Thursday, June 23, 2016

Up to the solar minimum

Sunspots vanishing, again: For the second time this month, the solar disk is blank--no sunspots. What does this mean? The solar cycle is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth between periods of high and low sunspot number every 11 years. Today's blank sun is a sign that the pendulum is swinging toward low sunspot numbers. In other words, Solar Minimum is coming. (

No need to worry. It’s worthwhile to see what we can do with a solar minimum. Europe is always possible. In summer time we can try Es qso’s on 10 meter band, especially now and for the coming years. Don’t left this band without trying. Tonight I made a few qso’s on 40 meter with PSK31. I use 25 watts standard when I work PSK31. With CW, JT65 or JT9 I use 5 watts. Tonight I worked UT8IAR, SP3MIP and HA1DSL.

Friday, June 17, 2016

HyEndFed back again

The HyEndFed is back on duty. I had a plan to raise a vertical for HF but something what is working well… okay, so the HyEndFed antenna is back again. Symbolic on World QRP Day. I really missed to work on HF. Only 6 meters is not for me. I was spotted by LA9LOA in Ranheim, Norway with 5 watts JT65 on 10 meter. Probably Es I think. I heard some station on 20m QRP but suddenly all signals were very weak.

WSPR on 20 m this afternoon, not spotted outside Europe. 5 watts HyEndFed antenna

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The 16th century in Alkmaar [Not Amateur Radio]

Once a year we celebrate the liberation from the Spanish army in the 16th century in the city of Alkmaar. Alkmaar is well known for its cheese market.

Friday, June 10, 2016