In May 2009 we were QRV on 70cm, 23cm, 13cm, 9cm, 6cm, 3cm and 24GHz from Therfield
Luton VHF Group activated Holy Island (EU-124, IO73QG, SH27) for the IOTA contest on 25th and 26th July 2009 using the special contest callsign GW2L.
After the contest we were at the same QTH and on the radio on a part time basis for those who wanted the IOTA contact but did not work us during the contest. For that period we were using the special event callsign GB8HI.
We were at IO92XA with the callsign G3SVJ/P and QRV on:
70cm, running 400W into 4 x 19 element Tonna antennas. We made 100 contacts with the best DX being DK4LI at JO44WQ, 761km.
23cm, running 100W into 4 x 36 element Tonna antennas. We made 31 contacts with the best DX being GM4CXM at IO74TW, 520km.
13cm, running 10W into a 63 element quad loop yagi. We made 7 contacts with the best DX being GD0EMG at IO74QD, 387km.
9cm, running 14W into a DD7MH dual band ring feed mounted on a 1.25m prime focus mesh dish. The transverter failed just so we were not on this band
6cm, running 1W into a DD7MH dual band ring feed mounted on a 1.25m prime focus mesh dish. We made 5 contacts with the best DX being G4RFR/P at IO80uV, 200km.
3cm, running 10W into a 50cm dish. We made 13 contacts with the best DX being GD0EMG at IO74QD, 387km.
24GHz, running 1W into a 38cm dish. We made 3 contacts with the best DX being G4EAT at JO01HR, 57km.
Conditions were not very good, by midnight on the 25th we had worked about 300 stations with the best DX being Australia. It had been a steep learning curve with the N1MM logging software that we were using for the first time under contest conditions.
By the end of the IOTA contest we had worked 804 stations. Everyone enjoyed the contest and we relaxed for a while. We activated Holy Island using GB8HI until Thursday 29th July and made about 400 more contacts on SSB and PSK31.