To design an effective and space scarse layout requires planning and building on the “top”. Here is what I have find to be useful.
So how can one improve in contesting. SO2R is one trick. It is all about tehniques. How do you train then? Why not in a simulator. I have tested all that around that suits Flexradio. Here is how it looks like in SO2R mode with band maps showing station activities. Very handy and effective I must say. In my opinion the best Flex simulator on market today. A more detailed evaluation soon to come.
Here the simulator is configured for radio 1 and at 3550 kHz and radio 2 at 3580 kHz. The “peaks” of the band maps are actual stations calling you. With the thumb wheel you can change frequency and chase new S&P stations. I even find the simulator when doing S&P on radio 2 that “SM0HRP” was calling me. As I understand it uses the Super Partial database for simulating callings stations and I am in there after a few contests.
Please be aware that you can use CSS with WL demo version with some minor limitations. Mainly to the number of contests to choose from.
Being a little fanatic about SO2R it is interesting to see what logger program will work well with Flex-6700. The fact that Wayne W5XD came out with a new Contest Simulator recently with lots of nice features it draught my attention. So how do you set up 6700 for Writelog (WL)?
I am using an external Wineyer at OCM12 and 9600 baudot. Here is a screen shot of the configuration.
OBS! Two use two slices on different you must actually set up four slices. A pair for each band. New drivers can be found on WL page.
How does it work then? Really well in SO2R mode.
It is nice when preparations pay off. Last years CQ 160 was such a case. Previous year could not have participated due to storm winds at my remote QTH and the 27 M vertical had to been winched down.
Building a tower base on regular soil is a relatively easy task. But what if the “soil” is hard uneven rock?
Here is a photo of my situation. The starting point is an uneven rock measuring 1,6 x 1,6 meters. The blue stand offs are the old tower base.
The challenge is how to drill vertically over 16 holes 30 cm into the rock? Professionals do it by big diamond cutters/drill machines that are vertically positioned. Hilti, Huskvarna etc makes these. However, this requires a flat surface to mount these on. So it wont work in my situation…:(
So use a regular SDS Max drill and attach a horizontal libel (see photo below).
This is how it is done. Of course you would need a steel template for the hole pattern to allow you to drill vertically.
My 1st presence last year in a contest in 20 year or so. ARRL Int DX Contest CW. Unfortunately bad conditions 1st day.
I have tested this new concept for about two years now. And I can see it really works. As well as my other beverages.
This is the actual home base set-up. Expect the station monitors you may take with you on travel all these stuff.
This has evolved over the years. Here is a schematic over it: