From 1980 onwards we have been participating in the CQWW 160mtrs CW contests. Our contest group consists of:
- Peter, PA3AUC
- Han, PA3BPL
- Johan, PA3CLH
- Frans, PA3CQE
- Paul, PA3DSB
- Carel, PC5M
- Rob, PE1ITR
Our contest QTH (JO21OJ) is located in the country side near the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands and we operate from a barn with plenty of free space around us to setup the antennas and supports.
Radio used is a FT1000 mark V feeding 2 poweramplifiers via the 160mtrs antenna switch controller.
Main poweramplifier is a Russion surplus amplifier build around a GU43 tube, output 400W++. Second amplifier is a FL2100, running also around 400W.
Our main antenna is a vertical, during the years we used different configuration. Ranging from fullsize quarter wave with plenty of radials to L-shaped with four elevated radials. At present the vertical is L-shaped with vertical part around 30mtrs and approx. 30 radials of 40mtrs length. Second antenna used is a good old dipole.
As receive antenna's we use a 300mtrs long beverage pointed at the USA and from 2007 onwards we plan to build two K9AY loop's.
Via the 160mtrs switch box we are able to select for receive the vertical, dipole, beverage or one of the 4 K9AY loops