Category Archives: General stuff

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2017 summary & HNY

I haven’t been very active last year most of the time. I usually spend more time on the radio during summer to catch some Sporadic-E on the VHF bands, my favourite playground. Besides this it was mostly contesting but also … Continue reading

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BBQ @DP9A

Sorrily I couldn’t make it to the annual BBQ at DP9A last year so was glad to make it this year. Only drawback was the traffic. 🙁 Was going the 550 km trip with the YL on Friday afternoon but … Continue reading

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Impressions of HAMRADIO Friedrichshafen 2016

Great weekend in Friedrichshafen again! Always nice to meet so many people, chat around and just having fun refreshing or creating new friendships! Here are a few impressions …

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Antenna work on Aruba

Quite good progress on antenna work during the last two days. Pictured left are Ben, DL6RAI (left), and John, W2GD (right), on two of the towers. They both arrived Monday evening here on Aruba to take care of the antennas. Ben is … Continue reading

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CQWW CW Contest Audio

Added a page where you can lookup our QSO (if we had one 😉) in CQWW CW 2015 and listen to how you sounded in Northern Central Europe last November. Have fun and wishing everybody a Happy New Year and all … Continue reading

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Fixing issues: Remote Ops VDSL internet connection

As you know my station at home is remote controllable. I’ve been doing remote ops for 7 years now and the station’s (remote) capabilities have been constantly expanded throughout all the time. One major change I did was installing a … Continue reading

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New QSL design

Needed to order some new QSLs so invested a bit of time to do a new design, too. QSO details are printed directly onto the card (up to 5 QSOs per card as currently configured) using DF3CB’s BV7, alternatively I … Continue reading

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Missed all the fun … had different fun! ;-)

Just back from Friedrichshafen visiting the HAMRADIO fair. Seems I missed all the fun on 6, 4 & 2 m. All three bands have been wide open 3 days in a row and Sandro, DD3SP, reported working lots of QSOs … Continue reading

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