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Trip to SM2EKM and RX-array work

I spent a couple of evenings at SM2EKM last week helping him with some tower work. It should only have been one trip but since I managed to mess up it needed to be two. I was going to disconnect one of his 5el for 20m since he has got a problem with one of them and extend the cables down to the ground so he could work on them himself. Unfortunately I mixed up the cables and ended up attaching the two antennas together and the coax leading into the shack was left hanging 🙂 So I went back the day after and fixed that. We also concluded that the top 20m yagi has got an issue which needs to be fixed, this will however be done next year and I believe I can do it in the tower by tilting the yagi without needing to take it down to the ground.

I have also spent time working on the RX-array. I got most hardware installed such as preamps, ground rods, coax etc. I also got the RF-link tested and it switches the array properly so now all that is left is to install the cabinet and pull out the 300m of coax needed to reach the array.

It was also very nice to get a visit from SM3JLA and his girlfriend and we concluded that he should start coming up more often again, at least I did 🙂

SAC CW 2016

I had a blast, everything worked great and claimed new SM record plus claimed #1 Scandinavia

Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW

Call: SJ2W
Operator(s): SM2WMV
Station: SJ2W

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: Burtraesk
Operating Time (hrs): 24

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   80:  317    40
   40:  787    61
   20: 1071    73
   15:  207    47
   10:    7     5
Total: 2389   226  Total Score = 1,296,788

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters


This was really fun. I wasn't sure if I would operate the contest but felt
pretty motivated so I decided to do it. I did DUAL CQ for most of the contest
and I need to practice a lot more, even though I felt it worked pretty well. I
managed to do the best CW rate hour I believe we have had at SJ2W with 194 QSOs
and this really makes SAC a blast to operate. I have never really been fond of
the contest since normal SO2R operation with hunting mults does not work. DUAL
CQ has been done for a long time by operators in SAC including myself, but this
was my first time I did it pretty much all the time regardless of rate and I
felt it helped my mults. I didn't move that extremely much mults (I think 14
successful moves but a lot of tries) and still had pretty decent mults. However
I expect that my UBN will suffer from this type of operating but hopefully not
too much.

As usual it was a blast to see the progress at, especially the
battle with Kim, OH6KZP @OH2BH who I before the contest thought would be
unbeatable but propagation's were good enough to have good enough US runs on 20
and 40m to be able to get enough point advantage towards him. JAs were very
active on especially 15m with tremendous signals. Rumors say that OH0Z placed
in the middle between me and Kim, some day I hope the OH0s will join the fun
with the online scoreboard as well :) I am happy that OH0V was not QRV :) 

Station worked flawlessly, only wish I didn't have shared towers for 20/40m,
makes you a little handicapped but I guess I could always put up a bit more

DXLog with two keyboards used and it workged great!

The D1 prefixes were not recognized so I expect the score to go up by a few
points after those are scored by the SAC robot.

Seems like a new SM record too which is surprising considering 10m, but the
lowbands were really good instead.

80m: 4-SQ
40m: 3/3el + 2/2el + 4-SQ
20m: 6/6/6el + 5/5el + 4el @EU
15m: 6/6/6/6/6el + 6/6el + 5el
10m: 6/6el + 6el @46m

K3 + ACOM 2000A (Sponsored by Ojojoj Music AB)
TS590SG + ACOM 2000A (Borrowed from SM2OAN)



CQ WPX SSB – EU record!


Call: SJ2W
Operator(s): SM2WMV
Station: SJ2W

Class: SOSB20 HP
QTH: Da Traesk
Operating Time (hrs): 36
Radios: SO2R

 Band  QSOs
   20: 3888
Total: 3888  Prefixes = 1319  Total Score = 10,807,886

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters


Goal for the contest was to see if I could get close to the EU record. It seems
like I have passed it and if I have not been a too big lid I should pass log
check. The contest was fun, Saturday was amazing and it felt like very high
activity from US, maybe because of the Easter holidays? However Sunday was
horrible, barely got any propagations towards US, just sporadic ones where the
aurora let through the signals. All east coast worked on Sunday was via skew
path near South America. Kind of wish I had read the prognosis and maybe
wouldn't have taken half of the off-time on Saturday and instead more on

Thanks for the QSOs!

Antennas: 6/6/6el + 5/5el + 4el @EU + dipole 470m away @30m
Rigs: K3 + TS590SG (inband)
Amp: ACOM 2000A (Sponsored by Ojojoj Music AB)

Check the website, it contains a lot of fun stuff on the progress of the
station build etc.

A little update

Sorry for the lack of updates lately but I am too busy with work and other stuff. I need to find a way to get rich soon so I that I can work less and spend more time on radio related stuff 😉 However right now I am trying to recover from the flu.

I have been working on making a little workshop in the basement at SJ2W since I am changing jobs and am left without a mechanical and electronics workshop. I will try to continue building on the QBL amplifier down there and also other stuff, its very nice with a heated space.

SM2LIY was also here and operated ARRL CW and it seems like it might be a #1 win in Europe also this year but this time on 20m, very fun indeed. I am a bit pissed that I skipped working ARRL SSB since the propagation’s were really good. Hopefully I will have time and motivation to do the WPX SSB, either SOAB or SB20, we will see.