Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sometimes you laugh at yourself

By accident I heard activity on 10 meters this afternoon, and it sounded like a contest, and it was open to the US, east coast.

So I hurried to call, got a few contacts, scribled down on some random paper. I just sent my 599001, 599002, and a few more. Until I heard someone from Europe send 599500 twice.

Oh, yes, the ARRL-contest, where you had to send the power, not a serial number.

But for most of my 10 contacts I got it right. Always be positive!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I don't get many....

I don't get many SWL reports. Maybe because I'm only on CW.

But I got one today through eqsl.cc, from DL-1213867, Peter, who heard me during my very short time in the SAC contest. Yes, I plan to do much better next year...

I was a SWL back before 1975, OZDR-1675, and I QSL 100% to correct SWL reports.

Monday, June 04, 2012

3330 km

Even with QRN on Madeira Island, CT9/DJ4UF heard my 10W CW on 3.510 MHz last night. It helps to have a full 2x20m dipole. I resisted turning up for power - 10W out should be enough...

Friday, May 04, 2012

Life with a CW-filter

As expected the filter works nicely. It's old, analog technology. I like that.

The world however has become digital, to some degree. Found GS3PYE/P on 80 meters this evening, and a few minutes later looked up the call sign on Google, and found that I was in the online logbook.

And it turns out to be a returning expedition to islands in Scotland, this year to the Isle of Mull, EU-008. Many hams involved. Lots of technology involved. Very nice!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Ebay is nice

I found a nice CW-filter on ebay. Paid, and one week later it arrived. Left him a very good rating, of course.

Now I have to put it into the IC-751, but I have the service manual - shouldn't be hard at all. Not today though.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Re-discovering ham radio

Late last night I found out, that I was actually rediscovering ham radio. I was quite active 35 years ago, and it's the same feelings today.

I guess it was José from Lisbon, that did it. Late night, on 80m, no QRM, just a little QRN and QSB, nice signal, nice QRS (I'm still rusty). 2400 km away. But I could still reach him, CT1EDJ. I admit that I turned up power to 50W, but I don't think I needed it.

I'm renaming this blog to: OZ6KS - rediscovering ham radio

Monday, April 02, 2012

Interesting day

This IC-751 is my first radio with WARC-bands, so had my very first QSO on 17m, ever. This was 9A2YM, Steve (Stevan), from Croatia.

Training to copy CW in the evening, I came across a "CQ UBA FOX" - Google to the rescue: http://www.on5ex.be/foxhunt/. Funny concept, new to me. I chased one fox only, F6BZG, this time. Arnaud, 5W from nr. Strasbourg. I might try again another Monday.