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Iota, iota, iota….

Posted: September 27th, 2015 under Hamradio, Iota, Software, Soundclips.

ri1pt_qsl_eu188 Wow, it’s been way too long since my last post. Well, I did post a few things, but not really anything about me working any radio. There are many reasons for this, and I will not bore you with too many details. Suffice to say, life has been very busy and my radio activity has been very low. I have barely reached 100 qsoes this year. It has very much to do with declining interest and that I have worked a lot of radio and dxcc’s in the past. As of this writing, I need 8 more countries to have worked them all. I do qualify for honor roll, but I have never bothered sending in an application.

I have also written some web-stuff in php, mostly for myself, but also for the fun of it. I will post some of the stuff here once I have more time. The stuff is pretty much feature-complete, but I think I should write some more information about them first.

Ok, enough of that. Let’s get over to the radio report.

On July 8th, I worked C31CT on 6M SSB. C3 is very rare for me here, and I chased him on CW at first. He went to SSB, and I had to wait a while until the signal would come up enough for me to work him. The distance and the mountains in Andorra makes this a difficult catch on 6M.

On July 13th, I worked OH/SM4IVE on 6M JT6m. He was qrv from KQ30. That was a new square for me.

On July 14th, OH/SM4IVE had moved to KP27, and I worked him again on 6M JT6M. This was yet another new square for me. He was also active from a few other squares too, but I didn’t manage to work him.

On July 15th, I worked VE1/DJ8QP on 20M CW from NA-127. This was a new iota for me.

On July 16th, I worked LA/DK2BJ on 6M CW from JP31. This is a very rare square in Norway.

On July 17th, I worked CT7/F8BBL/p on 20M SSB from EU-150. This was another new iota for me. I also managed to work LA/OH3KAV on 20M CW from EU-076. This was also a new iota.

On July 23rd, I worked RI1PT on 20M and 30M CW from EU-188. This was yet another new iota in the log.


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#327 on LoTW with K1N

Posted: August 15th, 2015 under DX, LoTW.

k1n_qsl This one was quite expected. With the upload of the K1N log to LoTW, I’m now up to #327 total confirmed on LoTW. That was the last one I was waiting for. I have no clue as to which one will be the next, but I guess it will be an expedition to one of the 9 I still need to work.

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JW7QIA into EM73 50.054mhz

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 under 6M, DX.

Here is a video of Peter JW7QIA being heard in USA June 30th, 2015. It was recorded by WW2DX.

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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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