Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Falkland Islands

Last night I was running WSPR on 40 meter with 5 watts. I could take advantage of the grey zone. Nice reports from Australia, also a new DXCC the Falkland Islands, VP8ALJ. It’s my 71 country with WSPR. It took a long time to add a new one to the list and of course in the log. I was spotted by 69,4% of the stations on 40 meter world wide active.

I worked Bas (PE4BAS) as PE45FREE on 40 meter this morning with SSB. I tried 5 watts but that was not possible, so with 75 W we managed a QSO.

Monday, May 4, 2015

SIM31 and JT9 contact

Today I met a new station with SIM31 OE1VZ Werner from Vienna on 20 meter. He was running 15 Watts en me 5 Watts. -12dB | -7dB. Still activity with SIM31 is low. Too much the same stations on my screen. I tried also JT9 for a long time again. Here I met R1BAW on 20 meter. -9dB | -7 dB. Both modes are excellent for QRP activity. 5 watts is more than enough.

I was also calling CQ with CW on 14060 KHz but no response. I was spotted in Finland, I saw it on the Reverse Beacon Network. I heard only a weak station, I think it was EU5EQ but I am not sure about that.

Today we remember in the Netherlands all those people who died in WW2. The whole country will keep two minutes of silence (starting at 20 hours local time)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Freedom

70 years ago the allied forces liberated The Netherlands from Nazi rule, ending the second world war five years after it started. The southern part of The Netherlands was liberated in the autumn of 1944, while the northern part was only liberated in the spring of 1945. On May 4, 1945 the German forces formally capitulated to the British Field Marshall Montgomery. The capitulation was effective the next day. We therefore celebrate the end of WW2 for the whole of the country on May 5 every year. Tonight I worked the first 2 special Stations on 40 meter phone: PA45FREE and PC45FREE with 5 watt QRP SSB. Also worked R120D from Russia on 40m though a big pile up, he did hear me. I had a nice qso with F1VAM from the Elzas, France.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Special Station

I worked ON1418KNH on 40 meter QRP SSB. QRP with phone is still too much undervalued. Sometimes I like to make some SSB contacts. ON1418KNH will be on the air to commemorate the First World War. They are qrv on all bands and all modes.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kingsday

The Netherlands today turns orange. We celebrate the birthday of our king Willem-Alexander. Happy Birthday!