Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Just in time for Halloween, the Sun has been putting on some spectacular shows recently, including this ghostly-looking prominence captured by amateur astronomer Monty Leventhal from Australia. He estimates this giant pillar shot up over 158,000 km (98,000 miles) from the Sun’s surface! Monty took the image on October 26, 2011 using a Meade SC 10 inch telescope, with a Hydrogen Alpha filter and a Canon 300D camera. [Source: Universe Today]
I hope the sun will not spoil the SSB CQ WW DX Contest with geomagnetic storms. At the moment propagations are excellent, and what about 10 meter, wow, that could be great. Today we are giving a birthday party for my son (11) for his school friends. His birthday is November 21, but the XYL expect a surgery at that time. That’s why we are doing it today. I don’t know if I have time for contesting, I am afraid not.
Here are my QRP results on 10 meter WSPR with 500 milliwatt. K4BS was my best DX, that's 13.914 km per watt or 8645 Miles per watt. Have a good weekend!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A nice aurora video from NG9D on 21 MHz. A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth's magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States. (www.spaceweather.com)
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Today I made my first FM qso on 10 meter with UA4FUT Alex from Penza, Russia. I did hear more station such as RY3D, UA6YIM and UA3PAA. But they didn't hear me, they were using about 200 -500 watts FM.
09.45 UTC I worked TA1AT on 29.510 MHz with FM.
10.00 UTC I worked YO4PX on 29.660 MHz with FM.A61AM with FM on 29.482 MHz. I like the sound of FM on 10 meter. I got a 59 + 20 db in Fuijarah. It sounds like VHF. Very funny. Maybe later on today I can pick up some AM stations like Roger G3XBM reported on his blog. At 11.50 I worked UA3PQ with FM on 29.282 MHz. Also 5B4ES from Cyprus.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I made a new data base for WSPR data of my WSPR activities. I import WSPR data from wsprnet.org into an Excel spreadsheet since 2 days now. Now I can handle the data much more easier and over a longer period. As long as I wish to do. I made two tabs, one for TX (reported) and one for RX (receiving)
The last 2 days I am reported in 26 countries and I received stations from 30 countries. Because USA is a big country I will look for US States. Reported from 18 states and received also 17 states.
10 meter was really open today. In one TX WSPR cycle I was reported by 30 stations all over the world (50% who was QRV that time) Really great!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
But nothing is perfect, and there is always something to complain about. Such as the Followers / members widget. It’s a bit strange, what’s the use of that widget. Okay, I can see who is following me... I can’t change something with that widget, so I let it be. Just placed it on the blog.
But the real annoying thing is the comments. We are experienced enough to know how to do it. But for a non-Blogger user it’s a pain in the ass. That’s why you see seldom a reaction / comment from a non-Blogger user. Choose an Identity. Huh? OpenID, Huh? Name/ URL (WTF is an URL) Well, I know, but... Okay, Anonymous then. Most non-Blogger users take the Anonymous identity. See how Wordpress do it, so easy and understandable for anyone. Come on Blogger do something about it, you can do it too.
Another thing: WORD VERIFICATION. I know: SPAMMERS fear, but how many times do you get a spammer. In the 3 years of Blogging no Word Verification here, I got 1 Spam comment, which I removed forever. No problem. Why make it so user-unfriendly to comment. Don’t be so paranoid. A SPAM massage is removed very quickly. Please, undo Word Verification now! You don’t know how? I like to tell you.
Moderation... Oh no! Why? One who gives a comment like to see immediately his comment on your blog. He doesn’t want to wait 24 hours before showing up his comment. He won’t come back in most cases. I like to read the other comments too, but I’ll have to wait until the moderator have read and checked his comments before he publish. If you want more feedback on your blog, stop moderation. Why moderate at all? To see if someone wrote the right thing? When someone comments something you don’t like, remove the message and blocked that person if needed.
Because I like the guys on my blog list, I take the effort to comment, how user unfriendly it is. But when I surf on the Net, and came across a Blogger blog, I don’t comment immediately. Unless I am eager to ventilate my opinion. So, that was my story about Blogger and how to use it effective, don’t feel too much offended, it is nothing personal.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I am easily tempted to use more power than needed. They don’t hear me with 5 watt? I crank up the power to 20 or 40 watt. But more and more I found out that it has seldom to do with power to be heard. Antenna and propagation is more important. A dose of luck is maybe needed, or the effort of the opposite station to pull the signal out of the noise. But more power? I don’t know. I don’t have to convince my QRP friends that it is more satisfying to accomplish a QRP qso. It's just so.
Now with my new antenna, the MV-5+3 multiband vertical, I can work easily QRP without any problems, when I compare it with the Falcon 250B vertical. It was hard to be heard with QRP when using the Falcon; I think the efficiency was poor. The MV-5+3 is quieter than the End Fed Wire, 12 db. The SNR is very good of the Sand Piper MV-5+3.
Back to power. From now on I decide to use 5 watt power or less for all modes. I just worked RV9JR (4200 km) with 5 watt bpsk31 on 20 meter. I add the /QRP to my call sign, I think they are willing to work a QRP station more than just another PA station. A QRP station is much more special I think.
Monday, October 10, 2011
In the early morning I worked S51NY with bpsk31 on 40 meter. Later on EA3AHH and SV3JZT on 20 meter SSB. I was running WSPR on 10 this whole morning only one station reported me: R9SA. This afternoon I worked I5OWT with CW both QRP on 20 meter.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Am I the only one who not worked T32C? Anyway, I did work YO8RIX on 14060 KHz, he was running only 0,5 watt and was 599 here. On 17 meter I worked SV9/GM3YOR. So far my activities today.
Wally PA3BTT wrote a comment about a Slinky antenna. He thinks about a Slinky indoor antenna for his QRP work on 20 meter. I found several postings on the Internet about this antenna. It could be a solution, only I think that such antenna in the living will not be accepted by the XYL. But for another room or attic, it would be fine.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
On 30 meter I had a nice qso with I5TYQ (see photo) with CW, I was running 5 watt into my MV-5+3 antenna. I also worked IQ2DN/P and SPØOTC (Old Timer Club) the best thing to test the antenna is making QRP contacts. Because of contesting I always look on the WARC bands.
Condition are not really great today. On 10 meter I heard VK with JT65, but is was too crowded and more and more QRO is in use with JT65. 50 watts or more. That is a pity, because low power less than 25 watts is doing good with JT65. There was a Dutch station who was calling someone while in QSO, he doesn't look at his screen? He only causes QRM. Anyway, time to leave the band.
Still I realize that making a nice qso is real fine, and it doesn't matter if it's not DX. Chasing DX can be very frustrating, just because the strange behaviour of our fellow hams. Have a good weekend. 73 Paul
Friday, October 07, 2011
Today the Woodpecker QRM is back. Can you remember many years ago? Maybe caused by over the horizon Russian Radar. It was impossible to do WSPR this morning on 10 meter. Also present ugly very strong WSPR signals. The Whisper software can't decode the signals, too distorted. On 15 meter this morning there was a station who was too loud and distorted. QRM over the entire JT65 band. Haven't they heard that it is possible to set the ALC level lower?
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Total DXCC with WSPR. Blank spot is 70 cm. I don't expect much of UHF. There isn't any activity. But 12 meter could be fine, certainly the last 2 weeks. But activity is very low on that band for WSPR.
Tonight I worked PY8ELO de Silva from Brazil with JT65. I heard a lot of stations from South America, but disconnected the antennas because of lightning and thunderstorms here. So the party is over for tonight.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Finally I could work Dick F8WBD (N2UGB) for the first time since we are blogging for a few years now. I had the feeling I could work Dick today. I kept my eyes on Reverse Beacon Network and regular I push F5 to refresh the page. Bingo! I saw Dick was qrv on 14012 KHz. I tuned to that frequency... nothing. A few minutes later he was QRV on 14031 KHz. Yes, I heard him and called. But Dick was already gone. Maybe when I was calling CQ on 14060 KHZ he can hear me... he was going up the 20 meter band, but I came across CN8GL Kamir near Rabat and we made a two way QRP qso. After that qso I saw Dick was having a qso with F6CZC 2 KHz lower. So I listen out the qso and called him. Yes, finally successful. Dick´s signal was really 599 here. I recordered the first part of the qso, my side tone is soft, sorry for that. First I was running 10 watts, and later on I reduced my power to 5 watts and still I was 599. It is always nice to meet a fellow blogger on the air. I worked Bas PE4BAS several times now, and I worked Julian G4ILO once. Also M6RDP Adam. So we made a nice qso and it was good to have a CW qso with Dick from Benodet, France.
12 meter is already opening, I think 10 meter will follow. With CW I do hear nervous callers and of course a lot of split. I noticed that my hearing become worse over the years. Benefits of 'old' age, hi. But it gives problems with weaker CW and SSB stations. So I am glad with digital modes, so can read that messages from the screen.
BPSK31 is favourite lately, because with JT65A the band becomes (popular) too small for so many stations. So there is a lot of doubling and QRM. At 5.00 UTC the 20 meter JT65A is already crowded at that time. I heard Venezuela, but strong East-European stations made it impossible to work him.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
An incredible video of a sungrazer "Kreutz" comet hitting the Sun, and soon afterwards a huge Coronal Mass Ejection spews from the Sun. Did the comet cause the explosion? There is no known mechanism for the two events being related, and the source region of the CME did not correlate with the comet hit location near the solar disk. The two events were likely coincidences. Video credit: SOHO Spacecraft (NASA/ESA)
Monday, October 03, 2011
Miracle Whip+FT817 5watts, today in 10 meters work 3 stations in California, from North Carolina 20 meters Vermont, last week work Marroco on 20 meters..............just my observation: I bought the MMD-10 plus auto tuner and use it indoors, the same way I use my Miracle Whip, and to my surprise the Miracle Whip performs MUCH better, once again thats my observation and no scientific research.73's Ben Barr KC2RXV
Sunday, October 02, 2011
On 12 meter I worked CO6LE Luis from Santa Clara, Cuba. So I am lucky with bpsk31 so far. On 10 meter I worked RK9CXM and UT9LI on 15 meter.
Because of the added counterpoises to my MV-5+3 antenna I can work also on 6 meter now. Before that I couldn't tune the antenna on 6 meter.