Monday, 21 September 2015

Vatican City in the log

I logged HV0A yesterday evening (120th in the most wanted ranking).
I was listening on frequency after one of breaks by chance - whilst playing with the filters on SpotCollector from DXLabs.
I heard the QRZ? him in the log on the second call before the melee came in again.
He was a S9+30dB without the pre-amplifier.
Pleased with that!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Better conditions...

It seems that the conditions are starting to improve, after the crude and poor propagation conditions over this summer.

I worked 6 new DXCCs over the last few days. Jersey on 30 & 40m QRP, the others with 100W. I had a shot today at V26K but without success and heard HQ0T.

7Z1SJ              Saudi Arabia 15m ssb 100W
ZP2CW           Paraway        17m cw 100W
MJ/DL2JRM   Jersey            30 & 40m 5W
8P5A               Barbados       20m cw  100W
A71AE            Qatar              20m ssb 100W
HC2AO           Ecuador         17m cw 100W

Mikel, EA2CW also reported an opening today on 10m - working ZS, JW, 5R & 3B8.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Nasty QRN...

I noticed in the last couple of months a new QRN - they are carriers spaced 4Khz - present on 40, 30 and 20m. Not present on the higher bands.

14.000, 004, 008,... Khz
10.100, 104, 108,... Khz
  7.000, 004, 008,... Khz

Nasty stuff...I might walk around to see if I can track the origin...certainly is not generated by my house.

QRN 30m 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Winkeyer WK2 Serial kit

I was in need of an external cw keyer for N1MM & DXLabs. Following the advise from SOTA friend - Mikel EA2CW - I decided to go for the Winkeyer WK2 serial from K1EL. $42 delivered to the UK.

The kit is very well documented, the quality is good, the functionality is great and integration with N1MM and DXLabs (Winwarbler) is seamless.

To complete the project, I got an Altoids enclosure, 3 x 3.5mm audio sockets & a USB to serial cable.