We came 1st in Asia, 4th in the World, and set a new record for Cyprus.
The station is on a hilltop south of Nicosia.
Nestor 5B4AHZ connecting the generator.
Stavros 5B4AFM connecting a ground to the generator.
The shack with water supply, toilet, solar power and microwave WiFi link.
The 80m 4-square.
On Friday afternoon before the contest we measured the power into the splitter dummy load and found a perfect null in the centre of 80m. We were really looking forward to enjoying 80 with this great antenna.
George 5B4KH about to unwind a feeder on the cable unwinding tool.
The C-31XR at 15m.
The 40-2CD at 17m.
Spyros 5B4MF and I ran out 3 long Beverages.
In rapidly fading light we erect a Optibeam OB6-3M on a 6m pole.
It was turned with a ground-mounted Prosistel big-boy rotator.
Inside the shack. Time to install the latest version of Wintest and the latest country files.
We operated M/2 in two teams. Stavros 5B4AFM and Mark G4AXX in one team, Nestor 5B4AHZ, Spyros 5B4MF and George 5B4KH in the other. We operated in 5-hour cycles. A 5-hour break is enough to get 2 cycles of REM sleep, food and a shower between shifts.
Nestor 5B4AHZ and George 5B4KH building the score. The C-31XR was usually left pointing NW in a straight line through EU to the US where 90% of the Qs come from. The Optibeam OB6-3M was useful especially when 15m opened on Saturday morning to work East and follow the sun. Despite the 6m height it was on the edge of a cliff and was very effective at running Japan and the Pacific.
Spyros 5B4MF on 40m. The 40-2CD and three Beverages was a super combination. Many callers could not be heard on the beam but were Q5 on a Beverage.
Just before sunrise on Saturday morning there was a violent storm, and we lost the 80m 4-square. This was the awful sight when the sun rose.
Movie of George working the States (32.6MB).
Stavros & I handed over at the 44th hour after high rate runs on 15, 20 & 40m, and sweeping up the mults, it was exhilarating! This was the state of play 4 hours before the end of the contest, just short of 20 million.
Here is the rate curve showing the top rate at 330 per hour on Saturday morning. The highest rate on Sunday wasn't quite as high.
Here are the top 10 Multi-2 final scores, C4A sitting at world 4th.