Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sad news

Julian Moss G4ILO died yesterday on 24 October in the presence of his wife Olga and two Hospice nurses at home at 19:45 peacefully and painlessly. He will be always loved and always remembered. I read the news on his blog: One Foot In The Grave. Of course I was shocked. I knew this should happen one of these days. In 2008 I met him as a blogger with his excellent radio blog. http://blog.g4ilo.com/ I learned a lot about digi modes and working 'stealth'. After my absence of many years I was only known with phone and CW. But with the articles about digi mode and many other excellent columns I got the necessary stuff to get along in the radio world. We lost a kind man and a 100% radio amateur. My thoughts are with Olga and family of Julian. May he rest in peace.

Friday, October 24, 2014

VK9XSP split

You can hear VK9XSP working on 15 meter from Christmas Island. He is working split like most of the DX stations. Though, there are guys they begin to shout on the TX frequency before listen up carefully. This happens all the time. Recorded October 23, 2014 14:49 Z.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Testing One two three

I can hear W1AW/8 on all bands with their high power stations. Yesterday 17 meter was almost abandoned, but I heard W1AW/8 [Michigan] working some stations. Ten four I would say, with 2 KW, question; should they hear me with low power? Yes, they did, just only one call and they are in my log. Thanks guys. I was just testing my station for the CQ WW DX Contest this weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

QRSS vs WSPR

                                                 QRSS signals on 30 meter  with WSJT-X.

QRSS is a mode for the deaf. It is very odd to see CW and do not hear it. Decipher what’s on the image. I think WSPR is the new beaconing system what can replace QRSS. Today I use QRSS VD on 30 meter, then I thought why not use WSJT-X? Wow, WSJT-X is very good for QRSS. I use photo software to turn the picture 90 degrees. But after 2 hours I was finished with QRSS. I can use 50 mW or less with WSPR too. I can see immediately where my signal is spotted with a report.

Tonight 20 meter was in a great shape. Only South America was a blank spot.

Update 21z: WSPR on 80 m [5 watt] best spot by OH8GKP 1794 km. I was also spotted by Roger G3XBM with -21dB, I heard him with 1 watt too [-29dB]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sound from Space

Did you ever hear the sound from space? Beautiful electromagnetic vibrations, transferred for our ears. What a nice space ambient sound.

Today I saw propagation was poor. Nevertheless I turned on WSPR on 20 meters to see what happens. Wow, what a great propagation. Never belief all those applets for propagation. Always turn on the set and listen what’s out there.