T48K (LTCC) during 2016 CQ WW SSB

By Raúl Verdecie, CO8ZZ

CQWWSSB 2016 059Following our first Multi-2 experience during the CW ARRL this year, “Las Tunas Contest Crew” (LTCC) believed it possible to try it for the first time during SSB CQ WW and thus consolidate this format for operations to come. This time we left our usual location in “La Herradura” to move to the hotel “Don Lino” in the north coast of Holguín and there, to receive the visit of four North American operators with wide experience in some of the most important contest stations in their country and beyond. The two Canadian colleagues involved in the operation since its gestation canceled for personal reasons. Despite of the constant strong winds and rain during the previous days, the antenna system could be installed in time and the station was ready for the night of friday, october 28, to begin the operation. Fortunately, during the contest thereCQWWSSB 2016 113 were no major setbacks and despite very poor propagation conditions, especially on 10 meter band, not having another amplifier for the third station and lacking access to the DX cluster, we achieved an acceptable score of 10.183.140 points, product of 8.296 contacts, 126 zones and 429 DXCC entities. As usual, all the antennas used were vertical very close to the sea: VDA (Vertical Dipole Array) of two elements in 10, 15 and 20 meters, GP in 40 meters, L-GP in 80 and inverted L in 160 meters. This was the only band where we worked barefoot because we did not have an amplifier that included it, which CQWWSSB 2016 122undoubtedly determined the low score obtained there. The radios were an ICOM IC756 ProIII and its Collins 30L-1 amplifier, an Elecraft K3 along with a Yaesu FL2100-B as main stations, while as a support station a Kenwood TS570 and a Yagi Cushcraft MA5-B were used. The operators were Bill (K1MM), Charlie (K1XX), Ed (K1EP), Van (W2DLT), Douglas (CO8DM) and Raul (CO8ZZ). On our behalf, we thank you for your support to our Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC), the Territorial Control Office of MINCOM (OTC) in Las Tunas, the Frankford Radio Club, the workers of the Hotel Don Lino especially to its manager, to those who contacted us in the bands and to all who in a more or less determinant way made possible the success of the activity. Last but not least, our families for tolerating our absence for so many days, thank you all. See you in the air! (Version of the original published on the FRC official website)

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    • K1XX on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 3:00 am
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    I want to thank both of you for allowing me to come along on this trip. I should have signed up earlier and helped with more equipment. Besides meeting you guys, seeing Cuba and understanding your culture was an experience for me that I will not forget. Several people have already asked me about the trip and how to go there.
    I hope to come back in the future.

    73 charlie, k1xx

  1. Raul,

    Muchas felicidades por los excelentes resultados. Fue un gusto trabajarlos. Muy buenas fotos.


    Ramón, XE1KK

    • Benjamín on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 3:15 am
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    Felicitaciones Raúl y equipo. Un gran esfuerzo y muy buen resultado

    73 DX OM/YL de

    Benjamin, XE2AU

    • Luis Delgadillo on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 4:03 am
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    Enhorabuena por el buen resultado y la narrativa de su página web !

    Gracias por el contacto


    • DK8ZZ on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 5:48 am
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    Tnx for 80m qso

    • José Ramón on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 7:20 am
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    Me alegro que todo saliera más o menos bien. En el tema de la propagación no podemos hacer nada, jaja. Nosotros también nos lo pasamos muy bien en este primer intento desde ED7O.

    Un abrazo.
    José Ramón, EA7KW

    • Kenneth, OZ1IKY on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    Hola Raul

    GREAT !
    Looks like You’ve broken the record of T42R from 2014 in M-2 for CQ WW SSB ?
    So! In advance – Congratulations!


    Kenneth OZ1IKY

    • ZL1IF on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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    Hi Raul,
    Congratulations to your progress with the T48K club contest setup and to a very good score!
    I operated SBSO 40m high assisted from our club station ZL1AM.
    I worked T48K as follows
    7120 PH 2016-10-30 0727 ZL1AM 59 32 T48K 59 08
    Thank you for the contact and the multiplier!
    Station: FT1000 MP MarkV + Kenwood TL922 , Vertical with 2 elevated radials, dipole at 8 m
    See you in the CW contest on 40m from ZL1AM.

    Lars ZL1IF

    • Jaime Vazquez on 4 noviembre, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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    Muchas felicidades por esta demostración y un saludo a mi amigo Bill/K1MM, quien fue uno de sus operadores.
    Att Jim WP3C/WP3A

    • Jesus EC1KR on 5 noviembre, 2016 at 9:57 am
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    Great article and I hope wkd you in CW part, Tnx 5 bands.

    73 de Jesus EC1KR aka ED1R Team

    • George (Hotel Manager) on 7 noviembre, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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    Muchas felicidades en primer lugar y gracias por dejarnos ser parte de ese logro, en nombre de todos los trabajadores del hotel. Aquí estaremos para seguir brindando lo mejor a nuestros clientes, ojalá y pronto volvamos a ser parte del T48K (LTCC). Saludos: George, Hotel Don Lino Manager

    • Carlos on 21 diciembre, 2016 at 3:32 am
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    Muchas FELICIDADES a todo el equipo…
    Algo a lo que nos tienen acostumbrados TODOS ustedes…
    Me complace enormemente contar con su amistad…
    Nos estaremos encontrando. Un abrazo…

    1. Gracias hermano, el honor es todo nuestro!!!
      Un abrazo!


    • Ernesto CO8GJ on 10 abril, 2017 at 4:24 am
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    Raul your team made it good. Congrats

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