Microwave Contest June, 2017

Being active just on 10 GHz during Microwave Contest means having a quite weekend, but not this one. The weather was mostly cloudy and thunderstorms from the west spreaded across Germany, especially in the afternoon. Right at the beginning of the contest and until the evening the band was crowded with stations. Some OK2 and OK3 stations were heard over hours with strong scattered signals. Sunday was just the opposite, probably because of the Pentecost day. Happy to work DL9GBH/p from JO72AK for square  # 59.

Results: 13.635 points (350 km/QSO avg.), 39 QSO’s, 6 DXCC and 23 squares.
ODX: OM6A (JN99 / 648 km), OM3RRC (JN99 / 610 km), OM60ND (JN99 / 600 km)

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10 GHz Rainscatter May 28/29/30, 2017

Beautyful weather and temperatures up to 31° C offered the first nice openings on 10 GHz via Rainscatter this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoon.

May 28: On Sunday a very stable rain cell near the Belgium/Luxembourg border made contacts possible with F6DKW (JN18CS/ 671km), F8DLS (JN19SE/ 564km) in SSB, ON5TA (JO20ES/ 440 km), F5DQK (JN18GR/ 653 km) and finally DL3IAE (JN49DG/304km) .

Best beacons: HB9BBD (JN49GA/528km), LX1DB (JN39CO/376km).
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May 29: Monday afternoon followed with several hotspots covered across south-western Germany. Worked F8DLS (JN19SE/564km) in SSB,  F6DKW (JN18CS/ 671km) and DH1VY (JN39) also in SSB.

Best beacons: HB9BBD (JN49GA/528km), LX1DB (JN39CO/376km).

May 30: Another hot day! Tuesday afternoon strong thunderstorms crossing mid Germany. QSO with DL3IAE (JN49), heard among others OE5VRL/5 in SSB and FM.

Best beacons: HB9BBD (JN49GA/528km), OK0EA (JO70UP/379km).

Other 10 GHz Rainscatter-contacts this month:
May 19, 2017: OE5VRL/5 (JN78), DM2TO (JO61).
May 12, 2017: DH1VY (JN39), DR60VKL (JN39), DF9ZT (JO40), DL7HM (JO40), DL1RTD (JN59), DL3IAE (JN49).

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VHF Contest May 2017

Conditions during May Contest were quite poor again. The new amplifier gave a good push and it was easy to work even the weakest stations. Next to optimize is the replacement of the 9 element 1.5 Lambda yagi and probably an antenna mounted LNA. The Contest endet up with 171 QSO’s. Stations from 11 Countries and 45 Squares found the way into the log. ODX with 831 km was HG3X from JN96. A report received from F8GGD (IN95 /1.031 km) who heard me in another contact.

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Meeting 9H1TX

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During the Easter-vacation on Malta I met David, 9H1TX. We never had a contact before on any band but when we met at ON4KST-chat, David invited me to visit him at his QTH in Zurrieq and so I did. David is a very nice guy and an enthusiasic Radio Amateur, mainly working on 2m and 6m. He has an excellent takeoff especially into Central Europe. Hopefully we’ll meet on one of the bands before too long. Thanks for your hospitality and a nice afternoon talk with you David!

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Black Sea Cup International 2017

The International HF Cup of Black Sea is carried out by BSCC (Black Sea Contest Club). The aim of the competition is to make as many contacts with hams around the world as possible, especially with the radio stations from Black Sea region countries, members of BSCC, BSCC Headquarters’ station, radio clubs and the headquarters of the national amateur radio organizations – members of the IARU (HQ-stations).

Surprisingly I received this nice looking Contest Award today per E-Mail. Thank you BSCC!

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VHF Contest March 2017

After a long time I participated again in the March 2017 VHF-Contest, 144 MHz. Conditions were quite normal and activity low due to the time of the year. Despite the low power of less than 10 Watts into the 9 Element Yagi 79 QSO’s and stations from 9 Countries and 31 Squares found the way into the log. ODX with 784 km was HG7M from JN97. 

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CQ WW DX 160 SSB 2017

SSB Contests are not my favorites at all. Despite this, I made a handful of contacts during this weekends SSB Part of the 2017 CQ WW DX. It was just another chance to test the Heil headset and Contest software in combination with the K3’s voice memory. Peaks were 84 QSO’a an hour just by S&P (search and pound). It seems that everything is working so far. I stopped at 200 Q’s after 3 hours of participation.

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3rd CISM World Winter Games

The 3rd CISM World Winter Gamestook took place in Sochi (Russia) from February 22-28, 2017. The “Miller-DX-Club” offers free to download Awards in 6 different classes for working special stations. More informations to find here.

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ARRL DX CW Contest 2017

The ARRL DX CW Contest is that one I like most of all the Hf Contests. Due to the low sunspot number of just 13 and a solar flux of 74 band conditions were quite poor. No USA/Canada contacts on 10m and only a couple on 15m. Missing all the good series of West-coast contacts during the past years. Over all the result of 500 QSO’s is far behind my personal record in 2014 with over 900 QSO’s. Nevertheless it was fun and nice to hear all those fluttering signals from the far west. See you next year boys!

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14th Antarctic Activity Week

Another attractive short term Award is issued from the Spanish Amateur Radio Union URE to commemorate the 14th International Antarctic Week 2017 to all radioamateurs worldwide who contact with a number of Special Event Stations that will be active on the HF bands. The four classes Bronze ,Silver, Gold and Platinum depends on the number of special stations worked.

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