The Bittern DX Group turned up at Trunch playing field on the morning of Sunday 11th June 2017 all set to give their best in the Practical Wireless 144Mhz QRP contest. The mast was soon erected, topped with the 17 element Tonna and a masthead pre-amp. The station equipment consisted of an FT847 with standard fist microphone and Bird Meter to check the power output, all on loan from Alec G3YOA. Power was supplied by a heavy duty battery borrowed from the club caravan. The laptop used for logging was powered by a solar cell panel provided by Adam M0OAS.
This year the station was run by an all female team of operators comprising of Linda G0AJJ and Sue M6ZTT. This was Sue’s first attempt at operating and logging in a contest and she really enjoyed the experience. Conditions appeared to be fairly flat from here in Norfolk so we didn’t manage any DX but we did work G4TSW in IO80FV at a distance of 404km which is no mean feat using only 5 watts!
The YL’s were ably supported by Adam M0OAS, Thomas M0TEO and Alec G3YOA who looked after the technical side of things and the all-important tea making!
The team finished with a reasonable score of 40 QSOs and worked into 13 Locator squares giving a final score of 520 points.