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This page introduces Irish Contester EI7IQ - John Corless.
Call-signs, past/present
EI7IQ (Previously EI2FOB - Class B)
My Tower(s)
1 X 25MT. (Wind-up and tilt)
Transmitting Antennas
  • 160m - INVERTED V
  • 80m - SLOPING DIPOLE (4SQ ON THE WAY) GAP TITAN VERTICAL, G5RV
  • 40m - GAP TITAN VERTICAL G5RV
  • 20m - GAP TITAN VERTICAL, CUSHCRAFT X7 BEAM, G5RV
  • 15m - GAP TITAN VERTICAL, CUSHCRAFT X7 BEAM, G5RV
  • 10m - GAP TITAN VERTICAL, CUSHCRAFT X7 BEAM, G5RV
Receiving Antennas
G5RV, Long wire
Rig(s)
YAESU FT920 (An excellent rig)
Amplifier(s)
NONE
Useful Accessories
MFJ-493 CW KEYER, MFJ-434 VOICE KEYER, Remote Antenna Switching System, Heil Headset, Yaesu Rotator.
Contesting Software
  • Logger - SD, LOG EQF (DOS
  • RTTY - None
  • Other -
When did you start contesting ?
By accident shortly after getting my license.
Comments about your early contesting...
I discovered early on about sprints, when I missed call-signs, and was unable to find them again !
What do you enjoy about HF Contesting ?:
The competition, the activity on the bands, the chance to work new countries, islands.
What do you attribute to your success ?
What success?
Which are your favourite contests, and why ?
CW WW and IOTA. CQ WW is a great way to spend a weekend, and activating an island for IOTA is a great way of spending a couple of grand or more!
What is the next planned improvement to your station ?
4Sq for 80. A 40 Mt beam. Another tower for VHF.
What tips would you pass on to budget-contesters ?
1 Switch on the rig and have a go! Every contester is a budget contester. Ask any contester "if money was no object what improvements/changes would you make?" and the answers will prove my point.

2 Check out the contest rules carefully, ther may be a section within which budget constraints may not be an issue at all.

What advice do you have for new contesters ?
As above, switch on the rig and have a go.
Contact Details
Email: ei7iq AT eircom DOT net
Homepage: http://www.ei7iq.net
 
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