Copyright © Colin G4GBP
BERU, OR MORE CORRECTLY, ‘THE COMMONWEALTH CONTEST’ 2016
I have entered the BERU contest many times, sometimes from the home QTH and sometimes from my narrow-
The rig used was my Yaesu FT-
Left: The operating position.
Above left, right and below: The fibre-
Meals were taken at the operating position. Can’t miss that important extra point or two!
Promlems? Yes I had one or two problems. All the kit was tested from my back garden at home. The system as tested included the generator and the power supply. When I started up on the boat I had two different types of QRM. One was fairly quickly tracked down to the Solar Panel controller, so the solar panel was disconnected. The second source (S9++) hash was a bit more difficult to track down. Eventually found to be the on-
The results were a total of 59 QSOs spread: 80m -
After working on 40m for about an hour in the evening the 40m leg of the antenna suddenly went VHSWR. No explanation, can’t see anything wrong with it but reckon I lost a lot of points because that would have been the best band for evening working.
Bagged 31 Canadians, 12 VKs and 2 ZLs along with 9H, 9J, 9M, C4, ZS, ZB2, J34, VP9 and really fed-
Overall, the kit worked well (with the exception of the loss of 40m) and the location was quiet. I found the band conditions to be unexciting and many stations were a struggle to complete. Oh well! There’s always next year…
Yes, the mast was leaning at that angle deliberately, it follows the angle of the boat’s tumble-