Friday, 26 August 2016

New one...

By Klaus M. - Image (Map) made by Klaus M. (Mikmaq),
Germany, CC BY-SA 2.5,
Difficult, but on the other hand easy. I've been listening for CY9C through the week but was only able to hear them last Sunday on 17m for 5 minutes before their signal faded into the noise. Asking via fb some neighbour stations what the best time was to make the contact. PA4O Peter did work them at 17 UTC on 20m. So this Wednesday I tried but viewing the DX cluster they were only on 12/10/6m at that time.  I saw a lot of south European spots of them at Thursday around 17 UTC and decided to listen only to find a almost dead band and noise. Very frustrating. But I wanted to work them so patience is required, I have the experience things can change within a minute and you can't work them if you're not listening. And indeed they came up just readable, I made one call in which he heard me as PA4BAS but it was quiet and I managed to correct it to PE4BAS. New one in the log. 2 minutes later the signal faded and I did not hear them anymore. Later in the evening I could just decode them on 30m RTTY. But the pile-up was huge so after 2 calls I decided to quit trying.

I wonder why CY9 St.Paul Island has the DXCC status? There are at least two other St.Paul islands which are much more remote. I see this contact as just another new DXCC and not really a new country as this Island belongs to Canada and is near to Nova Scotia. (Ile Saint Paul, Indian Ocean)

Online CY9C log:

Monday, 22 August 2016

Not so spectaculair

Not so spectaculair results on 30m. TXing with the W5OLF 1W transmitter. On the magnetic loop which I found under a layer of dust in my garage. I didn't check it, just connected the battery and hit the start button on time. Left it running till 99 TX periods are over, then it shuts down. I noticed a carrier signal when transmitting across the 20m band for the first time, could be the change of the vertical antenna at the base station. Best DX was just over 2000km. I've not been busy with the radio hobby last couple of weeks. So. this is my first post this month. I have some ideas to write about and some postings are in the make and almost ready. Hopefully I will find the time to finish them and finally post them here. Stay tuned!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

58 hours on 30m

I left WSPR running for about 58 hours and closed the station when a thunderstorm was nearby.

RX including bogus spots

TX with 1W

Received uniques 24 hours on the 30th

Received total distance on the 30th
Not bad but average again. I ended just above PI4THT for the number of uniques. But total distance was not great. Does this mean my antenna just receive to much high angle signals? Or do I have interference from something. No, I think it is the low heigth (9m agl) of the antenna. I wonder if a magnetic loop would receive better? Tests with to 84m horizontal loop this winter showed a better receive performance of the loop. Although my vertical has been changed now. Some things interesting from these 58 hours; I only received one station from VK. However I have been received by many VK as well as ZL. No Japan and no South America spots at all both RX as TX.