuale, è stata pressoché assente in 10m e scarsa in 15m. Ottima apertura notturna in 20m con Nord America in cui abbiamo avuto un ottimo rate per un paio d’ore. Da segnalare anche buona la partecipazione, soprattutto incrementata quella in rtty!

Al solito è stato un ottimo weekend di divertimento e di pura radio. New entry nel team per questo contest di Carlo IK1HJS che ha dato una bella spinta al gruppo e spero ci venga a trovare più spesso.

Speriamo di sentirci al contest delle Sezioni in giugno!

Nicolò IZ6TSA

CQ WPX SSB 2017

Category: M2
Call used: IR6T
Date: 26/03/2017
Operators: I6CXB, IK6JNH, IK6JWK, IK6LBT, IK6RYU, IK6VXO, IK8UND, IU6AKY, IU6HPN, IX1BFL, IZ6CRK, IZ6TSA

We planned this contest to introduce some new operators to the wonderful world of contesting. Due to the high number ops available and to have more fun we decided to take part in the Multi Two category. Our main goal was to have fun and teach something to new operators, so we started the contest very relaxed.

The 40m system worked excellently for almost 48 hours, that was the key of the contest considering that the high bands were apparently dead. Good opening on Sunday afternoon towards North America with huge signals on 15m, unfortunately only a hundred of station came to contact us. On 80m and 160m we used a full-size vertical and a dipole respectively. We experienced some problems on 20m to contact europeans, sure we need to check the system and make some improvements to cover higher take off angles. The rest of the setup worked smoothly except for the inband which is still almost deaf. This not helped finding and working mults, by the way the mults resulted in a good number.

The last hours we checked on cqcontest and tired but well motivated we pushed more the score reaching 22.5M.

After all it was a nice weekend with good food brought by Sal IK8UND and good company. The newbie were happy and, at least for this point, we accomplished our mission. Still a lot of work needs to be done and they have to take part in a lot more contests.

Hope to see you in the next contests.

CQ WPX RTTY 2017

Category: MS HP
Call used: IQ6AN
Date: 11/02/2017
Operators: IK6JNH, IK6VXO, IZ6TSA

With the very good experience of last year WPX RTTY in mind, when we made a very huge result even if we only had one tribander and wires for 40 and 80 meters, we wanted to test our new antenna setup.

Two antennas were set up the weekend before the contest and even though we made some tests during the week, we had a lot of problems (fortunately fixed) during the contest, which resulted 4 trips to the towers and a lot of fatigue as we were only 2 and half operators. After all that was a test and helped us to understand problems that otherwise we would have faced in next contests. 

Apart from the big numbers of problem we managed it was a blast, a lot of activity on low bands. Thanks to the new 3el , 40m band was the best one. In our area 15m was very poor compared to the other years and obviously 10m was totally dead. We could improve 20m if the antenna had worked well, but thats it! More work has to be done on 80m (and also 160m) and for inband receiving in which we suffered a bit in this occasion.

Finally some new operators have been introduced to RTTY contesting and they are I6CXB and IU6HPN.

 

Very first update!

It’s almost more than one year and a half that we are working on the new station; during this time we completed a lot of works, mainly about the building which hosts our radio shack, both indoors and outdoors.

We also raised a new tower, provided by our friends of II9P, which is still nowadays not definitive because it lacks of some sections to be mounted. This tower is temporarily used for testing the antennas.

Talking about antennas, we bought recently over 350Kg of aluminium to be converted in antennas. So firstly, we started to build from scratch the 10m and 15m antennas due to their modest dimension. Both are 5 elements OWA designed by YU7EF and perform very well during the first tests.

In the near future we are going to work on a complete new tower and make 20m antennas. See you in the next update!