The IC 706MK is a nice rig. You can work QRP 5 watts or more. And when necessary you turn up to 100 watts. Not with the Miracle Whip because it will smoke. Here is a demonstration for 80 meter. There are many stations rag chewing. I work seldom on 80 meter because:
1. My antenna is not suitable for this frequency. 2. Working QRP is difficult on 80 meter. I can't hear all the stations in a group. 3. Often they don't hear me with QRP. 4. I don't like rag chewing, though I listen sometimes, but do not interfere.
We did it! I made a QSO with Adam M6RDP on sked. Though the signals were weak and nevertheless, a very strong local QRM with S8 on the meter makes it very hard. Before I was working DJ9RQ with 59, but he was running 700 watts. While I was writing the logbook I heard Adam working him after me. If I had no QRM I think I could copy Adam OK. [listen to the recording, not the best part of the QSO, hi] it's good we have email. When 40 meter will improve with coming of the fall and winter, we will make a good QSO, because it is possible.
Here on the waterfall display you see the QRM on 30 meter at daytime. The QRM levels are up to S7-S8. It's not possible to make a QSO at daytime. Only with WSPR with a small bandwidth of 6 Hz is it possible. And by the way, soon there will come a WSPR QSO mode, so it will be possible to make a small basic QSO with WSPR. That would be really nice. [Read the WSPR introduction] But back to the 30 meter QRM, does anyone know where the QRM comes from? If you know let me know.
For a 1 hour I took part of the YO contest, always nice to know what I can work. I think when there is a contest going on ham operators listen better. ;-) On 20 meter SSB: YR1C - UT3N - RA3CM On 20 meter CW: UT3RN - YR9F - OH5Z - RZ3AZ - UP4L (Kazakhstan 3841 km)
Conditions on 40 meter were quite good tonight. I had a nice 2 way SSB QRP QSO with MI3LOQ Paul from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. He was running 10 watt into a Doublet Antenna for 80 and 40 meter. He was 59 and I get a 49 report because of heavy QRM nearby the frequency. A few Kc higher I heard EI8CE Aidan from Waterford, Ireland calling CQ. He came back for me and gave me a 58 report. He was S9 on the meter. He was running 400 watt. Earlier tonight I run WSPR on 30 meter with 500 milliwatt and best distance was OH2BMH 1513 km and EB4GYE 1493 km. I heard N2CQR and he was running 20 milliwatt!!! Wow. So good night for now.
This month my blog is one year old. I started in Dutch, but soon I changed it in English, though, my English is far from perfect. Should I write in Dutch? My readers can use the 'Google Translation' in the sidebar? Tell me what you think and be honest - I will not feel offended. After a long period of absence as a radio amateur, I renewed my license and started again. I retired last year and had more time for the hobby. The YL has to work for another twenty years or so, she is much younger than I am, 17 years. That explain the young kids I have. When she is going to work and the kids are to school, I turn on the rig and have a good time. I gave my blog a new make over. I hope you like it. 73, de Paul PC4T
This morning I had a BPSK31 qso with SQ9BEJ Stan from Bielsko Biala, Poland (photo) on 40 meter. With WSPR on 30 meter and 0,5 watt max. distance: 856 km OE3RFA. [view log] Tonight conditions on 80 and 40 meter were very good. A lot of stations on the band. On 40 meter I worked with SSB IV3SUS, Savino from Villa Opicina, Italy; distance 1014 km. He was running 500 watt, 59 with me and I got a 58, not bad. Also worked LA/DL3YXD, Ingo from Rjukan, Norway. I tried to copy CU/G3UKV with CW, but there was a big pile up. To difficult for me. Hi.
Hurricane Bill is crossing the Atlantic to visit us. It will be weaken before it hit Ireland/England and The Netherlands. But Bill will give us some rain and wind. Band conditions for 40 and 20 meter are very bad. This morning I heard only one weak SSB station on 20 meter, that was all, even no CW stations. Maybe tonight on 40 meter... I made a new intro for my Youtube Channel. I don't like camera's when they are pointed at me. I feel a bit silly. But on the other hand I like a kind of intro. The video before had doubles. I told in one video the same story twice. So I made a new one. Today I came across a nice story about SWR. How important is a good SWR? I noticed on 30 meter with 5 watt a bad SWR (4 to 5 bars) on the FT817. Though when I check the power meter, 5 watt is going out. So what is the point? You can read the story here. (or download) Have a nice day.
Tonight I worked for the first time with SSB on 160 meter. I had a QSO with PHØNGK, Reinier from Oosthuizen and PA7MEM Martin from Heemskerk on 1850 KHz. 15 a 20 km from me. Thank you gentlemen for your patients for listening to my weak signal. (S7) but a lot static noise.
On photo Manuel EA5TT which I worked with WSPR on 30 meter, with 0,5 watt. [view today's log] Today we visit friends who had bought a boxer puppy. Very sweet, but happy I don't have dogs at the moment. And other friends were celebrating their birthday, so I had enough pie for today. Temperature is rising again, and tomorrow maybe 28C. Now I am longing for the fall. (And hopefully better conditions on HF 40 meter)
On photo RA6AS, he reported me with WSPR on 30 meter this morning. Distance: 2760 km, power output 0,5 Watt. It's the first time I work a Russian station with WSPR. [view log] At 9 o'clock I went to a soccer tournament. My son had to play. It ended at 14.30 local time. He and his team came in second place and won their first trophy for the new season.
For a year I use DXPROP and now PROPHF, software for radiowave propagation forecast freeware for ham radio operators, permit to predict propagation on 12 frequencies. It’s developed by Christiaan F6GQK. All you have to do is fill in your call sign, coordinates and the solar flux. Together with WSPR I get a good insight what is normal or exceptional propagation. On this page you can find more information and a link to download the software. This morning I started WSPR on 30 meter for 20 minutes. Max. distance: 1849 km CT1EDK. [view log]
On photo the QSL card of GIØHWO he reported my signal with WSPR on 80 meter. I also heard Roger G3XBM and he reported me also on 80 meter. [view log] On 20 meter I worked SP9LJD with SSB. He gave me a 59 report. He was running 1KW. Also 59 with me.
Conditions will still be poor this year. We have to wait until next summer 2010 at least. We can see it as a challenge to see what is possible with very low sunspots. Today 40, 30 and 20 meter were quiet. A few stations in the noise. So I decided to put up the Magnetic Loop ML-40 indoors. I have nothing to loose. I have an absolutely perfect SWR on 40 - 30 and 20 meter. Because there is nothing to work I started WSPR on 30 meter with the Mag. Loop. On the map you the results. [view log] Not bad. I hope that tonight 40 meter will open up again so I can test the Mag. Loop also with SSB and CW. Here it is 34C, and it is bloody hot. I view the rain radar, to see what will happen this afternoon. The KNMI gives a severe weather warning for today. VERY HEAVY FLURRIES: MAJOR DAMAGE POSSIBLE.
I got a mail from Adam M6RDP that 20 meter was open, unfortunately, I read the mail too late. I couldn't hear stations on 14.285 MHz. So I went to 40 meter, there was enough activity. I worked GAØWRR John from Glasgow with SSB, he gave me a 55 report. Also worked SN5MWP a special event station from Poland. I got a 59 report. I listen for Adam on 7.068, but after a few minutes YU2TT came on the frequency.
Today we went to the beach, the temperature will rise tomorrow to 35C. I made a short film today, so see my daughter and son, and the YL. And the crowded beach. In the dunes there is no one to see. (view movie)
This morning on 80 meter with WSPR max. distance 894 km, reported by John EI7GL from Cork, Ireland. To the east DF6MK 730 km and to the south F6IRF 757 km. [view log] I wonder why I can't be heard with SSB or CW on 80 meter. It happens only twice this year. Well, the MW+W isn't the big antenna for lower bands, but it's remarkable that WSPR on 80 and 160 works. OK, digimodes rules!
Today the weather is fine but hot. Temperature will rise to 30C or 31C. Too hot for amateur radio, so I will go with the wife and kids to the beach this afternoon. The kids are back to school after summer holidays, but this afternoon they are off. Have a nice day!
Here shows F8BBL an indoor antenna with the FT817. It's amazing how a simple wire can do such a tremendous job. For the moment I have no urge to change the antenna plan here. The MW+W works well. And we have to keep in mind that conditions are very low on HF. What if conditions are up again? We can make contacts with a wet needle. Maybe I buy an EH antenna for 40 meter. It is far out my favorite band. Short skip at daytime and DX at night. With QRP I work most DXCC on 40 meter, even with SSB. I like 30 meter also but only for CW and PSK31. The 30m band is rather small and there are a lot of big guns operate for DX. So QRP signals are drowning in the QRM. 40 meter seems to be open. I do hear a lot of European stations with SSB. I hope I can reach Adam M6RDP on 7.125 at 2100 UTC with QRP. Now is IV3SUS QRV on 7.123 MHz.
I did work on 80 meter with WSPR (view log) Max. Distance: F6IRF 757 km.
Update 21.20 UTC: The QSO with Adam M6RDP was not successful. I didn't hear anything. Only two stations nearby OK2KG and OH1TIN were calling DX. Big Guns, I'm afraid. No conditions for QRP. I think in October when fall comes, 40 meter will be better for short skip. One day it will happen.
Tonight I have been heard by K1JT Joe Taylor from Princeton NJ (photo), the man behind WSPR. With 500 milliwatt on 30 meter (5924 km) Also reported by 2E0MZB, 2E0KLD, IQ4AX, HB9AFZ, HB9BYC, F5RRS, OE3RFA, OH2MZA, PA4DE and DL8BB. On 40 meter with 2 watt reported by G4ENZ, G3WPD, G3THQ, G4CAO and VK8CH.
Another big surprise was ZS6Y from nr Johannesburg, South Africa on 40 meter with my 5 watt QRP, a distance of 9036 km.
What seems to be impossible is made real tonight. With WSPR I made a contact on 160 meter with 5 watt and I was heard by G4BOO, David from Thatcham (photo), UK also 5 watt. He was the only one active on 160 meter, so I read on the Currently Active page WSPR. It was a distance of 432 km. I really hope that more radio amateurs will be QRV with WSPR in the future because is wonderful. [view log]
On photo the antenna of UT5UZ. He heard me on 80 meter with WSPR, a distance of 1762 km, and another QRP record for me on 80 meter. Also heard by G7JVN and G4ENZ. It is the first time I reach England on 80 meter. With the Miracle Whip and clipped on wire I work 2 stations before on 80 meter with SSB. The SWR and power output are OK on 80 meter. Only the radiation pattern is not perfect. Tomorrow I will try 160 meter. But this experience was pretty stunning, because I did not expect such a result.
Juan, EA5BLP wrote a nice story about the Miracle Whip in the MW Yahoo group. "This night I couldn´t expect to work Manuel, XE3RT in Mexico on 14 Mhz. The propagation was very poor and only a few and low cw signals were audible on the band. To have a successful QRP operation is always advisable to expect nothing, and not to be afraid of nothing. So that I answered his call without any kind of complex. I was sat on the beach using 10 watts cw and the Miracle Whip. As a consequence of a propitious conjunction of propagation, working conditions on both sides, and absence of fear and shame, we had a long and nice QSO from Benicarlo, in the Mediterranean coast of Spain, to Tabasco, working a distance abt 9.000 Km over the Atlantic sea. Not bad when you expect nothing from the Ionospheric Goods. Some fishermen near me were wondering what kind of fishes i was fishing... Another point to a successful operation is to be concerned about the bands of your interest using the whip. Everybody knows that you don´t need big antennas and notorious gain to make a decent job on 28 Mhz when the band is opened.Of course, the whip will work better on the upper bands than on the lower. This a point some people tends to forget. But even in 40m there are frequent surprises. The third point is to look always for good locations. Up in a mountain, in the clear, or near the sea or lakes. At last, the performance of the antenna depends on the kind of operation you like. If you are devote of challenges, emotions and cw, and quick portable operations , the whip will do it´s job amazingly well. Otherwise, the Miracle Whip is a very good option to that ham who compete only against himself. 73, dx , and if you are in summer like I´m, enjoy your gear and take it for a walk! 73 dx!"
Keep up the amazing QRP work and have a nice Sunday!
With WSPR my 2 watt signal was heard in Australia, VK8CH. That's 13512 km! Wow, just with 2 watts. Yesterday I read that Roger G3XBM has the same results. So I checked today also 40 meter and tried also my luck. And keep in mind that conditions on HF are very poor nowadays. So I am very happy with this personal QRP record.
Tonight I was watching the Perseid Meteor Shower with my daughter (11) in the garden. We saw several meteors flying by. My daughter says she makes the same wish over and over again. I was also shooting a video for 45 minutes. Tomorrow I will look if I was lucky to catch a meteor. With the on line Radio Reflexion Detection by G7IZU I could watch the Perseid shower on my screen. I saw several fire balls. (see photo)
With WSPR I received on 30 meter W1XP 5 W 5549 km; PY2GN 5W 9032 km; N1PQ 5W 5924 km. My signal 0,5 Watt was received by CT1EKD 1849 km; Check my log.
I love to work with the 'Whisper mode' WSPR or MEPT-JT digital mode. Unfortunately, I can't work on 80 and 6 meter because of HF foldback. It was nice to see if there was any sporadic E refection by the Perseid meteor shower. The strongest this year. Look outside the window this evening / night or early morning. A big chance you can make a wish... anyway, I work with the Whisper mode on 30 meter with 500 milliwatt and in 8 minutes I was heard in 10 countries, maximum distance 1513 km OH2BMH, average 737 km, not bad at all. The method was developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT. More information by G4ILO's website. A wonderful site with a lot of useful information for the radio amateur. Have fun and enjoy!
Today I downloaded WSPR software and install the program to see how it will work. Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network [link]. I transmitted 1 watt and later 500 milliwatt on 30 meter. Automatically the program send and received the data, and all I have to do is watch how things are going. Click on the photo to enlarge the picture. Here you see my reports. Or look here. SV8ARJ received me with 0,5 and 1 watt distance 2019 km. OH2BMH 1513 km. And TK1DP from Corsica, distance: 1223 km.
On photo RW4HBG Valery from Samara, Russia. I worked him on 30 meter BPSK31 with 1 watt, distance 3003 km. 30 meter is at the moment my favorite QRP band, because with 1 watt I can make a nice hop. Tonight I will try 0,5 Watt. I worked EA1DZM Antonio from Santander, Spain. with 0,5 W and he was using 1 watt, PSK31.
Tonight I tried BPSK31 with only 1 watt on 30 meter. I worked: EA1EYG/P Carlos from Leon, Spain - 1359 km (Photo); EA1AHY Arsenio from Torrelavega, Spain and DL1AKY Eberhard from Schmalkadar, Germany. With a Solar Flux of 67 and no sunspots.
On 20 meter with CW (5 watt) LY5W Saulius from Kaunas, Lithuania and OM3RM Tibor from Bohavce, Slovak republic. Have a good night!
Although the license expired, PI3ZDM still works as a repeater on 2 meter. This afternoon I listened to PI3ZDM in Zaandam and I heard Victor, PA/GM3VTB calling. We had nice QSO via the repeater. I seldom work on VHF, but conditions on HF are still worse. So I went to 2 meter. Even there it's very quiet on 2 meter. I think a lot of amateurs are with holidays. I had my camera standby so I made a video of this contact.
Conditions are very poor. I tried CW and BPSK31, but nothing on 20 or 40 meter. So I tried SSB, I heard some stations working on 20 meter. I heard F2YT/P calling CQ. he came back for me and gave me 59. Paul-Joel from Estree Cauchy (Photo) France. Distance 300 km. 1 QSO in 4 hours time... I must be patient.
Average distance: 1455 km; DX: 2956 km. (with no sunspots!)
RST report (CW) or RS report (SSB), plus a two digit number, meaning the last two digits of the year of operator's first official amateur radio license (i.e. RST 82 or RS 82 means that operator received his/her first official amateur radio license in the year 1982). I got my license in 1976.