Saturday 21st June 2014 50 Mhz Trophy Contest

setup for the 50Mhz contestSaturday 21st June, was the RSGB 50Mhz Trophy Contest, it was the first time I had entered this event. Being away in the Camper Van that weekend, I made up my mind to take my Yaesu FT817, being on a rally site and not being on the mains electricity, and one of my lightweight 12 volt slab batteries.

I packed some of my fiber glass poles, and my moonraker 6m Halo antenna, I have had some great results with the Halo in the UKACs. The base of my fiber glass pole is linked to my tow bar mount from This make it very easy for me to put the antenna up on my own, although this time I had lots of help from my long suffering wife.

I find the Halo Antenna easy and lightweight to operate with, in any event with 5 watts QRP, I was not going to win. I just enjoy all the fun of the contest. 6m Halo from Moonraker.

I also entered the section restricted to six hours of operation, not having the time or the battery power to operate for the full length of the Contest.

I must get some may of automating my CQ Calls as by the time I had finished I had little or no voice left.

FT-817 Setup


Here is my FT-817 setup and ready for action with the handy data card I got in an addition of PW magazine.

Any way it was a very enjoyable six hours.

Here are some of the better DX station worked with my setup.