YE1ZAT again took part in CQWW SSB Contest 2015 from station in Grin Area, Tambun. Some troubles with contest gears occurred within contest period 24-25 October 2015.
Day-1 (24 October 2015)
Achievement up to first 8 hours evidently described the actual situation when only 100 QSOs could be managed following problem with tribanders antenna. In spite of propagation was favorable on 15m band during first 8 hours where QSOs were focused on DX station in north, however, above condition would not much help unless main problem was sorted out.
Upon all team members felt that something went wrong with current installed tribanders antenna, meanwhile that was not a good time to transmit on 40m, YE1ZAT contest coordinator Danu, YF1DO decided that game plan should be changed immediately by rectifying main root cause as soon as possible.
Soon afterward, Muri, YC1MR came with his crew along with some materials required to build new antenna for 10-15-20 meters band. Contest should move on, no matter problem still existed and not being rectified at the time. In order to maintain contest continuation, while some repairs were conducted on main antenna, team worked together in assembling temporary antenna.
(Pic. 1: Emergency antenna preparation while main antenna required some repairs during contest)
This new temporary antenna was installed no higher than 6 meters above ground and certainly not much to be expected from kind of installation for DX purpose.
(Pic. 2: Repair process on main antenna)
Problem seemed would not end, at around 12.00 UTC in the first day of contest (19.00 local time), power outage occurred in the station and surroundings resulted from electricity network trouble followed by computer hardware problem once power resumed to normal. This unwanted situation at least impacted to QSOs achievement.
Having 24 hours of contest in Day-1, team could only manage up to 267 QSOs, for sure this was not a good achievement.
Day-2 (25 October 2015)
Based upon what had been achieved in Day-1 of contest, it looked like impossible to meet number of QSO target that was setup during technical meeting few days prior to contest. During technical meeting, senior contest team member that also Station Owner Joz, YD1JZ and Contest Coordinator Danu, YF1DO during their briefing had set minimum 1000s QSO should be achieved by New Generation of YE1ZAT.
Team started Day-2 with very big gap to fulfill, it was not an easy job though.
(Pic. 3: A visit from Senior Team Member Yoyon, YB1CF in Sunday Morning. Left to right : YD1DOQ, YB1CF, YC1ME, YD1DGZ, YC1DPM)
(Pic. 4: Support conveyed by Dagun, YC1ARA and Hendrik, YD1CPP in Sunday Morning. They also brought special coffee well known here as “Luwak Coffee”. Left to Right : YC1DPM, YC1ARA, YD1DGZ, YC1ME, YD1CPP, and YD1DOQ)
Again and again, in Day-2, self same problem concerning power outage started to occur at 04.00 UTC (11.00 local time) with more severer impact than it was in previous day. The problem impacted to computer monitor to PC communication failure and some interface configuration change resulted in computer aided system deficiencies. This in turn led to manual logging system must be undertaken for few QSOs
With all gaps above, approximately 4 hours downtime required to cure the problem. Once all problems were completely rectified as well as logging system at 10.00 UTC (17.00 local time), team could only manage 483 QSO and had only 14 hours left to accomplish the contest with target to be met.
Given remaining time available, extraordinary efforts in meeting the target seemed to be possible when finally team could manage 803 QSOs at 14.00 UTC (21.00 local time), and just requiring 197 more QSOs.
(Pic. 5: Sunday night local time with 10 hours remaining prior to end of contest)
Antenna troubles, computer monitor problem, interface communication failure, and power outage were all finally manageable but point of concern herein was team spirit to achieve target being set. It was definitely nothing without willingness and commitment until finally at the end of entire contest duration, team could accomplish 1012 QSOs with claimed score 869,760.
No matter the result would be for this contest, considering all difficulties had been experienced by team, one thing that needed to be pointed out was related with spirit to fill some gaps as well as continuing the game under difficult situation. This was primary concern, and team had demonstrated it exceptionally well.
None who visited team’s station at the time would think that this target could be achieved after team experienced all consecutive troubles mentioned above during contest. Spirit and commitment would eventually take all, supported by good team work, hence things became possible.