DL1HCM/HI8
CQWW DX Contest CW 1998 SOAB/HP

Operator: Mike DL1HCM

The DL1HCM/HI8 log is here.

QSL Information for this activity
The QSL information for this activity is via DL1HCM.
The QSOs are already confirmed and the QSLs are out via the buro.
The QSL route via the buro is preferred.

DL1HCM/HI8 QSL

the QSL card

the license

This was my second activity from HI land. This year I visited HI land from 24. November 1998 until 6. December 1998.
With the experience from my last year activity I took several parts of my equipment twice into the baggage: 
2 antennas for 80m, 2 antennas for 160m, spare coaxial cable, soldering equipment, fuses and other small parts that could fail.

I started from Hamburg with approx. 110 kg and arrived in Puerto Plata in the late afternoon.
I was happy when I arrived: rain, rain, rain, ... the land was under water.

I had the same QTH as last year on the peninsula Samana, outside the small city Las Terrenas in the north of the
Dominican Republic. Again thanks to my host Erwin DL4NCF.

Since I arranged some skeds on 80 and 160 the plan was to bring the station up during the next day .
So I started in strong rain to prepare the station. I needed the whole day and in the evening the antennas for 80m to 10m 
were ready.
The shack was on an real island. Is this worth for a new IOTA?

That evening I started with the first QSOs until my keyer (it is the K9CW contest keyer) after years of continuous and proper operation died. I did not found the reason and, according to Murphy, I had no spare keyer with me.

But I had a good luck: DL4NCF left his keyer. But his keyer required a 3.5 mm plug and my paddles are equipped with a 6.3 mm plug. 
No problem, just buy the needed plug and I would be back in business I thought. But not in HI.

I needed the whole next day driving on my motorbike through the region to find such plug. I found one in a TV repair shop.
This shop was amazing, approx. 1 square meter in size, made of rough wood and blue painted several years ago, a few kilometers away. 

When I was back I connected the plug to my paddles and found out that DL4NCFs keyer is not a high speed keyer.
I would not modify Erwin's keyer so I worked with this provisional thing. Anyway better this keyer than no keyer.

But after this episode my station

run perfectly and everything was fine for the contest. The signal was strong enough on all bands and properly readable.
The contest was great although HI is a 2 pointer and it was the time worth to evaluate the propagation conditions in advance.

 

Call: HI8/DL1HCM Country: Dominican Republic
Mode: CW Category: Single Operator, high power, unassisted

 

BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/QSO ZONES COUNTRIES CLAIMED
160 167 343 2,05 10 20
80 409 921 2,25 14 47
40 686 1689 2,46 16 63
20 821 1968 2,40 28 76
15 563 1382 2,45 18 55
10 546 1295 2,37 15 46
Totals 3192 7598 2,38 101 307 3,099,984

CQ award

This year again for the contest the call sign was to complicated and to long which was a real disadvantage.
I never experienced such wet contest. The house was about 1m high and around the house to whole area
was about 0.5m under water. So this was my first "under water" contest.

But nevertheless I was able to give many stations new band points specially on the low and WARC bands.
I operated on all bands (except on 30m because it was not possible to bring the Titanex into resonance) 
in CW and some SSB (Yes, in SSB).

Total QSO vs. bands:

Mode Totals 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10
CW 10354 967 680 2836 0 2822 308 1546 172 1023
SSB 14 0 1 7 0 1 0 5 0 0
Total 10368 967 681 2843 0 2323 308 1551 172 1023

Thank you to all stations who worked me. See you next year in the CQWW.

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