The Dutch PACC contest is of course a bit special for us Dutch hams. PACC 2017 is no exception. In the PACC contest for once in a contest season it’s all about the Dutch hams. This one contest we can run CQ and actually get pile-ups instead of search & pounce for whole contests.
For this year’s (the weekend of 11 and 12 February) participation my radio buddies Rob PA1RAB and Gerald PA9G and I came up with a new plan. Gerald offered to use his family cottage for the PACC-weekend.
As of the ideas for participation now we thinking about using my Icom IC-7300 rig as the main equipment. We can borrow a Kenwood TL-922 linear amplifier from Mischa, PA1OKZ. We will use some Windows laptops and N1MM as logging software. I will have to figure out how to connect N1MM to the 7300 since I have not do that before.
We also need a good headset with mike boom. Neither of us has such headset so I will have to ask around if we can borrow one.
We still have to inspect the lot of the cottage to see what is possible. We’ll have to cover 10 (although no activity is expected there), 15, 20, 40 and 80 meter bands. Most QSO’s are expected on 40 meter. We are thinking about a 4 Square Array or a Vertical Phased Array if possible. But we still have to decide what we will use as antenna.
We do want to roll out a Beverage for receiving. The cottage is in the middle of the woods, so it should be possible to roll out some wire. Of course we have to use a switch between transmit and receive antenna, but Rob does have one.
The PACC is a 24-hour contest. It begins on Saturday at 13:00u local time (12:00 UTC). First we have to try 10/20 meters because it will get dark pretty soon. Then 40 meter will be open around diner time. Later on the evening 80 meters can be interesting. In my personal experience the night is not worth it to stay awake. Maybe 10 to 20 Q’s will be scored. Better is to get a short night of sleep and return on the airwaves around 8:00 Sunday morning.
Lot’s to do, lot to prepare. I will keep you posted!