As a fairly new EUDXF member (#967) I volunteered to activate one of the Dutch special event stations for the 33th anniversary of the EUDXF. I was curious to see what a special call can do compared to my ‘ordinary’ call.
signed up, I already indicated that my activity will be CW only, and with
somewhat limited time due to the fact that I work 5 days/week and have a long
commuting distance. This would mean only activity in the evenings and in the
weekends. At night, man-made noise is quite an issue at my location (80 and 160m
hardly usable), so in a sense it was a bit of a challenge.
the first two days of November I had some time and I could start off right
away. The first 250 QSOs were easily made. Demand was great and I could raise
some nice runs. In the weeks after I witnessed the following things.
Demand gradually decreased
Demand for EUDXF is predominantly
coming from European stations (not a real surprise I guess)
Conditions were not good. Made 23
QSOs on 18 MHz, and never used a higher band
Number of QSOs were in the end
nicely spread over 80, 40, 30 and 20m. This was more like a coincidence than a
planned thing …
Made a 30 minutes entry in the one
hour UKEICC 80m CW contest (29 QSOs). A long callsign, albeit a special one, is
not an advantage in such occasion …
CW rules, but for higher volumes of
QSOs you have to be active in other modes as well (not my cup of coffee)
ability of my station (Mosley minibeam @ 10m, 30/40m vertical, 80m inv.L) I
think I delivered the call to those who were really looking for it (in
particular the 33EUDXF Award hunters). I had a few openings to North America
and was called by some nice DX on 30m around grayline time. With a gross number
of 1083 QSOs (35 dupes) I am quite satisfied. I recommend this activity to
anyone who wants to play around with a special callsign. Next year’s Px34EUDXF
stations will provide the fun again.
Station: Elecraft K3, SPE 1K-FA, uKeyerII, Begali Signature paddle, N1MM+logger with ClubLog real-time upload by G7VJR
I can imagine you ask yourself today “What happened on the bands?“ Let me answer the question for you; EUDXF Activity Month is over and all 33EUDXF stations are QRT.
For sure the 14 Special Event Stations made a lot of activity over the past few weeks on the various bands and modes. We like to thank all operators who made this activity month possible.
Up to now 129 applications are received for the 33EUDXF Award and judging on the comments received with the application also this parts of the EUDXF Activity Month was received very well. You are still invited to apply for the unique 33EUDXF Award, you can find the rules here
On the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the EUDXF, 3 French members of the club wanted to give their share in the celebrations on the air. French regulations do not permit a 5-letter suffix callsign, so Gerry F2VX, who applied for the license, suggested to use EUDX instead. Also, French regulations allow a special callsign (always with TM prefix for metropolitan France) only for a period of 15 days. The exact rules are 15 days, not necessarily consecutive, within a period of 6 months.
Gerry thought the beginning of November should be fine. The team consisted in Gerry F2VX, Terry F6CUK and Paul F6EXV. All with solid DXpedition experience.
Because we all operated from our home QTH, we had to know if and where the others were operating at a given time, so we self spotted to easily share this information. We were not permitted to operate same mode on same band simultaneously. In fact, Gerry operated exclusively on SSB, Terry on both SSB and CW, and Paul on FT8 and CW.
The propagation was not too good, so we concentrated on 80 to 17m, but we took it easy on the operating. The results are fair : 7645 QSOs, 134 countries worked (74 on SSB, 71 on CW and 125 on FT8). The log has been already uploaded to LoTW. At this writing time, we have 104 entities confirmed (mixed) on LoTW, with 100 on FT8 alone. Alex PA1AW will take care of the paper card requests, preferably through OQRS.
It was great fun to participate, and an honour to represent France on the bands for the anniversary celebrations.