I was calling CQ with JT65A on 15 meter, 40 watts and my Sand Piper antenna. No takers, but enough spots at Hamspot.net the stations who spotted me: UT3IB, KF1Z, UA3ARC, KN3A, W1KF, K9OHI, W6CQZ/4, KF4ZPN, WBØPGZ, K3DCW, N4RP, AB1NJ and DC2RK. I was calling CQ only for 5 minutes!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
“Quality and Ham spirit is better than Quantity” wrote Rudy HB9CCL on his QRZ.com page. “No Contests!” said Rudy. I am no contester either. In the weekends I spent more time with the family and I do other social activities. One or two qso’s daily is fine for me. We had a nice qso on 30 meter with CW. I was running 5 watts. My Sand Piper MV-5+3 antenna works very well on 30 meter. With WSPR this morning I was spotted in Australia and USA. Yesterday I worked OM7OM from Slovak Republic with PSK31 on 20 meter.
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Friday, February 17, 2012
No, I don't participate the Carnival weekend in the Netherlands. But my daughter will... only 13 years old, oh my... she will spend the weekend with a girlfriend from school. The XYL and me stay in a hotel in Brabant. But no radio this weekend, no Russian PSK contest and no ARRL CW DX contest. Most of last week QSO's are Russians and stations from Kazakhstan.
I do have the impression that the interest for Opera is waning. Yesterday I didn't receive any report with Opera on 20 and 30 meter in the late afternoon. But when I switched to WSPR with the same power and antenna I was spotted by several VK stations on 30 meter. (VKFRG, VK6ZRY and VK6ZT) I wish you all a very nice weekend.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The sun let us down Saturday (PACC contest) but today conditions were better. Sunspots are coming back (see photo) I made some QSO’s with SSB on 40-20-15 meter. 15 meter was open today. So I gave some points in the PACC contest. Best DX was NU1O Chris from Longmeadow, MA, USA with 5653 km. Other DX was RV9YP – Asiatic Russia with 5142 km. I couldn’t do the whole contest because friends were visiting us and my eldest son took me out for a concert Saturday evening.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Again no reports with Opera on 20 m, while there was enough activity, so I switched to WSPR and see for yourself, Australia in the first round.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I was running WSPR on 80 meter this morning but I was spotted only by one station in England. Hum... so I decided to do Opera, but nothing. Now the novelty is gone I see less participants with Opera. I went to 40 meter with the good old CW (5 watts and End Fed Wire). I called CQ and G4ZIB Tony came back for me on 7030 KHz. In the beginning his signal was strong but after a while strong QRN came up. Below you can see where I was spotted with my CQ call on 40 meter, thanks to Reverse Beacon Network.
This afternoon I had a nice qso with ON4ADI Paul from near Brugge, a very nice Belgium Town, on 40 meter and it was a 2 way qrp qso. His antenna was a magnetic loop indoors. A few minutes later I heard DK4AN Wang, he was running 100 mW and was 549 here. We made a nice qso but there was some qsb on his signal.
Also worked C51CL with 5 watt Cw on 20 meter and DJ1ZH met 5 watt CW on 40 meter. It was a good training with CW for the PACC contest this weekend.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Thursday, February 02, 2012
What was my intention for blogging this way? Not to mention difficult technical essays here. A lot of other blogs are doing this perfectly. No, it is just to tell others how I experience ham radio, the qso’s I make, and how special it is, to put a ham in the spotlight. Sharing my activities with ham radio. Today I was spotted by W4AC with WSPR on 40 meter this morning. My signal was heard in Florida. Just 5 watts and my end fed wire. Though it is not a real qso, but it is still magic that my signal was decoded over the pond. I don’t need qsl cards which are going straight in a box, and I never looked at it for a second time again. No, that special moment this morning when the call sign appear on my screen. That’s enough for me.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Later today I worked EM80UU with CW on 20 meter. Conditions were poor.