CQ WPX SSB 2017

Another contest in the books. Wanted to go for a serious 15 m single band entry as 20 m is just too crowded during low sunspot times (no chance to hold a frequency with legal limit and a 4 ele Yagi!) and I was not in the mood to do one of the low bands (QRL still keeping me more than busy so usually quite exhausted lately and not up to do 3 nights). Unfortunately I finally caught the flu Wednesday evening and struggled through QRL on Thursday. Still decided to drive the 700 km to the station Thursday night. Feeling really bad getting up on Friday I called Uwe, DL3BQA, to tell him that the 15 m slot was open for him (he didn’t want to do a low band either) and I would step back and just do a few QSOs every now and then, i.e. handing out some points. Luckily health got a little better during the weekend so I still managed 650 QSOs in total which was quite okay under the given circumstances. And it was certainly more fun than doing 15 m, Uwe was not too happy with just above 230 QSOs as DMØY, I guess …

Once again recorded all the QSOs using QSOrder and uploaded them to my Dropbox account. If we worked (or you worked others who were/are using K3IT’s superb recording tool) you can listen to yourself here.

                    CQWW WPX Contest, SSB

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)AB HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 15

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
  160:   23
   80:  224
   40:  102
   20:  302
   15:    1
   10:    0
------------
Total:  652  Prefixes = 435  Total Score = 617,265

Club: Bavarian Contest Club
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ARRLDX-CW 2017

Another contest in the books. Condx were quite okay but I had the feeling activity was way down compared to previous years. Might as well have been the condx, had the impression they didn’t allow for more than tier 1 and a few tier 2 stations to be worked. Band closed around 18z both days (only 5 QSOs afterwards) but opened to the West Coast both afternoons, at least for the big guns. Only state missing from the U.S. was Wyoming … Did a few QSOs Saturday evening and Sunday morning on 80/40 m, too, just to hand out a few more points. Seems the low band condx were quite nice! Doing an 80 or 40 m single band entry might have been a better choice but you never know upfront … 😉

                    ARRL DX Contest, CW

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 15:30

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   80: (13)      
   40: (24)      
   20:  476      
-------------------
Total:  474    56  Total Score = 79,632

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + 4 ele Yagi (YU7EF design)
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CQ WPX RTTY 2017

Spent a little time in WPX-RTTY last weekend. Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious effort on 20 m thus I could only do 15 m during the day as the 40 m antenna is too close and giving interference even using good bandpass filters. Therefor only a few QSOs on 80/40 m after 20 had closed and Uwe went home to catch some sleep. 80 was fun with good rates as long as I was running, had a nice “fresh meat” pileup. 😎 15 m at least provided some rare DX into the US Saturday afternoon – not expected with current solar condx. Sunday morning even brought a handful of JAs into the log and some more North America in the afternoon again but propagation was not extending very far westwards. Had the feeling activity was rather low but might as well just have been the condx. Definitely not comparable to my results from Aruba last year, this time really boring, but glad to provide a few points to the BCC club result. 😉

                    CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 13,5

Summary:
 Band  QSOs
------------
   80:  166
   40:   36
   20:     
   15:  204
   10:     
------------
Total:  406  Prefixes = 310  Total Score = 416,020

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500, dipoles on 80/40 m, 6 ele OWA on 15 m
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CQ WW 160 CW 2017

Second contest of the year. I really start liking the 160 m CW contests, lots of activity. 😎 It’s probably about time to plan some serious entries and especially good low band antennas! While our full-size Lazy Loop works great for Europe it is by nature rather an NVIS antenna at only 8 to 17 m height. So always struggling with the weak DX. A groundplane plus dedicated RX antennas will certainly do a much better job. If we only had enough time … (and space, not much there for permanent installations).

                    CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW

Call: DH8BQA

Class: Single Op Assisted HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 13

Summary:
Total QSOs = 800
State/Prov =  17
Countries  =  55        Total Score = 267,696

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + 160m Lazy Loop
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SARTG-HNY-RTTY 2017

First of all Happy New Year to all of my blog readers! Hope you had an enjoyable holiday, we certainly did. 😎 Wishing all of you all the best for 2017, lots of QSOs and DX and might the propagation god always be with you. 😉

January 1st is always a nice day to start into the new contest year. As last year I decided to go for SARTG’s HNY RTTY contest for my first one in 2017. I participated for the first time last year and had won it world-wide right away! Thus I had quite a high aspiration but was not lucky this time. Somehow I couldn’t get good runs going as was the case last year. Condx on 80 m where I spent the first hour were not very good either. Maybe I should have changed to 40 m earlier. Anyway, the result should still be good enough for a Top 6 finish, will see. First place will probably go to Burkhard, DF8XC, this time, congrats!

                    SARTG New Year RTTY Contest

Call: DH8BQA

Class: 1R HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 3

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   80:   35    18
   40:   80    38
-------------------
Total:  115    56  Total Score = 6,440

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + Inv-V dipoles

The contest log upload page only calculated 5.980 points, not sure if there might be a mismatch concerning how multipliers are counted. Seems stations like LM1ØHAM were not counted correctly on the upload page, informed the contest sponsor already. Will probably not change much in the claimed score listing as all participants will certainly lack the same mults then. 😉

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Year-end tropo

09Coming back from a Christmas trip to JO73 yesterday, December 29, driving westwards to Cologne (JO30) we enjoyed a very nice sunset. Sky was crystal blue, sun was shining and turning everything into dark when setting with a slight flicker around the horizon. As a VHF guy you know what it looks like: atmospheric inversions! 😎 Checking the F5LEN tropo forecast after arriving later that evening it showed some tropo predictions from west to east and confirmed my gut feeling. A quick phone call to Sandro, DD3SP, revealed that there was not much to be worked, at least in JO72. After spending the evening with the family in my girlfriend’s place I went to my home this morning to see if propagation was more favourable for us now. Switching on my remote station back in JO73CE I heard good old VHF friend Dave, G7RAU, right away. After a quick hello a few more nice DX contacts followed during the day:

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TIME   CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
------------------------------------------------------------------
09:10  G7RAU         IO9ØIR   53    55     2 m.   SSB   TR    1094
09:37  G4CDN         JOØ2SS   539   559    2 m.   CW    TR     848
09:43  G4CKH         JOØ2UK   529   449    2 m.   CW    TR     843
10:55  G3YDY         JOØ1FQ   519   519    2 m.   CW    TR     945
11:27  G8HGN         JOØ1FO   51    51     2 m.   SSB   TR     948
11:29  G3YDY         JOØ1FQ   53    54     2 m.   SSB   TR     945
12:36  G4SFY         JOØ2RV   53    54     2 m.   SSB   TR     852
13:56  PA1AT         JO32GX   599   599    2 m.   CW    TR     512
14:00  F8IQS         IN99RI   519   559    2 m.   CW    TR    1108
14:58  ON4LDP        JO1ØUN   55    56     2 m.   SSB   TR     777
15:15  F6DBI         IN88IJ   54    57     2 m.   SSB   TR    1336
21:11  ON5AEN        JO1ØVW   54    54     2 m.   SSB   TR     754
21:31  PAØBWL        JO21SS   599   599    2 m.   CW    TR     607
21:36  PA3BIY        JO22HB   599   599    2 m.   CW    TR     658
------------------------------------------------------------------

43870725Interestingly Dave was the only station that I could hear all day long. All other’s were in for half an hour or so max before they vanished again. Furthermore it seems that I was at the southern end of the duct. Sandro in JO72 could only work Dave but no other DX. On the other hand further north, i.e. with Klaus, DGØKW, and Charly, DF5VAE, both in JO64, and especially southern Sweden (SM7) there was even more DX to be worked. Charly also managed to work quite a number of DX stations on 70 & 23 cm! Strange: F8IQS was calling CQ way down in the band, i.e. on 144.197 MHz. Only found him after seeing a cluster spot of another guy working him. He stayed there all the time which is quite unusual for somebody wanting to work DX. 😉 Hope that all the spots helped to get him a few more QSOs into the log …

Here are a few audio snippets again, hope you enjoy listening to them! It’s always a nice “reminder” to listen to later again. 😉

Dave, G7RAU, on SSB tropo, almost 1.100 km:

Dave, G7RAU, on CW tropo peaking 579 later on:

F8IQS (IN99) on a 1.100 km tropo path:

F6DBI (IN88) well over 1.300 km on tropo:

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ARRL 10 Meter Contest 2016

ARRL10M – one of my favourite contests! Nothing big to be expected during sunspot minimum, of course, nevertheless always fun and a nice opportunity for some propagation studies. 😎

Time I could spend last weekend was limited to a few hours in the late mornings and afternoons due to other commitments in the evenings. Had an enjoyable time nevertheless and besides 35% locals (i.e. groundwave and troposcatter contacts) and a (small) number of Sporadic-E as well as Meteor Scatter contacts (with the Geminids meteor shower approaching) even some DX could be worked.

Besides the typical one hop DX like CU and EA8 and the usual suspects from Africa (5T, S0, TZ, V5, ZS) and very few South Americans (only a few PYs and CEs wkd, no LUs this time) even some juicy mults on the east-west path made it into the log: FY5KE, NP2X, P4/DL6RAI, NP3A, KP2M and KP4/K7GM were nice surprises on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday afternoon saw an unexpected opening between Western Europe (CT, EA, F, PA, G) and the U.S. It finally opened overhere for 10 minutes, too, although only into Florida. Probably an ES + F2 link or maybe more likely 3 x ES hops as condx would probably not allow any F2 propagation on 10 m currently. But you never know … 😉 Managed to work 4 stations from FL and heard 3 more but they were busy working locals or simply not hearing well enough. VP5CW was a nice catch, too, and could be heard a little bit longer. EI2CN was a nice signal all the time confirming my ES link theory …

                    ARRL 10-Meter Contest

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO Mixed Unlimited HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 13

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   CW:   86    36
  SSB:   17     7
-------------------
Total:  103    43  Total Score = 16,254

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + 6 ele OWA Yagi @ 60 ft.
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Small tropo opening …

tropo-sa-9zSpeaking of last weekend being in the middle of a rather boring CQWW CW contest I couldn’t resist switching to 2 m Saturday morning after seeing some DX spots on the cluster showing tropo between the UK and Northern Franconia as well as the Czech Republic. Lo and behold I could hear Peter, G3SMT, with a great 57 signal from IO82kv. Easily worked him after he had finished his QSO over the 1.158 km path. 😎

Interestingly the F5LEN tropo forecast didn’t really show any tropo opening although you can see some “weak” prediction on the path between JO73 and the UK. G3SMT was the only station audible so it was quite a localized duct as it seems. Guys from the JN59, JO50, JO60 area enjoyed a few more QSOs with the UK during the day but except that one QSO with Peter nothing else up here …

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CQ WWDX CW ’16

I had planned to drive the 700 km to the station for CQWW CW last weekend but QRL thwarted my plans and I had to sacrifice Friday/Monday which were planned for travelling. Therefor only played SOSB15 remotely …

CONDX sucked! That certainly describes it best. 🙁 At least in Northeastern Germany. Never saw 15 m in such bad shape, not even in deepest sunspot minimums. Calling CQ with 500 W and our 6 ele OWA Yagi roughly brought half a dozen QSOs into the log. There were just no callers and even almost no skimmer spots for myself. Thus basically entirely a search and pounce event …

North America was open for roughly an hour on Saturday afternoon, made some 50 QSOs with difficulty. I didn’t even dream of working any zone 3 stations after having had trouble working any zone 4’s (just 4 in the log). No NA opening on Sunday, only heard 2 or 3 stations skewed path beaming South America … Worked one JA on Saturday so at least a double mult with z25 in the log. Even South America on the much easier north-south path did not even provide two dozen QSOs … Band closed around 14:30z both days. It’s been like weaning oneself from doing it ever again. But I didn’t want to change to SOAB in the middle of the contest … and lacking motivation a bit. 😉

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOSB(A)/15 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 13

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160: (15)               
   80: (68)               
   40: (54)               
   20: (46)               
   15:  314    33      119
   10: (15)               
------------------------------
Total:  314    33      119  Total Score = 117,800

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + 6 ele OWA

Handed out a few QSOs on the other bands inbetween. To work Japan on 80 m Sunday afternoon 15z with our low hanging dipole and good signals was fun and kinda cool! 😎 Also HSØZAR made it into the log on “Eighty” providing a new band point. Not bad for the small ERP used. 🙂

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CQ WWDX SSB ’16

As mentioned in my WAG blog post I was not sure what to do in CQ WW SSB. We usually do 2-3 Single Band entries in the big SSB contests altering year by year who has the first band choice. This year it was Uwe’s (DL3BQA as DMØY) turn and he went for 15 m hoping for some useful conditions. So what should I do? Go for 10 m? Probably dead as a door nail. 20 m? Sideband? Oh no, even with high power and a 4 ele Yagi one’s rather QRP and with low/bad conditions everybody is on 20 m during the day making it a splatter festival. Doing one of the low bands? Without dedicated RX antennas? Certainly not a good idea either. So maybe a pseudo allband entry (SO5B) just handing out a few points?

Currently QRL is eating up my stamina quite intesively. I was driving the 700 km from Cologne to Schwedt on Thursday. Started 5:30am but needed to stop at 7 o’clock and take some more sleep in the car. I was just too tired and it was dangerous with flapping eyes so definitely the right decision. After a 3 hour break it was much better and I could continue my journey home. Arriving there was just time for a short hello to my mother then I fell asleep again on her couch for another 4 hours. Seems the body is taking what it needs … 🙁

To build up additional antennas, i.e. our 80 or 40 m groundplanes, was not feasible on Thursday as it was raining all day long and still a bit on Friday. And to be honest I was not in the mood to do so, either. Went shopping for the weekend on Friday afternoon (bought way too much … always the same problem 😉) and then took the 20 km to the station. Peter, DM5DX, was guest OP’ing since Wednesday. I wanted to take my final decision how to operate later that evening. Well, I did! Decided to go sleeping and leave the station to Peter to do some low band ops during the first contest night. 😉

juliusruh_sonntagWaking up Saturday morning I was still not in the mood to battle in splatter so decided to go for 10 m. It should be rather quiet there so probably a good chance to relax. 😉 Expected some 100-150 QSOs if at all. But even in sunspot minimum there are some scattered openings on 10 m, you just have to catch them! First QSO was with SP9KAO on tropo scatter, second one with DFØHQ for the DL mult. As the band was closed I decided to check the lower bands and hand out some points there. Boy I was glad about my decision not to choose a lower band entry. Bad condx there, too, which was to be expected with the solar data (left side picture shows a live view of Sunday afternoon’s solar data in Juliusruh, about 120 km north of my location) and QRM, QRM, QRM. Splatters all around! In recent times I really do not like SSB much anymore but have more fun doing CW and RTTY contests.

Around 8z 10 m opened to Bulgaria on Sporadic E, later to the Middle East and Africa, too. Around 11z there was a really huge ES cloud above France allowing a.) to get into TEP propagation into South America and b.) being strong enough to provide some good backscatter allowing contacts into most of Europe! So I could indeed run for about 2 hours with a best 60 min rate of 112 Q’s – who would have thought that?

In the afternoon there were short phases allowing runs, too, but not as good as before. So it was mainly chasing the mults. The North/South propagation differences were really prominent this time. I heard Mike, DL2OE, who lives about 90 km south of me, calling for stations that where not even audible up here, even with our 6 ele OWA Yagi 20 m high. Matthias, DGØOKW/DL5L, on top of the Thuringian Forest about 350 km south-west of me, worked about 30 mults more (lots of Caribbean mults as well as XW, VK, etc. in the mornings), all not audible overhere. It certainly helped that he had 2 transceivers and 3 antennas pointed into different directions all the time while it was pure SO1R with just one antenna overhere. Judging from the reports Southern Germany even seemed to have direct F2 and/or TEP propagation. Last QSO (# 360) on Saturday was 18z with a just 40 km distant SP1 station.

Sunday saw the band opening at 8z again, this time via Sporadic E towards UR & UA6, later on to YO & LZ. Unfortunately activity was not very high so not many new contacts made it into the log. For a few minutes the ES coupled into progation to the Middle East so I could at least grab the missing mults down there. It was real spotlight propagation, something I find exciting all the time. 😉 After 9:45z the band opened to Italy and Greece providing a few more new stations but again no high rates. Around 12z the band closed completely, not a single signal left. After 13:45z it opened again to France with a nice ES + TEP link allowing to work South America again. Unfortunately only 2 new stations in the log. After 14z the band was closed completely again. I was short of pulling the plug and calling it a day but was hoping for another short opening to at least push me above the 500 QSOs mark (was at #475 then). Seems the propagation god heard my prayers 😉 as there was another E-skip opening after 16z to EA5 and I1, again with super strong signals but all very localized. Got called by a very loud 3A2MG for the last new mult around 17z – you gotta love these Sporadic E openings. 😎

After 17z the ES linked into TEP to SA again, too, so I could work a few more 3 pointers. Doing 15-20 QSOs per hour might not be the rates others are looking for and yes, I’m getting adrenaline rushes from 200/hour as well 😎, but it was certainly more pleasant in my current mood than doing the SSB QRM masochism on the lower bands. 😉 Last QSO (#531) was at 19:40z. Only noise afterwards so I finished the contest on 10 m half an hour later. Even with Sunday being much worse than Saturday I was still quite satisfied with the result. Might have been due to the low expectations?! 😀

Went to the low bands again handing out a few more points but I was fed up after half an hour so finally flipped the switch. Last QSO was with BCC fellow LX1ER on 80 m …

After packing the car and wanting to drive the 20 km back to my mother’s place I had a completely flat tire. You can’t use that around midnight local time! 🙁 Luckily I had an emergency kit in the car and could repair it to get back into town at least …

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOSB(A)/10 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 21

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
------------------------------
  160: (13)               
   80: (27)               
   40: (46)               
   20: (39)               
   15:  (2)               
   10:  534               
------------------------------
Total:  531    16       72  Total Score = 71,368

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, PA + 6 ele OWA Yagi @20m

Now I need to take the decision what to do during CQ WW CW in 4 weeks? Single Band? Which one? SOAB? Oh boy … First of all let’s keep fingers crossed that condx will pick up a bit again! 😉

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WAG ’16

Due to private and work committments I didn’t have a chance to go the 700 km to the station this time therefor only handed out some points remotely. Nothing set up for voice contesting on the remote thus a CW only entry. Took some 6 hours off and slept about 3 hours.

Condx were just bad. 10 m was mostly weak signal work (remember CW moonbounce?) and only a few times brought success with some dedicated backscatter zones. 15 m wasn’t much better either, only a few hours in the afternoon with useful signals but rather low activity. 20 & 40 m were the daytime money bands as usual. 80 m was fun during the night with some good rates.

                    Worked All Germany Contest

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO CW HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 18

Summary:
 Band   CW Qs  SSB Qs  Mults
-----------------------------
   80:   368       0     46
   40:   385       0     55
   20:   294       0     68
   15:   155       0     59
   10:   102       0     32
-----------------------------
Total:  1304       0    260  Total Score = 1,001,520

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + beams & wires

Looking forward to CQ-WWDX-SSB now (will be local at the station then) although really not sure which band to choose. Uwe, DL3BQA, is probably going to start on 15 m. I do not like 20 m SSB contesting, it’s like a zoo. 10 m will probably be dead as a nail and I’m not a big fan of the low bands, either. Seems to be a difficult choice … 😉

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CQ WWDX RTTY 2016

Time for another contest entry! Due to rather bad condx Uwe, DL3BQA, was going to take part as SOSB20. I wanted to do a pseudo SOAB again, i.e. all bands except 20 m, but some interference between 40 and 20 m as well as me tx’ing on 80 m and Uwe’s PA seeing it as reflected power on 20 m prohibited any activity on the low bands. Need to solve it some time in the future … Thus only an SOSB15 entry left, even being already quite down on the road into sunspot minimum …

Condx were better than anticipated on Saturday with 540 QSOs and a reasonable JA opening (120 QSOs) in the morning as well as good propagation into North America (220 QSOs) in the afternoon … even worked a few U.S. West Coast guys! 🙂 By contrast Sunday was really bad with just 230 QSOs, only a handful of JA and just 2 or 3 Florida stations – that being all from NA! 🙁

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)SB15 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 27

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  State/Prov  DX   Zones
------------------------------------
   80: (36)                       
   15:  772      45      107    32       
------------------------------------
Total:  764      45      107    32  Total Score = 377,568

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, PA + 6 ele OWA Yagi
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P4ØFA – WPX RTTY 15 m World Win Plaque received :-)

Nice surprise in the postbox yesterday: Finally my first contest plaque! 😎

Many thanks to Steve, K4FJ, for his sponsorship as well as Ed, WØYK, who manages the contest and took care of mailing it. It will definitely find a prominent place on the wall!

wpx-rtty-plaque

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ARRL Centennial Points Challenge Award … again

Very astonished to receive a letter from ARRL today. It had another ARRL Centennial Points Challenge Award inside looking a tad differently than the one I had applied for and received over a year ago. Seems ARRL sent out awards now for the highest scoring guys per country in the Centennial Challenge standings. I guess place 3 out of almost 1.500 Germans taking part in the event does not sound too bad, does it? 😉 Sure looks great …

img-160903101926-001

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Perseids ’16

Not very active recently, QRL and a new girl friend eating up all of my sparse time. 😎 Nevertheless found a few hours time inbetween to do some Meteor Scatter QSOs during this year’s Perseids meteor shower and worked a few new squares (*), too.

Very surprised to catch GM6VXB/P on random who was on a 6 day work visit to the Nexen owned Buzzard oil and gas platform in the middle of the North Sea (JO07!) doing routine maintenance on the satellite, LOS and PABX systems onboard. Thanks a lot, Martin! 🙂

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 DATE     TIME   CALLSIGN     LOCATOR    BAND   MODE    PRO.   QRB
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07/08/16  20:08  RV3IG        LO17FJ *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1834
07/08/16  20:31  IC8SQS       JN6ØXR *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1385
09/08/16  20:40  EI9E         IO44WD *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1598
09/08/16  21:35  LZØC         KN22XS     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1447
09/08/16  21:40  EI9E         IO44WD     6 m.   JT6M    MS    1598
10/08/16  19:35  RA3RF        LOØ3WK *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1826
10/08/16  20:00  9A/OK2ZAW    JN83FO *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1078
12/08/16  17:33  RW3PX        KO83WR *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1560
12/08/16  18:42  EW7T         KO53EV *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    1068
12/08/16  18:56  UT7EL        KN77EN     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1554
12/08/16  19:23  RN6MA        LNØ6UQ *   2 m.   FSK441  MS    2080
13/08/16  06:32  SF3NR        JP92FW     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1112
13/08/16  06:45  LA8KV        JP52QQ     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1069
13/08/16  06:54  GM6VXB/P     JOØ7KU *   2 m.   FSK441  MS     984
13/08/16  07:42  UR4EWZ       KN87CX     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1649
13/08/16  07:56  UXØFF        KN45KJ     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1367
13/08/16  09:00  RO3X         KO73FU     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1336
13/08/16  09:41  EA2AGZ       IN91DV     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1725
13/08/16  09:51  G4KVT        IO81RK     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1152
13/08/16  10:06  UY9VY        KN68DM     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1366
13/08/16  10:26  UT4UYF       KO5ØGK     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1160
13/08/16  10:31  RL3QDD       KO91OQ     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1694
13/08/16  10:56  USØGB        KN67UA     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1543
13/08/16  11:38  9A/OK1MU     JN73TS     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1052
13/08/16  12:01  R5AO         KO86VA     2 m.   FSK441  MS    1543
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Official DARC July Contest results … surprise surprise! :-)

Contest results are out! Despite not being that satisfied my result was obviously good enough for a 1st place Single OP finish. 😎

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DARC July VHF Contest ’16

Condx were average at best, lots of QSB. Especially the DX QSOs usually took a while but of course you have a bit more time for these during the night.

Activity was quite low, especially in Germany – seems everybody watched Football! But also worked around 20% less Czech stations than normal during a July contest. Fell asleep Sunday morning around 6:30 local time as activity had dropped a lot and there were simply no new stations to work anymore and nobody answered my CQs. Thus decided to take a one hour nap. Unfortunately I didn’t hear the alarm clock so instead of 1 I lost 3 hours costing probably some 30-40 QSOs. Damn! Will have to wait and see what influence it will have on final placement.

On the other hand I had the highest kilometer average ever! Taking out the 2 local QSOs (5 + 15 km) the average was even higher at almost 424 km/QSO! Amazing, probably due to all the mid-range DLs missing and some good DX during the night …

Contest Report from DH8BQA in JO73CE at 144 MHz
===============================================

Contest : DARC July Contest '16
Date    : 2016 Jul 02/03
Section : 01 144MHz Single OP
QTH     : Woltersdorf

TX      : IC-7400 + PA, 750 W
RX      : IC-7400 + MGF1302
Antenna : 10 ele DK7ZB Yagi, 20 mAGL, 70 mASL
Log     : TACLog by OZ2M, 1,995, http://www.qsl.net/oz2m

QSOs    :  416
-invalid:    0                                        points/QSO
-valid  :  416     QSO-points (*1)    :    175204            421
WWLs    :   83     WWL bonus (0)      :         0              0
DXCCs   :   21     DXCC bonus (0)     :         0              0
                   ------------------------------         ------
                   Total score        :    175204            421

ODX     : YT4B in JN94SD at 1079 km

Worked World Wide Locators:
JN37:   2  JN77:   2  JO01:   1  JO46:   2  JO64:   4  JO94:   3
JN38:   2  JN78:   2  JO10:   1  JO50:  14  JO65:   4  JP70:   1
JN39:   7  JN79:  15  JO20:   1  JO51:  18  JO68:   1  KN08:   1
JN47:   5  JN85:   1  JO21:   3  JO52:  11  JO70:  26  KN09:   2
JN48:   5  JN86:   4  JO30:   7  JO53:   4  JO71:   7  KN18:   3
JN49:   3  JN87:   3  JO31:  16  JO54:   2  JO72:   5  KN29:   1
JN57:   2  JN88:  10  JO32:   2  JO55:   1  JO73:   7  KO04:   1
JN58:   4  JN89:  11  JO33:   2  JO56:   1  JO79:   1  KO05:   1
JN59:   4  JN94:   1  JO40:   8  JO57:   2  JO80:  10  KO10:   2
JN63:   1  JN95:   5  JO41:   5  JO59:   1  JO81:   2  KO14:   2
JN68:   6  JN96:   2  JO42:   6  JO60:  20  JO83:   2  KO15:   5
JN69:   7  JN97:   4  JO43:   7  JO61:  22  JO84:   1  KO24:   1
JN75:   2  JN98:   3  JO44:   3  JO62:  18  JO90:   5  KO25:   2
JN76:   5  JN99:  13  JO45:   1  JO63:   2  JO91:   4  

Worked DXCCs:
9A  :   7  HA  :   9  LY  :  11  ON  :   2  S5  :   7  UA2 :   2
DL  : 208  HB  :   4  OE  :   8  OZ  :  10  SM  :   6  UR  :   4
F   :   3  I   :   1  OK  :  79  PA  :   5  SP  :  29  YU  :   2
G   :   1  LA  :   1  OM  :  17  

Top 20 QSO-points:
20160703 0247 YT4B       599  286   599  286     JN94SD     1079
20160703 0242 IQ5NN      599  285   599  417     JN63GN     1078
20160703 0052 YU7W       599  274   599  309     JN95RD      972
20160703 0134 9A0V       559  281   599  286     JN95PE      963
20160703 0120 9A4V       599  278   599  325     JN95KI      935
20160703 0126 9A8D       559  280   599  318     JN95LM      919
20160703 0124 9A7D       599  279   599  167     JN95CI      918
20160703 0231 G5LK/P     599  284   599  306     JO01QD      903
20160703 0109 9A1N       599  277   599  271     JN85LI      894
20160703 0000 HG3X       599  263   599  243     JN96EE      834
20160702 1803 SK4AO      519  154   329  001     JP70TO      830
20160702 1825 S59DEM     55   160   55   214     JN75DS      825
20160703 1204 9A2EY      559  383   599  136     JN75XV      821
20160702 1949 HB9GF      599  194   599  161     JN37WB      817
20160702 2043 UY4W       599  216   599  069     KN29EO      810
20160703 0926 HB9LU      59   344   59   141     JN47FB      795
20160703 0729 9A2L       59   303   59   077     JN86HF      793
20160703 0746 LA0BY      55   311   55   011     JO59IX      785
20160702 1954 S53V       599  198   599  125     JN76UH      773
20160702 2055 UZ3I       599  217   599  174     KN18JT      773
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Impressions of HAMRADIO Friedrichshafen 2016

Great weekend in Friedrichshafen again! Always nice to meet so many people, chat around and just having fun refreshing or creating new friendships! Here are a few impressions …

Georg, DL4SVA, handing over the 2nd place EU-D Honor Roll Trophy 2015 to Olli, DH8BQA

Georg, DL4SVA, congratulating & handing over the 2nd place EUD Honor Roll Trophy 2015 to Olli, DH8BQA

Olli, DH8BQA, having just purchased the "Contact Sport" WRTC 2014 book by auction, handed over by Sandy, DL1QQ

Olli, DH8BQA, having just purchased the “Contact Sport” WRTC 2014 book by auction, handed over by Sandy, DL1QQ

Uwe, DL3BQA, Paul, DL5CW, & Mel, DL6CT, at BCC dinner

Fellows Uwe, DL3BQA, Paul, DL5CW, & Mel, DL6CT, at the BCC dinner Saturday night

Fritz, DL7ON + XYL, Peter, DL7YS, & Olli, DH8BQA

Angela, XYL DL7ON, Fritz, DL7ON, Peter, DL7YS, & Olli, DH8BQA

Harry, DK2GZ, & Olli, DH8BQA

Harry, DK2GZ, & Olli, DH8BQA

VHF contesters Nick, HB9EFK, & Olli, DH8BQA, swapping notes

Nick, HB9EFK, & Olli, DH8BQA

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A bit 6 m DX at least

There was a great opening to the Middle East on 6 m this morning. Unfortunately not much activity …

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TIME   CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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07:35  9K2NO         LL39XG   599   559    6 m.   CW          3813
07:41  A45XR         LL93DO   599   599    6 m.   CW          4931
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Both were reaching real 599 signal levels. It’s quite rare that JO73 gets these kinds of signal strength’! Neither new squares nor DXCCs but very enjoyable nevertheless.

9K2NO via double-hop ES on 50 MHz:

A45XR via triple-hop ES on 50 MHz:

Six was hot all day. Great ES propagation across all Europe with the IARU Region 1 50/70 MHz Contest taking place and thus lots of activity. Handing out a few points every now and then I managed to do some 130 QSOs without much effort. Imagine what could have been possible taking part seriously. 😉

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Great Sporadic-E on 144 MHz again

es-loganalyzerLucky me! Mother nature was calling early this morning and before going back to bed I just checked the MUF on DXMAPS on the smartphone. Glad I did! There was already some ES going on 2 m. Quickly switched on the remote station but it took another 15 minutes until the band opened in JO73. Unfortunately I had high SWR on the remote antenna. 🙁 So could only run 10 watts first and later about 100 watts when things warmed up. Seems a bigger problem in the connection between the 7/8″ coax going up the mast and the last few meters of Aircom+ cable. Heiko, DG1BHA, already tried fixing it twice during the last few weeks but the error always returns sooner or later. Time to fix it permanently! So hope to be able to squeeze in some time during the next visit in about 2 weeks when driving the 700 km home again …  Nevertheless managed some nice QSOs and even worked two new squares … it’s been a while since doing so via Sporadic-E. 😎

Played around a bit with DL4MFM’s Log Analyzer, see screenshot. The following great QSOs were made in two sequential openings, the first one lasting about half an hour to LZ and the second one for another 45 minutes to SV about an hour later:

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TIME   CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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06:43  LZ1ZX         KN32IO   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1496
06:50  LZ1KG         KN31CS   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1552
06:51  LZ1VPV        KN22UL   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1464
06:53  LZ1YG         KN22QO   599   599    2 m.   CW    ES    1437
07:00  LZ5SZ         KN32RL   55    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1542
07:18  LZ2QA         KN43EK   55    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1502
08:05  SV7GBR        KN2ØIX   55    55     2 m.   SSB   ES    1569
08:07  SV9CVY        KM25KA   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    2186
08:17  SV2JL         KN1ØLO   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1546
08:20  SV1ELI        KM17XX   55    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1849
08:21  SV1ONV        KM27AX   55    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1852
08:25  SV9IOQ        KM25AL   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    2113
08:33  SV2OXS        KN1ØFF   59    57     2 m.   SSB   ES    1569
08:35  Z32KF         KNØ1SI   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1425
08:39  SV9KNK        KM25FI   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    2139
08:44  SV2DCD        KNØØPL   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1510
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Also made a few audio recordings again. Hope you enjoy listening to them! 🙂

LZ1ZX (KN32IO) 1.496 km via ES on 144 MHz:

LZ1KG (KN31CS) 1.552 km via ES on 144 MHz:

SV7GBR (KN20IX) 1.569 km via ES on 144 MHz:

SV9CVY (KM25KA) 2.186 km via ES on 144 MHz:

SV1ONV (KM27AX) 1.852 km via ES on 144 MHz:

Z32KF (KN01SI) 1.425 km via ES on 144 MHz:

SV9KNK (KM25FI) 2.139 km via ES on 144 MHz:

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