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MS condx slowly improving

Besides playing with the satellites MS conditions improved a bit, too. Still way below usual for Perseids but at least three QSOs above 2.000 km already and three new squares with LO31, LN19 and IM79. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Tried a little on … Continue reading

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Working the birds …

Started playing with the satellite function of our IC-9700 during the last few days to escape the boredom of too few MS reflections. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I made my first satellite QSOs back in 1992 not much later than getting my first … Continue reading

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Quite a slow start

Not many reflections yet. A few long and strong ones as I produced at RQ3P (see screenshot) but still much less than we’re used to from earlier years. Usually spending most of my time on MS beaming East. Activity by … Continue reading

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Perseids have started

It was quite quiet on the blog here during the last few days and weeks. Not much time to play radio but as one of the most intense Meteor Showers of the year is approaching I decided to take a … Continue reading

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DARC July VHF Contest ’20

Oh boy. Seems this is the third year in a row to complain. ๐Ÿ˜€ Indeed conditions have been even worse than during the last few years. Saturday had such bad condx I could not even hear the big guns from … Continue reading

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A band-pass filter for 144 MHz

To cure our severe RFI issue described in one of my recent blog posts I decided to order an 144 MHz BPF. Found it on Ebay first but finally ordered from the seller’s Italian web shop directly and saved another … Continue reading

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Rare 2 m ES to the Northeast

Arrived early afternoon at the station today. Wanted to prepare a few things for the VHF contest this weekend and was monitoring the bands, of course. Thus no surprise I caught another short 2 m ES opening, this time to … Continue reading

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New squares on 4 m

A few single QSOs during the last few days only. A little longer opening to the Balkans today on 70 MHz providing two new squares with JN85 and KN06! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Both are well under 1.000 km so needing a higher … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E on 2 m again

Not very active during the last 2 weeks. Either no condx or me being too busy with QRL stuff. Just caught two smaller 4 m openings last Sunday (June 14) to Finland in the morning and Greece in the afternoon … Continue reading

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A new square on 6 m & some thoughts

Only one QSO today: TA7OM from KN80 providing square #690 on 50 MHz. Despite this I haven’t done much on 6 m this season yet. Seems I somehow lost interest in the band as almost all activity has shifted to … Continue reading

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Finland on 4 m

A short opening to Finland this morning, doesn’t happen too often. KP13 for a new square, now #206. All references for OH8JGG show KP24AE as his locator but he was clearly sending KP23 himself so will probably have to wait … Continue reading

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Chasing down our RFI issue – success!

Spent some time with Heiko, DG1BHA, and Uwe, DL3BQA, chasing down our RFI issue this afternoon that I had reported about in my WPX-SSB blog post. Some systematic testing revealed that it’s worse with a modified TS-590 transmitting on 15 … Continue reading

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OY – Farรถer Islands #45 on 70 MHz

Another new country in the log on 4 m and square #205! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Glad to catch him this morning, had heard him a few days ago already but no luck back then. This time skip fitted perfectly so easy going. … Continue reading

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CQ WPX CW ’20

Well, I felt a bit uneasy before this one. There was a small tipps & tricks section in last week’s BCC newsletter about the upcoming WPX-CW contest and being interviewed I said there’s a 70% chance of good Sporadic-E conditions … Continue reading

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Another 2 m Sporadic-E …

Being active in the WPX-CW contest this weekend (report to follow) I monitored 2 m in parallel and caught another ES opening. ๐Ÿ˜Ž —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 15:25 EA6VQ JM19MP -08 -02 2 … Continue reading

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Best VHF-DX day ever!

I’ve been active on the VHF bands for almost 30 years now and certainly experienced one or another great VHF-DX day. But what we experienced today certainly deserves the definition as “Best VHF-DX day ever”! The 6, 4 & 2 … Continue reading

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Another 2 m ES opening

Another short ES opening this morning! Not positioned favourably, signals very much in & out, but some QSOs made at least: —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 08:49 UA4ALU LN29LA -17 -05 2 m. FT8 … Continue reading

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First 2 m ES / 4 m to the UK

Glad to catch my first 2 m Sporadic-E this year! Marginal opening to UA6 from here, FT8 had to deliver. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LN26 was a new square, #587. Almost missed the opening! Was sitting on the balcony sipping my morning coffee … Continue reading

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Great VHF day!

Great day on VHF today! First QSO was with RD4AN in LN19 on 6 m. A new square, of course, as operation on 50 MHz in Russia is officially not yet allowed as far as I know. There were a … Continue reading

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Patchy 70 MHz openings today

A few patchy openings this morning. Great to see the first double hop ES that early in the season! Looking at the differences between sent and received reports I feel I probably need more power! ๐Ÿ˜‰ —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR … Continue reading

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