Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Latvija is 100 years old!

Latvia is celebrating 100 years as a Nation. They have issued some special call's for the event. YL100K, -R, -L, -V, -Z. To get the top First Class Award you have to have a QSO on 4 different bands with all of then. And I did that. The most difficult one to get a QSO with was -R and -Z. But here are the proof of my achievement.

A First Class Diploma after 30 QSO's. But if you are clever (don't apply on moi) you only need 20 QSO's to get the same result. You can use any modes. Lots of fun and predictions on higher bands between YL and SM5 is difficult. But low bands was generally S9+20 db.
So you have to the 18 of Nov to get it! So go for it!!


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Some new band slots from 9X0T

A very nice QSL fell down into my mail box yesterday. It was from the Italian DXpedition Team with I2YSB, Silvano as Team Leader. Worked them on a few missing slots and on all modes. But the card is something over the normal. Or what do you all Think of this?

Wow!!! I like this. And as Always the QSL from Silvano's team the quality is super.

WX is upside down here in Sweden. It is very warm for the season. Temp outside is 8 C ( 46 F ) and overcast. So I still haven't put on the stud tires on my car. I keep Close Watch over the WX progress and have the Tools ready!!??


Thursday, 1 November 2018

VP6D on 80 m!

Finally on the last day of the VP6D operation I managed to get into the log on 80 m. Puh!! This was a challenge for me. Reason that I do not have so good take-off towards 300 deg is a dirt road and a fence in that direction. So my radials in direction 270 - 350 deg is only about 7 to 10 m in length. And I can't extract them further. Compare the QSO's with YJ0GC and VK9XG where I just called a few times to get QSO. And the soil here is not so good. About 1 Feet Deep there are primitive rock and that don't help much. But here are a screen shoot as proof.

QSO with VP6D on 80, 40, 30 m CW and 30 m FT-8. I didn't make any big effort to Catch them on any further slots.

Wx here in Sweden is very warm for the season. Temp at the moment is 3 C ( 38 F ) and clear sky. During the day with the help of the sun we will reach around 10 C. And that is warm.


Friday, 19 October 2018

New band slots worked

Wow! Super conds on 80 m yesterday. Worked both YJ0GC and VK9XG within 15 minutes on 80 m. And this morning I had VK9XG confirmed in LoTW ( ! ) and YJ0GC I was in his log. And a few hours earlier I worked 8Q7YC on 30 m. But it was super fun to Catch both Vanuatu and Christmas Islands on 80  m.
So next goal is to see if it is possible to do the same on 160 m. I Think VK9 will be the easy one and a big challenge to get YJ0.

Here are the Vertical Antenna used for transmitting on 80 m. RX antenna is K9AY. But it is hard to see the vertical. It is 24 m (78') high and a variable capacitor of around 800 pf is in series with the feed. Picture was taken in March this year. And yes, it is snow on the ground.

Wx here in this part of Sweden is getting normal. Temp at the moment is -2,5 C ( 27 F ) and clear sky. Winter is around the corner!!


Monday, 15 October 2018

ATNO received!

An all time new one arrived in my mailbox today. It was KH1/KH7Z from Baker Island.
Worked them on all modes but only on one band slot. And this was 20 CW, SSB and Digi. And I didn't Heard them on any other band slot. But I was quite occupied with steam engines at that time. Any way, here are the prof!

Nice card from a very remote Place on Earth.

Thanks to the team for QSO and QSL!!


Saturday, 13 October 2018

New IOTA cfm.

Yes! Yesterday I received a new IOTA. It was OC-254 Ta Island in Mortlock Group. Call used was V6J and QSL mgr was Mami JP3AYQ.

Here are the proof. Nice card and many thanks to Mami. This pushed my IOTA score up to the fantastic sum of 539 Islands. But still a bit to go to get the into the big guy's league.

WX here in Sweden is very warm for the season. At the moment I have 8 C ( 47 F ) and clear sky. Hope this nice weather will stay a while!

That's all for now. CUL

Friday, 5 October 2018

Antenna work in the sky!

Yesterday I helped a friend to adjust EME antennas. It is EME antennas for 6 m and the upper ones was pointing in some strange directions. This was due to strong winds a few weeks ago. Luckily I'm not afraid of heights so this was not a problem.

But now they (the antennas) is pointing where they should!!

It is quite warm outside for the season. At the moment it is 13 C ( 54 F ) and some overcast. And the prediction for the coming week is even warmer. So I will keep the summer tires on until there are some major Changes in the prediction.