Topband DX, new slots

Many DXpeditions this time of the year.
And also ‘regular’ stations being active on TB in March.
Worked a lot of new ones on 160/80. Mornings are the best. No big pile-ups.
All qso’s made on ‘barefoot’ verticals, no beverages at the moment.

5-3 4K6FO on 160M
6-3 3C3W on 80M
7-3 9Y4/UA4CC on 80M, 13-3 9Y4/LY2IJ on 160M

7-3 XR0YD on 80M. Waited many times for 160M, but no luck, still need the slot.12-3 9M0W on 80M & 160M about an hour before qrt. Not busy 🙂

13-3 TY7C on 40M, 80M & 160M. And also KH7XS on 80M.15-3 TN5R on 80M. But not-in-log?

3D2EU on 20/30/40 also on RTTY which is DXCC 300 on RTTY.

New DXCC Z6 worked on many bands, 12M missing but no problem in the summer


new slots on topbands

Very glad with my 160M system.
Worked XZ4ZW 160M cw for a new one. Good operation. A (short) beverage NE worked out perfectly.
And yesterday HV0A (huge wall!) on 160M and 80M both cw.

Still lots of new ones to work!

160 M ARRL contest

Finally again qrv on 160M. Last 2 (winter-)seasons I was not planning correctly with my neighbour who is using the land for his sheep feeding on the grass.

Only 3 x 20M radials, but my grassland is wet wet wet. Everything was working, SWR just above 1:1 on 1810 kHz. No beverage in USA direction, no time for that before darkness fell.

I worked on Saturday-night & Sunday morning. Signals were very very light and qsb. Managed 16 qso’s, Eastcoast only. I think Alabama was DX. Still zone 5.

Outside the contest I worked 2 new challenges on 160M: ZA1WW and S01WS. Nice come-back!

QSO: 1829 CW 2017-12-02 1946 PA3C 599 VO1HP 599 NL
QSO: 1836 CW 2017-12-02 2054 PA3C 599 K3ZM 599 VA
QSO: 1823 CW 2017-12-03 0616 PA3C 599 WB9Z 599 IL
QSO: 1818 CW 2017-12-03 0622 PA3C 599 W2GD 599 SNJ
QSO: 1816 CW 2017-12-03 0627 PA3C 599 N0NI 599 IA
QSO: 1817 CW 2017-12-03 0628 PA3C 599 NO3M 599 WPA
QSO: 1832 CW 2017-12-03 0632 PA3C 599 VE3EJ 599 ONS
QSO: 1837 CW 2017-12-03 0643 PA3C 599 W5MX 599 KY
QSO: 1839 CW 2017-12-03 0646 PA3C 599 W4CB 599 IL
QSO: 1829 CW 2017-12-03 0657 PA3C 599 W0JX 599 ONS
QSO: 1826 CW 2017-12-03 0703 PA3C 599 N3EB 599 WPA
QSO: 1835 CW 2017-12-03 0708 PA3C 599 W3UA 599 NH
QSO: 1844 CW 2017-12-03 0720 PA3C 599 K1WHS 599 ME
QSO: 1814 CW 2017-12-03 0729 PA3C 599 N2ZX 599 ENY


Best Es opening of 2017

nearly 3 hours with very strong signals
worked 36 stations and 5 new squares
Reminds me of the big opening of 10-7-1987
I even did call cq on .325 because on .300 is was a complete mess all the time.
And I really had a pile-up!

RA6DE 2368 km
09:51 UY5ON KN89 2127 km
09:52 UR5LX KO70 1953 km
09:59 UR3EE KN88 2173 km
10:21 US4IEK KN87UX 2262 km
10:32 UZ2HZ KN69 1861 km
10:34 UT4UEP KN49 1595 km
10:39 UT3UX KO50 1686 km
10:45 UR5VFJ KN68 1907 km
10:47 US0GB KN67 1959 km
10:49 UR3VKE KN69OB 1911 km
10:51 UR0EQ KN78 2040 km
10:56 UR5ETN KN78CL 2004 km
10:57 UR5EEK KN78 2040 km
10:57 US7TQ KO30HH 1420 km
10:58 UY7QN KN77MJ 2114 km
10:59 UT2VR KN69PC 1914 km
11:02 UR3CTB KN59 1727 km
11:03 UR5UI KN59BS 1674 km
11:06 UR7ET KN68 1907 km
11:07 UT1EQ KN67PT 1976 km
11:08 RA6DE KN96DQ 2368 km
11:08 UY5QO KN77MT 2093 km
11:13 UT7EL KN77 2091 km
11:21 UT7EW KN78MM 2058 km
11:24 UT7VJ KN69OB 1911 km
11:32 UR7EX KN78NN 2061 km
11:42 UR3GS KN66 2015 km
11:44 UY7IZ KN88 2173 km
11:50 UR5HVR KN69TA 1940 km
11:56 R6DZ KN96CQ 2362 km
12:12 UR5UEP KN78WN 2111 km
12:26 R110A KO81 2050 km qsl via R5WW
12:30 YO9HH KN34AW 1686 km
12:30 YO6BLM KN25SO 1609 km
12:35 YO5CRI KN16TS 1413 km
12:36 YO4WZ KN44 1888 km
12:30 hrd HA0HO in KN07 very short skip

Es June 2017

A few good openings but most of the time we were outside the reflection area.
Or to close 😦

But on the 11th a spotty opening with some nice qso’s. JN60 is 95% water but there is an island and a radio-amateur!

2M Es
18:29 IC8BNR JN60 1501 km new #
18:31 IK8BIZ JN70 1554 km
18:34 IK8YOQ JN70 1554 km
18:36 IZ8WGU JM88 1824 km
18:39 IZ8YBS JM89CH 1708 km
19:05 IW8PQU JM88BQ 1769 km
6M Es
C6ATA  559/559 new DXCC most of the time not audible but coming out of the noise and good operator
SO1WS 59/59

2 drone movies PI4GN UHF-site in contest May 2017

I have a drone with 4K camera. Last weekend made some footage of the contest-site of PI4GN. Not to long, contest had to go on.
And when transmissions are going I do not fly the drone. You never know where it will end with so much energy nearby….

15 new bands and 6 new modes in one week

15 new bands and 6 new modes in one week

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VK0EK (Heard Island) and FT4JA (Juan de nova Island) were the 2 big events last 10 days.
And the nice feature from Holland was that the direction of the antenne for both expedition is nearly the same: 144 degrees. So no swinging necessary. And with memory scanning also easy to hop between the two.

I’m always a bit anxious that an expedition has to move back off the Island before I can work them (it happens) but joining the pile-up the first days is very frustrating so waiting a few days is better. But there were no security-issues this time and pile-ups are calming down now.
But I did miss the only opening on 10M to VK0EK, the first full day they were operating. I heard them only at ESP-level last week. or NIL. The aurora last week destroyed the necessary conditions.

So 2 new DXCC worked and some 15 new challenges.
No 160M this year although on the beverages (use them for 80M) I could hear all big dx-expeditions on 160M.
But with the Aurora all the time conditions were bad over-all.

During last week I was using my new TS-590SG output for the first time.
It connects to my TS-2000, and via microkeyer-II-soundcard and skimmer I can monitor the pile-up 3 kHz wide.
3 kHz is not much sometimes the pile-up in cw was over 15 kHz wide, but I managed to find the split a few times (going up en down on the TS-2000) and it gave me good insight on the way the operator was moving.

This summer I will experiment with the cheap well known DVB-T-converter with up-converter, then the view can be 10 kHz or more using skimmer.

The expedition VK0EK is really high-tech with on-line logging via satellite. But it took them 48 hours after landing to get things going. Nice feature: by paying $5 you will receive a card and LOTW-confirmations were sent within 10 minutes.

Next week PJ4/PA3C. Holiday-style.