Friday, December 28, 2012

Round up 'em doggies

Happy 2013 to all, lets hope its a good one. 

I achieved a good end to 2012 by coming first place in the 2012 ARRL RTTY Roundup

Of course there weren't that many entrants for England but I was top. It looks like running up a good number of multipliers (running all bands and chasing continents/countries) paid off. Congratulations also to Mike K4GMH winning the single op category for NA, hes always a big signal and I often work him on all bands. The 2013 ARRL RTTY Roundup is next weekend so I will see if I can up my 2012 score and secure another win.

I built a reasonably good VHF station this year. FT-225RD + Mutek front end driving a Tokyo High Power VHF amp to 300 watts +

My 2M array seems to have gone faulty (I think it may be the splitter) so as soon as the high winds die down I'm going to make repairs. 

The 2 x 4 ele Cushcraft boomers work well but I think I will replace them with a single long yagi.  Probably another Boomer as they work so well.

I'm up to 159 countries confirmed on HF RTTY through LOTW so I hope the double century isn't too far off. Maybe 2013 will be the year?

Anyway, I may have a busy year at work but I'm sure I will see you all on HF RTTY over the weekends?