CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB Call: M4A Operator(s): 2E0WNT, G3ZAY, G4EAG, G4AXX, G7VJR, M0BLF, M0DEG, M0HSW, M0MLG, M0SCH, M0SKI, M0VFC, M0ZES, M3TBK Station: G6UW Class: M/S HP QTH: Cambridge, UK Operating Time (hrs): 48 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 70 11 50 80: 738 18 89 40: 822 34 117 20: 1486 34 120 15: 387 34 121 10: 63 16 61 ------------------------------ Total: 3566 147 558 Total Score = 4,586,025 Club: Comments: The annual entry in CQ WW from M4A (Cambridge University) has two aims: to improve our score from the previous year and to indroduce new students to contesting (hence our very long operator list!). Both of these objectives were fulfilled yet again in 2009, so it was a successful contest for us. There were no major problems this year, although we were hindered by a lack of aerials which meant that we could not have the radios on 15m and 10m at the same time. Thanks to all who contacted us.Click on a thumbnail below to see the picture.
Simon G4EAG helped put up the tower (animated).
Laying out the 4-element 20m beam
Simon G4EAG, Rob M0VFC & Martin G3ZAY assembling the beam.
Filing out the elements to make an easier fit.
The bolts for the mast-boom clamp were too short, so Martin went to Mackays in Cambridge to get some longer ones.
Meanwhile Rob put up the 160m dipole.
Work resumed when we had the right bolts.
Martin taping a boom joint.
The tower was luffed up a little, to fit the element end-pieces.
A tractor coming down the lane.
Rob fits the elements.
Martin & Tom, 2E0WNT, look on.
The tower goes up.
Near vertical it can be winched up with one finger.
ready to cut through the pile-ups.
The shack, next year we may have a new one.
Out in the field the 40m four-square and 80m phased-array.
The towers framed by trees.
Hugo M0HSW & Simon G4EAG focussing.
Fresh coffee from this machine!
Tear-down on Monday morning.
Martin disassembles the beam.
The guys, wrapped up.
The cables need coiling up.
The trailer mast is positioned relative to the drainage grate. It has a voracious appetite for wayward nuts & bolts!
The rotator & cables.
The barn wall to which one set of guys is fixed.
The empty site.
Ready to leave.
Land Rover Discovery & Strumech M100.
Rob packing away the 80m vertical guys.