7 Kilowatts in the Dark Continent

The talk we had on the last DXpedition to Africa the VooDoo Contest Group we had the privilege of not one, but two VooDudes:-

  • Roger Western, G3SXW
  • John Warburton, G4IRN

The talk was on how the group travels to Africa, how the setup was acheived, and of course operating in the contest.

The 7 man team used Elecraft K2/100 radios and Alpha linear rigs. There was stations setup on 160m (doubled as 10m during day), 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & a multiplier station.

Antennas consisted of Verticals on 160m & 80m, an 80m sloper antenna, HF yagis on 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m. There was also 2 flag antennas for the LF bands.

By the end on the contest the team had a claimed score of 39million points and had worked every zone except Alaska.

A few even stayed on a few days after the contest ended to work 125 stations on EME.

Logging for the team was done by the Win-Test contest logging software

It was a great talk by the two speakers and it was just shy of 1am by the time I got home, but I didn’t care, by Paul MØTZO.

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