The DFØWA contest station started to
grow in 2002, when we took the opportunity to install some antennas for
the CQWW contests in portable style at the farm of DG4BUL/Ulrichs`s father in
Scheidegg/Allgaeu, southern germany.
The QTH (JN47VN) is about 950m asl and has especially clear takeoffs into eastern and
western directions. The border to Austria is only some few hundred metres away, therefore
this is probably the southermost contest station in Germany!
We could use a room in one of the farm`s barns and now call it our shack. In 2003 a lot
of work was done to install a room, which can stand the rough climatic conditions. (During
DARC 10m-Contest it was -15 Celcius outside and not much warmer inside!)
From 2002 to 2003 I used homebrew
monoband Yagis for 10m & 15m. See antenna projects
In 2004 I decided to invest into new antennas... since end of September the Big
Lift holds a 4ele SteppIR and a Cushcraft XM240 above it.
This is maybe too much for the tower, but during high winds the tower will stay down.
(pray to heaven for no storm during every contest...)
The equipment normally consists of an
IC781 & Alpha99 and a IC765 & Alpha78. SO2R-switching is done by ZS4TX Super Combo
Keyer (SCKII) in combination with Win-Test, the best
logging software on earth!
160m: invL with 2 elevated radials between trees
80m: Dipole @30m hanging between trees
40m: XM240 @19m
20m: 4ele SteppIR @17m, A3S @12m
15m: 4ele SteppIR @17m, A3S @12m
10m: 4ele SteppIR @17m, A3S @12m
2m: 2x7ele @12m
70cm: 19ele @14m