Category Archives: Propagation

PJ4 – Bonaire #142 on 6 m

Returning from QRL today 6 m was closed. I left the RX on 50.313 MHz FT8 in monitor mode while doing different things around the shack. Every now and then some signals from EI popped up and vanished again. Then … Continue reading

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Weekend VHF activities

Unfortunately not that much to report. I had blocked the weekend for the IARU Region 1 50 MHz contest but conditions were basically non-existent. A few Meteor Scatter contacts every now and then, nothing else worth mentioning on Saturday. πŸ™ … Continue reading

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New ones on 6 & 4 m today

Not much to report from the rest of the week. Had another small 4 m opening Tuesday evening but just two QSOs worked. Today was plenty of ES again on 6 & 4 m but most of it was more … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E & Tropo on one day! :-)

Wow … that’s been a great evening on VHF again! 6, 4 & 2 m were hot all day long but unfortunately I had to spend the day in QRL. There were some massive 2 m ES openings but I … Continue reading

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Small 4 m opening

Today saw a small 4 m opening. The band was open for almost an hour to Portugal around 14z. I could hear the beacons CS5BFM/B from IM59 and CS5BAM/B from IN51 quite well but unfortunately no stations QRV. πŸ™ Also … Continue reading

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First Sporadic-E this season :-)

Well, writing two blog posts on the same day must mean something special! Indeed, it does! πŸ˜‰ We had the first real Sporadic-E opening here up Northeast. 😎 I’ve been hogging the station for over a week now but VHF … Continue reading

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CQ WPX CW 2018 & further 7300 experiences

Another CQ WPX CW is in the books! As usual I decided to do a 10 m single band operation. I just like the band, especially in sunspot minimum it offers a variety of propagation modes most people are not … Continue reading

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A bit of 4 m MS this morning

Played around on 4 m Meteor Scatter this morning (stayed overnight at the station). Conditions were quite nice with lots of reflections from my QSO partners but the low ERP on my side still ment QSOs took very long, in … Continue reading

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IC-7300 – first impressions

Now having played with the radio for a few days it’s maybe time to give some feedback on my first impressions. Setup was a breeze! Be it all the menu settings, recording voice files for the internal voicekeyer, programming the … Continue reading

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Z3 – Macedonia, DXCC #36 on 4 m

Sporadic-E still isn’t kicking off on 4 m. πŸ™ There are some slight attempts of the MUF to make it over 70 MHz but so far it’s just scratching it. Under these circumstances FT8 really seems to help, at least … Continue reading

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ARRL-10M 2017

Another interesting contest in the books! Although (of course!) not comparable to results of past years during sunspot maximum it was way more fun than last year. 😎 Due to other commitments I had a late start on Saturday, first … Continue reading

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Major X9 solar flare – Aurora all around!

Wednesday saw a massive sun eruption not expected (especially that strong) being so far down the solar cycle already. In fact it has been the strongest solar flare in Cycle 24! spaceweatherlive.com has an interesting article about it. After hearing … Continue reading

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SCC-RTTY 2017

After a very busy week of QRL in the Netherlands and (for a change) no other plans this weekend (summer weekends are usually quite crammed with activities) I decided to give the SCC-RTTY organized by the Slovenian Contest Club a … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Shower

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time this year so most of my Perseids activities concentrated on the weekend when the peak was forseen to happen the night from 12th to 13th of August. But I didn’t recognize any distinct peak … Continue reading

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IM86 square #653 on 6 m

No QSOs sofar this week, QRL taking it’s toll. Small opening on 6 m tonight to Spain. Not expecting much, just tuning the band and only hearing 2 stations. Quite happy to see EA7CD was in IM86qs providing another new … Continue reading

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Aurora & ES – just returned from HAMRADIO fair

Just returned from the HAMRADIO fair in Friedrichshafen. Good show and great to meet some old friends again like Enrico, I5WBE. Have worked him several times on 2 m Meteor Scatter some 20 years ago in HSCW (high speed CW, … Continue reading

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July VHF contest … stupid me!

Well, not very satisfied! Reason is I completely overslept Sunday morning! Seems I either didn’t hear the alarm clock (had even set 2 different times to be safe!) or set it wrong, not sure. Just wanted to take a break … Continue reading

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SV5 – Dodecanese, DXCC #34 on 4 m and square #652 on 6 m

Not even a handful of QSOs today but all very special! First of all I caught TZ4AM on 6 m! Β It didn’t take long to find out his split listening tactics so I didn’t need more than 2 calls to … Continue reading

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Another evening ES & square #651 on 6 m

4 m continues to open in the evenings which is great for guys like me who spend their day time at work. πŸ˜‰ Tonight it was open to Finland again. As usual with these openings I was almost too close … Continue reading

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TF – Iceland, DXCC #33 on 4 m :-)

Another great ES to be caught after finishing QRL, love these evening openings! πŸ˜‰ Especially glad to work TF3ML for another new 4 m DXCC country. 😎 Distance is at the very edge of what’s possible with one hop and … Continue reading

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