It is eight years since my last visit to Hong Kong and much has changed,
including the six metre scene. Those active during cycle 22 might remember
VS6BI, VS6WV and VS6XMQ. Now there are upwards of ten six metre operators in
Hong Kong, who regularly give this rare DXCC to ‘the deserving’.
Charlie, VR2XMT needs no
introduction to the majority of us and was kind enough, along with his wife
Pansy, to offer his time and hospitality during my recent visit over the New
50MHz in Hong Kong follows the
same licensing conditions as the UK. However due to ‘local conditions’ the
majority of operators struggle to install QRO equipment. Dipoles and verticals
are much more the norm.
Hong-Kong isn’t the DXer’s
dream QTH due to the high mountains and vast tower blocks, which often block
whole continents. Few stations talk about having a good site, it’s more a case
of finding a QTH which has at least two good directions!
The table shows a list of the
top Hong-Kong six metre stations and their DXCC scores as of 7th
Charlie, VR2XMT (#1) lives in
the New Territories, well away from the majority of QRM, and Ken, VR2LC (#2)
lives at the top of a tower block with a six-element beam. If you chase IOTA
you need to work Sing, VR2IL who is the only active operator on AS-006 right
now. Steve, VR2XMQ is also on Hong Kong Island, but has rarely found time to be
QRV this cycle; the rest are situated on the mainland.
All current operators live in
OL72, but a small part of Hong Kong, called ‘The Gold Coast’ is located in
OL62. Charlie, VR2XMT took me on a drive to this lovely area which is about 45
minutes drive from Hong Kong Island. A number of years ago there was a six
metre operator from OL62, but he went QRT before this cycle started.
Photographed on the roof of BG7OH's QTH, Front (left to right): VR2IL-Sing,
VR2XRW-Logan, VR2ZYW-Ying, G0JHC-Neil, BG7OH-Liu, VR2PM-Koo, VR2ZKG,Cheung;
Standing on tower: VR2LC-Ken (left), VR2XMT-CHarlie.
It was also arranged for me to
visit the QTH of Liu BG7OH, just over the Chinese border. Members of the Hong
Kong Amateur Radio DX Association, including VR2XMT (tour leader), Logan VR2XRW,
Ying VR2ZYW, Cheung VR2ZKG, Ken VR2LC and Koo VR2PM joined me and my wife Cathy
on the one-hour train journey north to the border near Shenzhen. Custom
formalities, although tedious, were completed after about half an hour of much
duplicate form filling. Liu, BG7OH was awaiting the group’s arrival on the
The only obstacle now seemed to
be finding a taxi to drive us the 2 km to Liu’s QTH. No one seemed interested
out of the hundreds of taxis lined up to take us on this short journey. Taxi
drivers don’t seem to want to move in this part of China unless you want to
travel over 200km and take a day tour, so in the end Liu took us to a bus stop
and we joined the locals.
Liu’s flat is on the 7th
floor of an apartment block. I was told there was no lift as lifts can only be
built into blocks of more than eight floors (don’t ask me why). Luckily it was
only 21C but I wouldn’t like to run up and down to the shack in 33C during the
Liu, BG7OH and Neil, G0JHC pictured in Liu's
On the rooftop a small tower
has a four-element beam for six metres and a three-element beam for ten metres.
The shack has a nice JST-245 and an Icom 706 mkII on display. I was surprised
when tuning around 49MHz that I found a quieter band than when at home. Liu
advised that there are no television transmitters anywhere in southern China on
49MHz, as UHF is now widely in use and all the 49MHz offsets are much further
Liu’s nearest six metre station
is BD7NI in OL63, around 170km away; he doesn’t think there are any more QRV at
all from call area 7. Congratulations to BG7OH on his recent achievement of the
first 100 countries worked on Six from China - he is eagerly awaiting the last
few QSLs. The next time you hear him on the band don’t be surprised if the call
is BD7OH, he has just upgraded after passing the CW exam.
Finally I’d like to say a big
“thank you” to Charlie, VR2XMT and the members of the Hong Kong DX Association
for their generosity and super hospitality during my recent stay. A great bunch
of lads, who know how to party!
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