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Time to say good bye …

Well, time’s flying by so fast it’s amazing! We’ve dismantled both stations this morning and took down all of our (additional) antennas yesterday, too. Our two weeks trip (for Paul & Tom even three weeks!) is over already, what a … Continue reading

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More “weird” feelings … ;-)

Well, actually I like that X-Mas decoration a lot! But it just does not feel right at 32°C! 😀

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After contest dinner tonight

Met with all the locals (PJ4DX, PJ4KY, PJ4NX) as well as the American guys being active from the PJ4G station (AD4ES, KU8E, K9ES) this evening to swap notes on our contest experiences and enjoy a nice dinner at Cuba Compagnie – … Continue reading

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PJ4Y in CQ WWDX CW ’17

Lots of fun! Thanks to Peter, PJ4NX, for joining us as the 4th operator to make M/2 possible. Thanks to Scott, W4PA, and Steve, PJ4DX, for leaving up the Hexbeam as a second high band antenna after WWDX SSB a month ago. … Continue reading

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Half-time on Bonaire

Being on the island for a week now I thought it might be nice to give a short update. We’re really enjoying ourselves. Usually doing a few contacts every morning (so far 3.000 QSOs in the log myself) then exploring … Continue reading

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PJ4/DH8BQA on the air :-)

Indeed worked both Paul as well as Tom last weekend before I left! 😎 Now arrived safely on Bonaire. Great weather, great people, great food … already like it lot! Also did the first QSOs, feels good to be on … Continue reading

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Active from PJ4 soon! :-)

This year we decided to visit Bonaire, PJ4, in the Dutch Caribbean for some holiday style DXpedition as well as participating in CQ WWDX CW at the end of the month. Paul, DL5CW, and Tom, DL5LYM, will travel to Bonaire … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX SSB 2017

Well, this one was a real mixed experience! Got to the station Friday evening. Peter, DM5DX, was already there having some fun chasing all the different DXpeditions. After I had installed all of my stuff I turned on my K3 … Continue reading

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WAG 2017

Handing out a few points taking it rather leisurely. Like last year CW-only as I still haven’t managed to cobble some voicekeyer solution together for the remote end. And that being the designer of the FA-SM and BX-184 voicekeyer kits, … Continue reading

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ARRL 10M 2016 certificate surprise :-)

Unexpected letter from ARRL in the mail box today! 😎 I have to admit I didn’t look for the results of last year’s ARRL 10 m contest on the ARRL contest website during the past month’, I had simply forgotten … Continue reading

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No luck after SCC RTTY log check :-(

Checking the SCC website today for updates on the results of August’s SCC RTTY Championship. It seems I made a few more errors in logging than LY5W as he’s now on 1st place while I was it when the claimed … Continue reading

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CQ WW RTTY 2017

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going to attack the German SOSB20 record once more. So no other choice than doing 15 m for me, 80 & 40 m are still producing some QRM to 20 m, although the bandpass filters take quite … Continue reading

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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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