Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back home

Back from holidays in the South of France. We had a fine time over there. The weather was good, and at night cool temperatures. Just right for a good night sleep. I put up my HyEndFed antenna for 20 meter. The portable whips were useless because I forgot the bring a good counterpoise what’s needed for optimal work. But the end fed was good. I just found out that my hand is not capable for a good straight qso with the straight key. What a sloppy keying. I am spoiled over the years with my electronic keyers. So it was only SSB on 20 meter. In the weekend there is only contest activity so I worked only at week days. Of course conditions were poor. And it was sometimes too hot for activity on air. But I could get my signal out between all those mountains. Though only Europe. No DX.

I had a wonderful qso with Lucy M6ECG/QRP/P from the beach (M6 East Coast Girl) she was using 7 watts from an Icom 703 and I was using my FT817 with 5 watts on July 24. And, my noise floor was SØ, unbelievable! I did hear a lot of SSB QRP stations. The noise floor at home is S9 on 20 m.

Also was July 22 a great day for short skip qso on 20 meter. Also worked Tommy EI2HXB, Leo PA3GVW, John MØELS, Detlef DK2NE, Tony MVØRIF, Gerard PD3GT, Per SMØFSM, G1ØØRSGB and EJØPL. Thanks to all those hams to pull out my little signal on 20m.

10 comments:

  1. Hallo Paul,

    De vakantie zit er weer op en zo te lezen heb jij je uitstekend vermaakt met QRP.
    Jammer van je vergeten counterpoises maar ik denk dat de EndFed het prima gedaan heeft. Dit soort antennes werken altijd.
    73 Hans, PE1BVQ

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    1. hallo Hans, we hebben het inderdaad heerlijk gehad. De end fed was goed. Maar het was vaak te heet om lang qrv te zijn. 73 Paul

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  2. Hallo Paul, goed dat je een leuke vakantie hebt gehad. Ik heb nog gekeken op een DX cluster en je was inderdaad ook gespot.Leuke QSO's gemaakt zie ik. Helaas ben ik de afgelopen weken niet QRV geweest alleen mobiel. Het zou leuk geweest zijn als we je ook hadden kunnen werken, maar ja zulke dingen zijn ook niet voorspelbaar. 73, Bas

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    1. Hallo Bas, leuk dat ik op DX cluster heb gestaan. Ik ben niet overdreven actief geweest. Het was heet en ik wil ook aandacht geven aan de gezinsleden. etc. Nu sta ik op het standpunt van: de spullen neem ik de volgende keer niet meer mee. Misschien als de HyTokyo handheld voor HF uitkomt. Dat lijkt me dan wel weer leuk. 73 Paul

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  3. First off welcome home from your holidays! it's nice to get away with the family and relax and recharge the internal batteries. I can see how a straight key would for sure put ones hand through the mill. Great that you were able to take the radio along and thank goodness for the end fed antenna. Nice QRP x QRP contact.
    Mike

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    1. Hello Mike, the end fed was doing well on my holiday spot. Glad I am home, because I have my complete shack again. I did hear many qrp stations because of the very low noise floor there. No men made noise. Now I have to deal with a high city qrm. 73 Paul

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  4. Glad you enjoyed your stay and returned home safely. Some pretty bad weather in parts of France. Much of the Burgundy grape vines were destroyed by hailstorms. Car and structure damage too. 73 Dick

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    1. Hi Dick, we had a good time in St Vincent les Forts. The weather was good, some thunder storms at night, but most of the time very hot, except at night. Temp drops to 8C. I heard the Dordogne had extreme weather. On our way home we had car troubles. The dynamo of the car was broken. So we must arrange a hotel for 2 days in Voiron. In the meantime our car was fixed again. 73 Paul

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  5. Hello Paul,

    We had a great QSO, it was very nice to make contact with you with my 7w portable station on the beach. I hope you had a lovely holiday! I hope to catch you on the bands again before too long!

    72 de,

    Lucy
    M6ECG

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    1. Hi Lucy, it was a pleasure to work you on 20m QRP. I hope to catch you another time with QRP from my shack here. 72 Paul

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