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EA8/DL6MHW in CQWW SSB 97 18.01.2006
EA8/DL6MHW (dl6mhw) Just back from our contest oriented vacation on the Canary Island Tenerifa we like to present a short summary of the DXpeditions results.
This is our raw score for CQWW:

      Call: EA8/DL6MHW               Country:  Canary Is.
      Mode: SSB                      Category: Multi Single


      160       23       64     2.78      4      23
       80      108      314     2.91      8      37
       40      593     1771     2.99     15      57
       20      645     1911     2.96     20      78
       15      907     2702     2.98     21      67
       10     1163     3470     2.98     21      77

     Totals   3439    10232     2.98     89     339  =>  4,379,296

All reports sent were 59(9), unless otherwise noted.

Operator List: DL6MHW, DL3ABL

Equipment Description:
Kenwood TS140S + Ameritron AL811HX
IC706 - Barefood
2 x 39 m inverted V dipol for 160, 80
Butternut HF6V vertival for 80, 40, 20, 15, 10
3-ele-Yagi for 10m

Some comments,

our EA8-Trip was again a two person DXpedition, and probably one of the smallest entries in the multi single category of the WWDX. However with 85 kg flight baggage we reach our maximum of equipment. We are sure more equipment is only possible with a bigger team or a serious amount of money and would delay the also quite important holiday activities.

We arrived in Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast of Tenerife Island late Friday evening the 17th October. Our hotel was situated one mile west of the city center on about 80 meter high cliffs with a wonderful shot to Europe and North America. Next Saturday morning we set up the Butternut antenna in out corner of the hotel roof. Unfortunately we could only install one radial for 80 and two for forty due to the space restrictions. The other bands had 3 or 4 radials. However, the antenna performed very well.

During the weekend we took part in the Worked All Germany contest, managing 650 odd QSOs as EA8/DL6MHW. The lower band did not produce good
rates during the night so we decided to sleep some hours after working the majority of the multipliers on 80 and 40.

After the contest we relaxed and took a look around the island. Tenerife is a quite beautiful island many impressive countryside. You will find there high volcanos (Teide, the highest mountain in Spain with about 3700 m), mountains, cliffs, and green nature. The clime is warm but not hot, especially on the green north coast of the island.

During the week we solved the problem of a power-supply for our multiplier station. It was really impossible to find a used care battery in Puerto de la Cruz. Moreover nobody in the car shops wants to rent us a battery for 3 days. therefore we had to by one for about 50 $.

On Friday we start to set up the other antennas and the station. We install the 160m Dipol from the hotel roof down to the coast line, and area which can reached only be climbing true the rocks. The we set up the small 10m-Yagi on the roof of the hotel. Our tower was a 2 m long bamboo pole connected tied with rubber band... obviously the "rotator" was one of us. The forth antenna was an vertical dipol for 20m, mounted on a fishing rod. Then we set up the stations in our appartement. The Run station, already tested in WAG-Contest was reasonable equipped with an Ameritron PA producing about 700 Watts. Moreover we had an MFJ voice keyer, very useful if the rate is low and you like the eat or drunk something. Logging was done with a pentium notebook computer. The multi station was very small: a barefood Icom 706. To avoid interferences from the Run we used an BCC preselector.

Before the contest we took some hours of sleep and started at 0000UTC on 40m with the Run and on  160 with the 100 Watt multiplier station. It was terrible to work on the small 60 kc segment on 40m. However split and concentration to North America brought about 100 Qs in the first hour. The rest of the night was not to bad. The mult station collected some multis on 80 and 160 but it was always really difficult to declare our very long callsign.

Short before sunrise we change the run to 20 and get a good opening to North America. The teh EU cames in and some other DX call in. After the qrm on 20 was to strong for our only-600Watts-without-beam signal we went to 15 m and get again nice rates. We observed the condition on 10 and when then band opend we changed to 10 (1030UTC). However, it was to early. Rates were not so high, only east and south european calls were logged. Fortunately we god also some DX, e.g. a double Mult by YB1AQS (tnx). Then (1130) ten opens to Europe an later to North america and we had very nice pile ups. At 1257 UTC we had 1000 QSOs in the log of the run station. After ten was closed we went again to 15 working some EUs, unbeleavable US stations and some DX. After a bad hour on 20 we changed to 40 - running again North America. Also 80 brought good pile ups two EU and NA - very good for a sigle radial vertical, only 8 m tall. In the morning things were quit slow on 20. We logged 3 VKs - unfortunaltely from the same zone. However teh band opend and teh rate were rising as well as the QRM. On 15 it was nearly the same. At 11 UTC we were back on our beam band 10 and had agein wonderful pile-ups. About at 1530 UTC we dicided to go to 15 because we had to work some multipliers. Good signals from south america motivated us to ga agein to 10 and turn the antenna in this direction. We earned again string pile-ups from state side. Obviously the Antenne was cross-eyed because the liitle hight and the metal on the roof. After the run we went back to 15, 20, and then to 40. The rates were low and we made again a try on 20, working 110 Ws in the last hour.

On Monday we put down the antennas and went back to holidays.

We are very happy about the result which was our first serious start in the CQWW-DX. We thing the score is quite good for our 2 person team. Other limitations were the small multiplier station and the too long callsign. Especially the mult station often needs a long long time to bring the difficult callsign to the other side. With a shorter call we could have worked about 50 percent more mults with the mult station. An other problem were interference between the station - the antennas were definitively to closed.  However, we made also some mistakes which shows some low rate hours as well as the low number of multipliers. Considering the problems with then multiplier station we had to search and pounce more times as done. Maybe we do it better in one, two or ten years.

Thank you for working us during the contest or for reading this report. More information, some photos (in the end of the week)  and the possibility of e-mail QSL-Request  you can find under

73 de Michael, DL6MHW  &   Andrea, DL3ABL

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