I made 2 qso's today, one on 15 meter: EK6LP from Armenia and K2TQC USA on 12 meter, both with CW.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This morning I worked RU9UC on 12 m with CW.
WSPR on 10 meter today:
Monday, October 29, 2012
Update: I think I dropped to soon wspr on 10 m when I see the results of Julian G4ILO.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
No voice here because of severe cold. Coughing and sneezing. The only thing to do is the good old CW. No WW DX Contest for me. I do have no problem with that. I am still testing the dipole. I was working with G3ZJJ Mike on 30 meter. First with the dipole, he was 599, Mike was working qrp 5 watt and an end fed antenna. So I switched to my end fed but I couldn't hear him any more. So back to the dipole. I was running 25 watts (get 589) and now I switched to 5 watts too, and Mike could still copy me (rst 569)
On the picture you see DH3JZ Gero from Germany. We had a nice rag chew CW qso on 80 meter. I remembered him, his call was sounds familiar. I searched in my logbook and yes, he was my first ssb contact on 80 meter January 1, 2009. (my call sign was PA9B then) Now he was almost the first CW contact on 80 m ever. Hi.
I plug my end fed wire into the FT817, so I don't need a tuner for 40-20 and 10 meter. The dipole is now plugged in the FT450. Below my latest contacts:
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
I put up the dipole, feed point on top of the roof, both sides down as sloper 2 x 18 meter (2 x 59 feet), one into the backyard and one into the front yard. First test looks good. Now I can work on 80 meter. Signals are 20 dB stronger than my end fed for 40-20-10 on 80 meter. I can tune the dipole easily on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meter. Even in the FM portion of the 6 meter band I get a flat SWR. SWR on all bands is better than 1,5:1 Now I will test the antenna for a longer period. Last night I could easily work several stations with PSK31 on 80 meter. This weekend is Multi Mode Weekend on 30 meter and of course the CQ WW DX Contest for SSB. I hope that radio black doesn't spoil the party. I keep my fingers crossed.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
10 meter is still going strong. I let WSPR run for a few hours with 1 watt. This afternoon I removed my 6 meter vertical. The Es season is over. I made preparations for a dipole for 40 and 30 meter. My backyard is too small, and so is my front yard. Now I will place the antenna over the roof and use the length of both gardens. 2 x 15 meter.
I had to cut some branches of a nearby tree in the backyard. I have to do the same in front of the house tomorrow. The weather seems to be right Thursday. I have to climb on top of the roof. I don't like heights. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It was another busy day. The kids are having autumn holidays, not much time for ham radio making qso’s. That means auto controlled radio such as WSPR. Technical improvements in ham software are challenging. We can feel nostalgic about old glowing and humming radio tubes. That’s okay, but the new thing is okay for me too. I was done with 5 watt QRO on WSPR. So today it was time for 50 mW into my end fed wire. My router has the same power. Hi. The moment I wrote this I was spotted by FR1GZ that’s 190.380 km per watt or 118.301 Miles per watt on the 10 meter band. That’s a new record for me with QRPp. QRPp is exciting, even with WSPR.
On 10 meter in the early hours I worked UK/UA1ZEY with CW. I think from Ukraine, but the qso was only a 599 TU.
Yesterday I was visiting a good friend of mine. An old radio from the fifties was playing outstanding jazz. The tubes were glowing yellow/red in the corner of the room. But... on the outside it was a real old radio, but inside it there was an iPod playing the music into hidden speakers. It was all make belief. In the footer of my blog you can read: “Life is too short not to enjoy it.” It was a saying of a 95 years old man. So enjoy whatever you want to do. Today it is WSPR, tomorrow CW, next week phone, who will say? Or a week without radio and spend time with the wife and kids, or playing with the grandchildren, or visiting and rag chew with real old friends and make an eyeball qso. Whatever, enjoy life.
In the late afternoon I worked IV3RJH (599) and SM5CNQ (589) both 5 w QRP on 14060, I was running only 1 watt CW. Maybe I am QRV tonight on 40 meter with 1 watt.
Finally I worked GW0KIG Kevin tonight on 40 meter SSB. One of my blog friends. I never heard him before, now I heard him working, so I gave him a call and we had a nice short qso.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
"Have you tried to make any CW contacts on 10 once you see the great conditions on WSPR??" Wrote Mike VE3WDM yesterday. Well today I did. Just gave CW a try. The MUF was high again about 34,9 MHz. I search for CW stations between 28.000 and 28.035 Mhz, just wait till someone appears on the frequency. When I am lucky I’ll be the first one. I seldom join a big pile up. Too many stations at the same frequency. I worked a new DXCC too: V44KAI Joel from St Kitts and Nevis. I never heard about it before. Other stations I worked see below:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
LU1XU came back for me. Unfortunately, he could not hear my signal again for the second time, he answered in an email, so he replied on F4DJG. I think that F4DJG noticed that LU1XU was calling me... or not? Anyway, next time more luck.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I made a complete back up of my hard drive, because I think the hard drive will crash sooner or later. I get pop ups from Windows that there is a problem with my hard drive.
My 5 watts WSPR signal was heard by WA3DNM, N6RFM and VO1LQ on 20 meter.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Update: the power is on again. Below my WSPR reports in the late afternoon on 10 meter.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Today my XYL undergoes surgery, hopefully the last one. It’s now almost a year ago that the doctors discovered breast cancer. We had a heavy year, especially my wife of course. The chemotherapy earlier this year was the heaviest part of it all. The last half year things were going back to ‘normal’ and life goes on. All support we got from emails, prayers and comments were very heart-warming, also on my blog. Thank you again. The coming two weeks she needs time to recover, and then we hope to leave all this behind. We go on with a positive attitude, and we are glad that we still have each other, and we are thankful for every day we spend with the family in relative good health.
Monday, October 01, 2012
DOUBLE IMPACT: Earth's magnetic field is reverberating in response to a pair of impacts on Sept. 30th. A weak interplanetary shock wave hit Earth at 10:25 UT followed by a stronger CME strike at approximately 22:30 UT. Observers in Norway are reporting significant ground currents, while the Arctic Circle is glowing with Northern Lights. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially during the hours around local midnight. http://www.spaceweather.com/
Almost all HF bands were dead for SSB, PSK and CW signals this morning. I saw Aurora QSO's on 6 meter at DXMAPS.com. I tried JT65 on 40 meter, bingo! It's a really good mode when propagation is poor. I could work IZ0MIT and YL3DR. See below where I was reported:
Wow, not bad at all. Even in New Zealand. I also transmitted with PSK31, but I was not reported anywhere. So JT65 will be my standard mode when the sunspots are very low in a few years.