Monthly Archives: February 2013


Played around in this one testing the remote system. It’s perfect with ARRL since you don’t need to rotate the beams since the big tower is not rotatable yet via the remote. Total 18.5 hours of operating time and I had a lot of fun!

ARRL DX Contest, CW

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

Class: SO Unlimited HP
QTH: Da Traesk
Operating Time (hrs): 18.5

 Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:    1     1
   80:   25    19
   40:  276    49
   20:  594    55
   15:  551    56
   10:  281    46
Total: 1728   226  Total Score = 1,171,584

Club: Worldwide Young Contesters


This was fun, I took part of the contest working remotely from my work QTH. It
worked great with the remoterig system (, I could not
notice any delay and pretty much was just as being at the station. I worked
18.5 hours in the contest and propagations were very interesting. At some
points they were awful but they also generated great opening on 10m via aurora,
which would not be possible otherwise with SFI just over 100. I wish I did work
the first night though, that would have given me probably 40 more mults since
160/80m was great, which was not the case the 2nd night and Sunday evening.

Kind of wish I did work this one seriously at location, but there is always
next year.

Here is a video I made a few days ago of the remote control @work QTH,

160m: 39m vert
 80m: 4-SQ
 40m: 3/3el
 20m: 6/6/6el
 15m: 6/6el
 10m: 6el @46m

Rig: TS480S + remoterig + N1MM
Amp: ACOM 2000A (Sponsored by Ojojoj Music AB)

SJ2W remote control demo

A bit low sound volume and shaky, but you get the idea 🙂

More work on the shack

I took a few days off work to get down to SJ2W and try to prepare it for the contests. I had some plans to maybe do ARRL CW next weekend and I have not yet decided if I will do it or not. Right now I don’t really feel motivated but we will see, if not I will do it part time remotely or if the girlfriend wants to come here next weekend I might go down with her.

These days I have almost gotten position for radio 1 and 2 (also SO2R position) running with some small things left to do. I have also plans to get the IC-7400 (Pos 4) up and running so that SM2LIY can listen to the beverages. However the neighbor has cut down trees so half of them are broken and there is a lot of snow, so fixing them is out of the question. Positive thing is that that piece of the forest wont be worked in for 25 years…

I also made it possible to turn on and off the electronics in the basement, so that we can reboot everything if needed remotely. The openASC system seem to be quite stable, but a few times this winter SM2XJP has had to go here to the station to reboot it. Now we can do that remotely so he should not need to go here *knock on wood*.

I am pretty happy with the result, its a huge improvement but still a bit left to do. I am gonna try to save some money to get another radio for position 3 or 4 so hopefully we’ll have 3xFT1000 MKV in the future, which would be really nice since it would also be a spare rig when doing SO2R contests. But first, the summer projects need to be paid 🙂