Tuesday, January 12, 2021

It was a good day on 10 meter

I worked a lot of stations om 10 meter today. All European stations, especially from Italy very strong signals. It's too early for sporadic E, so what is it? Or is it the interplanetary shock wave that hit Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 11th. The impact just after 08:30 UTC did not trigger a geomagnetic storm. However, strong magnetic fields downstream of the shockfront opened a crack in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in to fuel a nice display of Arctic auroras. I worked with FT8: ISØKNG, IK5FKF, IT9FRX, EA3GLE, EC3A, OZ4TX, E76C, IT9AJP and LZ1AG.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Solar Energy Interference

Does Off-Grid Solar Energy Interfere With Ham Radio? Yes, it does. Take a look at this video by KJ4YZI

Today I had my first qso this year with RW3YB Anatoly from Bryansk, Russia. I made this contact on 20 meter with CW and with 25 watts.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Q65

Q65 reminds me of a Dutch sixties band. Now there is a new digi mode called Q65. 

WSJT-X 2.4.0 will introduce Q65, a digital protocol designed for minimal two-way QSOs over especially difficult propagation paths On paths with Doppler spread more than a few Hz, the weak-signal performance of Q65 is the best among all WSJT-X modes.  

Q65 is particularly effective for tropospheric scatter, ionospheric scatter, and EME on VHF and higher bands, as well as other types of fast-fading signals. Read more.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

160 meter WSPR

I took advantage of the grey zone on 160 meter this morning. 5 watts WSPR and my HyEndFed antenna.