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May 2017 432MHz and up contest

We took part in the May 2017 432MHz and up contest from Therfield, IO92XA. We were QRV on:

70cm with Terry’s (G4UEM) K3, DB6NT transverter, Beko PA and 2 x 28 element M2 antennas. The antennas were on Don’s (G4LOO) 80 foot tower with an SSB masthead preamplifier

23cm with Andy’s IC910, 300w PA using 2 x W6PQL PA modules and Down East Microwave preamplifier. 2 x 55 element Tonna antennas were mounted on one of Don’s SCAM masts

13cm with Andy’s FT817, Down East Microwave transverter, 25W PA and Down East Microwave preamplifier, a 35 element Wimo antenna was mounted on the mast with the 23cm antennas

9cm with Terry’s DB6NT transverter, PA and preamplifier, a 44 element loop yagi was mounted on one of Don’s SCAM masts

3cm with Don’s DB6NT transverter, PA and preamplifier, a 50cm dish was mounted on the mast with the 9cm antenna.

It was very cold on Friday for setup, Saturday was also cold and conditions were poor. The sun came out on Sunday which was very welcome and conditions improved.

We made 156 QSOs on 70cm with best DX DK2GR, JN59IE, 821km and came 2nd

We made 30 QSOs on 23cm with best DX DL0GTH, JO50IP, 768km and came 4th

We made 14 QSOs on 13cm with best DX PE1MMP, JO21VT, 401km and came 3rd

We made 6 QSOs on 9cm with best DX G4LDR, IO91EC, 150km and came 4th

We made 8 QSOs on 3cm with best DX G8GTZ, IO80WX, 185km and came 5th

We came 4th overall