Since a few days I replaced my Kenwood TS590s with the new Icom IC7300.
I must say, I am impressed by this little box and look forward exploring the possibilities.
2 new bands to play on although it does not seem to be the best season for 70 Mhz 🙂
Special stations will be activated to celebrate the 30th anniversary of EUDXF
In the period october – december 2016 these stations will be active:
QSL Manager for all listed stations is Alex PA1AW. Logs will be on LOTW and Clublog.
During the annual EUDXF meeting in Bentheim I accepted the task as webmaster for the EUDXF website. A challenge but fun to do and good to bring this important PR instrument in action again. Check www.eudxf.eu for progress…
April 2, 2016 it wasn’t contesttime but time to chase DX. Together with several clubmembers (PA3EWP, PD4RD, PA2R, PA3BWD, PA1BDO, PB0AIC) we spent some time on the station chasing VK0EK Heard Island and FT4JA Juan de NOva Island.
Starting of at 9a.m. local time with some repair work to the station and finishing just after midnight most of us were able to make one or more QSO’s with these rare DX-stations during the day.
For me VK0EK brought new bands on 12 and 160m. FT4JA brought a new country on CW and bandpoints on 12,15,17 and 80m. Unfortunately I was not at the radio in the afternoon and missing some more bandpoints so the chase is still on.
Unfortunately the PI4COM station was not “recovered” in time for this contest. Without yagi’s for 20 and 15m band it was not possible to have a competitive station. So it was decided to operate Single Band Single Operator this year.
Ron PA3EWP on 40m, using the club call PI4COM, with the 4 square.
Richard PD4RD was hoping for 10m to open but had to go for 20m using a simpel endfed wire. I, Alex PA1AW, went on 80m using the 1/4 vertical and low dipole.
Despite not being able to operate as a team I had a great time and nice result.
Great weather and great food prepared by Richard shure helped.
Normally I would have been in the middle of 6m season stress right now. But 2015 is not looking normal at all. No antenna’s up at the new house except some temporary antenna’s. At this moment my 2 el HB9CV for 6m is up again at approx. 5 m height surrounded by housing. This antenna is good for 6 qso’s as yet but that has more to do with the limited time I was able to spend behind the radio sofar.
The strange thing is that despite the low QSO number I uipgraded the station again now having an IC7600 as the main radio and an old friend returned in the shack: ACOM1000 amplifier. So in-house ready for action and soon there will be some aluminium on the roof again. Whether this will be in time for the 6m ES-season I doubt, but their will always be a next year 🙂
Any advise on short boom 6 m yagi’s ? (max. 4m boom)
Despite I do not yet have my Stepp-Ir up since I moved to my current house I was happy to have the opportunity to work two major DXpeditions by moving my radio equipment to the clubstation PI4COM:
EP6T – Iran
K1N – Navassa
As this is only a few hundred meters away from my home operating this very nice station expands my horizon. This time a lot of work was needed to have the station fully operational as the winter storms seriously damaged the antennas for 160, 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters. We are glad we did all the work want the result is very nice…..
Anyhow, good motivation to get the home station up and running…..
The (new) direct address:
In june 2013 I will return to Jersey with my friends Jo PA9JO and Ronald PA3EWP.
I am looking forward to this trip.
More info at our CQfriends homepage.