September month: a good start of the DX-season

After some very quiet months on HF and also VHF (6M & 2M: no Es whatsoever) this month started the season very well.
There were many IOTA-expedition and I worked quiet a few of them, nice one VK6ISL OC-294 and P29NI.

Missed ZL7X but VK9NT  Norfolk Island was worked on 15M-12M-30M (I do not work already confirmed bands/slots so other people have a chance in the pile-up).
QSL on LOTW already OK.

Then Zorro E30FB showed up on his mission in Eritrea. He spent much more time on the bands then was announced, but the piles were hugh. Worked him on 15M SSB for a ATNO (317/322), will wait for the upcoming (announced) expedition to work other bands/slots. QSL already in via LOTW.

The Italian group always put up a big show, this year in Benin as TY1AA. On-line logging, really instant confirmation. Helps to cut down the safety-qso’s.
They worked a lot on 6M via TEP, but the prop never reached up to the Northpart of Holland.
However on 20 Sept. there was Es in Europe and the combination of TEP+Es gave me a good qso on 6M (SSB!).
80M was quit difficult due to the heavy QRN but OK just before the end of the exp.

4W6LU East Timor was worked on 40M&12M. QSL direct but seperate for SSB and CW each cost $$ so I wait for LOTW confirmation.
Prices for qsl are really going up these days as tariffs for mail are exploding in all countries (dus to less physical mail).

Then Nigel ZD9XF showed up. Huge pile-ups but excellent operator. On the low bands heavy QRN, on 40M and 80M is was nearly impossible to get the call right. At the end of the month static was down a little and a small beverage (50m) also helped to improve SNR. Worked Nigel on 80M on Sept. 29, just before he left the Island.

Christmas Island VK9AN: most slots were already worked but 80M was missing. On 26 sept I was the first to call him (I use RBN to check, is very helpfull!) and made the qso.

Some other nice qso’s were made on 80M: V31MA, PJ5/OL8R, PZ5AA.

No 160M vertical yet, it is to early in the season and QRN is to heavy. Maybe in October for the CQWW.



year end-tropo on 2M

The last 24 hours good tropo. Always possible in this time of year with a big high-pressure area above Europe.
Stable conditions with real ducting through small channels.

Worked S51ZO and 9A1CAL, same as in 2012 (1000 km). Heard YU1EV but couldn’t qso with him.

This morning worked 3 x OE, 2 of them with 59+20 signals incredible.

Worked HA5OO in cw, he was calling cq a long time without takers. Typical ducting in a channel.

Worked 3 x OM, one with 10W (OM3CQF) in SSB.

And the last one on Sundaymorning was YL3AG! Different direction but suddenly also very strong.