Liechtenstein: " H B 0 C Z S "
Another Bavarian Contest Club Expedition.
1988 CQWW DX SSB CONTEST (Multi/Multi Station)
- Top Row: DK8MZ, DJØIP, DL4OBD, DF9YY, DK1FW
- Bottom Row: DL5MAE, DF7RX, DF9XV, DF3QL, DB2QK, DK3RG, DK6QX, DL4NAC, DL2NBU, DL6RAI, DL8OH, DK2OY
This was one of the earliest contest expedition by the Bavarian Contest Club.
We had lots of equipment but not many high end transceivers.
The amplifiers were also just what we had available; nothing sexy.
This was the expedition that really ignated the Expedition-Flame for us.
30 days later we went to Luxembourg for the CW contest.
We were still logging on paper at that time.
That would soon change.
2 of the operators, DL6RAI and DJ0IP were determined to move the group to using computers.
I worked the 80m station, together with Manfred, DK2OY.
- RUN: Drake C-Line with Dentron Linear
- S&P: Ten-Tec Omni A (barefoot)
- Delta Loop (28m high)
All stations were located in the same big room.
The noise level was similar to that of a train station!
We had a system for synchronizing the Omni with the Drake Line, such that they did not transmit at the same time: If I wanted to work someone, I would elbow Manfred in the stomach. By the time he could recover and breath again, I had finished my QSO. :-)
HERE AND THERE:
The Baloon Vertical...
This was a great antenna the first night, but the next morning it was gone. In any case, we got a taste of what 160m can be like with a good antenna!
The Delta Loops --> My most expensive "bet" in my life.
The terrain of our QTH was very dificult to work on, except directly near the lift, where all the beams were placed. My Delta Loops had to go on the other side of the house.
I wanted to put up separate Delta Loops for 80m and 40m, but that required about 25m of height. The challenge was to find a way to put up a 25m mast on a rough mountain slope. Wolfgang, DL5MAE said he didn't think I could do it.
The Bet: I bet him a case of beer, not just any beer, Gruenbacher Weissbier - the "house beer" of the Bavarian Contest Club.
- 2 very heavy duty aluminum masts, 5m long, with 5mm wall thickness.
- 2x 3m aluminum masts, one 50mm and one 45mm diameter, with 2mm wall thickness
- 1x 10m Fiberglass Telescoping mast (NOT a Spiderbeam mast)
- Something like 10 miles of rope (hi)
Altogether this stuff cost me about 800 or 900 DM (something like $500 to $600).
I was just in the process of buying a new car. The BMW 325 I wanted to buy turned out to be too short to safely transport the long masts, so I switched in the last minute and bought a 525. This cost me about 10,000 DM more (about $6000).
Altogether I spent about $6,500 to get the material and a means of transporting my loop material to Liechtenstein.
I WON MY BET, and the beer was delivered to the mountain QTH before the contest began. It was also gone in a heartbeat, with so many thirsty contesters up there!