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DX on the Magic Band

Posted: July 1st, 2015 under 6M, DX, Hamradio, Soundclips.

6m_27_jun_2015 Since my last 6M post, we have had a few openings on 6M, but I can’t really say I’ve heard much of interest during several of those openings. However a few openings are worth mentioning.

On June 21st, I worked EA9PY on CW. I don’t hear EA9 too often, and I hope some day to get one of them on LoTW on 6M.

On June 22nd, TJ3SN was in with a good singnal. Better than when I worked him in May. He had a good pile-up, and I know he was worked from Norway. In the evening, we had a big aurora. Well, for me most of it went south of me. I heard a few stations, but nothing I hadn’t worked before. I also had a lot of whitenoise in the direction of the sun that evening. Probably from the same stuff that caused the aurora. The aurora also turned into some auroral-e and I worked EI6JK and EI4DQ just for the fun of it. The K index was 9 over many hours.

During the morning on June 23rd, North-America was still enjoying auroral-e. On the ON4KST chat K1TOL suggested us to give it a try. He started cq’ing, and after a little while, I heard him. The tone was not pure, more like an aurora signal, but not so wide. I called him, but the conditions disappeared before we could make a qso. I did not even think of making a soundclip at the time. It would have been fun to have this as a recording.

On June 26th, I heard UK8OM and UN7TW to the east. I have worked them before, so I didn’t bother calling them. 9K2MU was cqing with few takers, so I gave him a call. I don’t hear 9K too often here, so it was nice to hear him with a good signal. In the evening, PV8ADI appeared out of nowhere. I worked him for a nice dx.

Little did I know that June 27th would turn into one of the best openings since the days of F2. During the day, I caught UN7AM in LN53 for a new grid. I didn’t work anything more until the evening. My rig was parked on 50103, listening for PJ5A. I missed PJ6D when they were active in 2011. They never copied me.

Seeing that more and more europeans were hearing PJ5A, I thought I could hear something very weak on the frequency. After a while, they appeared with a readable signal. My heart started pumping rapidly, and I started calling them. I could not break the pile-up at first, and thought I would miss them. Luckily, I managed to work them after a few minutes, and that was #147 on 6M. It was also an LA first on 6M.

The evening wasn’t done though. Other signals started to appear. And all out of nowhere, I heard C6AUX. I have worked C6 during F2, but this was a new iota and a new grid. After a few calls, I worked him.

HI3TEJ was heard calling with very few takers, so I gave him a call and worked him. KP2BH was also worked. And a little later, FG8OJ was worked with a new signal. I only worked FG8OJ, so that I could get the contact on LoTW.

Other stations heard were YV4NN (he did not copy me), PV8ADI, 9Y4D, PJ4NX and KP4EIT.

And if that wasn’t enough, PJ5A was heard for several hours. It’s quite strange that some signals only last for minutes or less, and some are in for hours.

An opening like this, is what makes listening to all the whitenoise worth it. I just wish we had more of these openings.

Peter JW7QIA came on the air again on June 28th. That same evening, he worked several stations in Scandinavia. I heard him here, as usual. On June 29th, he did also work some stations in Scandinavia, but the big opening came on June 30th. He did copy KL7KY, but no two-way qso was made. A few hours later, he got an opening to the USA and Bahamas. Peter worked C6AUX for a JW-C6 first on 6M. In the evening, he had a go to Japan. He did copy JL8GFB for a few seconds, but no qso were made. On July 1st, Peter got another opening to North-America. This time he worked both USA and Canada.


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2 new worked on 6M with CE3SX and TJ3SN

Posted: June 10th, 2015 under 6M, EME, Soundclips.

tj3sn_qsl The season is here again. By that I mean the 6M sporadic-e season. My first 6M qso this year was made on May 14th. We were lucky to catch some sporadic-e linked to tep into southern Africa. I worked Bernie, ZS4TX/6 with a good signal. That was a new square on 6M. A few hours later, we got a link down to South America. The first qso was with PY1RO, and just a few minutes later I managed to work CE3SX for a new one on 6M and an LA-CE first on 6M. The contact with CE is also my ODX with a bit over 12700km when not counting EME. It was also a new field, grid and zone too.

On May 15th, we got another link down to South America. I worked PY2VA and PY1WS on 6M.

On May 16th, I worked GS3PYE/p from IO76 on JT6M. A few hours later I was surprised to hear TJ3SN on 6M CW. After some qsb and several calls, I managed to work him for my second new one on 6M this season. It was also an LA-TJ first on 6M. IS0AFM and SV2JAO were worked on 6M CW also.

On May 17th, I worked W5ADD from Louisiana on 6M EME for my state #40 on 6M. K7RWT and KG7H were also worked on EME. A few hours later, yet another link down to Brazil. I managed to work PY2XB And PP1CZ.

On May 22nd, I worked KG7H again on 6M EME.

On May 23rd, I worked KB8RQ, S57RR And N7IP on 6M EME.

On June 2nd, I worked EX8M and UN7TW on 6M CW. Both were new squares on 6M. UK8OM was heard, but I have worked him before. Inband TV-qrm was very strong, and the opening to the east lasted for many hours.


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Even more new iota’s worked in Indonesia

Posted: May 25th, 2015 under Hamradio, Iota.

iota_indonesia_wkd It seems like Indonesia never runs out of islands to work. When I look at the list on the iota website, Indonesia has 59 different iota’s. Over the past few years, I have worked plenty of them, but I always seem to be alerted about iota’s I haven’t worked from there. I checked while writing this post, and I have 39 of them worked. Since my last dx-report, I’ve gotten a few more island in the log.

On April 19th, I worked TM9B on 20M CW from EU-048. They were wrongly spotted in an iota I needed, but after doing a little more digging, the spot was wrong.

On April 21st, I worked YB4IR/8 on 30M CW from OC-249. Imam gave me yet another new iota. I don’t know how many new islands I’ve worked him from, but I’ll check it out at the bottom of this post.

On April 22nd, I worked YB8RW/p on 20M CW from OC-273. I duped this qso too. He was so weak when I worked him, the doubt got the better of me. It’s better to be safe than sorry. This was a new iota for me.

On April 23rd, I worked YB3MM/9 on 20M CW from OC-241 for my third new iota in Indonesia in just three days.

On April 24th, I worked 9M2/R6AF/p on 20M CW from AS-073.

On April 29th, I worked YB4IR/8 on 20M CW from OC-274 for a new iota.

On May 2nd, I worked JA6TBE/6 on 17M CW from AS-037 for a new iota. His signal had quite a lot of qsb, and once again the doubt got me. After the second qso I was 100% sure about the qso.

On May 16th, I worked YB5M on 20 SSB from OC-262 for a new iota. YF1AR/2 was worked on 15M SSB from OC-186 for a new iota.

On May 21st, I worked YB4IR/7 on 20M CW from OC-268 for a new iota.

That was 6 new iota’s in just a few days from Indonesia. I even missed a few when YB8RW activated a few of those I still need.

I have worked YB4IR from 14 different iota’s now. Most of them have been new for me. YB8RW has been worked from 5 different iota’s. YF1AR has been worked from 6 different iota’s. A BIG thanks for doing what you guys are doing. It’s just amazing, hat’s off to you guys!

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20 years of hamradio

Posted: May 22nd, 2015 under Hamradio.

celebration_0 Can you believe it? I have had my hamradio licence for 20 years this May. I don’t remember exactly the date anymore, but it was back in 1995 I got the callsign LB4WE. I wasn’t old enough to get the LA back then, because the agelimit was 16 years at the time. It wasn’t until October that year that I got LA8AJA.

Little did I know back then how much fun I would have in this hobby and all the people I would meet and get to know. Hadn’t it been for LB3RE (ex LA6FJA) and his father LA5FHA, I would probably never had gotten to know this hobby.

After over 25000 qsoes and 335 dxcc’s in the log, I’m still active. Perhaps not as much as I used to be, but I am on the radio now and then. I have been active from OJ0 Market Reef in 2003 and 2006, JW Svalbard in 2002, 2006 and 2011 (x2), iota’s EU056, EU055 and EU062 in 2005 and also operated contests from LA3Z, LA8W and OH8X. I have also participated in several hamradio gatherings in England, Denmark, Sweden, Åland and Norway.

Who knows what the next 20 years will bring? I’m still enjoying it. See you on the air!

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#326 on LoTW with E30FB

Posted: May 15th, 2015 under Hamradio, LoTW.

e30fb_qsl A few weeks ago, the log for E30FB was uploaded to LoTW. That means I got #326 confirmed on LoTW. Thank you to the team and to the manager for a new one on LoTW.

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