In September and October, we will be running the special callsign LM100UKA to celebrate the 100-year aniversary of the UKA-festival.
The UKA festival is a festival that has been arranged by students at the Student Society of Trondheim once every second autumn since 1917 (except for the war years of 1941 and 1943). The festival originally grew out of a student revue at the student society, in the early days lasting a week hence the name (“uka” translates to “the week”). The revue is still an integral part of the festival to this day, but the festival has grown to last for three weeks and now includes multiple concerts and various social arrangements.
This year, artists who will be performing at the festival includes Highasakite and Cashmere Cat. To get more information about the festival, please check out https://uka.no/ (Norwegian).
This weekend we participated in the CQ WPX SSB contest. The conditions were rough, but we had a lot of fun in the multi-two category.
Øyvind LA3WUA (left) & Henrik LB5DH (right)
This was our first serious entry with the new Flex 6500 in parallel with the old IC-756 Pro III. The panadapter on the flex allowed us to find open frequencies swiftly and easily. When operating multi-two previously, we have had a lot of trouble with self-interference. To amend the problem, we recently purchased bandpass filters. The 4O3A bandpass filters for 40 to 10 meters were used for this to great effect. This allowed us to transmit and receive simultaneously, as long as we remembered to stay away from the direct harmonics. 🙂
The conditions were difficult, with no real openings on 15m or 10m, and subsequently no QSOs on these bands. We had no serious runs towards North America, and were only able to obtain some S&P contacts. We did obtain an Alaska contact on the 40m greyline, however, which was fun.
There were lots of different operators on our side this time, thanks to everyone who showed up and thanks for the QSOs!
Harsh conditions resulted in low rates.
Operators: LA2QUA, LA3WUA, LB0HG, LB1HH, LB2NH, LB4ZH, LB5DH, LB5QG, LB6RH, LB7JG
Club: AKADEMISK RADIOKLUBB
Category : MULTI-OP TWO ASSISTED ALL HIGH
Operating Time: ~46 hrs
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This weekend LA1K participated in the Norwegian contest ‘NRRL Vintertest 2017’.
The first two stages gave rather disappointing results due to poor conditions and interference on the audio equipment in the building, but the third and final round gave us a nice score overall.
This was the first contest we’ve had with our Flex 6500 and we are more than happy with the results so far.
Henrik LB5DH and Kristin LB2NH on the 40m band
Mads LB0HG on the Flex 6500 during the contest
Thanks to LA1BFA, LB6RH, LB0HG, LB5QG, LB5DH, LB2NH, LA2QUA, LB7RG, LB7JG and LA3WUA for participating.
Just a short non-serious entry to check how the station performs and how the newly installed band pass filters interact with the rest of the setup. 20m was closing quite early on Sunday and the US appeared to be shadowed behind the auroral oval. Thanks for the QSOs.
73s de Jens, LB6RH
CallSign Used : LA1K
Operator(s) : LA1BFA, LA7VRA, LB5QG, LB6RH, LB7JG
Operating time : ~11 hrs
Operator Category : MULTI-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH
The semester is off the grounds, and we’ve got some news!
In January, Julian (LB5QG) started a project of building a 40M radio-kit he bought off the internet. Despite some technical difficulties in the beginning of the project, it has been coming along nicely and is almost working as a fully functional radio right now.