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PA6Z expedition to Luxembourg

Frans Schwartz site manager PA6Z (pa6z) on April 12, 2005
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Dear fellow HAM's,

We as PA6Z like to contribute at contesting .com as well.

To be honest there is to much to tell about us, so I keep it short Hi, and the article is a summary.

PA6Z who are we, a small but enthusiastic group of HAM's… who like contesting and DX expeditions.

We do not have a fixed contest location, so each time we participate in a contest we experience the challenge of building and setting up the station.

Each time e face new problems… perhaps that make our group different from the majority.

The PA6Z core, six operators, but growing… I can say we have grown at least with two members the last year.

Our objectives…. Improve our skills as operators and as builders… each of us have or has his own discipline. Basically, Arend (PA2AWU) our antenna builder, Jelmer (PA5R) the contest organizer, Marcel (PA9M) filters and antenna's builder, Frans (PA5CA) computers and logging programs.

In this article I will tell something about our Luxembourg expedition experience.

It all began in the autumn of 2000….. where the preparations for the first event took place.

LX9SW in September 2001 and a second event took place in 2002 and finally we went back to LX a third time October 2004.

After one year of absence the PA6Z team decided to go back to Wiltz north Luxembourg.
So planning was needed..... after several meetings we came to the conclusion that a third trip wasn't a brief option but realism.

Preparations where made... one major question, would it be possible to get close at the staggering result from the previous expedition in 2002.
We drove down to Luxembourg Saturday morning 3:00am and arrived in Wiltz 08:00am

The answer...... YES unbelievable, even when propagation's on the high bands as poor as they where, we came close to the previous result. and made a astonishing 12.307 contacts.
And experienced great pile-ups again
So that means that hard work... excellent planning and professionalism paid of extremely well.
We logged with CT as standalone in 2001 and 2002 each event over 14.000 qso's in just five day's|

In the years after 2002 we became more and more experienced with N1MM as logging tool and now we could even log in a network…. That I must admit was a supper experience.
For the first time we could see which operator was working and you even see which frequency… So now OM's where guided from band, that was great fun.

In the meanwhile Arend PA2AWU developed huge antenna's with boom length's of 17 meters, beams and verticals for 40m those where used in contests.
Jelmer PA5R, he modified a drake L4B for the use on 160 meter. Detailed information has
been published on our web page
www.pa6z.nl and look under projects.

We are still in the process of improving our qualities by participating in several contests like CQWW, ARRL 10m, PACC and IOTA contest.

Frans PA5CA giving presentations trough the country, showing how we as a small group function and gain great results with little means.

I will publish a second article in the near future where a will tell something about our experience with N1MM as logging program… completed with hardware ideas and so on.

More information about PA6Z can be obtained by visiting our home page, we would appreciate if you drop a small note in our guest book.

Best 73….. Frans (team member PA6Z).





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