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V31FO/V37DX QSL designs finished & first cards sent

Finished designing the QSLs for our recent trip to Belize and got the first batch of cards from the printer. Made a few adjustments and out of the 5 different motives test-printed decided to use these two for all the … Continue reading

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March VHF Contest ’19

Trying to escape the Cologne carnival activities ๐Ÿ˜‰ the VHF contest this weekend was a welcome opportunity to drive the 700 km to our JO73 QTH once more and meet with our local guys Heiko, DG1BHA, Uwe, DL3BQA, and Peter, … Continue reading

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V31FO/V37DX – QSL Requests

Back home, what a pity. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve just uploaded the 6.000 QSOs made in total to Clublog and configured OQRS. Feel free to click on the calls V31FO and/orย V37DX to search the respective online logs and request your card(s). … Continue reading

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ARRL-DX-CW World Win?

F8DBF/TM5Y posted his resultsย today. From the raw scores I’m leading by about 6,2 % which is not that much. He worked 2 mults more, i.e. 62 out of the theoretically available 63 which is superb, congrats Sebastien!Haven’t seen any other … Continue reading

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CQ-WPX-RTTY Raw Scores

Ed, Wร˜YK, Contest Director of the WPX-RTTY, posted the raw scores of last weekend’s contest this morning. Seems I have reason to be quite happy with the result! ๐Ÿ˜Ž I’m leading worldwide by 8,6 % compared to second place with … Continue reading

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ARRL-DX-CW Contest V31FO/V37DX

This one is in the books now, too. And what a great experience! I decided to put in a serious effort into this one on 20 m, too. And I took last year’s World winning score of TM5Y as a … Continue reading

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Adding TG – Guatemala to my DXCC by Feet

Made it over the border to Guatemala today. Good for another point on my DXFC journey (just a small pistol there). ๐Ÿ˜‰ No radio activities there but a day trip only anyway, just to visit the Tikal Maya ruins. It … Continue reading

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Big Rock Falls

Exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve today we got the tip to visit the Five Sisters Falls. To be honest I was rather disappointed, there’s not much of waterfalls to my mind. But as chance would have it we saw … Continue reading

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Eighty meters from the rain forest

Well, the “rain forest” speaks for itself, we had quite some rain during the last few days. Luckily it’s mostly during the night and not hindering day time activities too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I took the chance to be on 80 … Continue reading

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Pileups vs. Sightseeing … and the winner is?

Was QRV on 20 & 17 m this morning. As mentioned in my contest report condx are worse now than a few days ago so didn’t work too many QSOs on 17 m. Twenty was more reliable but the pileup … Continue reading

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CQ-WPX-RTTY ’19 from Belize

Contest started local Friday evening 18 o’clock which is a nice time compared to in the middle of the night at 1 or 2 o’clock local in Europe. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Decided to go for a serious 20 m single band entry … Continue reading

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V31FO QRV – safely arrived in Belize

After our flight from Frankfurt to Dallas/Fort Worth and staying a night in Texas we safely made it to Belize City Airport on Wednesday afternoon. From there it was just an 1,5 hours drive to the Maya Hill Lodge in … Continue reading

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V37DX from Belize, too!

Besides my V31FO callsign Belizian PUC just confirmed usage of V37DXย as a special callsign, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ As far as I know the V37 prefix has never been QRV before so it should give some additional dB of callsign gain during … Continue reading

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CQ WW 160 CW and BARTG RTTY Sprint January 2019

I was really looking forward to do this year’s CQ-160 seriously again (even with still no RX antennas, hi) after having had lots of fun last year. Unfortunately short-term QRL duties prohibited a serious effort so rather spent Friday night … Continue reading

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QRV from V3 – Belize soon :-)

Looking forward to this year’s holiday! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Frauke and I decided to go to Belize this year. We’ve booked one of the two Maya Hill Lodge huts for rent by Andre, V31DL, of German origin, who decided to emigrate to … Continue reading

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Band decoder Mk2 by remoteqth.com

In my recent CQ WWDX CW 2018 blog post I moaned about needing to do all station switching like BPFs, antennas, etc. manually when using the IC-7300. Driving home after the contest I made up my mind how to solve … Continue reading

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Remote Control Microphone for the IC-7300 & Co.

Well, today FUNKAMATEUR magazine 1/2019 was in the post-box and as it also featured a preview for issue 2/2019 which will include a new article by me I can probably already reveal some information here, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In one of … Continue reading

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Nice X-mas present: 4 m allowed in Germany again :-)

Bundesnetzagentur (the German equivalent to FCC in the USA and Ofcom in the UK) released it’s note 414/2018 today allowing the use of the 4 m band by radio amateurs in Germany again! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Two facts make it even more … Continue reading

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ARRL-10M 2018 – or – another VHF contest ;-)

I think I mentioned over and over again on this blog and in my contest reports that I’m a real 10 m addict. It’s as fascinating a frequency spectrum as 6 m which is called the “magic band” for a … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX CW 2018

This time a part time participation only. While driving the 700 km to the station Thursday night I somehow caught a painful tonsilitis. ๐Ÿ™ Waking up Friday morning I already had a sore throat. Fever and shivers added during the … Continue reading

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