Also Appreciated

Also received with the last batch of QSL-cards was a SWL-report.

Nowadays they don’t come as often as before. I maybe receive up to three SWL-reports per year. No-one needs to have been SWL-ing on the ham bands to become eligible for the license. And also, SWL-ing as a hobby is no longer so hot since the invention of internet.

I like receiving the reports and if the report is correct, I confirm the report via the buro.

This time the report came from DE9NBC, also known on air as DG9NBC.

I would like to have a QSO on 40m with DG9NBC as his DOK B09 is one of many that would fit into my collection of confirmed DOK:s for DLD.

DE9NBC

SWL-rprt de DE9NBC

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Very Appreciated

When going through the last batch of QSL-cards received via the buro I was happy to receive some new DOK:s from Germany to add to my collection towards DLD1000 on 40m. Currently I am just short of 17% accomplished. My goal is to get to 1000 confirmed DOK before 2020. So far most of them is on CW, but DLD may be a good enough reason for me to gather up some courage and practice my German skills on SSB and combine three sources of fun: Language learning, DOK collecting, and ham radio.

I also received some new confirmed French districts for my DDFM collection, merci.

The best card was not a QSL but a QSL-sized contest score card for the AGCW-DL QRP Summer Contest. It is great fun to receive the information this way. I will frame the card and display it as a contest diploma.

AGCW CONTEST SCORE

AGCW-DL QRP Summer Contest 2001

You may notice that the contest was held in 2001, when my call was SM4RRF. Receiving the score and placement 13 years after the contest is indeed surprising and makes it a great souvenir.

Vielen Dank, DJ5AA und DL4DRA, für die Karte.

AGCW-DL Score Card

Score Card the other side

I also like the front side (back side) of the score card.

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Hottest DX Cluster Ever

DXHeat.com may be the hottest and ultimate DX cluster site so far.

Created by Tobias DH1TW, with valuable help from friends,  this site does not only offer DX spots with fast and superb filtering capabilities. It also has a superb Band Activity Map based on the viewer’s continent, possibility to quick link from each spot to PA3FWM’s WebSDR to listen to the spotted QRG, other useful quick links, progation info, and DX analytics tool.

This is now my primary DX cluster site.

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New Books

Two new books landed in the mailbox.

One is for my hobby and one is for my work. Which book is for which do you think?

New Books

New books that arrived, one for work and one for hobby

Next week we are starting up this winter season’s radio electronics course in our local club.

This is the fifth year we offer, and together create, the courses. We have had education projects as 80m CW-transceiver, feed lines – ladder lines – loss and SWR measurement, tube transmitter, Arduino in Ham Radio – SWR measurement – DDS control.

This autumn we will continue with Arduino and DDS by building kits from Kanga and either integrate into the 80m transceiver or make something else to use arduino controlled DDS for. Do you have suggestions to what I could do? Please write a comment below.

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Higher and Higher

feedpoint

ladder line

This weekend offered very nice weather and I spent a couple of hours taking advantage of the sunshine while doing antenna work.

Using the Apache bow and arrow my 2 x 13m doublet was moved closer to the clouds. Now the Northwestern end is up about 15-16 meters and the Southeastern end is at 8 meters height. The feed point is also higher, now at around 11 meters above ground and clearly above my house.

I have no idea if the ham radio station will perform any better after this change, but now I am using the maximum height available given by the trees I use at this time.

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Packing for the weekend

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Antennas, cables, string, and some more wire for improvised antennas in the left box and IC-706mkIIg, AT-180, S-match, meters, power supply and other station accessories in the right box.

On Friday afternoon SM7PXS, SM7XWM, and SM7RRF take the boat to Garpen Island to once again activate 8S7GL during the Lighthouse and Lightship weekend.

Given our experience from a number of years the setup will be two or three stations using a 80m dipole and a 40m loop both suspended from the lighthouse. A Rybakov vertical is also being packed. If the inspiration, time, and weather permit we will build something more to try once we are on the island.

If the activity and condx are on the low side we are considering taking part in the RDA contest.  We hear this contest very well every year and instead of fighting for a free 20m QRG we might take part with one of the stations this year, given that the lighthouse activity feels slow.

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KX1 on Eu-037

KX1 in the sunset

KX1 in the sunset

Yesterday evening I had an errand to Öland, IOTA EU-037. It included some evening waiting time that I spent playing with my KX1.

I drove to Äleklinta, JO86jx. It is an Alvar area Close to the Baltic Sea, overlooking Kalmar Straight. I found a spot about 10 meters above the sea-line, where the remains of an old lime stone quarry steeps down towards the water.

Coast Line QTH with remains of stone quarry

QTH Coast Line at old stone quarry

As I forgot to bring a fishing pole to use as a mast. Instead I had to look for something to fasten the antenna in, which is not an easy solved task on the Alvar. After some Walking around I spotted a small tree and a bush with an almost exact distance to use the full length of the doublet and the radio connected to the middle – “no feeder”.

From a small treee

From a small tree

To a bush

To a bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This meant that the antenna was on average less than a meter above ground, but being just on the shore line I hoped that it still would work.

After setting up the station I listened for stations Calling CQ on 40 meters. With 1 Watt and the antenna almost on the ground, that would be the best tactics. DK7FK/p operating from DLFF002 was the first station I heard calling. After repeating my call a couple of times the first QSO was in the log.

Operating position

Operating position

I heard and called quite a few stations in Russia and the Ukraine, but of course the did not hear my signals. With only one Watt and the entire island blocking the signal path the only workable stations were in the directions that began with open water, towards the South and South-West.

After almost two hours and five QSOs it was getting dark and I had to take down the station while I could still see where I was stepping.

Worked stations: DL7FK/p, OZ8SW, OZ/DL1DU,HA8DD/p, DL2UQ

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