The Rio DX Group’s contest station project started in CQWW SSB 2006, the operators where only PY1NB and PY1ZV, using the callsign ZW1TT.
In this operation’s debriefing we decided to go on with the project, change the callsign to PR1T and evolve the modest “wires and tribander”
setup to something a tad larger.
The project target was to have a minimally competitive contest station and a place to let new operators get their feet wet at HF contesting.
On CQWW SSB 2007 we made our debut. Still with a very modest setup, only one amplifier, manual antenna switching but now with a short 2 element 40m beam,
We were still rookie operators, we joined the contest mainly to practice and learn.
Since then we have been constantly evolving the station and operator team. Today we have 12 operators involved with the station operation and maintenance:
PY1NB – Felipe (Host), PY1ZV – Fábio, PY1NX – Soni, PY1FI – Anderson, PY4TJ – Carlos, PY1ON – Lineu, PY1GQ – Chicão, PY1MK – Marcos, PU1MKZ – Fernando,
PY1CPF – André, PY1EW – Fábio, PY1TR – Felipe
We have four operating positions, we usually have a pair of K3 rigs, TS590 and FT200 plus two legal power (PY legal power) amplifiers.
We have developed and home brewed our own microprocessor based interlocking system, monoband stackmatches using LC circuits and a wireless remote control based on
Zigbee technology that controls rotators, stackmatches and any other relay we possibly need to control.
We have replaced most of the gadgetry and clutter of having many control boxes around by Android tablets with the controls on screen!
In the last five years we have been top five on Worked All Europe DX Contests, as PR1T or using some of the operators callsign and we are usually active in
the major contests: ARRL DX, CQWW and CQWPX.
Our objectives for 2014 are to keep the PR1T call on the air in all possible contests, keep developing our home made solutions, improve low bands RX and replace our
20m antenna setup.
73 de PR1T team! CU IN TEST!