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Some normal VHF DX this weekend

Well, still no Sporadic-E on 4 & 2 m overhere. 🙁 Peter was quite active on 6 m but even there only very patchy openings. Luckily there were a few smaller VHF contests this weekend that allowed to work some … Continue reading

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Cleaning activities and antenna alignments

Another day without any interesting VHF propagation so we used the time for some cleaning activities long overdue. Heiko (DG1BHA), Uwe (DL3BQA), Peter (DM5DX) and myself had blocked the days after Father’s Day for several small to medium things that … Continue reading

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Father’s Day / Ascension Day activities

Today was Father’s Day (Ascension Day) which is a nationwide holiday in Germany. We usually use it for some gathering of one of the local radio clubs here at our clubstation. Lots of discussions over coffee and cake in the … Continue reading

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Rotator interface by remoteqth.com

No condx today so I used the time to finally cobble the rotator interface together that I bought from remoteqth.com last December together with the Band Decoder II. It’s a neat kit not too expensive including a nice enclosure. I … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E is in da house …

Well, sort of. 4 m was open almost all day long and 2 m saw a nice opening in the afternoon, too … just not here. I was at the very edge and only every now and then signals on … Continue reading

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Some patchy 4 m openings

Not much to report today. 4 m was nicely open between Western Europe and the Balkans in the morning but only very patchy over here. 9A4ZM got stronger and stronger during that particular small opening so I sent him “PSE … Continue reading

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CQ WPX CW 2019

Boy, THAT was fun, what a weekend! We had continous Sporadic-E on Saturday for over 16 hours straight, very wide-spread, open to almost everywhere all the time, no matter where the antenna was pointing to! I had set a new … Continue reading

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Old & new, strange QRM plus some 4 m contacts

Arrived at the station early this afternoon. Brought the IC-7300 along for WPX-CW this weekend as well as (hopefully!) some fun on 4 m during the next few days (a week of holidays next week). Second radio I took with … Continue reading

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Some youth work

Well, I didn’t post much personal information in this blog yet. After all it’s about amateur radio and related activities and not my personal life. But with this blog entry both combine perfectly so let’s get a little more personal. … Continue reading

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No VHF May contest this year … at least for me

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the guys last weekend as I was bound in QRL. Must have been a first in over 20 years. 🙁 Thus no story nor results from me this time but Uwe, DL3BQA, wrote a … Continue reading

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CQ WPX SSB 2019

Travelled the 2 x 700 km to and from our contest station last weekend again to take part in this year’s CQ WPX SSB contest. Uwe/DL3BQA and Peter/DM5DX had done a small multi OP activity during Russian DX two weeks … Continue reading

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BCC QSO Party

This year the Bavarian Contest Club (BCC) which I’m a member of wants to activate more than 80% of its members in the main contests with club competitions. One part of this year’s program was/is also two BCC QSO parties. … Continue reading

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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 😉 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. 🙁 😉 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/or 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 results 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, WØYK, 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! 😎 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). 😉 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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