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First 4 m ES opening this year

Seems like a late start on 4 m this year, at least for me. While I usually work the first 4 m Sporadic-E opening early May, sometimes even at the end of April already, it’s been the end of May … Continue reading

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Midnight Longpath on 10 m

Upper band HF condx have been quite good recently. I was able to catch DPØPOL/mm off the coast of South America on 10 m CW late this afternoon. But the real surprise was seeing a late night long path opening … Continue reading

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May VHF & a few NODERED dashboards

Another VHF contest. Again not too motivated to operate but brought the special event call DM60UEA (60 years of Amateur Radio in Angermünde) onto the air on 2 m & 70 cm. Made about 250 QSOs, people had difficulties with … Continue reading

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CQ WPX SSB ’22

Handing out a few QSOs remotely every now and then while Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious SOSB80 entry as DM60UEA from our station … Mir/Peace/Frieden to *everybody* on earth! CQWW WPX Contest, SSB – 2022 Call: DH8BQA Class: … Continue reading

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March VHF Contest ’22

This must have been one of our worst March VHF results. 🙁 Very low activity, bad condx … but still a respectable placement coming in as #7 Multi OP which is not bad for our remote location. Finished a few … Continue reading

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CQ WW160 SSB ’22

It’s been a while since my last CQ WW 160 m contest. Played around a bit yesterday. Mainly to catch points for the BCC. After another 25 QSOs tonight I had enough and switched off … Start Date : 2022-02-25 … Continue reading

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ARRL DX CW ’22

Participated in another ARRL DX CW contest. This time on 15 m and just doing it remotely. Some Aurora deteriorated condx over the weekend, thus Sunday even worse than Saturday. But good to see 15 m open at all, moving … Continue reading

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CQ WPX RTTY ’22

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going fo a serious SOSB15 entry onsite thus I only played around a bit remotely on the other bands. Regularly checked 10 m and caught a small NA opening Sunday afternoon. 😎 Due to early QRL this … Continue reading

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ARRL 10m Contest ’21

Not much DX. A bit of Sporadic-E on Saturday, else an all Meteor Scatter weekend (although most people probably don’t even know their signals were bounced off meteor trails, hi). Hoping for better condx next year! ARRL 10-Meter Contest – … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX CW ’21

Another WWDX-CW is in the books. Checked the 10 m condx on Thursday morning: a few reasonably loud VKs, but nothing from Asia. Hmm. Next check Friday afternoon: a few South Americans, no USA. 15 m also looked pretty meager, … Continue reading

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Marconi Memorial VHF Contest ’21

I really like the MMC. Being CW-only on VHF it provides plenty of opportunities to work DX while using your own brain to decode the signals. And it’s always good for a surprise. Being in autumn it’s “usually” some tropo … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX SSB ’21

Nice condx! Great to have some F2 propagation on 10 m again. Saturday was good to JA, worked almost exactly 100 of them. On the other hand North America was only open for about 45 minutes in the afternoon with … Continue reading

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Small tropo opening & 70 cm QSOs

Driving from Hamburg to Schwedt along the German Autobahn  A20 last night I listened to Swedish FM radio all the way from about Rostock to Stralsund! There seemed to be a nice tropo lift across the Baltic Sea. I kept … Continue reading

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WAG ’21

Back from Bonaire right at the start of the contest (school’s starting again on Monday, else I would have like to do the WAG as DX, too, hi). But first a few other duties on the list so only Sunday … Continue reading

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PJ4/DH8BQA: Holidays & Makrothen Contest ’21

My second time on Bonaire! This time as a family holiday with a bit of radio, too. Been there for the first two weeks of October after we had to postpone the trip three times due to all the Corona … Continue reading

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September VHF Contest ’21

Been active as DFØUM Multi-OP (DG1BHA, DH8BQA, DL3BQA) from the clubstation in JO73ce again. Made a bit over 300 QSOs with 100k points. No detailed report this time, just too little time. 🙁 Uwe has a short German write up … Continue reading

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(No) Perseids this year …

Only made two QSOs on August 9, 2021. Worked R2OA/KO91 and special event station ES9ØFA/KO49, both on MSK144 mode. Just not enough time to play with the meteors this year …

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More (and bigger) Tropo!

Wow! Almost 100 QSOs in one-and-a-half-days on 2m outside of contests must mean there was something special. And indeed it was, we had some nice tropo across the North Sea again, this time on a more northerly path so the … Continue reading

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Some tropo for a change ;-)

After all these great Sporadic-E openings we had a small Tropo lift to the UK this morning. Predictions showed some enhancements across the North Sea that probably helped although most of the path from JO73 to the UK is over … Continue reading

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Another massive 2 m opening (just too close)

Another massive 2 m ES opening this afternoon! But as you can see from the MUF map I’ve been too close to it. Nevertheless managed a few QSOs during a short 15 minutes opening when the MUF was high enough, … Continue reading

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