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CQMM ’21

Good memories about my first and only entry in CQMM 2014. Been thinking about entering it again for a few years already but never found the time. Well, different this year, at least some time available but the band (10 … Continue reading

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CQ WPX SSB ’21

Used almost all of Saturday to identify & fix some station interference issues. Uwe, DL3BQA, was doing a serious SOSB15 effort while I “only” wanted to hand out some QSOs and gain points for the BCC’s “Frequent Contester” program again. … Continue reading

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ARRL DX CW ’21

Below are the results of my entry in this year’s ARRL DX CW Contest, this time on 80 m as our GP antenna was still up and I felt fit enough for the nightshifts. The “fit enough” has been confirmed, … Continue reading

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CQ WPX RTTY ’21

Well, no radio activity after ARRL-10M in mid-December until last weekend when entering the WPX-RTTY. There’s a simple reason: We were moving house again. So lots of other priorities (besides some heavy QRL as well) during the last few weeks/month’. … Continue reading

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World Win in ARRL-10M last year!

It was just by coincidence after uploading my contest log from last weekend yesterday that I looked around the ARRL contest webpages seeing some new contest awards for download and got excited quite fast: Now how cool’s that? My 5th … Continue reading

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ARRL-10M & trying out some MacOS software

No big entry in this year’s ARRL 10m contest. Besides other commitments over the weekend I used the chance to play a bit with the new MacOS version of SmartSDR released by Marcus, DL8MRE. Compared to the free-of-charge Windows version … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX CW ’20

Another World Wide DX Contest in the books, this time Single Band on 15 m. Quite unhappy on Saturday. Couldn’t get much going, no good runs, best hour was 90 QSOs and that was not even running but search & … Continue reading

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IARU VHF CW aka Marconi Memorial Contest ’20

It’s been a few years since I last participated seriously in the Marconi Memorial Contest on 2 m. I tried to be QRV for some hours and hand out some points at least during the last few years. It’s always … Continue reading

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Slightly enhanced tropo conditions

Arrived at the station here in JO73 this afternoon to prepare for the contest this weekend. Tropo condx are slightly enhanced again and predictions look good for the weekend, there might be a few surprises (hopefully). 😉 Worked these DX … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX SSB 2020

Initially this was meant to be a rather quiet weekend. I wanted to escape all the QRL stress and also be on site again instead of only remote. My remote station works excellent but has the smaller power amp connected … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX RTTY 2020

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious 80 m effort like last year. Heiko & him had installed our 80 m GP antenna behind the 15 m beam again so a bit of distance to the other antennas giving me … Continue reading

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Tropo summary

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Tropo seems to be over

Tropo seems to be over. A few QSOs in the morning then no DX signals anymore. Enjoyable five days of VHF DX although mostly FT8 only. But at least contacts could be made. In earlier years it would have been … Continue reading

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Tropo shifting

The high pressure system is moving to the North-East. So just one QSO to Scotland still in the morning and nothing during the day but I also had to concentrate on QRL again. 😉 In the evening it was Scandinavia … Continue reading

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Tropo still

Still pretty stable signals from Northern U.K. today. GI4SNA was pounding in all day long, amazing. Early evening EI2GLB popped up but was in & out only on FT8 but I finally caught him and thus crossing the 1.400 km … Continue reading

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Tropo continues

Tropo condx continued today. There were some long distance contacts reported to the East in the morning, too, but only UR4WWT heard and worked over here which is pretty much normal tropo range (worked him several times on CW in … Continue reading

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Tropo

Finally with a stable high pressure system across the North Sea and nice autumn weather (one month later we would call it a Golden October, hi) we got a little tropo, too. Not well suited here in JO73, it’s much … Continue reading

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WPX-CW ’19 World Win Plaque

Nice surprise when getting back home today. The plaque for winning the world on 10 m in WPX-CW last year [1][2][3] (a once in a lifetime event from here) was finally received. 😎 Doug, K1DG, managing the plaque program of … Continue reading

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Perseids final

My final day being active in this year’s Perseids. Seems there was a second peak (or THE peak?) of meteor activity this morning. My gut feeling is the shower is still not on par with recent years. There were very … Continue reading

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More new ones thanks to the meteors

Did we see the Perseids maximum already? Predictions suggested it would be early morning 12 August. The screenshot right (click to enlarge) seems to confirm it. If the maximum is over already it has indeed been the worst Perseids I … Continue reading

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