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Updated: 2018-03-06T10:43:45.750+00:00

 



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2018-02-04T07:52:21.670+00:00

Sadness


My intention with this post is not to infrorm. It is just to exprees my deep sadness.
February 3, 2018, 2000 UTC: During the last 72 hours, we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night, an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines.
This morning, the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the DXpedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine, the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition,
Bob, K4UEE
Ralph, KØIR
Erling, LA6VM
With these words, the most important dxpedition of all times has been aborted. We all wish to the crew safe jurney back home.





Happy new year!

2017-01-02T09:15:28.966+00:00

Let us hope that  top band  will not be the only usable band in 2017.




Propagation is dying, dxing not....

2016-04-11T19:24:10.943+00:00

As the 24th cycle  declines rapidly there is not much propagation left to revive the bands. And it will keep going that way for several years until the 25th cycle shows up. Under these difficult conditions two major dxpeditions are taking place right now: The number 4 (FT4JA ) and number 5 (VK0EK) of the most wanted countries in the clublog list. VK0EK (too much cold) Having them in the log is hardwork, especially for VK0EK, but the job is done after all. In my opinion it will take a while to have such fun again. So dxers of the world enjoy!FT4JA (too much heat)[...]



VP8STI-VP8SGI: The expedition of the year!

2016-01-27T10:27:16.398+00:00

This is not just an other expedition. It is an epic adventure giving ham radio a clear positive feeling. After a lot of difficulties the first step of the expedition completed successfully. As I am writing these lines they are traveling to South Georgia for the second step. Our thoughts are with them. They suffer a lot to give to the rest of us the opportunity to work them  from our warms shacks. This is truly an extraordinary act and we all owe them full respect . So god bless you fearless children of Braveheart! Keep going...



DXing never dies

2015-11-24T15:47:34.075+00:00

This is the Willis island. VK9WA is the last dxpedition that keeps us busy. In spite of the DQRM and the low propagation that are present in recent  dxpeditions,  it still has a lot of fun. It is a challenge to work them but it worth it.The photo is just a proof of how crazy old men can be.  Good luck to the crew and the ones that follow in upcoming events. They keep the hobby alive and all of us who are involved very happy!



Working 9M2TO

2015-07-27T09:21:14.959+00:00

9M2TO is a very active station transmitting from West Malaysia. I have made several QSO with him in many bands and modes since 2008. But on 2nd of June of this year I had the chance to work him in magic band. It is the only far east station I managed to work this year! That was, of course, a singularity of this great band during a poor propagation conditions. Actually I haven't get his QSL card yet. However today I got an other kind of confirmation even more valid. Log of the world!! Rodriguez island as well.

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If predictions of future solar activity would turned out to be true, these QSO are probably the last ones.




This is the end…

2015-07-04T15:37:06.206+00:00

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Unfortunately, the winter prevailed! May the gods have mercy on us!




Summer is coming

2015-05-01T11:33:36.186+00:00

People who watch the TV series “Game of thrones” are pretty familiar with the motto: Winter is coming…  and it is very scary.   In that imaginary times  everybody was afraid to death of that option.

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In our real times, the winter is fine but the summer is even finer! Spotless skies, tideless clear waters, warm days and mainly lots of lovely QSO in 6m and 2m with sporadic E in good shapes.

So dear fellows summer is coming. Be prepared!




Working split…

2015-01-19T08:22:56.847+00:00

All dxpeditions nowadays are working in different frequencies RX and TX.The reasons are obvious of course. So “working split” is about a synonym of working DX.

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Here is a snap of MixW working split in action. It exploit the two audio channels that provide YAESU equipment, each for every receiver. That is why you see two separate waterfalls. It is the perfect tool for the job.

By the way there  are now two major expeditions to play with. First the EP6T currently running and the the number #1 most wanted N1P, by the end of January.So good hunting.




FT4TA update

2015-01-14T12:35:11.345+00:00

Dxpedition epilog. The team published recently a lot of pictures of theirs activities on the island. Take a look and enjoy.(http://www.tromelin2014.com/en/news/photos-of-tromelin-2014-ft4ta/)

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150 degrees…

2014-10-30T10:26:48.592+00:00

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Tromelin team is flying to destination right now. For me, it is the dxpedition of the year, as it is one of the four DXCC countries I have missed. It is obvious that I am very excited writing down these lines. FT4TA will be active till the 10th of November. So we’ll have plenty of time to play and enjoy the pile-ups. For now, we are just warming up the engines bearing 150 degrees….Good luck old men!




Details count

2014-09-03T09:39:24.605+00:00

No matter how expensive a rig is, it always lacks a well weighted tuning knob. N8BX tried to change that and created a small company (www.73cnc.com) making weighted knobs as an alternative to original ones for many known rigs.
I was tempted to buy one for my FTdx 5000.The replacement is very easy and the result is fantastic. The inertia of the new weighted knob gives sensitivity and excellent feeling in tuning procedure. It is a knob that FTdx 5000 truly deserved it in the first place. Just to compare: the new knob weights 700gr instead of 250gr the original one.
original (plastic)                         N8BX knob (full metal)



Our thoughts with you Bill

2014-07-24T13:58:17.683+00:00

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Everybody of us, who had been involved in DXCC award, knows who he is. The ARRL DXCC chief award manager of course! Even though  our acquaintance was established through emails, questions and answers about the awards matters our feelings for him are quite strong. He was so friendly,  patient and kind with all of us that nobody was heard complaining. And we all suddenly  have been struck by the bad news: 

  “DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms.  Recovery will be difficult and slow, and is not expected to be total.  Bill would like to hear from his friends.  He is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, but cards and well wishes should be sent to

92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT 06111″.

If wishes could do any help we have a pile up of them to send you. We need you back on duty soon dear Bill, healthy and smiling as ever.




Paper proof…

2014-05-01T07:08:47.401+00:00

(image) KH7Y responded qsling! He gave me an official paper proof of the  most extraordinary QSO I have ever done in magic band. CFM also in LOTW. Aloha dear Fred.




Happy Ham Radio day!!!

2014-04-18T06:58:53.092+00:00

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KH7Y on magic band!

2014-03-31T12:50:30.040+00:00

What a day! Today I was a very lucky old man working Hawaii on 6m. Fred (KH7Y) was coming LP with a signal of 57  with a lot of flutter in a half an hour opening. It was a really thrilling experience.

Here they are some post-party comments on ON4KST chat.

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Cheers…to you all.




Equinox and 6m respond

2014-03-21T15:44:00.645+00:00

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Last night was a very interesting one of 6m. It was a kind of celebration of spring equinox. It was a party actually. F2 propagation offered the drinks and south America countries among other were   invited. It started about 21:00z and lasted more than two hours (I do not know exactly  when ended because I got to bed early). South Europe enjoyed it the most.

UPTATE: VP8NO came late to the party! Worked today afternoon. Long live magic band.




New old kid on the block

2014-03-17T07:30:20.115+00:00

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A new era rises! This is the brand new ULTRABEAM (20-6m) of SV3KH, a very good friend of mine. Since yesterday is warming ionosphere with its portion of radio waves. Well done Nick!




WOW….

2014-03-04T08:02:33.138+00:00

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This would be the most touching QSL card ever. Elmo, EA5BYP, is currently active from Annobon island in a low profile dxpedition. This hobby is really amazing!




Chasing FT5ZM

2014-02-13T08:51:36.029+00:00

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FT5ZM is QRT now. They stopped transmissions a bit earlier because a severe storm is approaching the island. It seams that they will have a rough crossing back.  They kept us busy for two weeks and as was it predicted they proved once more time they are a very capable and efficient crew. We all wish them a safe journey back.




FT5ZM on route…

2014-01-17T07:48:18.406+00:00

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FT5ZM on route to Amsterdam island. I worked them this morning in 28021 CW as VK6FZM/MM. They delivered a very decent signal, promising easy QSOs from the island as well.
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Have a nice trip to your destination old boys.Our thoughts with you.

Update: Track their position on line here!



Beaming East…

2013-12-21T07:30:54.041+00:00

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Well mostly…December was a really productive month. In the end of 2013 several  dxpeditions from south Asia kept us busy. S21ZBB, XZ1J, VU7AG to name some of them. And to resolve what I mean saying busy, I am giving you the a club log snap for VU7AG.

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Now we all will turn a little bit South as the big event of 2014 is coming. FT5ZM, number 4 in most waned list!! It is  starting on 24 of January. Good luck with them.

In the mean time do not forget work Santa Claus OF9X transmitting remotely from the famous ARCALA radio station.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.




ANTENNA MANTAINANCE

2014-01-14T12:57:28.198+00:00

Please take a look. Apart from SV8YM who is working on the mast of STIGMA FM broadcasting station you can also admire the gorgeous scenery of our island. The video has been taken by the hexacopter of SV8KOM on the top of Spopos mountain.



An exciting weekend

2013-09-30T09:50:38.505+00:00

The last weekend of September, except for a farewell of summer,it  has a different meaning for me. Yes, it is the famous CQ WW RTTY contest! It became a tradition to join this great ham event every year. This time it was quite exciting and full of surprises. To say the truth I am not interested in the competition but I really  love the game.

BTW a storm is approaching..let me unplug the antennas. Autumn is here.




New band, new mode

2013-09-11T09:45:02.397+00:00

As the summer is going by, a new band emerged. Two Greek stations, SV8CS and SV3DVO are transmitting on 136KHz almost every night. It is a  band given to us recently. So there is a lot of space for experimentation. Here is a receiving report of these stations in OPERA 8 mode using an active mini whip antenna.

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On the other the hand traditional bands are not going well. Propagation is unstable and usually  suffering of strong QSB. The 24 sun cycle is turned out to be the faintest for one hundred years. The diagram shows the big deference with the recent cycles 21, 22 and 23. The comparison is disappointing.

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There are rumors that the next cycle will be very faint as well. What a pity. Unfortunately, it seems that the golden era of  radio is over.