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A61AJ CQ Article 1997
A61AJ TopBand 1996

 

A61AJ DX-Pedition

In November 1996, David (K3LP) returned to Dubai to operate the CQWW DX CW 1996 contest from the Dubai Men's College (A61AF), but was not granted permission to operate the contest upon arrival.  While looking for a new place to operate, Mohammed (A61AM) introduced David to Ali Al-Futtaim (A61AJ). With Ali's permission, David operated 34 hours as Single-Operator, High Power, Un-Assisted during the CQWW DX CW 1996 contest from Ali's (A61AJ) home QTH. David made 2,646 QSO's and worked 287 countries for 2,440,704 points during the limited contest effort. After the contest, Ali and David developed the plans for the future A61AJ contest station that would be installed at Ali's Farm in November 1997 and March 1998. Submitted Score was: 2,813,072  -  2646 Q's, 98 Zones, 293 Countries          Accuracy Error : 13%

CQWW DX CW 1996 A61AJ (OPR K3LP), Single Op, High Power, Un-Assisted - 16th World

Call Sign                      Score           Q's    Multi      Zones   Countries
P40W (W2GD)            13,302,226    6559   19391    159         527
HC8N (N5KO)              11,784,785    6217   18385    158        483
9Y4H                          11,534,376    6857   20307    143        425
PY0FF (OH2MM)           10,000,000    5656   16666    142        458
8P9Z (K4BAI)                 8,721,000    6222               133        431
4V2A (9A3A/HH2AW)      7,550,737    5657               135        406
A71CW                         6,047,636    4022   11158    134        408
V85HG (JO1RUR)           5,911,605    4561   13405    132        309
3DA0NX (JM1CAX)          4,517,898    3305    9779    120         342
V26LN (K3TLX)               4,332,598    3991   10006    107        326
7Z5OO (K3UOC)             4,004,400    3356    9400    111         315
YB1AQS                         3,628,008    2515    7374    136         356
V85HG (JO1RUR)            3,481,249    2805    8269    128         293
DJ6QT (DL1VJ)              3,208,821    2235    5269    143         466
G0IVZ                           2,884,192    3078    6176    113         354
A61AJ (K3LP)                 2,813,072    2646               98          293 (*)  Operated 34 Hours out of 48 Hrs.
 

L to R: Ali (A61AJ) and David (K3LP) November 1996 at Ali's Home Station

David (K3LP) was responsible for planning and coordinating the new A61AJ station installation effort in November 1997 involving building a new radio station building, installing four 100' towers, assembling six (6) element KLM mono-band antennas for 10, 15 and 20 and a three (3) element KLM mono-band antenna for 40 meters, plus wire antennas for 80 and 160 meters. Many people participated state-side in preparing and shipping materials (i.e. RF Connection, HRO, etc.) and providing technical input (i.e. W3LPL (Frank), Joel (W3RFC), KE3Q (Rich), W3NRS (Norman), etc.). Initially, it was planned that Norm (W3NRS) would ship the Rohn 55 Tower materials via a sea container and the standard Rohn 55 Tower installation manual guidelines would be used during installation, but was changed when Ali located a local manufacture who fabricated the towers prior to and during our arrival in Dubai.

L to R: Mohammed (A61AM), Naser (A61A, ex-A61AN), Jamal (A61X, ex-A61AO) and Ali (A61AJ) in the new ham shack in November 1997

David (K3LP) getting ready to operate the CQWW DX CW contest in November 1997

David (K3LP) arrived about 10 days before the CQWW DX CW Contest in November 1997 to start the tower and antenna installation effort. Rich (KE3Q) was asked by David (K3LP) to join the installation team in order to provide some antenna assembly and tower climbing support. Upon arrival, David and Rich's inspection of the tower anchor size and placements needed to be beefed up and re-arranged to meet the Rohn 55 guidelines. This installation effort required 15-18 hour work days for 9 days straight prior to the CQWW DX CW 1997 contest. It was exhausting!

CQWW DX CW 1997 A61AJ -Multi Multi using two Operators - 5th World

During the CQWW DX CW 1997 contest - 2 Man Multi-Multi, David (K3LP) and Rich (KE3Q) operated the new A61AJ Contest Station and completed 7,251 QSO's, 143 zones and 475 countries for 12,782,357 points.

Submitted Score:

 Band    QSOs     Zones      Countries
160        96         7             31
80        806        20             77
40       1674        22             80
20       1837        34             99
15       1922        32             95
10        916        28             88
totals   7251       143            475

 Score = 12,782,357

 

CQWW DX CW 1997 - Multi/Multi 3.830 Posted Results

6Y4A                     31,863,744   14978   37664    188     658
VE3EJ                    19,953,937    9383            185     654
KH7R                     17,709,995    8948   26315    185     488
KL7Y                     14,107,761    9596   23871    170     421
A61AJ                  12,782,357    7251            143     475     5th World, Multi-Multi Non-US
EA6IB                    12,525,877    8681   16331    176     591

 

During David's trip in March 1998, Ali Al-Futtaim and David (K3LP) assembled two additional 6 element KLM mono-band antennas for 20 meters, installed another 50' of tower onto the existing 100' tower with a three antenna StackMatch phasing box. The three 6 element KLM mono-band antennas were placed at 150', 100' and 50' on the tower. Also during this trip, a two element KLM 80 meter mono band antenna was assembled and installed on a new 150' tower.

My results of the A61AJ (OPr. K3LP and A61AJ) - Multi-Single, CQWW WPX SSB March 1998 are as follows:

CQWW WPX SSB 1998 - Multi Single
A61AJ (OPR. K3LP and A61AJ)

Band QSOs  Prefixes
160    17         5
 80   154        68
 40   404        44
 20  1116       345
 15   688       145
 10  1549       260
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     3928       868
Submitted Score 10.263 Million
CQWW Reported Results: 9,694,336
Accuracy Error : 9.4%
 
3.830 Posted CQWW SSB WPX 1998 - MULTI/SINGLE Results
Call			Score        QSOs      ----      Prefixes Multipliers
ZW5B                        19,618,140      5639     17674      1110
LT1F                        15,235,764      4767     14678      1038
UP0L                        11,008,736      3688     12982       848
OG5F                        10,957,298      3915     10597      1034
A61AJ                     10,263,000      3928       ----      868  5th Place World
S58AB                        8,839,176      3240      9246       956

 

David (K3LP) & Rich (KE3Q) with Ali (A61AJ) while Operating from A61AJ in November 1996

David (K3LP) on the tower installing 3 element KLM 40 meter mono-band beam

A61AJ Farm House with Towers in the back ground

In May 1997, David (K3LP) and Ali assembled two additional KLM 6 element 20 meter monobanders, David ordered the custom built WX0B Stackmatch Box, installed 50' additional tower and installed the 6 over 6 over 6 element monbanders. K3LP (David) operating the CQWW WPX contest in May 1997 - A61AJ - Single Op High power.

These are various photos of the station and antennas that were assembled and installed in November 1997 and March 1998

 

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