The CQ WPX SSB, the opportunity to work rare DX, lots of DX. With the help of the excellent "Announced DX operations" list from NG3K I composed a list of DX that I would like to work as they all are ATNOs for me. It looks like I have more time to spend as last year and hopefully I will be able to work some of these rare DX stations.
5J0B San Andres Isl.
KH8B American Samoa
PJ7PL Sint Maarten
Hopefully another DXpedition will take part or can be worked somewhere (WARC).
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Monday, 23 March 2015
WPA (WSPR Propagation Analysis). Bert PA1B would not be Bert if he wouldn't take the opportunity to take my WSPR results from the database and enter it in his WPA spreadsheet. Wow, thanks Bert, a great tool. This is a really nice spreadsheet with a lot of filtering options. I filtered out the time that the eclipse was on and also filtered all station spots from 100mW and below. This shows something else as just counting spots. Between 9-10 UTC the moment of max. eclipse you can clearly view most "low as possible power" spots. GJ4CBQ from Jersey C.I. would have seen me if I used 100mW only at the maximum of the solar eclipse. Amazing at "daylight" and normally not possible on 160m without a little help from our moon I think! Thanks for the information Bert and a nice addition to the solar eclipse WSPR experiment on this blog.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
|Anneli disassembling old gamma rods|
The plan was to change the gammarods. The problem with 6mm2 wire is that it is not able to hold birds and so the antenna got detuned. Although the SWR was good enough and tunable with the antennatuner I was not really happy with it.
|HB9CV with new gammarods|
|SWR curve: yellow old situation - red new situation|
When the antenna was back in the air, the tools returned in the garage and the test QSOs made it was time for a delicious diner made by my XYL. I'm a lucky guy....