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Major X9 solar flare – Aurora all around!

Wednesday saw a massive sun eruption not expected (especially that strong) being so far down the solar cycle already. In fact it has been the strongest solar flare in Cycle 24! spaceweatherlive.com has an interesting article about it. After hearing … Continue reading

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SCC-RTTY 2017

After a very busy week of QRL in the Netherlands and (for a change) no other plans this weekend (summer weekends are usually quite crammed with activities) I decided to give the SCC-RTTY organized by the Slovenian Contest Club a … Continue reading

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BBQ @DP9A

Sorrily I couldn’t make it to the annual BBQ at DP9A last year so was glad to make it this year. Only drawback was the traffic. 🙁 Was going the 550 km trip with the YL on Friday afternoon but … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Shower

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time this year so most of my Perseids activities concentrated on the weekend when the peak was forseen to happen the night from 12th to 13th of August. But I didn’t recognize any distinct peak … Continue reading

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OZ5E/P IOTA 2017

When thinking about where to spend this year’s family holiday I thought it might be a good idea to combine it with some island activation as it conincided with the yearly IOTA contest last weekend of July. It’s been a few … Continue reading

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July VHF contest – claimed scores

Seems I do not need to grieve too much over my oversleeping Sunday morning in the July VHF contest. 😉 The points missed would not have changed anything in the standings. It’s just not possible to win from our northeastern-most location … Continue reading

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IM86 square #653 on 6 m

No QSOs sofar this week, QRL taking it’s toll. Small opening on 6 m tonight to Spain. Not expecting much, just tuning the band and only hearing 2 stations. Quite happy to see EA7CD was in IM86qs providing another new … Continue reading

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Aurora & ES – just returned from HAMRADIO fair

Just returned from the HAMRADIO fair in Friedrichshafen. Good show and great to meet some old friends again like Enrico, I5WBE. Have worked him several times on 2 m Meteor Scatter some 20 years ago in HSCW (high speed CW, … Continue reading

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July VHF contest … stupid me!

Well, not very satisfied! Reason is I completely overslept Sunday morning! Seems I either didn’t hear the alarm clock (had even set 2 different times to be safe!) or set it wrong, not sure. Just wanted to take a break … Continue reading

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SV5 – Dodecanese, DXCC #34 on 4 m and square #652 on 6 m

Not even a handful of QSOs today but all very special! First of all I caught TZ4AM on 6 m!  It didn’t take long to find out his split listening tactics so I didn’t need more than 2 calls to … Continue reading

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Another evening ES & square #651 on 6 m

4 m continues to open in the evenings which is great for guys like me who spend their day time at work. 😉 Tonight it was open to Finland again. As usual with these openings I was almost too close … Continue reading

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TF – Iceland, DXCC #33 on 4 m :-)

Another great ES to be caught after finishing QRL, love these evening openings! 😉 Especially glad to work TF3ML for another new 4 m DXCC country. 😎 Distance is at the very edge of what’s possible with one hop and … Continue reading

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More ES on 4 m tonight …

After the great 2 m opening early afternoon 4 m saw a nice opening during the evening, too, this time into the UK allowing a few more QSOs than usual: —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB … Continue reading

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Fantastic Sporadic-E opening!

Wow, what a great 2 m ES opening today! Already when driving between two of our QRL locations around 8z this morning I had this gut feeling. Checked dxmaps.com around 8:30z and saw things evolving. Unfortunately I had to be … Continue reading

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4O – Montenegro, DXCC #32 on 4 m

Not much worked recently, missed most of the fun due to QRL and other commitments. But good to catch this late night opening today and even work a new one with Dule, 4O6AH. 😎 —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX … Continue reading

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Double hop on 4m, triple hop on 6 m

Good to see 4 m open via double hop today. Unfortunately EA8ACW didn’t know that DLs are only allowed between 70.150 and 70.180 MHz and despite a few hints on the DX cluster he didn’t QSY away from 70.200 MHz. … Continue reading

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Japan on 6 m

Before packing everything this morning (yes, my yearly “ES holiday” is over again, sigh) I took advantage of a quadruple hop ES opening into Japan. CW sigs were all too weak but there was plenty of activity on JT65! Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Two new squares on 6 m …

Not much VHF propagation today in JO73. Although there were a few openings and even 2 m Sporadic-E again it was all too far away from here. Only made a handful of 4 m QSOs in the late morning. But … Continue reading

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Another great evening on the VHF bands …

Who would have believed that? 6, 4 & 2 m were completely closed all day. It was just late afternoon that the bands opened in western Europe (G to EA) and early evening finally overhere, too. This time into the south-west, … Continue reading

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More 4 & 2 m Sporadic-E :-)

Another great day on the VHF bands! 😎 MUF was high all morning already. Lots of 6 m activity and cluster spots from Russia hearing Europe. Won’t imagine what happens if Russia is ever allowed to transmit on 6 m … Continue reading

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