More and more stations appear on the 60m band and activity increases rapidly. After 7 days of operation 45 DXCC entities and 11 CQ-Zones are in the log, including this nice ones:
A6 (United Arab Emirates), C37 (Andorra), CU (Azores), EA8-EH8 (Canary Is.), EA9 (Ceuta & Melilla), KC4 (Antarctica), KP4 (Puerto Rico), SØ (Western Sahara), UM (Uzbekistan), UN (Kazakhstan), ZS (South Africa).
More fun to come, for sure!
Since December 15, 2016, Radio Amateurs in Germany are allowed to use a 15 kHz wide segment on 5 Mhz (Class A only) with max. 15 W EIRP. That was something I was waiting for a long time. On New Years afternoon I easily matched my inverted L-Antenna to 5.360 Mhz and started working on that band in CW an JT65 mode. In just a couple of hours 24 DXCC-countries, incl. TF, W, VE, KP4 were worked and my signal was heard on all six Continents (by PSK-Reporter). What a fun!
Short term Awards become more and more popular nowadays. This one comes from Spain as a free pdf-download and celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the death of the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, one of the greatest writers in Universal History. His most iconic novel, “Don Quixote” is the most edited and translated book in all Literature History, just behind The Bible.
To commemorate the 71st Independence Day of The Republic of Indonesia on August 17, 2016, “Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia” proudly present the Special Event Station YB71RI and a nice Award working 5 to 10 Indonesian Districts during the month of August 2016. The Award is free of charge and mailed as pdf-file.
During a nice ES-opening today OJ0DX (Market Reef), operated by a German Crew around DL3DXX, found the way into my logbook on 50 MHz and later also on 1.8 MHz. This is DXCC #101 on 50 MHz.
Another colourful short term Award offered by the “Miller-DX-Club”, dedicated to the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The Award is free of charge and could be downloaded as pdf-file. More details here.
Another good Es opening on 2m this Saturday morning. With only 20 Watts out of the Transverter I worked LZ1ZL and LZ1KG from KN31 for a new square and a distance of 1.613 km. Heard but not worked was SV7GBR from KN20IX and several other LZ stations. This was my first ES and first new square since 1989, when I quit serious DX work on 2m!
What a surprise when I looked into the mailbox today! The colourful VK0EK QSL-card arrived directly from the british manager. Now all of my 336 DXCC’s are confirmed by card.
After more than 10 years I switched to a new styled, easier to administrate and modern cms-based webpage. My old design with several 10.000 clicks is now offline. Not all informations are online now but will be transferred to the new system depending on sparetime.
The MRASZ – Hungarian Radio Amateur Society – offers a nice short time award, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the birth of Samuel F.B. Morse, the creator of the Morse alphabet. The Award is free of charge and could be downloaded as pdf-file.