FY5KE French Guiana

The FY5KE brand appears frequently in contest journals. This year should not be an exception either CQ WW DX Contrest. In the 10m band, it will be served by F4CWN.

The beginnings of FY5KE

FY5KE antennas in the year 2013
FY5KE antennas in the year 2013

Radio amateur club in Kourou, better known as RACK, is a non-profit association, which was born in 1977, 5. January, at the initiative of Jean GRUAU, F8HP, its honorary chairman.

The club was first based in the city of Kourou (1977 – 1989), but it had no antennas built. Then in the year 1989 moved to the port area of ​​CSG (Guyanese Space Center, European Space Centre) in Pariacabo and lasted there until the year 1995. AMSAT/Germany provided the club tribander FB33 Fritzel and direction indicator on the WARC band.

Finally, the RACK in January 1995 He moved to “leisure park” CSG and remains there to this day. It is located on the surface 50 x 50 m, where there is a mobile home with an area 60 m² (is no longer mobile…).

This plot is quite small for a KV antenna farm, but it also allows you to use a nearby clearing to stretch the beverage antennas. which they could tell you, the immediate surroundings are mostly dense and high equatorial forest… The sea is several kilometers away from the location !

The main activity of RACK is hosting hams from Kourou, most of whom work directly or indirectly in the space program ! Except this one “normal” activities for the club station, members of RACK organized several expeditions to SA-020 and the beginning 90. years have participated in competitive works. They participated in the REF contest in 1990-91-92 and at the CQWW SSB Contest in 1996 v M/S (F6EPM, FY5FY ops). After several years of weak activity, it came in 2000 revival of contesting.

FY5KE a Win-Test

FY5KE station No. 1
FY5KE station No. 1

All team members were always asking for additional features of the CT program, but unfortunately, even though CT became freeware, it wasn't open source and they couldn't add anything significant to it. Olivier F5MZN decided to write a new competition software tailored to the needs of FY5KE: Win-Test.

After several attempts at coding, the first version of Win-Test was private and used in the ARRL DX SSB contest 2003. In the meantime, they mailed several more computers to French Guiana, bringing with them monitors and accessories. Although there were minor errors, they didn't suffer any major crashes and never had to restart the computer during this contest. They even won the M/S world category. It's not that bad for a first try.…

Olivier wanted to keep the CT log simple to navigate and also used most of its keyboard shortcuts. They then decided to share Win-Test with the contest community for a modest fee. Many features have been added over time. In the middle of the year 2003 Laurent F6FVY learned C++ the hard way and helped Olivier with development. Marc F1HAR and Hervé F5HRY wrote and maintained the documentation and quick reference on the website https://www.win-test.com). In addition to other individuals and competition teams, Win-Test is also used by French station TM0HQ from IARU headquarters as part of a WAN setup (Wide Access Network) throughout France since 2003 during the IARU Championships.

FY5KE contest activities

2023

WPX CW SOSB 15 HP TO1A by F6FVY (10,016,751) (declared)

WPX CW SOSB 10 LP FY5FY (4 313 156) (declared)

WPX SSB SO15 HP F5UII (10 913 144) (declared)

REF contest SSB SOAB HP TO1A F5UII (11 283 840) (#1 DOM-TOM – new record)

REF contest CW SOAB HP TO1A F6FVY (6,854,260) (#1 DOM-TOM – new record)

2022

ARRL 10M MS HP F1HAR F5HRY FY5FY (4 616 488) (1. place in the world – A new world record)

CQ WW DX CW 2022 MS LP F4CWN F5HRY F6FVY FY5FY (13 695 220) (1. place in the world – A new world record)

CQ WW DX SSB 2022 MS LP F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY F5UII F6FVY FY5FY (13 951 476) (1. world)

WPX SSB MS HP F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY F5UII FY5FY (23 705 507) (#2 world)

ARRL DX SSB MS LP F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY F5UII FY5FY (5 192 145) (3. place in the world)

ARRL DX CW SOSB40 LP F6FVY (284 940) (1. place in the world)

ARRL DX CW SOSB15 LP TO1A F5HRY (289 260) (1. place in the world)

REF contest SSB MS LP SOAB F5UII F6FVY (7 662 228) (#1 DOM-TOM)

REF contest CW SOAB LP F6FVY (5 023 021) (#1 DOM-TOM)

2021

ARRL 10m MIXED MS LP F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY (617 700) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX CW 2021 MS LP F5HRY F6FVY FY5FY (10 398 990) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX SSB 2021 MS LP by F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY F5UII FY5FY (10,901,754) (1. place in the world)

WAE SOAB LP F6FVY (934 035) (2. place in the world)

WPX CW SOSB15M LP TO1A F6FVY (2 650 095) (1. place in the world)

ARRL DX SSB MS LP F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY F6FVY FY5FY (2 449 755) (1. place in the world)

REF contest SSB MS LP F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY (claim 1 683 255) (#1 DOM-TOM)

ARRL DX CW MS LP FY5FY F6FVY F5HRY (4 744 224) (3. place in the world)

REF contest CW MS LP SOA by F6FVY (Claimed 4,040,016) (CHECKLOG)

2020

ARRL 10m MIXED MS LP F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY (592 516) (1. place in the world)

CQWW DX CW 2020 MS LP F5HRY F6FVY FY5FY (8 908 475) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX SSB 2020 MS LP F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY FY5FY (7 167 600) (1. place in the world)

WPX SSB 2020 SO 15M LP F1HAR (970 546) (3. place in the world)

ARRL DX SSB 2020 SO 20M HP FY5FY @ FY5KE (583 953) (1. place in the world)

ARRL DX SSB 2020 SO 15M HP od F1HAR (358,380) (1. place in the world)

ARRL DX CW MS LP F6FVY F5HRY (1 447 992) (3. place in the world)

REF contest SSB MS LP SOA F6FVY (1 479 901) (#4 HOUSE/TOM)

REF contest CW MS LP SOA F6FVY (3 751 600) (#1 DOM-TOM)

2019

CQ WW DX CW 2019 SO 160 HP FY5FY (169 624) (9. place in the world)

CQ WW DX CW 2019 SO(A) 40M HP by F6FVY (1 543 178) (1. place in the world – a new world record)

CQ WW DX CW 2019 SO(A) 15M LP TO1A od F5HRY (804 824) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX SSB 2019 M2 HP F1HAR F4CWN F5HRY F5UII FY5FY (24 073 634) (1. place in the world)

WPX CW SOSB20M LP Assisted by F6FVY (3,673,638) (1. place in the world – New World record)

ARRL DX CW MS LP F6FVY F5HRY FY5FY (3,231,675) (3. place in the world)

2018

CQ WW DX CW 2018 SO20(A) HP FY5FY @ FY5KE (1,632,632) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX CW 2018 SO40M HP by F6FVY @ FY5KE (1 843 278) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX CW 2018 SO15M LP assisted by F5HRY @ TO1A (669 404) (1. place in the world)

CQ WW DX SSB 2018 M2 HP by F1HAR F5DKO F5HRY F5MZN F5UII FY5FY (21 603 000) (#2 World)

WPX CW SOSB40M LP Assisted by F6FVY (3 205 420) (1. place in the world – New World Record)

WPX SSB MS LP F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (9 996 480) (1. place in the world)

ARRL DX SSB SO20M HP FY5FY @ FY5KE (653,418) (1. place in the world)

ARRL DX SSB SO15M HP od F1HAR @ FY5KE (441 969) (1. place in the world)

REF contest SSB MS LP F1HAR F5HRY F6FVY @ FY5KE (Requirements 1 648 755)

REF contest CW MS LP FY5FY F6FVY @ FY5KE (4 749 030) (#1 HOUSE/TOM)

ARRL DX CW SO40M HP F6FVY @ FY5KE (394 002) (1. place in the world – a new world record)

ARRL DX CW SO15M HP od F5HRY @ TO1A (339 840) (1. place in the world)

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