10032018 – VK JA ZL – EU S2S QSO Party

VK3/VC-032 – Unnamed local summit

The VK JA ZL – EU S2S organising committee (Andrew VK1AD, Mike 2E0YYY and Ed DD5LP) selected Saturday 10 March 2018 for the third annual SOTA VK – EU S2S evening.

This annual event has grown beyond VK – EU with ZL, JA and even Canada posting alerts. These are well supported as S2S contacts are always prized. 

I activated VK3/VC-032, a local 4 pointer that is close to my QTH, very convenient given the late kickoff (0630 UTC). 

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The bands were active with stations from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, as well as the UK, Germany, Russia, Austria, The Slovak Republic, Rumania and Spain.

Used trapped 20/40 dipole with the 7M squid pole as an inverted V. The KX3 had a 4S battery so 15w.

Weather was better than last year however propagation average. CW worked JA fine. Picked up VK3 & VK6 S2S SSB.

Heard no ZL and nothing from Canada or South Africa so maybe next year. Heard and called HB9DQM/P CW and SV2RUJ/P SSB but failed to secure a contact. 

Contacts

Thanks to the organisers, its a fun event and I will be back next year for more.

Allen

VK3ARH

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