Monday, May 21, 2018

CQ from DL/PE4BAS

A beautiful day today and we already decided to go to Borkum Island, Germany. Since PE1BVQ Hans is also having a vacation nearby we made a appointment to try, if possible, to make the "DX" contact. I brought my Baofeng UV-5R with me, not the best equipment but reliable. Since the
distance is too long for a station-station contact we used the VHF repeater PI2NOG from Delfzijl.



At first I wanted to try from the boat to the island but....

If you don't know german. The sign says that using transmitting equipment is not allowed on the boat. I don't know how old the sign is since if I took a look around I saw a lot of transmitters (mobile phones) in operation ;-)

Anyway, I think it is a miracle that the contact was made as I didn't knew when I had a chance to be on frequency. And Hans would need to have his HT with him all the time to get on the air as soon as I send him a message. It almost went wrong as Hans had some issues.....but in the end we made the contact. From the beach on Borkum Island to Delfzijl repeated to Midlaren and vice versa. Well some of it has been recorded on video...


Sunday, May 20, 2018

WSPR DXCC nr.90 8Q7HI - Maldives

It seems I was on the wrong band 2 days before. Didn't do enough research were to try for 8Q7HI. Although PE1BVQ Hans told me he received 8Q7HI on 40m. So, that was the band to go...

Chasing DX these days is not easy for me due to limited hobby time. Luckely there is the WSPR system and this year seems to be very successfull. At exactly 01:00 UTC this morning my 1W WSPR signal was spotted by 8Q7HI from the Maldives on 40m. I was using my inverted-V antenna. This is my 5th new DXCC this year and the 90th DXCC overall on WSPR with the use of only 1W power. And although it is not a real QSO I'm still thrilled. Why? Well try to get 90 DXCC in your log on WSPR.....it will not be easy. You need to research the activity page often and make database searches to see if a beacon is receiving. That's not always the case...for example 3B8FV from Mauritius seems to be transmit only, a pity.

Below a map from what 8Q7HI was receiving over the last 24h.


Not much can be found about this station by the way. No QRZ page, there is a QSL manager in the US. There has been a German DXpedition last year as far as I can find. So....who is managing the station? I guess it's based in a hotel or a resort? Might be remote controlled? Curious??

Friday, May 18, 2018

12m WSPR last week

If you like to get frustrated and being spot by only a few in a week I suggest to pick the 12m band...


Need I say more?

RX was a little better...


First part of the week using my multiband vertical, second part my inverted-V. It didn't matter, there was just almost no propagation...

So, back to 20m were it seems 8Q7HI (Maldives) is receiving spots according to PA3MDJ

I received 8Q7HI on 17m 2 weeks ago and assumed it was a TX beacon only. Hopefully if 8Q7HI does receive my 1W WSPR signal it will be DXCC nr. 90 on WSPR.

According to the PE1ITR WSPR challenge it was not that bad...