VK9LX is a permanent callsign issued to Nick VK2ICV (Ex: YU7XX,YU7QDT;
Op- YU1EXY,4N7A) for Lord Howe Island operations. Nick was joined by Dan
K8RF (Ex: WT8N,VP5/K8RF-WT8N,160 op-VP5VW) to put Lord Howe on the air
starting on November 23, 1997 through the CQ WW CW DX contest.
Both of us wanted to put a special effort towards "Topband" 160 meters,
as well as 80 and 40 meters.
Special effort was put into good antennas for both transmit and receive
on 160 and 80 meters. The "Battlecreek Special" was used for 160/80/40
meters, with beverage receiving antennas for EU and USA.Over 550 QSOs on
160 were made under very noisey conditions to all points of the globe.
See Topband Results for breakdown on 160 contacts made.
EQUIPMENT consisted of two Kenwood TS-930's, a pair of laptop computers
for logging/keying and a Dentron Amplifier.
ANTENNAS for 160, 80 and 40 meters the famous "Battlecreek Special" was
used for transmitting, loaned to us by W8UVZ, W0CD and K8GG. To aid in
receiving two Beverages were run, one 300 meters long towards Europe and
a second 100 meters long towards the US. These were simple unterminated
Beverages, but they made a night and day difference in the QRN, without
them the noise was 59 plus 20 DB minimum.160 would have been almost a
washout if not for those two wires. Unfortunately the Beverage towards
EU was "accidentaly" installed across the neighbors property, and after
induring RFI problems on their telephone for several days they finally
asked that we remove the EU Beverage.
For 10/15/20 meters a Cushcraft A3SDX tribander (Thanks VK4FW and the
ODXG) was used, mounted on top a 12 meter long mast. A 40 meter delta
loop was also put up.
VK9LX hit the air at 0727 GMT November 23rd. answering G4BWP's CQ (couldn't resist - big signal!)
The first two hours brought
180 QSOs on 40 CW and 317 on 20 SSB, the pileups had to be heard to be
believed! After the pileups thinned out a little things got more
managable and the QSO rates got better, hitting as high as 146 per hour
on CW and peaking 250 on SSB. By the end of the week 13,200 QSO were in
the logbook, with over 4,400 in the CQ WW CW contest and a score of 5.6
Million points as a Multi-Single entry.