July 22, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

Back on 6m WSPR tonight

One of the great advantages of WSPR is it can be done silently and activity can be monitored in the lounge. Tonight I am WSPRing on 6m in the shack and watching progress in the lounge on WSPRnet whilst the grandchildren sleep, peacefully.

G6AVK has spotted me 5 times so far and local G4IKZ plenty of times, but no Es on 6m here since this morning. Tomorrow, I shall go back to 10m.

Posted at: July 22, 2014 11:36 PM

6m UKAC this evening

As my little grandson is asleep in the adjoining room, I was unable to stay on the 50MHz UK activity contest for more than a few minutes tonight.  In the short time I was on I heard plenty of QTH locator squares (JO02,JO03, IO81, IO82, and others). It would appear quite a number of stations must be vertically polarised like me. The next chance of being in this 50MHz UKAC is about a month away.  If I can, I'll come on 6m to see what can be worked. My voice is not good, so I'll have to limit talking to about 1 hour.

Posted at: July 22, 2014 11:13 PM

EA1CS

YB4IR/5, OC-122



Imam, YB4IR estará activo desde la Islas Tambelan OC-122 del 2 al 9 de agosto 2014.

QRV en bandas de HF, CW / SSB.

QSL via H/c


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 22, 2014 11:05 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

One way to see the windmill next door

There was a man dangling from a rope painting the cap of our local windmill. I felt like telling him there are easier ways of seeing the windmill! Rather him than me.
Someone suggested I string a long wire to the top of the mill from my bungalow next door. But what happens when the cap turns and the sails go around?

Posted at: July 22, 2014 09:25 PM

6m - GDX WSPR this evening

As well as lots of local spots from G4IKZ (18km), I see there are GDX spots from G8PMA (90km) this evening. As far as I recall these are the first spots from this station. They are at quite a low level (around -27/-28dB S/N). The was no Doppler, suggesting pure tropo?

UPDATE 1920z:  G6AVK (78km) is spotting me at -21/-26dB S/N.

Posted at: July 22, 2014 09:21 PM

EA1CS

YJ0UO, Vanuatu

Antes de su viaje a Tonga desde donde operará como A35UO ( click  ) buscar a Dave G4BUO que estará activo desde Vanuatu como YJ0UO del 23 al 27 de julio, 2014.

QRV en modo holiday-style, sólo Cw.

QSL via GB4BUO.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 22, 2014 08:55 PM

F8BON (Patrice)

F5KKE/P lors du concours Bol d’Or des QRP !

Team Choc F5KKE /P79 (de droite à gauche) : F6DZR – F1TXI – F0GOW – SWL Louis QRP F0GOW – F5DCO – F8BON (absents à ce concours : F0FKO – F1UGK – F4FGY) —————————————————————– Superbe week-end de concours et pique-nique passé dans le sud-est 79 au lieu dit le "Terrier" de St Martin du Fouilloux, […]

Posted at: July 22, 2014 06:29 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

6m WSPR

Since just after 1030z I have been on 6m WSPR. Apart from a couple of spots from OH7AI (2000km) early on, all spots have been by local G4IKZ (18km). I shall stay on 6m but really 10m is a much more productive band for Es and the occasional F2 DX.

Sunspot count today is just 16 and 20-30MHz conditions only "fair", so 10m F2 is unlikely.

UPDATE 1620z:  From 1054z up to now, the only 6m WSPR spots have been by G4IKZ (18km), all rather boring now on 6m. 

UPDATE 1640z:  Later tonight, if I can creep past my sleeping grandson in the adjoining bedroom, I may give the 50MHz UK Activity Contest a brief go this evening. Brief as it will strain my voice to stay on too long.  I am vertically polarised, so this will compromise my chances and I can only use 5W maximum.

Posted at: July 22, 2014 06:39 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Elecraft - my personal opinion

I have been involved in the Service Industry for all of my adult working life.  I have worked in photo studios, photo laboratories, photo retail, professional photographic equipment distribution and service, and most recently in the IT field through inventory control and logistics.

Throughout that period, there was one Prime Directive (to borrow the term from Star Trek), and that is that Customer Service is, was, and always will be #1. Coming up close to 40 years in the field now, I can attest to how that's not always the easiest philosophy to live up to; but it is paramount. For truly, years of hard work to build up a solid reputation can be squandered in mere seconds by an instance of lousy customer service. And once you have squandered your reputation and credibility, even with one person and in one instance, word can get around so quickly that it can take years to get back to where you started from.

"What has this to do with Amateur Radio?", you are probably asking yourself. 

There are many service and product providers in the Amateur Radio market, as small as this niche is. We have many places where we can spend our heard earned dollars. There are many very good companies out there that will bend over backward to make sure that your experience with them is the best possible one that you can have.  On the other hand, there are also companies out there who quite literally (excuse my language) don't give a damn what you care about or want.  All they want is your dollars and once they have them, you are pretty much dead to them.  Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully these companies are the smallest minority and they usually die a pretty quick death, going out of business rather quickly.

On the other end of the spectrum are the companies that go out of their way to ensure that you are happy and satisfied.  In my experience, Elecraft has done an exemplary job in that department. I have been a happy Elecraft owner since 2003, when I first bought my K1.  Since then, I have purchased and built a K2, a K3 and a KX3, along with numerous sub-kits and accessories. In each instance, I had a great experience. The manuals are extremely well thought out, leaving (at least in my case) no doubt as to how things are supposed to go together. In the two instances where my kits were missing parts, or had a wrong part shipped - a quick e-mail to Elecraft got me the needed pieces in literally a day or two.

I have been fortunate that my radios worked right off my assembly line. However, I do know of instances where that has not been the case for other Hams, for one reason or another.  In those cases, it seems that the help that was received from Elecraft via the telephone from their outstanding staff,  or from the Elecraft e-mail reflector(s) where other Elecraft enthusiasts helped to get them up and running quickly.  I also personally know of instances where "stuff has happened" and telephone calls to Elecraft brought timely solutions, even though the equipment in question would have been considered out of warranty by any other manufacturer.

All that being said, the clincher came for me just prior to Field Day, this year.  On QRP-L, many of the guys were beginning to list where their QRP Field Day efforts were going to be held.  I chimed in with information about where the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club's effort was going to be, and I also mentioned that we were going to be all QRP, using my KX3s as our HF transmitters. Out of the blue, that night I received a private e-mail from Wayne Burdick N6KR, one of the principal owners of the company. In the e-mail he informed me that he read my posting to QRP-L and saw that we were going to be using my KX3s. So from there, Wayne proceeded to tell me how to set up the KX3s so that they would cause minimal interference to each other in close quarters.  And that information, which he also posted to the KX3 and general Elecraft e-mail reflectors, turned out to be a life saver.  After we first got going, it turned out that the SSB station was just swamping me out, and I was basically doing the same to them.  When that became apparent, I whipped out the printed e-mail from my back pocket (it was next to my Swiss Army Knife), made the setting changes and from there we were in like Flynn. The two stations sat side-by-side and hummed along for the rest of Field Day - fat, dumb and happy!

This boggled my mind.  One of the owners of Elecraft was keeping his eye on QRP-L, saw that one of his customers would be using their product and then graciously offered tips on how to make the radios work even better.  That, my friends is ADVANCED customer service - the stuff upon which legends are born.

Now don't get me wrong. No company in this world is perfect. Far from it. Heck, just go to the Elecraft reflectors and you'll find lots of instances where people feel they haven't been satisfied and take ample opportunity to vent.  Some of it may be justified, and some of it is pure nonsense.  But in my mind at least, Elecraft is a very bright spot in the Amateur Radio market, and I would recommend them highly to anyone. And aside from Amateur Radio, I think that they are a shining example to all industries on what great Customer Service is and should be.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: July 22, 2014 04:51 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Overnight 10m Es and GDX

Overnight, I left 10m WSPR running. It was a productive night with 10m Es more or less all the time with spots from GM, DK, SI9, SM, LA3 and OZ. I also spotted similar Northern European stations plus PD0OHW. I am glad I left the kit running as this was as good as it gets on 10m ES around Europe.

I still don't understand why later in the Es season the openings are more northerly in direction. It is similar every year.

G8JNJ/A (184km) was copied during the night a couple of times too (GDX).

Posted at: July 22, 2014 02:47 PM

EA1CS

Z21EME, Z21CMC, Z21CHR, Z21NK, EME Dxpedition



Del 1 al 8 de noviembre 2014 estaremos QRV desde Zimbawe, KG58gh, 2m, 6m, 70cm and 23cm. La estación estará formada por:

  • 2mts, antena 2 x 10el X-pole DK7ZB
  • 6mts, antena 11 el m2
  • 70cm, antena 1 x 38el. m2
  • 23cm, antena  67 el.
Los operadores serán:

  • Lins Berben PA3CMC Z21CMC
  • John Sygo ZS6JON Z21EME
  • Chris Ploeger PA2CHR Z21CHR
  • Paul Smit ZS6NK Z21NK
Más información aquí

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 22, 2014 02:11 PM

BA7CK, BD7HC y B7/BD1TX, AS-143


BA7CK, BD7HC y B7/BD1TX se dirigen de nuevo a la isla Yongxing AS-143 . Estarán activos en 15mts Ssb y modos digitales desde varias islas en el archipiélago de Xisha, todas contando comoa AS-143.




La activación será en su tiempo libre a partir de hoy 22 de julio ( por confirmar) y duraría alrededor de 2 semanas.

  • BA7CK, BD7HC Qsl via BA4TB. 
  • B7/BD1TX vía BD1TX.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 22, 2014 01:51 PM

G4VXE (Tim)

Reflections on the passing of VO-52

Unfortunately, our concerns were well-founded. Yesterday, on the AMSAT bulletin board, the official news of VO-52's passing was announced.

The loss of VO-52 leaves quite a gap. What I enjoyed about it particularly, was that it was the one of the linear transponders that could be used with very simple antennas. My V2000 vertical worked very well for a variety of contacts. I just wish I had started using it earlier.

VO-52 had a great downlink signal and was always in transponder mode (AO-73 is great, but I rarely hear it in transponder mode, or if I do, it's usually brief, as it switches over to telemetry). So, hopefully the new generation of satellites which will be coming on stream soon - some already in orbit doing other things, waiting to be activated into their amateur radio roles - others waiting to be launched.

A good time to remember to support AMSAT (a VO-52 lookalike would work very well, thank you...)

Posted at: July 22, 2014 12:13 PM

K2DSL (David)

2014 NAQP RTTY & DMC RTTY & CQ WW VHF Contests

This weekend I participated in 3 different contests with most of the effort in the NAQP RTTY.

Before the NAQP fired up the DMC RTTY contest started. It starts before the NAQP, runs during the NAQP, and continues after the NAQP ends. I worked just 36 stations on 15m & 20m. Conditions didn’t seem good for me, but it killed some time.

Here’s a map of the contacts (click to enlarge):
2014_DMC_RTTY
Here’s the N1MM score summary:

 Band    QSOs    Pts  DXCC   Area   Cont
   14      20     20    10      0     0
   21      16     16     9      3     4
Total      36     36    19      3     4
Score : 3,168

At 2pm local time, the NAQP fired up. It was confusing at the start since there were stations working the DMC RTTY contest that was going on and stations now working the NAQP contest that just started. It didn’t take long but it seemed to me that most of the DMC stations took a break for a while or moved to other bands less used by the NA stations. I turned the hexbeam to the west since I’m mostly working stations to the west of NJ and I heard S5 noise on 15m and 20m. I switched to the G5RV and I heard the same noise. If I point the beam to the south, the noise goes completely away. I dealt with it throughout most of the contest but it definitely impacted my ability to hear stations. A local ham was working stations I couldn’t even hear or see in the waterfall. You can tell from the low count in the 15m totals how challenging it was.

10m was quiet for both noise and unfortunately RTTY signals. I switched to 10m a few times but there wasn’t any activity. Late in the afternoon I switched to 40m and there were a few stations active. After working them I parked myself on an open frequency, called CQ and worked a bunch of stations. I switched back to the higher bands and the noise had disappeared so I worked some stations I probably couldn’t hear with the noise. As the sun started to get low in the sky I was back on 40m where there was a lot of activity both in S&P and CQing.

As things were rolling along on nicely on 40m when my wife told me it was time to head out to a friend’s party. A couple hours later we got home and I got back on 40m and 80m to make some contacts before calling it a night and heading to bed. I missed logged 7 states with most of those in the immediate area since I wasn’t on 80m until the very end.

Here’s the summary of contacts by band for the NAQP contest:

 Band    QSOs    Pts   Sec
  3.5      26     26    16
    7     119    119    41
   14     118    118    38
   21      24     24    13
   28       3      3     3
Total     290    290   111
Score : 32,190

On Sunday I decided to clean up things for outstanding QSL cards I needed to send, most in reply to those that sent them to me asking for a QSL in return. While I was doing that I had the radio on, flipped to 6m, and heard one of my club members a town away calling CQ. I realized it was the CQ WW VHF contest so I fired up N1MM, worked him and then on and off worked a station here or there. The stations ended up being local such as NJ, NY or CT and then FL with a lone LA (Louisiana) station.

I worked 12 stations in 9 different grids. I did end up getting everything done I needed with QSL cards. I’ll write about that next.

All scores sent in and also uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog.

73,
K2DSL

Posted at: July 22, 2014 01:53 AM

July 21, 2014

K2DSL (David)

2014 DLDX RTTY Contest

I have some catching up to do as I’ve fallen behind in my short write ups. On July 4th weekend was the DLDX RTTY contest which runs for 24 hours. There were activities going on but I got some time on the air and was able to work 176 Qs.  As you can see from the breakout, most activity was on 15m & 20m which is when I was able to be at the radio.

You get more points for DX (outside the US) contacts but US contacts still get points and are multipliers.

Here’s a map of the contacts made (click to enlarge):

K2DSL_2014_DLDX_RTTY

Here’s the score summary from N1MM:

 Band    QSOs    Pts  DXCC   Area
  3.5       5     30     2     4
    7      18    150     6     7
   14      66    935    28     8
   21      84   1150    32    10
   28       3     25     2     2
Total     176   2290    70    31

Score : 231,290

73,
K2DSL

Posted at: July 21, 2014 11:51 PM

July 22, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

Staying on 10m WSPR overnight

As the lightning map looks very clear, I have decided to leave 10m WSPR running overnight.

Although it has quietened down in the last 30 minutes, I can still see lots of watery traces, probably GDX, coming through, but not decoding.  We'll see if any of these decode during the night. If the good Es conditions continue, I'd expect some EU decodes during the night.

Should there be any storms, I can be QRT very very quickly. 

UPDATE 2230z:  No decodes in last hour. Bedtime.

Posted at: July 22, 2014 12:31 AM

2E0HTS (Simon)

VO-52 - Favourite Satellite Is Silent Key


My Google+ account keeps me up to date with all of the things and people that are important to me and it was there where I first received the sad news that my favourite earth orbiting amateur radio satellite VO-52 had become silent key. I had a look on the AMSAT-UK site to see in more detail what had happened to the long serving satellite. It appears to have been down to a problem with the battery unit as I read that during VO-52's 49,675th orbit, the on-board lithium ion batteries finally gave in and are not likely to be recovered.


I first got interested in working the VO-52 satellite when I made my first home brew yagi which I called the" broomstick yagi". Since then I have had hours and hours of fun working hundreds of radio amateurs and making antennas whilst trying my best to improve my satellite station. For many years I have caught lots of daily passes from the superb LEO satellite -VO-52 allowing me the opportunities to practice making qso's and perfecting my amateur satellite operating skills and techniques. It was working through VO-52 that first inspired me to modify my IOIo antenna and make it a IO-10 element as seen in the pictures above. I have had some of the best ham radio fun working through this quality bird and will really miss it as well as some of the guys that I worked solely through this satellite. I am glad that I made plenty of videos of VO-52 for anyone wanting a chance to re-live the magic of the legendary VO-52. Just follow the links below.

VO 52 Amateur Satellite Communication 

CQ VO-52 Satellite 

How To Make A VO-52 SAT QSO 

VO-52 Satellite QSO With ON7EQ & 2E0HTS 

Well I guess that VO-52 will take some beating, lets hope that there will be more like VO-52 for us all to enjoy in the up and coming amateur satellite future. All that is left to say is a big thank you to everyone involved in the VO-52 satellite project. It was a great asset to amateur radio World wide and will be always remembered as the satellite with a solid signal whenever it passed by my horizon. Farewell old buddy, your transponders have served you well!

Posted at: July 22, 2014 12:16 AM

July 21, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

HF JT65 and JT9-1

A few people have suggested I try these modes more seriously. I have used both these modes in the past but never too seriously. As I cannot do much building or "in the field" experimenting until my health really improves, these modes will provide me with a "no talking" challenge for the autumn - my voice is still poor making modes like SSB challenging. I can manage VHF and UHF contests for short periods, but it really strains my voice and voice modes are best avoided. Unlike WSPR which is an excellent beaconing mode, the JT modes are 2-way so allow proper QSOs, if rather rubber stamp. WSPR is a few dB more sensitive but JT65 and JT9-1 use 1 minute transmission slots.

Posted at: July 21, 2014 11:51 PM

10m Es - still good here at 2100z

Well, 10m has been in good shape all afternoon and evening here.

This afternoon it opened well to the USA east coast by Es and it is still wide open to great chunks of Europe as I write. This is a great Es day on the band - in my opinion the best this season. Mind you, I have been on 6m WSPR a good part of the last few months and only recently moved down to 10m in a more serious way. Today I might have tried 6m transatlantic WSPR but there were very few USA stations active on the mode, so I stuck with 10m. 10m is a far more productive Es band, but being nearly half the frequency, that is to be expected. 2W WSPR, even to my indifferent antenna, is enough.

UPDATE 2112z:  Best DX in the last 15 minutes is TF3HZ (1837km) up in Iceland. Still lots from continental Europe coming through too. LA3JJ (993km) in Norway is a very consistent signal.

UPDATE 2135z:  My 2W is still being spotted on 10m WSPR, now by DK0SC (827km) at a strong -9dB S/N.  The 10m band is still humming.  I shall have to go QRT before too long, more is the pity.

Posted at: July 21, 2014 11:39 PM

EA1CS

Con piel de gallina....

Así me acaban de dejar las palabras de Mai E41MT vía Twitter al ver su último tuit en el que enseñaba su Qsl y muy friamente nos dice:
Esperamos poder seguir con vida para poder enviarlas
Le mando mis ánimos y le digo que tengan mucho valor y en un segundo tuit me contesta:
Muchas gracias espero que podamos pasar esta noche, es realmente muy difícil.

Os aseguro que es muy difícil escribir este artículo ahora mismo y no encuentro muchas palabras para decir. Estoy totalmente en blanco, al ver o leer entre líneas el pánico de nuestra amiga Mai, que será el de todos las PERSONAS de Gaza ......



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 21, 2014 11:16 PM

AA6E (Martin)

Fun with WSJT-X

Since this weekend's ARRL 100th Convention, I've been trying out WSJT-X, the latest from Joe Taylor K1JT in his series of "Weak Signal" programs.  It supports the JT65 and JT9 digital modes, mainly for HF communications (1.8 - 30 MHz).  It's a more modern and user-friendly program than the original WSJT.

The JT65 mode, shown here as a waterfall spectrogram in the 17 M band, is Joe's classic mode.  It uses 64 tones plus a pilot to convey the digital message in a ~200 Hz band.  This selection is interesting, because the weak WSJT-X signal (JA1VGV) is hidden behind a strong RTTY station -- the two big vertical bars.  The JA station is -17 dB relative to the SSB noise level, while the RTTY signal is probably > 0 dB. 

A contact goes in 1 minute "chunks": sending for one minute (actually, 48 sec.) and receiving for one minute.  The divisions of transmit/receive are shown as red horizontal lines. (The waterfall is stopped for 48 sec during transmit.)

I use two power levels for JT65. Normal is 5 Watts.  When conditions are tough, I can ramp up to "QRO" -- 20 Watts.  To go higher than that is considered unsporting, I think!

JT65 is nice, but JT9 is better.  It uses the same message structure, but with only 9 tones that are spaced more closely.  JT9 is much more efficient in terms of spectrum utilization (by a factor of ~10), so it is clearly a better solution for crowded HF bands.  Unfortunately, most of the JT65 software now in use does not support JT9.  WSJT-X supports both.

Posted at: July 21, 2014 10:45 PM

EA1CS

VK5CE/8, OC-173.... a un mes vista



Craig VK5CE / 21 julio 2014


Con el Concurso IOTA este fin de semana próximo, los pensamientos de muchos DXers se vuelven hacia la caza de nuevas islas. Así que buena suerte a todos los cazadores y l a todos aquellos que van a viajar y se van a tomar su tiempo para activar una IOTA. VK5CE / 8 Bathurst Island OC-173, está a sólo un mes y todo va según lo previsto. El fin de semana corté y probé nuevos dipolos verticales para utilizar en la expedicion.



Los vuelos desde Adelaide en Australia del Sur a Darwin en el Territorio del Norte,  y el vuelo charter desde Darwin a Bathurst Island han sido pagados. Los costos de la contratación en la isla también se han pagado. La compañía de vuelos chárter ha comprobado el peso de los equipos necesarios y en la isla de Bathurst Island Lodge han confirmado que voy a ser el único huésped en la casa de campo, por lo que podré configurar dipolos verticales en la marca de la marea alta de la playa y voy a tener todo el lugar para mí.

En la isla de Red OC-255 como VK5CE / 4 en octubre del año pasado me centré sólo en el uso de 20m y 15m para todos los QSOs. Sobre la base de las previsiones de propagación, he decidido a construir 4 dipolos verticales y así voy a utilizar las 3 bandas principales, 20, 17 y 15mts. También voy a poner un dipolo vertical para 10m. Los 15m, 17m y 20m me darán una buena flexibilidad para QSO con América del Norte y Europa, voy a estar operativo desde las 2200 UTC hasta las 1700 UTC. Los días de operación siguen siendo del 26 al 29 de agosto.

En un par de semanas voy a anunciar mi plan de operación con probables bandas / frecuencias /ya que a veces no voy a tener ningún acceso a internet en la isla.


73s de Craig VK5CE


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 21, 2014 10:29 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Monday night East Cambs Net 2m

Every Monday night at 8pm clock time, a number of amateurs in Cambridge and the villages in East Cambridgeshire meet for a net on 144.575MHz FM.  This is down in the "all modes" section as originally we used AM until one who joined the net did not have that mode.

At the moment, I tend to speak very little as my voice is so poor still. There are usually a few of us on and please feel free to call in and join the net. We always finish by 9pm local time and often well before.

Currently I am monitoring the net and WSPRing on 10m.

Posted at: July 21, 2014 09:12 PM

10m - transatlantic Es this afternoon

I switched to 2W WSPR on 10m around 1406z and was rewarded (in addition to reception of a Dutch station) by reception of K3NAL (5930km) and  KZ8C (6920km). Neither has copied me yet, if they are indeed monitoring on RX. Both are using 5W.

This must be multi-hop Es. It is certainly my best Es DX this season.  At this time of the year it is highly unlikely to be F-layer. Anyway, today F2 conditions today are very poor. K3NAL and KZ8C have been copied lots of times. K3NAL has been copied 10 times by 1608z!
10m Es WSPR - transatlantic today
It is a great pity there are not more stations in the USA on WSPR on 6m. Good to copy USA stations in the summertime on 10m.

UPDATE 1700z:   K3NAL has been copied 14 times already.  WG2Z (5600km) has now copied my 2W at 1626z.

UPDATE 1820z:   Lots of EU Es audible on WSPR but the transatlantics have stopped.

UPDATE 1856z:    PD0OHW (459km) at +12dB S/N on WSPR - incredibly strong Es propagation.

Posted at: July 21, 2014 08:58 PM

EA1CS

VK9LDX/VK9LM, todo embalado

Lagunaria Dx Group / julio 2014

Ha pasado algo de tiempo desde el último comunicado, pero no quiere decir que no hayamos estado trabajando duro.

El 7 de julio el equipo se reunió en la estación de concursos DR1A, donde se embaló y empaquetó todo el material y equipos.



Para bandas altas usaremos monobandas con polarización vertical y horizontal para cada banda minimizando así las interferencias entre bandas. Tener un gran campo para la configuración de antenases bueno, pero tener el shack en el otro extremo de la propiedad, supone grandes tiradas de cables para alimentar todas las antenas. Por lo tanto más de 1500mts de coaxial y otros 1400mts de cable de control fueron guardados en cajas. Al final todo quedó listo, más de 3 toneladas de material y equipos fueron embalados en 60 cajas diferentes.

Ahora serán enviadas de Alemania a Australia continental y más adelante a Lord Howe. Puedes ver las fotos en la galería de la web de la Dxpedition ( click ).

Hemos tenido un momento triste cuando Félix DL5XL tuvo que decirnos que cancelaba su participación por compromisos de trabajo. Con él perdemos un excelente compañero y una gran operador.

Por casualidad nos pusimos en contacto con Joerg DF7TH. ël conoce bien a Dietman DL3DXX y a Gerd DJ5IW, compartieron operaciones en XF4DL en el año 2006, es un entusiasta de Cw, y ha decidido unirse a nostros. Ahora tenemos tres Joerg en el equipo, para diferenciarlos hemos decidido nombrarlos por el número de su indicativo, Joerg 6 ( DF6JC), Joerg 7 ( DF7TH) y Joerg 8 ( DL8WPX).

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 21, 2014 07:23 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

The bands are slipping

Band conditions seem to have vastly deteriorated from what they were just a few months ago. It's not that propagation is non-existent, it's just that it seems to have left us in a bigger hurry than I would have thought.


I went out at lunchtime today (around 1730Z) to find activity on 15 Meters to be nil.  A quick scan of 17 Meters revealed not so much.  Just a few months ago, both these bands were hopping with all kinds of DX. It wasn't all that rare to hear Europe, South America and Asia all at the same time! It wasn't all that rare to hear a good amount of activity on 12 and 10 Meters just a few short months ago.

Since 15 and 17 seemed inactive, I went to 14.061 MHz and called CQ after QRLing to make sure the frequency was dead.  I was answered by fellow New Jerseyan, QRPer and blogger, Chris KQ2RP who gave me a 559 from Maine.

After that, I worked fellow Polar Bear, Ken WA8REI who is having a hard time enduring the heat and humidity in Michigan.  It's hard to put up with the Temperature Humidity Index when you have so much fur! ;-)  Ken was a good solid 579 here when the QSB wasn't wreaking havoc. We had a nice little chat and then it was time for Ken to go, and my available lunchtime minutes were growing short, too.

Before heading in, I decided to check out 17 Meters one more time.  There, blasting in at 599+ was GA14CG, the Special Event Station for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.  There was a bit of a pileup, but he was so loud that I figured that I could work him, if only I could place myself correctly.


With time running short, I was able to eventually find the right spot.  GA14CG was using the ol' racetrack pattern scheme. Start at a frequency, move a bit higher after each call, reach a high point and then continue to work stations, moving a bit lower after each QSO until arriving at starting point and starting the process all over again. Essentially, he was doing laps, which I guess was appropriate considering it's the Commonwealth Games.  I placed myself correctly on the return trip home and got into the log. They're on the air until August 3rd, so you have plenty of time to work them.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: July 21, 2014 06:05 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

6m after the storms.

Last night I decided to stay off air until the storms were well clear. They moved away from this area by mid evening but as they were very scattered I decided to stay off-air until the morning.  A check on WSPRnet showed I was not missing too much - just Es around Europe and no "super DX".

In the end, I returned to 6m at 1058z this morning after a shopping trip into Newmarket with the wife.  Apart from usual G4IKZ (18km) I was rewarded by a -21dB S/N spot by OH7AI (2000km) up in Finland at 1106z. At 1120z, he was spotting me at a strong -6dB S/N.
WSPR spots of OH7AI and G4IKZ on 6m this morning
Sunspot count is 17 today (low) and 20-30MHz conditions are described as "fair", so F2 DX is less probable on 10m. I may QSY to 10m later just in case.

UPDATE 1150z:  SQ9SIM has just been spotted on 6m WSPR. The band is opening well by Es.

UPDATE 1400z:  My WSPR software was stopped (for a short while after lunch) but just G4IKZ spotting me now. Maybe there will more 6m Es later.

Posted at: July 21, 2014 04:08 PM

EA1CS

YF1AR/5, OC-122

Budi, YF1AR estará activo desde Tambelan Island OC-122 desde el 24 de julio al 3 de agosto 2014 (incluido el concurso IOTA)

Esta rara IOTA se activó por última vez en 1990.

QRV de 10 a 40mts en Ssb y modos digitales.

QSL via N2OO y  OQRS través YF1AR (Club Log)

73´s, Luis EA1CS




  • Parece ser que Budi se adelanta al grupo liderado por YB5NOF y YB5QZ, que llevan ya mucho tiempo intentando activar Tambelan Is ( click ), los logos de ambas operaciones muy parecidos.
  • Y recordar que ayer mismo se anunciaba actividad también desde Tambelas Is por parte de  Iman YB4IR para el mes de agosto 2014 ( click )

Posted at: July 21, 2014 03:58 PM

ZF2KD, Cayman Is.



Warren KD5DRY / 15 julio 2014

Voy a operar de vez en cuando desde Grand Cayman. Mi indicativo allí será ZF2KD, y estaré activo principalmente en 20mts, con alguna aparición en 15, 17 y 40mts. 

Confirmaré las Qsl vía directas 100% y también a través del buro. 
Disfruto del DX y del intercambio de tarjetas QSL.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 21, 2014 03:43 PM