qrv on 70 MHz/ 4M

Last week I decided to enter the new band for PA: 4M. It’s open to us already since Jan 1st but in this time of year with Es I think it is a nice new band.
With some luck I was able to buy the ME4T transverter, put my add on the market-website and within 10 minutes I received an offer I could not refuse thanks Dick!
I will use my flexradio-1500 as input on the transverter, 1-2 Watt is enough.

I also need an antenna and decided to buy a 4-ele LFA, discount at hamshop.

Last thing is cable and mounting. So some things to arrange.

On 2M it is a very bad season, June hardly gave us any Openings. The sun had some eruptions and that was killing the buildup of the E-layer.

On 6M is was bad also: no Japan, some US, hardly any Caribean stations. I worked VP2V for a new one, missed HH4 (but had a very pleasant dinner instead!).
Note: the recording is made with N1MM, but since version 12.5.3 the developers have deleted this function! I use this recording function many times, for instance for checking of DX-qso’s (‘did he take my call OK?’).
I really regret the loss of this function, what to use now?  Upgrading to new versions of N1MM will have to wait for a long time..

Received qsl direct from 6O3A (via paypal), very pleased with 6M confirmation.


Es season starts but no good results yet

The Es-season started very late this year due to the outbursts on the sun. Aurora ruled until last weekend. There was a huge opening on 2M for 3,5 hrs but most of the time just outside our reach. TA, SV5, SV9, UC6A all heard very weak but no contacts were made. ER, LZ and SV2 were logged.
On 6M I worked some NA-station, including a new one in Zone 4. N6ML in Zone 3 was heard for 30 minutes during the contest but his qrm level was to high, my 500W didn’t make it…
Worked 6W already one month ago when there were back-to-back openings to Africa. Darko J28AA is a very good operator it was very easy to make the qso. But I think the season started not very good because of the sun. And although there are some flares, SFI is not rising much so no intercontinental F2 openings. This sun-cycle will be disappointing.

This week sent my qsl cards to the fieldchecker and also uploaded them to the new ARRL-online card system. Hopefully this will speed up the verification-process but also cut out errors and typo’s at the ARRL-desk. DXLab’s export function including sorting of multiple qsl’s on one card works like a charm!

BTW my PA was repaired. 4 capacitors, one euro each. Cheap! Labour, S&H more than € 150 though. But works fine again.