Horizontal loop repaired & contesting 2012

The horizontal loop has been repaired. I lost 3 glasfiber mast parts, they are broken and cannot be repaired. I can probabely use them to make a tripod or so, I’ve seen that somewhere on the web. The loop is now at 7m and I got a better feeling about the mechanical strength this time. I decided not to repair the beam, it is too heavy for a aluminium mast and although I didn’t test it I don’t think it gives me an advantage in for example working DX in any direction at low height compared to my vertical. I really need to get my versa tower up again so I can install a beam for 10m like it should be. Well, in January it’s time to have my agenda and that of my XYL filled with the upcoming contests I really want to take part in. This is my list:

  • 11/12-Feb:PACC contest
  • 24/25-Mar: CQWW WPX SSB contest
  • 1/2-Sept: Fieldday contest
  • 29/30-Sept: CQWW RTTY contest
  • 27/28-Okt: CQWW SSB contest
  • 11-Nov: PA-beker contest
  • 18-Nov: Friese 11 steden contest
  • 24/25-Nov: CQWW CW contest
  • 4-Dec: 10m RTTY contest
  • 10/11-Dec: ARRL 10m contest


Bas, PE4BAS, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Groningen, Netherlands. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Horizontal loop repaired & contesting 2012”

  • Bruce Steel ZL1AAO:

    Happy New Year Bas. I hope the weather allows you to make the repairs before the contests are on us again! I will be looking out for you in some of those you listed. I am now using ZL1YE as my contesting callsign and looking into slopers and loops to try and improove things on 40, 80, 160.
    I saw the photos via the KiwiDx group…. I know the feeling! Another of those challenges of living in a high wind zone.
    73 Bruce

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