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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. 😉 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. 😉 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 V37DX as a special callsign, too. 🙂 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! 😎 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. 😉 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! 😎 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. 🙁 Waking up Friday morning I already had a sore throat. Fever and shivers added during the … Continue reading

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Weekend (VHF) activities … some tropo again

As the YL was working weekend shifts in QRL I had some more spare time than usual this weekend. 😉 Decided to spend the time in the shack and finally start working on a new project idea I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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WAE-RTTY 2018

It’s been a while since I last participated in WAE-RTTY. I wanted to just hand out a few points remotely on Saturday and then on Sunday again. But you know … first goal was 250 QSOs, when reaching that it … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX SSB 2018

Another WWDX-SSB is in the books. I decided to do SOSB15(A) as condx before the contest were surprisingly good and hoped it would stay like this during the weekend. I was indeed very astonished when working a bunch of JAs … Continue reading

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Tropo vanished …

Still a bit of tropo when arriving at the station this afternoon (seems it was better this morning), but all very unstable, signals readible only a few times then vanishing again. —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. … Continue reading

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Totally unexpected tropo!

Two blog posts on the same day always mean something special! 😉 Well, after all the hard antenna work today I spent the evening at the contest station, working a few DX stations on HF here and there, working my … Continue reading

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Groundplane for 80 m set up

Arrived in JO73 Monday evening, have a week of holidays now. 🙂 Was busy yesterday helping my mom with some paperwork as she’s in pension now. Good to be inside as the weather was really ugly, heavy winds and rain. … Continue reading

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WAG ’18

Only a small contribution this year. Had a good night’s sleep of 6 hours and stopped a little earlier, too, as I had visiting guests (my birthday today ). Anyway, always big fun to operate in the Worked All Germany … Continue reading

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Makrothen RTTY Contest ’18

Ever since I coincidentally stumbled across the TMC (The Makrothen Contest) back in 2014 I wanted to do a full time entry in that contest one time. I really like the format: It’s 8 hours operating, 8 hours off, 8 on, … Continue reading

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