5B-DXCC and 12 Meter

Yes that’s the proof. I also asked for endorsement for 10 bands (6m > 80m) but didn’t receive anything for that.
Does endorsement on DXCC exist? I do not know.

Back to radio which is quit good the last few days. Flux is improving but no CME’s destroying prop.
10&12 are open every day, still very patchy and always better if you live closer to the equator.
But OK that’s life and we have to take it as it comes.

Nice DX on 12m last days were K6YRA and VE7AHA in the West and H44MS, 9N7AN, VU4PB, S21YZ, VK-land.


It can be a long time before hearing KH6 Hawai on any band.
But this weekend I worked the Island on 10M SSB&CW long path (28.ooo km), 15M SSB and 20M CW. Most of the contacts were made in the WPX contest.

Conditions were good in the WPX especially on 15M. Worked many stations from zone 1-2-3-6-12-32 (3D2DX).

On 80M I worked VU4PB (weak) and RI1ANC for 2 new ones. And HP1/IZ6BRN on 12M RTTY was also nice.

A nice weekend on the radio.

Expedition time

Nice expeditions in the last few months.
VP8ORK, 4A4A, many calls/CY0, VU4PB and S21YZ.

4A4A started very good on 80M but after a few days we had pretty strong Aurora which destroyed the propagation.
The last few of the expedition the band came back and gave me some nice qso’s in the end.  Mostly CW of course!

The CYo expedition used more than one call which is a bad thing because many more QSO’s have to be made to satisfy everybody.  Every new/different call will be jumped on.
Although VU4 and S2 were not new DXCC’s I needed a lot more ‘slots’ on them.  On 80M they were to weak here, no beverages anymore had to clean the grassland of my neighbor.  The window for 80M is quite short now due to the equinox position of the sun.

The sun is getting more active and combined with the equinox position which creates TEP the openings on 12&10 are very nice. A lot of Caribean Island are active because of some big contest in March (RDX and WPX).
No 6M yet like in the South of Europe.

The SteppIR is now behaving better. With the help of PA3DVG I now have 33Volt on the controller and calibration is better than before. But I must say: it’s no winter anymore so it is not the real proof of the pudding.

New DXCC worked

Working new DXCC’s is getting harder and harder. Most of those places do not have a radio-amateurs or not even inhabitants. So you have to wait for expeditions. This week 2 expeditions started and amazingly I worked both on the same day for new DXCC’s: 4A4A Revilla Gigedo (XF) and Sable Island (CY0).

And most times 20M will be the first band to have a contact. But I worked 4A4A on 80M CW as a first! No beverage just a plain inverted-L and 500W.  Sun was just above the horizon so not many EU-people in the pile-up, only G’s. (Didn’t work them on 20m yet…)
CY0 is very close so easy to work, although there schedules are not very transparant.

Total count DXCC now 301 worked.


Last weekend I joined the PI4GN gang in the European VHF-UHF-SHF contest. That’s different stuff, up to 24 GHz. Most energy is spent when you elevate the mast with 100 kg of transverters-paraboles-PA’s. But only one resistor blew away before the contest, during the contest all gear stayed up. Nice performance!






The higher bands (12M and 10M) are opening up fine lately, TEP, ES or F2? The sun is getting more active, last week I heard/worked Aurora on 144 MHz for the first time in 7 years (oefff not easy to read those cw signals).
Spots on 12/10 are local like ES sometimes no signal while worked 300km from here (South like always). And some 6M qso’s are being made already so it will be a interesting ES-F2 season!

Meanwhile Harm PE1IGM is around J3 and working a fine number of qso’s as J3/PE1IGM. As everybody can see on qrz.com it is a /mm operation so although his call is legal a qso will not count for DXCC-verification.