SCC-RTTY

dh8bqa-scc-rtty-2014After I had some fun participating parttime in last year’s SCC RTTY Championship and even won a PDF certificate ;) I did a marker in the contest calendar for this year. Unfortunately condx were really bad and I did not have much time either so decided to just hand out a few points every now and then and doing so concentrated on 40 m for a single band entry. Time spent on 40 m was about 3.5 hours in total. I didn’t track how long I’ve been on the other bands but can’t have been much taking the totals into account, hi.

                    SCC RTTY Championship

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOSB/40 HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 3,5

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   80:           
   40:  118    48
   20: (60)      
   15: (13)      
   10:  (9)      
-------------------
Total:  118    48  Total Score = 11,328
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Small Aurora opening

Caught a small Aurora opening when returning home from QRL. Sorrily nil on 4 m agn …

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 TIME  CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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17:52 SM4IVE         JO79SD   59A   55A    2 m.   CW    AUR    667
17:54 LA3BO          JO59CD   55A   57A    2 m.   CW    AUR    707
17:58 SM4GGC         JO69RK   56A   55A    2 m.   CW    AUR    696
18:03 GM3YTS         IO86AE   53A   55A    6 m.   CW    AUR   1210
18:15 GM4JJJ         IO86GB   55A   51A    2 m.   CW    AUR   1177
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The Late Night Show on 4 m

Surprisingly 4 m opened late at night last night! Probably not many expecting such a late time opening that late in the Sporadic-E season thus activity was rather low and not many QSOs done. But good to catch IO94 for a new one, thanks Clive! 8-)

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 TIME  CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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21:34 EI4DQ          IO51WU   55    52     4 m.   SSB   ES    1512
21:36 GM4FVM         IO85WU   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1092
21:41 G3UVR          IO83KH   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1150
21:46 G4FJK          IO8ØHV   59    57     4 m.   SSB   ES    1226
22:24 G4FVP          IO94FM   599   579    4 m.   CW    ES    1041
22:43 GI4SNA         IO64XM   579   599    4 m.   CW    ES    1331
23:08 EI3IO          IO63WF   579   559    4 m.   CW    ES    1349
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Actvity being that low it was a good chance to check beacons. ;) Heard were GB3CFG (IO74), GB3BUX (IO93), EI4RF (IO63), GM8RBR (IO67), GB3RAL (IO91) and finally G4JNT/P (IO80). The latter being a small 600 mW + dipole beacon and still pounding in at 549 when I decided to call it a day at 1:30 am local time. ;)

G4JNT/P beacon, 600 mW + dipole, sending CW ID and PSK31 telemetry on 4 m:

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Worst Perseids ever?

Well, I’ve been doing Meteor Scatter on & off for the last 20 years and observed quite a few Perseids meteor showers. My feeling is this year was the worst shower ever! In fact the usual slow rise in meteor activity from the 8th onwards to the 12th was almost non-existent. As you can see from the log below I did just 2 QSOs on the 10th and none on the 11th … not because I was not QRV but just because of bad MS condx. :( Due to the fact I decided to take a day off from QRL on the 12th to do at least a few more QSOs hoping condx would improve. They did but still much below Perseids average …

Nevertheless I could work a few new squares (denotated with an asterisk below) but concentrated on 4 m most of the time as there was the most potential for something new, of course. ;) And OM, HA, GD and ES were new countries on four. 8-)

I also think the maximum (if you can call it that, hi) might already have occured early morning of the 12th instead of early morning 13th as was predicted.

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 DATE     TIME   CALLSIGN     LOCATOR    BAND   MODE   PRO.   QRB 
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01/08/15  20:22  LA9DFA       JP51MU     6 m.   JT6M   MS     981
08/08/15  20:00  LA9AKA       JP2ØMM     6 m.   JT6M   MS     985
08/08/15  20:37  LA3EQ        JO28XJ     6 m.   JT6M   MS     774
12/08/15  07:52  OZ5AGJ       JO47IA *   6 m.   JT6M   MS     551
12/08/15  11:28  EI9E         IO43XW     6 m.   JT6M   MS    1595
12/08/15  13:39  OHØMZA       KOØ9CX     6 m.   JT6M   MS     839
14/08/15  23:41  PE1DCY       JO22SI     6 m.   JT6M   MS     590
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02/08/15  06:55  DK5EW        JN48MB *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     676
02/08/15  21:29  OH1XT        KPØ1UK *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1020
07/08/15  21:06  9A/OK1TEH/P  JN82TR *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1190
07/08/15  21:44  OM5KM        JN98BG *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     612
08/08/15  08:15  HA1WA        JN87IH *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     677
08/08/15  14:46  LA9BM        JP4ØCN *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     896
08/08/15  15:30  S57A         JN65TW *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     807
08/08/15  16:04  9A1Z         JN86FJ *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     772
09/08/15  05:56  EA6FB        JMØ8PW *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1865
09/08/15  21:13  EI9E         IO43XW *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1595
12/08/15  08:32  OZ5AGJ       JO47IA *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     551
12/08/15  09:04  G4FJK        IO8ØHV     4 m.   FSK4   MS    1226
12/08/15  10:52  M5MUF        IO92JP     4 m.   FSK4   MS    1033
12/08/15  11:19  GDØTEP       IO74SD     4 m.   FSK4   MS    1230
12/08/15  14:12  GØCHE        IO9ØPS     4 m.   FSK4   MS    1054
12/08/15  18:00  GMØUSI       IO75UV *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1226
12/08/15  18:23  M1BXF        JOØ2FE     4 m.   FSK4   MS     932
12/08/15  21:50  ON4KHG       JO1ØXO *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     759
13/08/15  05:34  SV8/SP7VC    KM29PW *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1695
13/08/15  06:15  OH6PA        KPØ2PL *   4 m.   FSK4   MS    1113
13/08/15  21:15  ES3RF        KO29IF *   4 m.   FSK4   MS     932
13/08/15  22:20  G4WLC        IO81WV     4 m.   FSK4   MS    1111
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01/08/15  19:23  LA/PA2DW     JP32LV *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1159
02/08/15  20:47  SM/DG5CST    JP61KV     2 m.   FSK4   MS     971
04/08/15  18:04  ISØEBO       JN4ØGR *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1449
09/08/15  16:23  EI9E         IO43XW *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1595
09/08/15  17:38  R6CS         KN95BW     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1891
09/08/15  21:35  RW3QJA       KO9ØPH *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1746
09/08/15  22:20  SP/OK1MU     KO13NX     2 m.   FSK4   TR     595
10/08/15  21:47  F8GGD        IN95UQ     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1335
10/08/15  22:17  RA6DE        KN96DQ     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1857
12/08/15  07:16  GØHIK        IO84JE *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1149
12/08/15  07:26  G4NBS        JOØ2AF     2 m.   FSK4   MS     958
12/08/15  09:37  LY/OK2ZAW    KO23BX     2 m.   FSK4   TR     660
12/08/15  12:21  UA4UK        LO14MA *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1891
12/08/15  13:27  SM2A         KPØ4NP     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1332
12/08/15  21:56  UR4EWZ       KN87CX *   2 m.   FSK4   MS    1649
12/08/15  22:05  UR8EK        KN67PV     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1465
12/08/15  22:16  GM8IEM       IO78HF     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1342
12/08/15  22:32  UT3UX        KO5ØHJ     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1168
12/08/15  22:42  F/DL3ZAL     IN87SL     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1338
12/08/15  22:48  IK3MLF       JN55WJ     2 m.   FSK4   MS     882
12/08/15  22:58  RK3AF        KO75WO     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1422
12/08/15  23:12  RA3POV       KO93CX     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1579
13/08/15  05:18  RU1A         KO48VR     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1145
13/08/15  05:25  YT1X         JN94WG     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1074
13/08/15  21:03  UY1HY        KO6ØMA     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1343
13/08/15  21:31  RK1AS        KP4ØUE     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1220
13/08/15  22:06  UA3LID       KO64CN     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1186
13/08/15  22:34  R2YAA        KO73DH     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1331
13/08/15  23:18  RA6C         KN94GT     2 m.   FSK4   MS    1990
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A pity that the KO13/KO23 expedition of the Czech guys only did FSK (at least when I was there). They had really good signals (up to s5 on tropo) but refused to work me in CW so I really had to do it on FSK441 which is *not* a good mode for tropo contacts! Doing a quick CW or SSB QSO in-between does not cost more than a few seconds. Can understand they would not want to do it when in the middle of a QSO but they even did not when calling CQ … something I really do not understand having done a number of VHF expeditions myself! But maybe they had some good reasons, who knows …

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QSL of the month? QSL of the year! ;-)

Nice surprise opening the post box this morning: EA8 on 2m terrestrial confirmed. 8-)

eb8brz-qsl-1  eb8brz-qsl-2

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Late season Sporadic-E on 2 m

Playing around on 6, 4 & 2 m this weekend but Perseids meteor shower not picking up yet. There was a big ES cloud Sunday morning with MUF up to 144 MHz above Eastern Europe but too far away to catch anything from here. The more astonished I was when Kadri, TA1D, suddenly popped up on 144.300 MHz calling CQ. A second cloud formed enabling an easy QSO into Turkey. 8-) The opening only reached into JO73 this time but Kadri could do 3 QSOs as DG1BHA & DL3BUA where QRV, too (5 and 20 km away). Did not hear any of the SP1 guys in Szczecin (40 km away) working TA1D so really very localized! Opening ended after 10 minutes …

TA1D on 2 m Sporadic E (1744 km):

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IOTA ’15

Rather bad condx! Neither had time nor motivation to do much more so basically just handing out a few QSOs and points every now and then. Need to plan to go on an island myself next year maybe, certainly much more fun, too. ;)

                    IOTA Contest

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SO(A)12Mixed HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 9

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  CW Mults  Ph Qs  Ph Mults
----------------------------------------
   80:   21       18       2       2
   40:   36       28      20      16
   20:   61       42      53      37
   15:   23       14      14      11
   10:   25       15      13      11
----------------------------------------
Total:  166      118     102      77  Total Score = 757,182

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + beams & wires
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W1AW WAS plaque received

Nice surprise in the post box today. So the last award I had applied for from the ARRL Centennial celebration activities finally arrived here, too. It already got a prominent place on the shack wall. ;) Still have fond memories, it was a great operating event!

w1aw-was-plaque

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IARU HF World Championship ’15

Just handing out a few points, no time and – to be honest – no pleasure this time, don’t ask me why. Maybe the summer doldrums or just beeing in VHF mood currently. ;-)

Also recognized our 80 m dipole has a problem, SWR jumping from 1:1.2 to 1:6 and higher in seconds … we need to check that some time. At least enough QSOs for the nice looking (after ARRL’s redesign) Certificate of Operating Achievement with the 250+ QSOs and 75+ Multipliers endorsements … ;-)

                    IARU HF World Championship

Call: DH8BQA

Class: SOAB(A)Mixed HP
QTH: JO73ce
Operating Time (hrs): 5

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
-------------------------------------
  160:    8      1      1       7
   80:    3      1      0       3
   40:   32     27      6      27
   20:   73     22     16      22
   15:   54     16     21      19
   10:   15     10      5      16
-------------------------------------
Total:  185     77     49      94  Total Score = 100,386

Club: Bavarian Contest Club

Comments:
Elecraft K3, KPA500 + Beams & Wires
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HBØ – Liechtenstein #137 on 6 m … and 2 m ES again

Got a phone call by Sandro’s (DD3SP) wife Yvonne around 15z passing his best regards and telling me to “move my butt out of the office, hurry home and join the Sporadic E fun on 4 & 2 m”. ;) Luckily I was done with all my meetings for today so simply left QRL earlier (and did some work in the evening again).

Arriving home 2 m was already closed again so I missed the first wave into southern Italy. But I was lucky to work HBØ/PA5MW on 6 m for a new one, tnx Mark! 4 m saw a few small and spotty openings to the south-west, i.e. Spain and Portugal, and south-east, i.e. Croatia, Romania and Greece, but not much (new) worked.

An hour later 2 m opened again, this time to Spain, so I could finally work another few ES QSOs on 144 MHz this season, albeit all very spotty, most stations not audible for longer than a minute or two at a time …

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 TIME  CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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16:08 EA6XQ          JM19LH   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1763
16:12 EA5NY          IM99SN   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1879
16:19 EA5TT          IM99SL   55    55     2 m.   SSB   ES    1887
16:22 EA5GZY         IN9ØWB   55    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1817
16:54 EA1NL          IN52PJ   52    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    2075
16:57 EA2XR          IN83KI   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1677
16:58 EA1MX          IN73XK   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1722
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Afterwards checking 6 m which was wide open all over Europe I caught N1ZZZ/mm in rare water gridsquare JM27 cruising along the costline of Algeria. So just two 6 m contacts today but both quite worthwhile. ;)

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July VHF contest 2015

Not been much active lately … QRL, QRL, QRL. So it was good to get out of all the business stuff for a few hours this weekend and free up my mind. 8-) Condx were rather average, didn’t recognize any of the big tropo signals from the UK reported in the western part of Germany. The two G’s worked can be worked anytime from here.

We had some 1,5 hours of Aurora (SK4MPI/B up to 59A!) during the night but I did not do a single AU QSO – really frustrating! This time I could have gained some advantage from being in our fringe area but it wasn’t meant to be. :( Only heard LAØBY with a nice auroral signal but I had already worked Stefan on tropo before. No other Scandinavians on, what a pity … :(

What certainly cost me a number of QSOs and points was that I also overslept 2 hours on Sunday morning. Seems instead of hitting the snooze button to grab some additional 5 minutes of sleep I accidently hit the off button … oh well. So was off the air for some 5 hours in total … might have all just been reasoned by the extreme heat, of course … ;)

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

Contest : DARC-JULY-CONTEST
Date    : 2015 Jul 04 to 2015 Jul 05
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    :  456
-invalid:    1                                        points/QSO
-valid  :  455     QSO-points (*1)    :    180496            397
WWLs    :   82     WWL bonus (0)      :         0              0
DXCCs   :   22     DXCC bonus (0)     :         0              0
                   ------------------------------         ------
                   Total score        :    180496            397

ODX     : YT4B in JN94SD at 1079 km

Worked World Wide Locators:
JN37:   3  JN76:   3  JO01:   1  JO43:   8  JO62:  30  JO84:   2
JN38:   3  JN77:   1  JO02:   1  JO44:   5  JO64:   3  JO90:   7
JN39:   2  JN78:   5  JO10:   1  JO45:   1  JO65:   2  JO91:   1
JN47:   4  JN79:  19  JO11:   1  JO46:   2  JO68:   1  JO92:   2
JN48:   6  JN85:   4  JO20:   2  JO50:  19  JO70:  26  JO94:   3
JN49:   3  JN86:   5  JO21:   8  JO51:  13  JO71:   9  KN09:   2
JN57:   1  JN87:   2  JO30:   6  JO52:  10  JO72:   9  KO02:   1
JN58:   3  JN88:   8  JO31:  10  JO53:   5  JO73:   9  KO04:   3
JN59:   5  JN89:  12  JO32:   6  JO54:   3  JO74:   1  KO06:   1
JN63:   1  JN94:   1  JO33:   4  JO55:   1  JO80:  14  KO10:   1
JN67:   1  JN96:   1  JO34:   1  JO57:   1  JO81:   4  KO13:   2
JN68:   4  JN97:   5  JO40:   8  JO59:   1  JO82:   1  KO14:   2
JN69:   7  JN98:   5  JO41:   7  JO60:  14  JO83:   2  KO15:   6
JN75:   1  JN99:  16  JO42:  13  JO61:  28  

Worked DXCCs:
9A  :   5  G   :   2  LA  :   1  OM  :  16  S5  :   7  UA2 :   4
DL  : 222  HA  :   7  LY  :   8  ON  :   4  SM  :   3  YL  :   1
EU  :   2  HB  :   6  OE  :  10  OZ  :   6  SP  :  40  YU  :   1
F   :   4  I   :   1  OK  :  91  PA  :  14   

Top 20 QSO-points:
20150705 0821 YT4B        529  339   599  347     JN94SD    1079
20150705 0839 I5PVA/6     59   340   59   566     JN63GN    1078
20150704 2316 G5LK/P      55   256   56   401     JO01QD     903
20150704 2123 9A1N        559  219   599  177     JN85LI     894
20150705 1146 9A2YF       519  417   599  382     JN85OO     871
20150704 2007 G4SWX       519  192   519  011     JO02RF     865
20150704 2052 9A1E        529  209   599  257     JN85QT     852
20150705 0034 9A9D        559  273   599  100     JN85OV     840
20150704 1936 HG3X        59   185   59   259     JN96EE     834
20150704 2349 S59DEM      55   260   59   426     JN75DS     825
20150705 0808 HB9CLN      59   336   59   088     JN37XA     818
20150704 2230 HB9GF       59   247   59   229     JN37WB     817
20150705 0903 ON4WY       52   350   59   401     JO11LC     801
20150704 1654 HB9RF       59   123   59   080     JN47FB     795
20150704 1613 9A2AE       53   100   59   118     JN86HF     793
20150704 1949 LA0BY       55   189   57   024     JO59IX     785
20150705 1040 HB9PZQ      59   384   59   159     JN47DF     785
20150704 2023 S53V        559  200   599  092     JN76UH     773
20150705 1303 F8KWW/P     52   440   59   296     JN37NV     772
20150704 1516 ON4KHG      51   070   52   016     JO10XO     759
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Missed all the fun … had different fun! ;-)

europa-honor-roll-pokalJust back from Friedrichshafen visiting the HAMRADIO fair. Seems I missed all the fun on 6, 4 & 2 m. All three bands have been wide open 3 days in a row and Sandro, DD3SP, reported working lots of QSOs and new (4 m) squares. And of course now having returned it’s all closed. Oh well … but we had fun in Friedrichshafen, too! ;)

Met a lot of guys, old and new friends, shaking lots of hands and feeling proud with all the people knocking on my shoulders while walking over the fleamarket telling me they use one of my gadgets, be it the sequencer, the microphone voicekeyer or even the big FA-SM solution, and how much they like it. Seems the shirt with big callsign letters on the back worked out nicely. ;)

Also nice to be awarded with a small trophy for placing 3rd in 2014’s EUROPA-Diplom Honor Roll. I was not even aware they had trophies for the first places so astonished to receive an email from award manager Georg, DL4SVA, asking if he could hand it over during HAMRADIO. Sure, no problem, Sir! ;) Intentionally I only put my current figures in to get the Honor Roll sticker for 2014 for the EUROPA-Diplom award. Nice coincidence. ;)

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More 4 m and a nice one hour Sporadic-E opening on 2 m

Arriving from QRL seemed to be just in time this evening! Switching on the radio I heard Geoff, EA5/G3XGS, on 4 m and grabbed him easily for a new square. Looking at LiveMUF by Dave, G7RAU, it seemed to be a good idea to check 144 MHz, too. It did not even take 5 minutes until the band opened into EA1! Later it shifted to western France and there were a few time when the band seemed closed but as there were still QSOs going on between other stations I think we rather landed in the Atlantic Ocean west of France during those silent minutes. The opening lasted a bit over an hour and provided 13 QSOs on 2 m. 8-)

Spent some more time on 4 m afterwards and worked another 2 new squares with KN35 and KN20. Around 18:30z we could hear the band noise getting louder and turning the antenna to the sun it was up to s8 on a calibrated meter. One could hear the flare predicted, wow! Cool stuff. Everybody was hoping for a big Aurora but it wasn’t going to happen. Indeed there was a small AUR opening but I only worked LA3BO and heard LA3EQ on 2 m. SK4MPI/B was pretty much only “in & out” all the time never getting stronger than 53A on short peaks. I did hear ES1CW on 4 m via Aurora but when he finally QSY’d into the DL band he had vanished into the noise. :( Will have to wait for another opportunity to work Estonia on 70 MHz … Despite no big Aurora there was an Aurora-E opening on 2 m (happens once in a few years only!) between SM2 and north-west DL, PA and east G. Unfortunately nothing overhere but it seems the guys had some fun!

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 TIME  CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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16:46  EA5/G3XGS     IM98PB   579   559    4 m.   CW    ES    2034
16:50  EA1MX         IN73XK   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1722
16:51  EA1HRR        IN83JJ   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1679
16:55  EA1UR         IN53TF   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1993
16:58  EA1HNP        IN53SI   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1988
17:06  F8GGD         IN95UQ   55    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1335
17:18  F6DFI         IN87WC   51    55     2 m.   SSB   ES    1341
17:22  F6AQI         IN96DW   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1327
17:24  F6GNR         IN97FD   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1303
17:33  EA6VQ         JM19HN   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1751
17:39  EA1FCH        IN63IN   559   599    2 m.   CW    ES    1903
17:46  F5GHP         IN96LE   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1340
17:47  F6ETZ         IN97CG   59    59     2 m.   SSB   ES    1310
17:47  F1CPX         IN97DD   52    55     2 m.   SSB   ES    1313
17:49  FØGOW         IN96TT   52    55     2 m.   SSB   ES    1256
17:57  GU6EFB        IN89RK   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1233
18:09  YO9HP         KN35BA   59    57     4 m.   SSB   ES    1252
18:11  YO9IE         KN34AW   57    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1255
18:15  YO9HP         KN35BA   559   559    4 m.   CW    ES    1252
18:16  LZ2PL         KN23XT   599   599    4 m.   CW    ES    1351
18:19  LZ1ZP         KN22ID   59    57     4 m.   SSB   ES    1454
18:21  SV2JAO        KN1ØDN   599   599    4 m.   CW    ES    1530
18:25  SV7GBR        KN2ØIX   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1569
18:38  SV1DH         KM18VA   57    52     4 m.   SSB   ES    1839
19:33  LA3BO         JO59CD   55A   59A    2 m.   CW    AUR    707
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Made a few audio recordings again, will insert them later on.

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Great fun on four, frustration on 6 m today

Six had been wide open all over Europe the whole morning. Except a weak D4C via double-hop ES who provided a new square (had wkd D4 in HK86 before but HK76 was new) there was nothing interesting at all. So I spent some time handing out a few points in the Alpe Adria contest on 2 m but nothing special there, too. Bands went quiet until late afternoon and early evening when 6 m saw some great short skips within Europe and also opened into North America from all over Europe. Wait, from all over Europe? Nope, not from Europe’s 6 m DX blackhole, i.e. JO73. :( There was even a great opening into the U.S. West Coast from certain parts of Europe but nothing overhere at all. One of those days when I’m thinking why I’m doing all that 6 m stuff still … The only DX heard was YV4NN late in the evening but just about 529 with an occasional peak up to 559 at times but as half of Europe was calling I gave up after trying for three quarters of an hour and him getting weaker and weaker …

Contrary to six 4 m was real fun! Had a good opening to the west so worked a bunch of G, GW, EI. Also did a nice crossband QSO with Marcel, F5DQK, in Paris with me transmitting on 4 m and him answering on 6 m as four is not (yet?) allowed in France. Later on MUF increased rapidly and finally allowed for a 2 m ES opening between G and UR. Being too close to these clouds to work on 2 m but with a MUF that high I looked south to maybe work my first Slovenian station on 4 m as geometry should be right. I finally did so ;) but even better was working south German stations in JN67 and JN68 via ES on 70 MHz – that’s just 500-600 km! Does not happen too often on 6 m and even less so on 4 m. It did not last longer than 4 or 5 minutes but signals were s9+ with QRP power levels. Great stuff! 8-) Also working double-hop into EA8 again does not seem to be too exciting anymore with it happening every second day or so now. :D

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 TIME  CALLSIGN      LOCATOR  TX    RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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09:55  EA1HRR        IN83JJ   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1679
10:34  DL2OM         JO3ØSN   559   529    4 m.   CW    TR     542
11:08  DL8LAQ        JO43XU   539   319    4 m.   CW    TR     290
11:49  9H1CG         JM75FW   559   599    4 m.   CW    ES    1918
16:34  GWØEZY        IO82HO   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1178
16:36  GW8ASD        IO83LB   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1148
16:37  G4VWI         IO92LQ   55    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1021
16:38  G4FRE         IO82UC   59    55     4 m.   SSB   ES    1117
16:39  GW4RWR        IO83HE   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1168
16:43  EI4DQ         IO51WU   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1512
16:48  G3TA          IO81XS   59    56     4 m.   SSB   ES    1109
17:23  G7FMC         IO91NW   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1027
17:23  GW8JLY        IO81JM   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1194
17:39  M5MUF         IO92JP   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1033
17:41  G8BFV         IO81QE   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1166
17:42  GØWUU         IO92SR   55    55     4 m.   SSB   ES     982
17:46  F5DQK         JN18GR   59    55     4/6 m. SSB   ES     954
17:55  G8DKK         IO91VX   55    57     4 m.   SSB   ES     981
18:04  EA8DBM        IL18OH   579   559    4 m.   CW    ES    3747
18:06  CT1HZE        IM57NH   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    2504
18:20  DG3YEV        JN68NL   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES     529
18:22  DL3MBG        JN67JX   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES     587
18:26  S57D          JN76GC   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES     788
18:29  S51DI         JN76VL   569   559    4 m.   CW    ES     754
18:32  9A6Z          JN75SL   559   599    4 m.   CW    ES     862
18:43  9A6R          JN83FM   599   599    4 m.   CW    ES    1087
18:48  EI8IQ         IO62SF   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1391
18:52  EA3FZT        JNØ1TE   579   599    4 m.   CW    ES    1633
19:01  9A6R          JN83FM   59    59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1087
19:32  EA1YV         IN52OC   59    57     4 m.   SSB   ES    2102
19:55  EA6SX         JM19IK   599   579    4 m.   CW    ES    1760
20:09  EA8TX         IL18QI   55    51     4 m.   SSB   ES    3734
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EA8 – Canary Islands #65 on 2 m – 3.700 km terrestrial!

dh8bqa_eb8brzDuring the great 4 m opening tonight I saw the MUF rising slowly. Later first QSOs were reported on 2 m between G/GW/EI and the Mediterranean and when I saw ES geometry should be right I switched over to 2 m. Nothing happened except a few locals CQing on 144.300 MHz and I put out a few CQs myself, too, without any response. At some point I had this gut feeling something was going to happen (You know these moments, too, don’t you? ;)) thus started to tune the band. Heard a very weak station on .310 but no positive ID. Tuning below the calling frequency reaching .290 I thought wow, great, a Spanish sounding station, just finishing a QSO with DL1RNW, band must be open to Spain via Sporadic E. When he ID’d as EB8BRZ I almost fell of my chair! :) The Canary Islands via terrestrial propagation on 2 m (double-hop ES) – something I had dreamt of for some 20+ years being active on the VHF bands! Gave him a quick call, he responded with call and report, sent him my report and switching back to receive I just heard him fading down into the noise. He later confirmed he got my report all okay. 8-) He came up a few times some minutes later but never making it really out of the noise again.

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 TIME  CALLSIGN      LOCATOR TX     RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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18:26  EB8BRZ        IL28HA  53     51     2 m.   SSB   ES    3700
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Found out later the weak one on .310 was probably EA8AVI. Well, that would have been another great QSO but hey, I need some dreams for the next 20 years, too. ;)

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Fantastic 4 m opening tonight!

Was a bit late out of QRL again today (19 o’clock) but the first thing to do when arriving home during the summer is to switch on the rig and check for ES conditions. ;) Seems the 4 m band had been open already for 2 hours to EA8 then as I was told by the locals. Party got in full swing later on with a few EA8’s via double-hop ES as well as CT3 and CU for new countries … great! 8-) Also good activity from EA mainland so worked a lot of new stations and a few new gridsquares, too:

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TIME  CALLSIGN       LOCATOR TX     RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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17:09 EA3GP          JNØ1SF  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1634
17:10 EA8DBM         IL18OH  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    3749
17:22 CT3HF          IM12OP  579    599    4 m.   CW    ES    3358
17:31 EA5TT          IM99SL  57     55     4 m.   SSB   ES    1888
17:40 EA1FDI         IN53TF  57     58     4 m.   SSB   ES    1994
17:42 CU3EQ          HM68KP  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    3519
18:00 EA5/GØKSC      IM97PX  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    2043
18:13 EA4SV          IM68PU  59     52     4 m.   SSB   ES    2254
19:04 EA1HRR         IN83JJ  55     57     4 m.   SSB   ES    1680
19:16 EC4TR          IN8ØER  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1927
19:19 EA8YT          IL18SL  55     55     4 m.   SSB   ES    3715
19:23 EA8BPX         IL18SK  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    3719
19:37 EA8TX          IL18QI  55     53     4 m.   SSB   ES    3736
19:42 CT3HF          IM12OP  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    3358
19:58 EA7HG          IM87CS  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    2203
20:00 CT1HZE         IM57NH  55     52     4 m.   SSB   ES    2505
20:17 EA4LU          IM68TV  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    2232
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FW – Wallis & Futuna Islands #305

FW5JJWell, I finally defeated my “nemesis”! :D
I have been chasing Jean-Jaques, FW5JJ, for a few month’ now. Whenever he was QRV we either had no propagation (it’s a difficult path almost directly over the Northpole) or if he was indeed audible I couldn’t break the pileups …
When I was young(er) I always smiled to myself when the old local DXers told their stories about their nemesis’, i.e. needing years to catch a certain DXCC country on the radio. I always said to myself “that’s bullshit”, it’s just a matter of perserverance, knowledge and a good station! Well, until I started “failing” to catch JJ on Wallis Island. ;) But all is good now, caught him this morning on 17 m CW for an ATNO. 8-)

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OJ0 – Market Reef #64 on 2 m

Not very active after returning from holidays, QRL taking its toll. Besides this 6 and 4 m haven’t been very active, too. There were a few openings but if I was there in the evenings I was either too close to or too far away from the ES clouds.

OJ0BWorth to mention was a QSO with Joe, CT1HZE, on 4 m on Monday evening. He’s at the southern most tip of Portugal at a distance of 2.505 km from here. That is normally too far for one ES hop so it was probably a double-hop QSO as he also worked shorter distances in parallel.

A nice surprise was OJØB on 2 m! Finish guys were on Market Reef to do some repair work on the OJØB contest station antennas and were joined this time by Jussi, OH6ZZ, a seasoned VHF guy, who wanted to do some EME and MS from the Reef. Although reflections were rather sparse I managed to catch them tonight for a new one on 2 m. Thanks guys!

Also a bit of tropo reported from the UK to Denmark and southern Sweden earlier this evening but not much overhere. Worked John, G4SWX, with a good 559 signal but he can be worked almost daily from here. So if at all it was just a very slight enhancement …

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W1AW portable WAS correct now :-)

Holidays are over. :( But opening the mailbox today I found a letter from ARRL HQ containing a small envelope with the missing endorsement stickers. 8-) So my “W1AW WAS Award” is finally correct and reflects all the hard work in also chasing all the oversea’s territorries during the ARRL Centennial last year. Thanks guys! Now waiting for my “W1AW WAS Award Plaque” to arrive, too …

W1AW_WAS_small

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More 70 MHz Sporadic-E

“Four” opened up again this afternoon and evening. Seemed very patchy most of the time although Malta, 9H, proved to be the ES hotspot again, the guys were in & out for several hours! Just wished activity would be a bit higher to take advantage of the great propagation on the 4 m band. ;) Worked these fine QSOs:

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TIME  CALLSIGN       LOCATOR TX     RX     BAND   MODE  PROP.  QRB
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15:15 9H1PI          JM75FW  55     55     4 m.   SSB   ES    1918
15:35 9H1GB          JM75FU  57     57     4 m.   SSB   ES    1927
16:05 9H1ES          JM75FV  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1922
16:50 LZ1ZP          KN22ID  57     57     4 m.   SSB   ES    1454
18:08 9H1XT          JM75GV  599    599    4 m.   CW    ES    1922
18:30 9H1AV          JM75GU  559    559    4 m.   CW    ES    1927
18:54 YO4FYQ         KN44FD  57     56     4 m.   SSB   ES    1446
19:04 LZ2PL          KN23XT  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1351
19:10 LZ2NW          KN23TB  599    579    4 m.   CW    ES    1405
19:30 SV2JAO         KN1ØDN  59     59     4 m.   SSB   ES    1530
19:42 SP6TRX         JO71VQ  55     55     4 m.   SSB   TR     198
19:55 OZ7AMA         JO54XQ  569    559    4 m.   CW    TR     222
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Sorrily SV7GBR in KN20 QSY’d a few minutes too late into the “DL-band”, i.e. between 70.150 and 70.180 MHz. He was just down into the noise then while a solid 57 before when working OZ’s on 70.200 MHz. A pity as he would have been a new square …

2 m saw a good ES opening, too, but as usually the case from up here in JO73 we only “get into the water”, i.e. with the existing ES cloud our signals landed in the JM94/KM04 area, deepest Mediterrenean Sea. :( ;)

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