CW DX Trip : 13 - 23 Sep 2001
ZL7/G3SXW : ZL7/G3TXF
Total CW QSOs : 26,800
|Roger G3SXW and Nigel G3TXF operated as ZL7/G3SXW and ZL7/G3TXF on 80m-10m from Chatham Island [OC-038] from 13 - 23 Sep 2001. Total QSOs (all CW, no dups) was 26,800.
The QSO Analysis Table below shows that Europe represented well over half (55.2%) of all QSOs, with North America at 22.5% and Asia (mostly JA) at 19.9%.
ZL7/G3TXF (WARC) QSO total was 13,200 and ZL7/G3SXW (HF non-WARC) QSO total was 13,600.
The Chatham Lodge Hotel was the QTH of the ZL7/G3SXW + ZL7/G3TXF 26,800 CW QSO operation from Chatham Island in September 2001.
The picture shows two of the three simple vertical antennas used during the trip. In the foreground is a three-band trap vertical for 20-15-10m.
Behind is the HF2V used to great effect on 80m/40m. Out of view on the other side of the building there is a trapped vertical for the WARC bands.
|Travelling light ?
We took nine pieces of luggage:
* six suitcases
* one large ski-bag with the antennas
* two large "carry-on" suitcases
Total weight : 216kg.
Four of the six suitcases were taken up by the two VL-1000 Linear Amplifers and the VP-1000 Power Supplies.
|Tea break on the WARC bands!
Nigel ZL7/G3TXF enjoys a welcome cup of tea while trying to drain the three WARC bands of all demand for ZL7-Chatham on CW.
The station consisted of a Kenwood TS-50 transceiver and Yaesu VL-1000 amplifier.
The WARC-band antenna was a simple ground-plane with six elevated radials (two for each band). The all-important "DX-Edge" is sitting on the laptop.
The view from the Chatham Lodge towards to USA on short path (seen through the base of the HF2V antenna).
The Chatham Lodge is perched on the side of a hill which gives great aspects towards the North, through East to South.
However the QTH is blocked by a hill to the West. This made it particularly difficult to get Africa on the SP. We believe it also badly effected the LP towards some parts of Europe.
|G3SXW : Grey-Line Man at work!
Roger ZL7/G3SXW was on the LF bands for every Grey-Line during the operation. No sunrise or sunset was ever missed.
Each Grey-Line opening was used to best effect for working as many EU-stations as possible on 80m and 40m.
When not on "SR/SS watch" on LF, Roger concentrated on the three HF bands : 20-15-10m, amassing 13,600 CW QSOs during the eleven days.
Station : Kenwood TS-570 and Yaesu VL-1000 Amplifier into verticals.
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