Sunday, August 26, 2018

KL7NO - heard

Early this morning KL7NO was in about 529-539 at times on CW.  Copied him on 50.105.6 and 50.125.6 Morse Code.  VE8WD/b and VE7FG/b were in for a few hours prior to KL7.  W7FI was worked here about 559/539 I think.  I held off calling KL7NO as a few folks in New England were looking for him for All-Time-New-Ones.  I copied WA1EAZ working KL7NO - both sides of it.  

KL7NO had some of the strongest doppler I've heard in a long time.  

The opening to KL7NO was around 1:30am and lasted about 20-30 minutes with varying QSB.

Unfortunately I was so 'into' the opening I forgot to snap screenshots and/or sound recordings for this blog.  I wish I had now.

Anyway it was nice to witness a good 'old school' opening.  Since there was strong AU (Aurora) and Au-E (Auroral-Es) digital modes were useless.  So it was nice to roll back and use CW again.  I haven't forgotten any!  Thankfully :-)  It's been a while since I worked CW for real qso's.  And even longer since any decent Au.

I stepped outside a few times and witness a pink sky on the northern horizon.  While K1TOL did the same and saw green tints.

It's sure nice to be back in New England!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

G8BCG - Heard

These are interesting because they're well past the typical 6m season

DF4UE JN48 - Germany Heard & DK7OB

These are interesting because they're well past the typical 6m season

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2018 Summer Season Totals on 6m

All confirmed via LotW except for NE,HI state.  TK5MH was via QSL card. 

163 FFMA
321 VUCC
46 States

Still missing States:


Heard but Missed:


I was mostly focusing on New DX this season to pickup the ones I'd been missing out in the mid-west.  I haven't had this many new ones in a single season probably since 2003 (F2).  I wasn't really trying for States or FFMA grids until late in the season as the EU paths started to shut down.

All of this with a 7 EL LFA antenna up about 20 feet (if that) hanging in a dense tree forest, using about 1kw.  My RX was an SDRPlay "RSP2pro", and my TX was a FTDX-5000.  

Monday, August 20, 2018


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Sunday, August 19, 2018


CT1ILT is running 70 watts to a 6 Ele Yagi.

CT1ILT beaming East (opposite of me)
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After CT1ILT turned to NA

Thursday, August 16, 2018

G7RAU & CT1IUA 23z 8/16

My Antenna is pointed to 11 degrees when these receptions reports where made on PSKR.  I was copying VY0SNO/b almost 599.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

VE1UW/b Spur @ 50.470+/-

This season I've seen a lot of things using a 1 MHz Wide band display centered around 50.100 Mhz

One of the odd things I've seen is this spur that has shown up around 50.470 sometimes it's drifty around 50.473 but normally between the two someplace when it's in.

NOTE: Most of the time this spur is much stronger than the main carrier

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Antenna Setup for 2018

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This antenna is a an Innovantennas "WOS" LFA2.
There are two ropes.  One main one is about 1/2" wide.   And the others are mil spec rope about 1/8" wide capable of 550 lbs.    The antenna is suspended from the main 1/2" rope by about 1 foot below it which allows me to swivel it (arm strong style).  There is an 1/8" rope on the front and the back which are tied off on two small logs which I can place anywhere.

This way I can rotate the antenna.  And the two ropes with logs tied to them act as anchors.

It's worked well all season.  The antenna is only up just barely 20 ft I think at it's center.

Note that I am tilting it UP in the front about 15-20 degrees at times.  Trying to clear the trees, and test an old 'theory' I've heard about tilting antenna's like this.  It's worked well.  Seems to do better on the remote end when it's tilted up, I suspect do to less tree clutter absorbing RF out.  BUT that's just a hunch.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

C37MS - Heard / C37NL - Heard

I worked C3 on CW years ago and only recently got it confirmed with the help of ON4GG, and ON4IQ.  Thank you Guys!

I was really tempted to work C37MS just because of how rare they are.  This is the first time in 17 years that I've heard them since I worked a C3.  

I see a few in this list who claim NOT to rework rare ones when they come in "Gotta give others the chance" right?  But there they are doin it.  LOL whatever...don't preach what you don't practice.

To prove the point it's now one day later....and another C37 is on...

Same call working another C37.  This is an EXCELLENT way of blocking others from working an ALL TIME NEW ONE.  Just because you can?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

KH6/K6MIO - Hawaii - Worked

NOTE EA8TL Canary Islands also being heard the same time.

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