GB7HQ - 2009 - 20m CW station

Nigel G3TXF, Ian G3WVG, John G4IRN : operating from near Woolacombe, North Devon

Two 4el 20m beams were temporarily installed especially for the 2009 GB7HQ operation

GB7HQ breakfast: John G4IRN, Ian G3WVG and Nigel G3TXF. Ian G3WVG and John G4IRN get ready for the start of GB7HQ.
Ian G3WVG at the main 20m-CW position on the left, John G4IRN who masterminds the IT, is at the support position on the right. Two 4-el 20m beams are assembled and installed for GB7HQ. The two antennas take one full day to assemble, install and check.
One of the two 80ft mobile Versatowers used to support 4-el 20m yagis for GB7HQ. John G4IRN and Ian G3WVG working on one of the two 20m beams to be installed. Ian G3WVG coordinates the fixing of one of the two 20m beams to the luffed over mast.
Nigel G3TXF takes a photo of Ian G3WVG's car number-plate. Nigel G3TXF at the GB7HQ 20m-CW operating position. Each of the three operators did four two-hour operating sessions during 24h.
Two 20m beams on 80ft mobile masts against summer clouds in North Devon. Ian G3WVG and John G4IRN prepare to wind down a tower and dismantle antennas. Fine weather makes installing the two GB7HQ 20m-CW antennas so much easier!
Nigel G3TXF tracks progress on GB7HQ 20m-CW closely throughout the contest. The 20m-CW station's performance is monitored hourly not only against our own previous years' results but also against the 20m-SSB GB7HQ station. The graph seen here shows that in 2009 20m-CW was not quite able to achieve the same QSO total as in 2008. However the "points per QSO", achieved through focussing on the USA and other non-EU QSOs was higher. The entire 24 hour contest was operated on 14028 kHz. Ian G3WVG the mastermind behind building and installing the GB7HQ 20m-CW antennas checks out the main operating position at the station. A Elecraft K3 was used as the main rig for the first time. A standby FT-1k-MP sat in its box unused for the entire weekend. The windows of the StarLog contesting program are spread across several computer screens. Two are seen here. There's a second PC and third screen at the adjacent support position. A Begali paddle is used with a WinKey for keying.
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