Saturday, May 14, 2016

Estonia on 6 meter

It's a little quiet here, since the HF antenna is down. Only the 6 meter antenna is available. I tried some WSPR on 6 meter but I was never spotted anywhere. Today when I was monitoring the 6 meter band I heard JT65 signals. So I fired up JT65HF and saw ES6DO (Neil from Estonia – 1461 km) was calling CQ. He was -15 dB at that time. We exchanged -15 dB | -07 dB. Than his signal dropped to -23 dB and a minute later he was gone. JT65A is too slow for Es propagation. CW does a better job. But I was glad to make a qso again. See what’s coming up next. Now I see YO3GXC with -23dB working a German station.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Halley's comet debris

METEORS FROM HALLEY’S COMET. Meteor count 21.45 CET with radar echoes: 5/m (300/h) so a good time for QSO’s on 6 or 2 meter with JT6M. Especially tomorrow in the early hours.

HF antenna down

The HF antenna (HyEndFed) is down because of painting activities around the house. Now my only antenna is my 6 meter antenna.

Friday, April 29, 2016

What's in the macro?

What’s in the macro? I made some BPSK31 qso’s on 40 meter. I worked DJ4TW, OE5CNM, G7DEY, DL5CE, IZ1ELQ and OK2AM. I do have several macro’s: short and extended. But what to choose? When I answer with a short macro and they reply with an extended version I feel silly. Next qso I will choose the extended info. But when they answer shortly, I feel silly again. One of the stations answered on my short reply: “Ok, a short qso” Oh boy. I can’t do real time with the keyboard. It takes too long. But when someone have a type license and can type quickly then it’s something you can do.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WSPR 40 m

WSPR today on 40 meter. Good propagation in the evening. I was also spotted by Bas PE4BAS who is with holidays in OZ. (Bork Havn JO45du)