Contesting

Next activities

  • WPX CW 2017 SO
  • CQWW DX SSB 2017 M/S
  • CQWW DX CW 2017 M/S
  • Others not planned yet! Stay tuned ;-)

Summary

2017

  • WPX SSB SO15M LP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (Claimed 3,544,560)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO15M HP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (Claimed 601,200)
  • REF contest SSB MS LP by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (Claimed 9,170,184)
  • ARRL DX CW SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (Claimed 435,540)
  • ARRL DX CW SO15M HP by F5HRY @ TO1A (Claimed 330,315)

2016

  • ARRL 10m M/S LP by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (Claimed 566,224)
  • CQ WW DX CW 2016 SO15M(A) LP by F5HRY @ TO1A (Claimed 963,381)
  • CQ WW DX CW 2016 SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (Claimed 2,516,185)
  • CQ WW DX CW 2016 SO80(A) LP by FY5FY @ FY5KE (Claimed 430,584)
  • CQ WW DX SSB 2016 MS LP by FY5FY F1HAR F5HRY F5UII F6FVY (14,547,000) (#1 World – New world record)
  • WPX SSB 2016 SOAB HP by FY5FY (20,120,620) (#3 World)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO15M HP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (599,664) (#1 World)
  • REF contest SSB MS HP 15m Only by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (Just for fun)
  • ARRL DX CW SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (421,083) (#1 World)
  • ARRL DX CW SO10M HP by F5HRY @ TO1A (273,060) (#3 World)

2015

  • ARRL 10m M/S LP by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (2,151,660) (#1 World)
  • CQ WW DX CW 2015 SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (2,099,948) (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW DX CW 2015 SO15M QRP by FY5FY @ FY5KE (900,740) (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW DX CW 2015 SO10M LP by FY/F5HRY @ FY5KE (418,110) (#2 World)
  • CQ WW DX SSB 2015 MS LP by FY5FY F1HAR F5HRY F5UII F6FVY (14,118,480) (#1 World – New world record)
  • WPX SSB SOAB LP by FY5FY @ FY5KE (Claimed 18,006,218) (#1 World)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO10M HP by F5HRY @ TO1A (Claimed 681,096) (#1 World)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO15M HP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (Claimed 621,540) (#1 World)
  • ARRL DX CW SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (Claimed 401,220) (#1 World)
  • REF contest SSB SOAB LP by F5UII @ FY5KE (#1 DOM/TOM)

2014

  • ARRL 10m M/S by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW CW SO40M QRP by FY5FY (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW CW SO15M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW SSB SO10M LP by FY5FY @ FY5KE (#1 World – New world record)
  • IARU HF SO SSB QRP by FY5FY (#1 World)
  • WPX CW SOAB LP by FY5FY (#4 World)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO15M HP by FY5FY (#1 World)
  • REF contest SSB M/S HP by FY4PR F5UII F5HHW @ FY5KE (#1 DOM/TOM – New record)
  • ARRL DX CW SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World)

2013

  • CQ WW CW SO15M LP by FY5FY (#2 World)
  • CQ WW CW SO10M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#3 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO10M HP by F5HRY @ TO1A (#1 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO15M HP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (#1 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO20M QRP by FY5FY (#1 World – New world record)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO15M HP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (#1 World)
  • ARRL DX SSB SO10M HP by F5HRY @ TO1A (#1 World)
  • REF contest M/S HP by FY8DK and FY4PR @ FY5KE (#1 DOM/TOM)
  • ARRL DX CW SO20M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World)

2012

  • CQ WW CW SO20M QRP by FY5FY (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW CW SO15M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO15M LP by FY5FY @ FY5KE (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW SSB SO10M LP by FY1FL (#6 World)
  • ARRL DX CW SO15M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World – New world record)

2011

  • CQ WW CW SO20M LP by FY5FY (#1 World – New world record)
  • CQ WW CW SO15M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (#1 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO20M HP by FY5FY (#1 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO15M HP by F1HAR @ FY5KE (#1 World)
  • CQ WW SSB SO10M HP by FY/F5HRY (#2 World)

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

Details

REF contest SSB 2017 MS LP by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (Claimed 9 170 184)
Contest : REF Contest
Callsign : FY5KE
Mode : PHONE
Category : Multi Operator - Single Transmitter (MS)
Overlay : Radio club
Band(s) : All bands (AB)
Class : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/... : FY
Locator : GJ35PE
Operating time : 35h56

BAND QSO DUP DXC DPT POINTS AVG
--------------------------------------
80 119 0 20 54 1038 8.72
40 494 8 46 84 3906 7.91
20 627 17 43 90 5545 8.84
15 830 17 58 88 5429 6.54
10 106 0 16 44 970 9.15
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TOTAL 2176 42 183 360 16888 7.76
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TOTAL SCORE : 9 170 184

Details

REF contest SSB 2016 MS HP 15m Only by F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (Just for fun)

Contest : REF Contest
Callsign : FY5KE
Mode : PHONE
Category : Multi Operator - Single Transmitter (MS) - CHECKLOG
Overlay : ---
Band(s) : Single band (SB) 15 m
Class : High Power (HP)
Zone/State/... : FY
Locator : GJ35PE
Operating time : 11h49

BAND QSO DUP DXC DPT POINTS AVG
--------------------------------------
80 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
40 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
20 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
15 1157 25 65 93 7487 6.47
10 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
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TOTAL 1157 25 65 93 7487 6.47
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TOTAL SCORE : 1 182 946

CQ WW SSB 2010 SOAB QRP effort by FY5FY @ FY5KE – Final Result : #5 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): FY5FY
Station: FY5KE

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: French Guiana
Operating Time (hrs): 44

Summary:
Band QSOs Zones Countries
------------------------------
160:   21   8    15
 80:  425  14    53
 40:  891  27    85
 20: 1553  36   107
 15: 3051  30   110
 10:  549  19    61
------------------------------
Total: 6490 134 431 Total Score = 10,745,735

CQ WW CW 2009 SOAB QRP effort by FY5FY @ FY5KE – Final Result : #1 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): FY5FY
Station: FY5KE

Class: SOAB QRP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 41

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
160:     16    9    13
 80:    133   12    46
 40:    782   19    67
 20:    909   26    67
 15:   1160   22    75
 10:     30   12    22
------------------------------
Total:  3030 100   290 Total Score = 3,473,730

CQ WW SSB 2009 M/S effort – Final Result : #3 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F1HAR, F5HRY, F6FGZ, F6FVY, F8CMF, FY5FY
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
160:  170    17       62
 80:  532    27       96
 40: 1172    34      122
 20: 1698    39      157
 15: 3399    34      143
 10: 1090    25      106
------------------------------
Total: 8061   176      686  Total Score = 20,288,032

Conditions were a lot better than last year, especially on 10m, where we had a very good EU opening on sunday, and a rather good one to NA. Excellent 15m, even though the NA runs were not as impressive (rate/strength) as usual. Big mess on 20m, lowering the high run possibilities. Thus, we are missing QSO … Nothing much to say on the lower bands, besides the fact that we still need to improve the 40m and the 80m. We are glad with the multipliers counter, our best so far ! This year, to try to avoid some RFI problems between stations, we removed our 160m shunt fed tower for a V160E from Titanex 100m away from the station, and renew our beverages splitting system. Both made some improvements, but some problems remain. We will need to fix them in the near future. For 2010, we are planning to upgrade the station. We have a limited space,but more can be done. Congratulations to P33W and CN3A teams. Good job guys ! On behalf of the FY5KE Contest Team, Herve F5HRY

French version here
Listen to your QSO with FY5KE here
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CQ WW SSB 2008 M/S effort – Final Result : #2 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F1HAR, F6FGZ, F6FVY, FY5FY, F5HRY
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou

Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
 160:  293    15       67
  80:  594    28       99
  40:  861    32      117
  20: 2167    38      146
  15: 2948    35      138
  10:  125    21       59
------------------------------
Total: 6988   169      626  Total Score = 16,183,020

We thought that z9 was the place to be at the very low bottom of the solar cycle. We can now say that it is not !

As probably all the other teams in this area, we had to suffer from very bad conditions on the upper bands (which would start at 14 MHz …), each QSO being a struggle. For the first time, we did not run (or less than half an hour, and if “run” is the appropriate terminology) on 10m. The top band was a good one this year, let’s remain positive !

No doubt that our major M/S competitors in NW africa will be far ahead.

First time we used our brand new K3′s. Quite glad with them, eventhough switching from good old “analog” tranceivers to state of art digital machines may be disturbing, especially regarding the RX audio.

CU next year, hopefully with an upgraded antenna setup (yes we can …).

On behalf of the FY5KE team, Vy 73 Herve F5HRY

CQ WW SSB 2007 M/S effort – Final Result : #2 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F1HAR, F5HRY, F5MZN, F6FGZ, F6FVY, FY5FY (TNX FY1FL FOR THE LOCAL HELP)
Station: FY5KE
Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

BAND   QSO  CQ DXC DUP  POINTS   AVG
--------------------------------------
 160   191  14  60   2     546  2.86
  80   542  24  93  13    1579  2.91
  40   962  32 119  24    2829  2.94
  20  1849  36 147  37    5382  2.91
  15  3161  33 138  89    9350  2.96
  10  1567  23 100  46    4620  2.95
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TOTAL  8272 162 657 211   24306  2.94
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      TOTAL SCORE : 19 906 614

Comments :

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It still was a very hard job to set up the station and beverages (high temp and high humidity).

We have set up a 4-square on 40m this year in addition to the existing 20-m high 2el yagi, hoping that it could help us improving our score on that band. This new antenna was made using 4 Dx-Wire fiberglass masts and a home made Collins hybrid phasing system (F1HAR, F5HRY). The dummy load was built with a 50-ohm non-inductive resistor designed to support 1kW when immersed into an oil bath. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any non-conductive oil in Kourou and we tried to substitute it with some Demineralised Water. SWR was not perfect on 40 but it was just enough to do the job ! This new antenna enabled us to increase worked Q and DXCC, compared to 2006.

As usual, we installed 6 beverage receiving antennas which worked as great, as expected. The lowest point is actually to being able to localize the ground rods because of the dense vegetation which covers them now. In addition, the tropical rains caused a driving in the ground of the rods. Despite of the help of a GPS, it is necessary to clean out the area where the rod is supposed to be with a machete, and to carefully look around for something which could be the ground rod !

In spite of lots of efforts in filtering (RX and TX filters, stubs), we suffered some inter-band interferences which handicapped the runners in their labor.

It was necessary to be attentive to the band openings, especially for the very capricious 10. The main band was 15, on which we achieved third of the total Q and the best rates (6 hrs over 250 Q/hr).

We finally achieved more Q, but less mults, than 2006. The overall claimed score is a bit lower than last year, and is under the amazing score of CN3A ! Congrats, guys !

Thanks everybody for calls and points, and CU next year !

French version here

ARRL DX SSB 2007 SOAB effort – Final Result : #2 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator: F5MZN
Station: FY5KE

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: KOUROU
Operating Time (hrs): 42
Radios: SO2R

Summary:

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
 160:  247    53
  80:  848    58
  40:  864    57
  20: 1796    60
  15: 2070    59
  10:  271    30
-------------------
Total: 6096   317  Total Score = 5,789,688

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments : Unfortunately, it was not possible for the usual team member to be gathered all together to take part to the ARRL SSB in multiop this year. This is the reason I decided to try a SOAB effort.

A fantastic week end, in spite of the propagation which was not as good as last year. Only 6 QSO on 10m on Saturday with Florida. Sunday was really better, with a first short opening which was sometimes giving the impression to operate meteor scatter on VHF followed by a good second one.

For some reasons, it was not possible to build the station before Friday in the morning with the result that I started the contest with a lack of rest. Add that it is 35°C with 95% of humidity in the shack (no air conditioning), the last part of the nights were quite hard and I didn’t resist to stop and sleep a bit. Also some operating breaks to fix various problems like a damaged mosquito screen to be replaced or a power supply delivering a low voltage which resulted in a TS850 failure… SOAB non assisted, really !

Thanks everybody for the QSOs and see you in the CQWW !

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CQ WW SSB 2006 M/S effort – Final Result : #1 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F1HAR, F5HRY, F5MZN, F6FGZ, F6FVY, FY5FY
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:

Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
 160:  155    14       62
  80:  595    25       88
  40:  600    32      116
  20: 2445    38      150
  15: 3102    34      145
  10: 1410    29      116
------------------------------
Total: 8307   172      677  Total Score = 20,666,207

Besides few technical problems, basically caused by heat and humidity under these latitudes, we had a great time this year in French Guiana. Highlights were the 160m and the 10m (unexpected to be that good with a low SFI), and the overall worked multipliers. Lowlight was the 40m, the band we still need to improve seriously. As usual, the 6 beverages set worked as great as possible, even up to 10m from time to time, when signals were strong enough. This RX diversity at FY5KE makes possible what wouldn’t be without : low bands RX (noisy at 5° latitude),high rates using a dual running position (with the Win-Test partner tool), multi direction RX (while we only have one TX antenna per band). This overall claimed score is a bit more than 2005 previous one. We had a real fun fighting against the red part of the graph of the Win-Test objectives window (see http://docs.win-test.com/wiki/Menu :Windows). And, definitely, the struggle paid ! CU next year.

ARRL DX SSB 2006 M/S effort – Final Result : #1 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F1HAR, F5MZN, F5HRY
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
 160:  310    57
  80:  721    59
  40: 1015    59
  20: 1695    60
  15: 2838    60
  10:  342    38
-------------------
Total: 6921   333  Total Score = 6,912,081

Comments :

Very hard conditions on 10m, needing to look for any possible (even weak) opening. Struggle paid, at least for a few mults. 20m closed much earlier than the previous years, meaning more low bands actvity, which our log clearly shows. 80m worked well, confirming the 2 phased verticals as a good choice. Great 160m, 57 multipliers on SSB would have been a dream few years ago ! Amazing signal from K3LR on that band.

CU during the CQWW SSB.

CQ WW SSB 2005 M/S effort – Final Result : #1 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F1HAR, F5MZN, F5LND, F5HRY, F6FGZ, I4UFH
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
 160:  165    12       51
  80:  615    25       93
  40:  951    29      108
  20: 2113    39      152
  15: 3410    38      151
  10: 1066    25      106
------------------------------
Total: 8320   168      661  Total Score = 20,282,314

Comments :

Another M/S effort from French Guyana, with Fabio I4UFH joining us for the first time. Rather happy with the result, as 10m conditions were really unstable. Hard job on the multipliers, which are always an impressive struggle from FY, especially to europe on the lower bands.

The 80m sloper was replaced by a pair of phased 1/4 wave full size verticals, using 10m of aluminium tubes toped by DK9SQ 10m fiber poles. For sure, a good choice ! We are still working with our 6 amplified beverages, a real help for us, up to 15m this year (10m signals were usually to weak).

No real high rates due to over crowded 20m and 15m bands, but a +/- similar result in terms of QSO than in 2004.

French version here
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WPX SSB 2005 SOAB effort – Final Result : #4 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F5MZN

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: KOUROU
Operating Time (hrs): 36
Radios: SO2R

Summary:
Band  QSOs
------------
 160:    0
  80:  108
  40:  602
  20: 1007
  15: 3008
  10:  194
------------
Total: 4919  Prefixes = 1074  Total Score = 17,807,994

Comments :

First participation in the WPX as SOAB. Good conditions Saturday, worse Sunday especially with the NA on 15 and 10. Congratulations to D4B for his new record claim and his amazing score !

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ARRL DX SSB 2005 M/S effort – Final result : #2 World

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48


Summary:
Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
 160:  200    51
  80:  442    58
  40:  790    59
  20: 2249    61
  15: 2647    59
  10: 1031    54
-------------------
Total: 7359   342  Total Score = 7,550,334

Comments :

Another M/S effort from FY5KE, after having played M/2 last year. We thought that the predicted (and lived) bad conditions on the higher bands would favor us. They did, but not enough to balance the low bands … FY is still very far away from the US ! Worked no NU and LAB this year. Only one NWT and YT on 20m. Congratulations to the VP5B team. Good struggle ! Thanks to all, CU next year.

French version here
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CQ WW SSB 2004 M/S effort – Final result : #3 World

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
 160:  119    14       52
  80:  395    18       70
  40:  594    23       91
  20: 1804    37      143
  15: 1883    38      148
  10: 3600    35      146
------------------------------
Total: 8395   165      650  Total Score = 20,060,410

The operators for the 2004 event of the CQWW SSB were F1HAR, F5HRY, F5MZN, F6EPY, F6FGZ and F6FVY. A moral and logistical support was provided by Jacques FY1FL, whom has to be grandly thanked.

The station was mostly the same as last year, we just fixed the problem we had noticed between the 20m and 40m beams. Six beverages (US short, US long, EU short, EU long, JA and AF) including home brewed preamps were installed.

Conditions on the high bands were much better than expected, which is rather not appreciated in FY, due to good WEU paths … We found the 40m (and the low bands) to be not as good as 2003, but we made some band changing mistakes during the first night. However, we were glad to work our first JA on 80m (JF1IST), which is kind of a big challenge from FY ! We noticed 2 short blackouts, one being 1147z on saturday.

We suffered some technical problems with a PA (nice smell of burned plastic from the RF switching relay …) and one of the TS850, but nothing dramatic. For the first time, we had a telephone line for the DX Cluster, which appeared to be RF proofed with dozens of ferrite beads !

The very last version of our contest logging software Win-Test, including the propagation forecast linked to the excellent HamCAP by Alex VE3NEA was a real help to take pertinent skeds.

The final score is lower than last year, but the 20 Mpts is still beaten.

Congratulations to the CQ9K team which seems to be ahead.

French version here
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ARRL DX SSB 2004 M/2 effort – Final result : #2 World

Operator(s): FY5FY, F5MZN, F6FVY, F5HRY, F1HAR
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/2 HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs   Mults
--------------------
 160:   422    57
  80:  1037    59
  40:  1227    59
  20:  2744    63
  15:  2480    63
  10:  1675    60
--------------------
Total: 10585   361  Total Score = 11,460,306

First attempt in the M/2 category after winning the M/S one in 2003. Definitly a lot of fun, despite some “newcomers” errors …

We learned a lot, but still have some hard job to do to improve the design of the M/2 station, as well as the operating techniques. Our goal was to be as close a possible to the terrific Signal Point PJ2T station. We missed it by a large number of QSO, but we still see their poop. Hope still remains at FY5KE !

Highlight of the contest was to be called by a VY0 station in NU, which almost made the operator fall from his chair … 6 bands WAS (except KH6 and KL7 of course) was cleared in the week end, which is a first ever for us. We didn’t run enough 10m, where we found some EME signals. 160m was excellent from time to time.

73 Herve F5HRY

French version here

ARRL DX CW 2004 SOAB QRP effort – Final result : #1 World and new World Record

Callsign        : FY5KE (F5MZN, op)
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : All bands (AB)
Class           : QRP
Zone/State      : DX
Locator         :

BAND   QSO DUP MLTS  POINTS  AVG
----------------------------------
 160    70   1   25     210 3.00
  80   296   9   50     888 3.00
  40   557   8   56    1671 3.00
  20   697  12   58    2088 3.00
  15  1044  28   58    3132 3.00
  10   325   6   46     975 3.00
----------------------------------
TOTAL  2989  64  293    8964 3.00
==================================
TOTAL SCORE : 2 626 452

Operators       : F5MZN

Potential new world record (previous 1.9 M points) despite unstable conditions on the higher bands. I am still surprized with the 70 QSO/25 states worked on 160m with 5 W ! A frog visited the shack on the first night, as well as numerous insects attracted by light. It’s hard to manage a pileup while some unidentified flying cock-roach (or whatever !) travel across the shack, not really knowing how and where they will land … when the operator is in the path !

French version here

ARRL 10 meter SSB 2003 SO HP effort – Final result : #1 World

Operator(s): FY5FY
Station: FY5KE

Class: SO SSB HP
QTH: FY
Operating Time (hrs): 30

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
  CW:    0    
 SSB: 3537   158
-------------------
Total: 3537   158  Total Score = 1,117,692

5EL YAGI AND 3EL QUAD. Only 30 hours this year, conditions were not so good…

CQ WW SSB 2003 M/S effort – Final result : #2 World

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): FY5FY, F5LND, F5MZN, F6FGZ, F6FVY, F5HRY
Station: FY5KE
Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Summary:
Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
 160:  102    13       50
  80:  328    21       81
  40:  916    29      119
  20: 1209    35      140
  15: 2297    34      145
  10: 4334    33      145
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Total: 9186   165      680  Total Score = 22,705,150

We worked hard in the past few monthes to improve again the FY5KE station,and this work paid ! We beated our personnal best by more than 3 Mpts, and broke the symbolic 20 Mpts barrier … We enjoyed the low bands with our new 6 beverages system, each of them being possibly listened by all the stations. The big blackout of sunday afternoon made us stay a bit too long on 10m, the only band opened at that time. The unexpected high SFI was a sad joke for us, as it favored again the EW path. We missed a lot of multipliers, some of them being worked easily by « local » stations such as PJ2T. We still need to improve our rates on the higher bands to be competitive (max 324/h), which is hard for poor latin froggies ! Congrats to VP2E for their outstanding M/S result and world record.

CU during the next one.

For the FY5KE Contest Team,

Herve F5HRY

Rig :

  • 5 x TS850
  • 2 x AL1500
  • 1 x HL2K
  • 1 x LK500
  • 5el/10m
  • 3el quad/15m
  • 4el/20m
  • 2el/40m
  • Sloper/80m
  • Shunt fed tower/160m
  • 6 beverages (2 US, 2 EU, 1 JA, 1 AF)
  • 5 PCs
  • F5MZN Win-Test V2.beta logging software

ARRL DX SSB 2003 M/S effort – Final result : #1 World

Operator(s): F1HAR, F5MZN, F6FVY, FY5FY, F5HRY
Station: FY5KE

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Kourou
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
 160:  307    50
  80:  582    57
  40:  749    60
  20: 1620    61
  15: 2163    60
  10: 3144    60
-------------------
Total: 8565   348  Total Score = 8,941,860

Second place in 2002 made us work hard on what is the real challenge from FY : the low bands ! It seems that it was a worthwhile job, as both the number of QSOs and mults on these bands have increased.

Again a lot of fun, but the language still remains a problem for us, vs the american ops who are playing the same game from the carrabian islands. Congrats to K9PG and W2SC for their outstanding SOAB scores.

Glad to be on the first floor of the claimed scores so far. We just hope we didn’t make too much mistakes catching the callsigns and the states …

Special thanks to the very few guys in DC, LAB or YT who called us. As usual, the wide “white desert” from NU and NWT (nobody up there ?).

For the FY5KE team, Herve F5HRY

Rig :

  • 2x(TS850+AL1500)

Antennas :

  • 160 : shunt fed 22m tower, 30 radials
  • 80 : sloper
  • 40 : full size horizontal dipole @23m
  • 20 : 3el @24m
  • 15 : 3el quad @16m
  • 10 : 5el @13m
  • Bevs : 80, 160, 320m

ARRL DX CW 2003 SOAB QRP effort – Final result : #1 World and new World Record

Call: FY5KE
Operator(s): F5MZN
Station: FY5KE

Class: SOAB QRP
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
 160:    1     1
  80:  108    32
  40:  208    47
  20:  548    54
  15:  847    54
  10:  970    58
-------------------
Total: 2682   246  Total Score = 1,978,578

ARRL 10 meter Mixed 2002 SO LP effort – Final result : #1 World and new SA record

Call  : FY5FY (@ FY5KE)
QSO   : 3019
Mults : 264
Score : 2,288,540

ARRL DX SSB 2002 M/S effort – Final result : #2 World

Call:      FY5KE
Category:  Multi Single
Power:     High Power
Band:      All Band
Mode:      SSB
Country:   French Guiana

BAND     QSO    QSO PTS    STATES/PROV

160      83      249          33
80      425     1275          56
40      494     1482          59
20     1291     3873          60
15     2431     7293          60
10     2941     8823          60
-----------------------------------

Totals   7665    22995         328  =   7,542,360

Ops or inband listeners : F1HAR, F5MZN, F6FVY, FY5FU, FY5FY, F5HRY

Rig :

  • TS850 + AL1500
  • TS 870 inband
  • TS 430 + AL811
  • 160 m : sloping 4 sq
  • 80 m : thursday night sloper (F5MZN/F6FVY congrats)
  • 40 m : 2 el/wire @ 22m
  • 20 m : 2 el @ 24m
  • 15 m : 3 el quad @ 16m
  • 10 m : 3 el quad @ 16m
  • Bev 320m
  • Bev 160 m

Comments :

Our firsts thoughts went to a M/2 operation. But the aircraft would have definitly not taken all the stuff we dreamed about … Thus, a standard M/S was the hard reality ! However, we tried to optimize the running techniques, with at least 2 ops at the same time during the whole contest, and it provided good results. We surely enhanced the rates. As well, this technique helps for real time log checking.

Conditions were excellent on saturday, but poor on sunday. On that second one, the higher bands began to open very late, with deeply unstable signals, providing low rates. We worked hard on the low bands during the nights to purchase as many mults as possible (remember FY is quite far away from NA, and 80+160 are noisy !). We are pleased with the number of multipliers worked, eventhough 61 seemed possible on the high bands (no LAB wkd, NWT and NU kept for dreams). Thanks to VY1MB for YT.

Last, but not least seen from FY, the high SFI favored the E-W axis (as it did during the CQWW SSB), and our signal was probably too marginal for the side lobes of the NA beams … We’ll have to wait for 3 or 4 years to be more competitive (but never as the northen Caraibian will, definitly !).

We are still waiting for some unclaimed high raw scores in the M/S category. We are thinking about VP5B and EA8BH, maybe others. No idea ? ?

Next year, we will learn “american”. It seems to be a good choice : try to pronounce KG1JGW with no analogy when you were not born in the deep middle west …

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CQ WW SSB 2001 M/S effort – Final result : #5 World

Call:      FY5KE (FY5FY, FY5FU, F1HAR, F5HRY, F5MZN, F5OIH, F6HLC)
Category:  Multi Single
Power:     High Power
Band:      All Band
Mode:      SSB
Country:   French Guiana
Zone:      14

BAND     QSO   QSO PTS  PTS/QSO   ZONES COUNTRIES

160      52      146     2.81     11      24
80      148      418     2.82     11      44
40      333      971     2.92     24      90
20     1466     4306     2.94     37     143
15     2295     6767     2.95     35     157
10     4477    13045     2.91     37     143
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Totals   8771    25653     2.92    155     601  =>  19,393,668

Rig :

  • 160 m : 4sq (sloperized …)
  • 80 m : Loop + wires
  • 40 m : 2 el wire fix north / 4sq
  • 20 : 2 el @ 22m
  • 15 m : Quad 3el @ 15m
  • 10 m : Quad 3 el @ 15m
  • Mult : FB33 shortened FB32 (14 MHz removed)
  • Bev Eu : 320 m
  • Bev W6 : 180 m (W2 beams to the dense equatorial forest with strange hungry animals …)

TRX : 2xTS850, 1xTS870, 1xTS450

PAs : AL1500 @1.2kW, TL922 @500 W, AL811 @300W

Comments : Fun again with a great propagation (probably too much to run a very good score vs others from FY). Not enough QSO/mults on 40/80m.Congratulations to D44TC for their amazing score.

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CQ WW CW 2000 SOAB HP effort – Final result : #7 World

Operator(s): F6BEE
Station: FY5KE

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: French Guiana
Operating Time (hrs): 42

Summary:
Band     QSOs  Zones  Countries
-------------------------------
 160:     88     12     33
  80:    296     14     50
  40:    725     26     77
  20:    511     31     92
  15:   1190     33    108
  10:   2153     33    117
-------------------------------
Total:   4963    149    477  =  9,147,112

Station : FT-1000MP / Alpha 87A (TNX NH7A) el tribander at 22 m, 2 el wire beam to north on 40 m (@20 m) strange delta loop on 80, inverted vee on 160 m 190 m beverage to north

No activity in any CQ WW CW from FY for too many years made the country / mult so rare that pile ups were huge at times to really slow things down. Maybe be too much for a first time operation from the DX side of the pile up. The 80 m antenna didn’t work well and some stations (mostly Eu or Asia) have been called on this band without being able to log this rare mult !

CQWW SSB 2000 M/S effort – Final result : #8 World

Call:      FY5KE
Category:  Multi Single
Power:     High Power
Band:      All Band
Mode:      SSB
Country:   French Guiana
Zone:      9

BAND     QSO   QSO PTS  PTS/QSO   ZONES COUNTRIES

160      34       89     2.62      7      12
80      207      600     2.90     14      30
40      372     1087     2.92     19      64
20      910     2653     2.92     29      93
15     1604     4734     2.95     31     103
10     3624    10510     2.90     35     128
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Totals   6751    19673     2.91    135     430  =>  11,115,245

Ops or support : FY5FY, FY5FU, F1HAR, F5HRY

Run : TS870 / TL922

Mult : TS850 / AL80

Antennas :

  • FB33 @ 20m
  • Loop for 40/80m
  • Dipole for 160m
  • 3 bands vertical for 14/21/28 (mult)
  • No bev (sri …)

Comment : Not enough ops., not enough antennas, not enough mults, no cluster, some problems, up to 37°C in the shack … but what a fun ! And that’s enough to make us feel good…

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CQ WW WPX CW SOAB HP 2000 effort – Final result : #3 World

Call:      FY5KE
Category:  Single Operator  (F6BEE)
Power:     High Power
Band:      All Band
Mode:      CW
Country:   French Guiana

BAND     QSO   QSO PTS  PTS/Q PREFIXES

160       0        0   0.0        0
80       48      284   5.9        4
40      381     2202   5.8      149
20      565     1683   3.0      211
15     1073     3203   3.0      216
10     1527     4535   3.0      244
--------------------------------------

Totals   3594    11907   3.3      824  =   9,811,368

BandQSOQSO PtsPts/QPrefixes
Score9,811,368
160 m000.00
80 m482845.94
40 m38122025.8149
20 m56516833.0211
15 m107332033.0216
10 m152745353.0244
Totals3594119073.3824

All reports sent were 599, unless otherwise noted.

Equipment Description : TS870 + Alpha 91b 3 El Fritzel tribander @ 22 m Single Delta loop for 80 + 40 m

This was my very first serious operation in a major contest from an exotic and point/propagation blessed place. I must say a big thank you to Pierre FY5FU and Didier FY5FY for opening the Kourou Space Center club station for me, fixing the tribander before and (worse) during the contest. Both of them as well as Marie-Therese (Pierre’s wife) and Brigitte (my wife) took care of me with full support of the operation.

I tried to do the best use of the club’s callsign to honor these great hosts.

I think this log can also qualify for the TS category, even if I was forced to operate SS (with the loop and a matching box on 10 m) for a long hour on saturday afternoon.

Continent Statistics

                   160   80   40   20   15   10  ALL   percent

North America   CW    0    3  163  278  372  480 1296    36.0
South America   CW    0    1   21    6    8   23   59     1.6
Europe          CW    0   44  194  234  415  985 1872    52.0
Asia            CW    0    0    0   45  278   33  356     9.9
Africa          CW    0    0    2    1    1    5    9     0.3
Oceania         CW    0    0    1    1    0    3    5     0.1