Jun 22
50 MHz
22 June 2017 Heard TY2AC with strong signal in SSB & JT. Early evening NW0W and K0TPP came through and later I worked two TFs.
21 June 2017 Seen EA8 and one JA (PM53). Early in the evening some Ws (EN64, EM25, EM10, DM92) were received.
20 June 2017 Only DX heard in the morning was A71EM and several 4X stations. Very late at night - I was asleep - PV8DX and some North American stations (EM47, 48, EN84) dropped in. My antenna was already pointing to Japan.
15 June 2017 One single JA seen and many stations all over Europe heard JT65 and CW/SSB.
14 June 2017 Switched on at 0430z and saw BA4SI CQing. But I was too late for the VK4 here. Conditions inside EU were mediocre. Then suddenly JT5DX(OO20) showed up and was worked in CW as well as some EM and US stations. Later in the evening I caught FG8OJ(FK96).
13 June 2017 Heard/Read A9, 9K, EX, UN3M and worked CW A92GE.
12 June 2017 No real DX heard but worked LA/DK5WO/p (JP51) via MeteorScatter
11 June 2017 JT65: Some weak JA stations were received early in the morning. Later there was high activity all day and I made a number of SSB/CW contacts. 4X was very strong for a while and late afternoon TF, KP2, KP4 and N3XX were read.
10 June 2017 A92 was read at 0500 already. 9K, 4X came in shortly after and around 0630 some JA were seen, but not really strong. JA7QVI had a good signal in the spectrum display in CW, but audio-wise hardly to read. TF3ML was the first station to the NorthWest and a bit later VE1PZ and WU1ITU were seen around 1330UT.
9 June 2017 JT65: 7 Japan calls were received in the morning, all were quite weak. Later WP4B showed up and WU1ITU(FN65) was worked with a big signal. 5A was heard in CW, but the pileup was to big.
8 June 2017 An even bigger day: 5 hours of Japan with 97 stations in JT65 listed received. To many to put it here. BUT Received more: DS4EOI(PM37) and DS3CHK(PM36) AND KG6DX(QK23jk). Worked in JT65: JG2AJK(PM85), JJ2LPV(PM85), JA9SSB(PM86), JA0VI(PM96), JF3DRI(PM74), JA0RUG(PM97) and JG1TSG(QM05). Had to leave for QRL. Early evening the show went on: Received JT65: WA6OSX(CM98), KR7O, N6ML, KB7ME, N6JV and W7OUU. Worked was JT65: KD6SW(CN80).
JA and HL (DS) stations listed by "PSKReporter" on 8 June 2017

7 June 2017 A big day: In JT65 hrd: DS4AOW(PM34), DS4EOI(PM37) at 04:30UT, BA4SI(PM01), JR6GV(PL36 Okinawa!). JAs from PM51,63, 64, 74, 75, 84, 86, 96, QM05. 9K, YI1SAL, JY, WP2Z, K7BV, K6EID, W3CP, N6EE(CM97), W5THT(EM50). Finally worked JT65: K4PI(EM73), PV8DX(FJ92), K0TPP(EM48) and in CW: WZ8D(EM89), K9PPY(EN51) and K4SX(EM40).
6 June 2017 JT65 hrd: several JAs from QM08, PM97,53) and UN6T (MN52)
5 June 2017 VK8MS(PH57), More than 15 JA, JL8GFB in CW, EA8, WP4JCF, KP4EIT (SSB), NP2J (CW), J69DS and worked: WP2B(FK77) and KV4FZ(FK77)
4 June 2017 DX RX in JT65: VE2XK, W9VHF(EN71), WA1AEZ
2 June 2017 Read (Receive only) DX in JT65: A45, 4X, JY, 9K2 and UN7TW
1 June 2017 Opening to Japan. No stations worked but received JA stations from PM64, 74, 85, 86, 95 and 97. Only little Sporadic E inside EU.

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May 31
50 MHz
31 May 2017 Heard / Read (JT65) DX outside Europe so far today EA8, TA1, EK8, 9K2, UN7TW, YI1SAL, S01WS
30 May 2017 Big opening to Japan and China, but nothing here. Worked E44WE (Palestine)as new country and some 4X, IS0, A45XR (LL93do). Heard A71AE, YI1SAL
24 May 2017 Worked E7 and heard 4X and JY9FC
23 May 2017 Worked UB7K and heard a few stations. Not much time today.
22 May 2017 Heard 9K2 very early at 4:45UT and later TA1, SV, G, F GI. Worked SV, LZ and YT1.
21 May 2017 Worked a HA and heard 9K2 . Copied as well 4X, EI, EA, UR, 5B4 etc.
20 May 2017 Big opening in EU worked a lot I, F, HB9 and than suddenly saw WP4JCF (FK68) who was easily worked. WP3C (FK68) was worked as well. It seems this may be the first ever Transatlantic QSO 2017 :-)

19 May 2017 not many stations on but I read JE6AZU (PM51) in JT65 mode
18 May 2017 hrd and worked E7, EA5, EA7, EA6 I and SV9
17 May 2017 Antenna working with moving the yagi 1,5m up.
16 May 2017 Hrd and worked stations from IT9, I8, SV3 and SV9
15 May 2017 Some Es cloud overhead and band was open to EA, F, G and EI
14 May 2017 Came home from a trip and I worked EA2 and F
6 May 2017 SV7, SV8, SV9 and a UX0 heard
5 May 2017 Stations from US5, F and EA were received.
4 May 2017 First Sporadic E signals from France heard this year. It has started very late.

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May 17
Today I decided to work on the antenna. My 2m transceiver (ICOM 820H) has a malfunction and it will take some time to repair it. The 9 element for 2m is thus not needed. I took it down and moved the 50 MHz antenna up by 1,50 m and added some guy wire on top of it. The result is, that the band seems cleanet and has much less noise - except direction west, where high noise stays and the source yet has to be located. The level of this almost white noise is about 15 dB.

This is the 6 element antenna for 50 MHz after moving up.

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May 4
50 MHz
all: Experimenting with several digital modes like JT65 and MSK144 with very good results.

7 MHz
all: Working all continents with digital mode WSJT / JT65, 50 Watts and dipole antenna. Several new countries reached.

144 MHz
all: nothing, because transceiver has a fault, which I do not find, because it is intermittend.

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Mar 18
Being very busy throughout the last months there was almost no time for anything else. Now as things slow down a bit, I hope to be active here a bit more ...

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Dec 30
50 MHz
11 September 2016 Worked a bunch of 20 Ukraine stations via Sporadic E, all in CW.

7 MHz
September .. December 2016 About 30 stations worked with JT65.
1 September 2016 Got some JA with 40 watts and JT65a in first try on 40m.

other info
12 September 2016 Updated my standings list on this site and UKSMG site. LotW has still to be updated.

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Aug 30
50 MHz
29 August 2016 Found the band dead.
28 August 2016 Some late Es. Worked F and EA1 and one YO via Meteorscatter.
16 .. 27 August 2016 was on trip to Central Germany
14 August 2016 Was away and when I returned, I saw, that I had almost missed a good opening to US. I let JT65A running and it received VA2SS (FN45) and WU1ITU (FN65). Great.
12 August 2016 Heard I, SV and worked EA and EI9E via meteorscatter.
11 August 2016 No Es. Made some testing with G and LA using the new WSJT modes like QRA64A.
10 August 2016 Some EA, I, EI, and the daily SV9 were heard. Worked EA1. Not much of Es.
9 August 2016 Received SV, YO, I, F, G ... Worked HB9, DL, EA, EI9E (IO44), CU2ZG (HM77) and S01WS (IL46) finally :-) I played with the different WSJT (JT6M, JT65a, JT9Hfast) modes a bit.
8 August 2016 Heard SV, EA, EI, CT via Es and worked SM6CMU/2 (JP85co) via Meteorscatter. The US opening in the evening just did not reach me.
7 August 2016 Early I worked several UT and later, when the band opened more, I got YU, EM2, F and 4X4DZ (KM72). Heard were F, S5, HA, LA, SV, 5A, G, GM, GI, EA, E7, K1TOL and more.
6 August 2016 Band was dead and came alive in the afternoon. Heard were SV9, SV, F, UT and TF and more.
5 August 2016 Big opening all day, but did not have all that time. Many countries were heard with best of all S01WS, whom I could not get worked. But I got some F, G, UB7 and others in CW.
4 August 2016 A good Es opening happened in late afternoon. I worked SV9, F, SV, DL, IT9, I, Z3, IS0 in JT, SSB and CW. Heard were 4X, LZ, YO, UT, G, GW, EI, LA, SM and more. Some weak aurora signals appeared as well.
3 August 2016 Only one F was heard with CQ.
2 August 2016 Lots of activity in CW. Heard F, EA, CT, CN, EI, GW ... Almost the same countries in JT65. No QSOs
1 August 2016 Came home late. Heard SV9, SV3, EA, EA8, OH, G, EI and more in CW and JT65. Only short and spotty openings.

144 MHz
30 August 2016 I tried to find the intermittent fault in the TRX; it is doing better now, but not gone.
4 August 2016 Aurora heard, but transceiver has a defect.

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Aug 29
Recently I came to the digital modes (again) on 6m, after I had seen in DX cluster entries, that activity had increased significantly. Here is something on my impressions.

You are invited to read and to comment on this item here and tell us about your impressions.

Continue reading "Impressions on some WSJT Modes"

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Aug 1
50 MHz
30/31 July 2016 I ran JT65 in listening mode. Only some DL, OZ and PA via tropo.
29 July 2016 Listening only. Heard SV, I8 and EA in CW.
28 July 2016 Not much on the band. In a mixture of probably Es and Iono propagation I worked EI.
27 July 2016 Good opening with many stations. Worked EA1,3,5 and CT in CW mode. In JT65 I read I8, SV9 and EI.
26 July 2016 Heard stations from I, EA and England in CW and JT65.
25 July 2016 No contact but I heard G on backscatter, EA5, I, SV, SV9.
24 July 2016 The Sporadic E season seems to slow down now. Less signals are heard. Worked OH2 in CW, shortly heard CT beacons.
23 July 2016 JT65 contacts primarily via tropo up to 700km. SV, EA, F and 4X were read in JT65.
22 July 2016 A few SporadicE signals heard, no QSO.
8..21 July 2016 ... Hiking in Austria ... ;-)
7 July 2016 Was on all afternoon, but not a single bit heard.
6 July 2016 Had JT65a running on RX. Around 15 UT I received NA6L (DM12) with CQ throughout several periods. First thought it might be a fake. I contacted him, and he has definitely been active CQing at that time. Nothing else was heard by me and others at that time in that direction. Surprise, surprise.
3 .. 5 July 2016 Only short openings. Nothing worked.
2 July 2016 Got JW7QIA (JQ68) in a late night opening.
1 July 2016 Switched on before I left home at 04:30UT and there was already one Ukraine CQing. But by returning in the afternoon, band was dead.

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Jul 21
Days Off. So I am back from a hiking trip in Austria. Some wonderful days we spent in the Alps in St Martin / Lofer. Only the first day weather was good enough to climb up to a summit. Then a very severe storm destroyed some hiking trails and we preferred to walk through the woods. Our guides were well prepared and all of the group (18 persons) were in a good mood.

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