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CQ WW RTTY 2019

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious 80 m effort. The guys had installed our 80 m GP antenna behind the 15 m beam again so a bit of distance to the 40 & 20 m antennas giving me a … Continue reading

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Another world-win confirmed :-)

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IARU VHF Contest ’19

Took part in the VHF September contest a.k.a. the IARU VHF contest last weekend as a small team from the club station again. Equipment played well, lucky with the weather (just some drizzle Saturday evening) and good company, what else … Continue reading

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Two world-wins confirmed :-)

My V37DX world-wins in this year’s CQ WPX RTTY as well as the ARRL DX CW I took part in from Belize are officially confirmed now. 😎

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Rebuilding the VHF shack

As you may have read we have two shacks at our station. One serves as the HF/6 m shack and is usually used by Uwe, DL3BQA. The other one we call the VHF shack which holds a permanent station for … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Scatter Report ’19

Moving QTH is basically finished, everything’s setup in the new flat … living room, kitchen, children’s room, a.s.o. all operational, just the shack/office needs a bit more work. πŸ˜€ Anyway, time to play some radio again in the Perseids meteor … Continue reading

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IOTA on EU-057

I was invited to join the DK3R team on RΓΌgen Island, EU-057, during this year’s IOTA contest again – an invitation I happily accepted although it interfered a little with our move to Hamburg. πŸ˜€ But I somehow managed to … Continue reading

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More new ones on 6 & 4 m :-)

I had left the IC-7300 switched on during the contest to monitor 4 m propagation as an indicator for possible 2 m ES. There was indeed an opening just not here. πŸ™ When I saw EI9E/P pop up on the … Continue reading

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July VHF Contest ’19

Another July contest in the books. Condx were rather average most of the time. The night hours brought some nice DX so the average per QSO was 420 km which is unusually high. Around 400 km/QSO is quite normal for … Continue reading

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Massive JA opening on 6 m & WAS on 4 m ;-)

Had a big opening to Japan on 6 m this morning lasting well over 4 hours, wow! Up to 25 different JA calls per RX period in FT8 but rather difficult to do any QSOs at all. Either too big … Continue reading

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A difficult new one on 6 m & OIRT on 4 m

A day off QRL so used the time to finally install our new IC-9700 at the club station. Eager to learn how it performs in heavy contest use on 2 m this weekend. πŸ˜‰ Also brought along the IC-7300 for … Continue reading

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Another 4 m ES, great 6 m NA opening & working Paul ;-)

The lower VHF bands were hot again today! 😎 Uwe, DL3BQA, was very busy working a great North America opening on 6 m with lots of new squares for him. Although it was again much better elsewhere no need to … Continue reading

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Second 2 m ES opening this year over here

High MUF across Western Europe and several ES openings on 144 MHz … all at least 400 km west or 300 km south of me, so no joy. Even difficult to catch something on 4 m but finally had a … Continue reading

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A small but unstable tropo opening

Was occasionally checking the F5LEN Tropo Forecast and saw there might be some lift yesterday but was stuck with other duties so couldn’t make it to the station. Indeed there were tropo contacts well above 1.500 km from eastern Poland … Continue reading

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Another nice ES day …

Have been watching cluster spots and MUF map all morning during QRL but couldn’t leave, things for a living first. πŸ˜‰ As soon as I had a chance to leave early afternoon all the nice 4 m openings were already … Continue reading

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First 2 m ES and new ones on 6 m

Finally the first 2 m Sporadic E this year that made it into JO73! 😎 Although we were almost too close to the clouds I managed to work a few QSOs. The opening started earlier to stations more west so … Continue reading

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AGCW VHF June Contest ’19

When doing the AGCW VHF contest last year after stumbling across it by coincidence I had so much fun I put a marker on the calendar for this year’s date to participate again. Had a late start, i.e. 20 min … Continue reading

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New toys

Heiko, DG1BHA, and I decided to buy an Icom IC-9700 for the club QTH to replace our old venerable IC-7400 that served as our main 2 m radio for quite some years. We did some modifications to the latter for … Continue reading

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A little VHF propagation and activity

Bands were rather quiet during the week and QRL kept me busy anyway. A little more propagation today but still all very selective. Anyway, nice to see 4 m opening to Greece at least (also heard/saw two Maltese for about … Continue reading

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My third world win this year? WPX-CW claimed scores :-)

Boy, that was fast! WPX-CW claimed scores have already been posted on the CQ WPX website. I never would have thought I could ever win the 10 m category from Germany! Usually it’s either the South American guys who take … Continue reading

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