Jul 24
50 MHz
23 July 2014 Heard BA4SI again in the morning. Early afternoon showed a short but strong opening to US. Worked K3OO (FN20) heard W3EP, W3JO, NR1R, W1AW/1, K1ZC, K2ZD and K1RO. Later in the evening the band opened again and I worked EJ3Z (IO43). Heard were VE2TZT, KP4EIT, NP4A and NW0W (EM27!!). (I looked back in the log ... found a North America opening, where I worked 67 stations, and my antenna was a lot smaller than today.)
22 July 2014 Out of the blue I worked K1TOL. In the morning I heard BA4SI with good signal but strong fading.
21 July 2014 Wide spread opening to USA and Canada. Only got VY2ZM (FN86)
20 July 2014 Worked a few stations via Es
19 July 2014 Only worked GM and LA4YGA (JO37)
9 July 2014 The station's computer does not work any more. It is the only damage by the lightning stroke.
8 July 2014 This morning saw an excellent opening over central Germany. I worked 60 stations within one hour to distances down to 460km at high levels. In the log are HB9, I, F, DL, PA, ON and LX1AD - Today nearly all in phone for a change. In the evening my antenna was hit by a part of a lightning. What a big bang.
7 July 2014 Strong signals from OH, SM2 in the morning. In the evening CS3 beacon from Madeira was at 599 for hours - a few signals else only.
6 July 2014 T6DD (MM36) Afghanistan in the log.
3 July 2014 Opening to Japan: Heard JR4OZR and JA3KVT. Heard EX9T (MN82). Later I worked 9K2/SP4R (LL39gj) Kuwait for country number 150 on 6m and 9K2GS is in the log as well. In the evening the band opened to the Carribean with very strong signals. I did not make any contacts but heard were FG4NN, KP2/K3TEJ, 9Y4D, FG8OJ and many, many Europeans
2 July 2014 Worked OY and heard GA3WUX and 9Y4VU
1 July 2014 Lots of stations. Worked EA3 and heard EA8EY, D44TS (HK74) and J38DR

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Jul 9
Just before the football (soccer) match Brasil - Germany (1:7) last night (8 July), my antenna was hit by a partial lightning stroke. Everything was switched off before the thunderstorm arrived and the antennas were disconnected. When I entered the room after the thunderstorm I saw the computer had started and a strange smell was in the air. I stopped the computer and it does not start anymore. Hopefully there is no more damage than the power supply. - Add: Yes it was the power supply. Everything is fine again.

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Jul 1
50 MHz
28 .. 30 June 2014 Busy with other things
27 June 2014 EA and F in the log.
26 June 2014 Only worked a few LZ.
25 June 2014 Strong signals from the Azores. I worked CU3AN (HM68) and CU1EZ was extremely strong. Also heard EA8CK and FG5FR from the Carribian.
18 .. 24 June 2014 I did not have much time. When I switched on no signals or some weak stations were heard.
17 June 2014 Big silence until the afternoon. Life came onto the band and I worked FS/K9EL (FK88), KP2/K3TEJ (FK94), FG8OJ (FK96) and F5MYK/mm (JO11 new grid). Heard were NP3CW, VO1MP, VO1COD, KP4EIT, HI3TEJ. ALL have been worked before. Nice signals anyway.
16 June 2014 Some EI and EA on the band. Also heard were KP4EIT, WP3UX and HI3TEJ. All have been worked in the past years.
15 June 2014 I worked a few Ukraine stations, went out of the house, and heard 4X (Israel) beacon in the evening.
6 .. 14 June 2014 Almost no time for the radio. I switched on only sporadically.
5 June 2014 Open to OH in the morning. In the afternoon the band was in good shape and I called CQ in CW. Worked HA, LZ, HA, YO, OM, YU and JY plus 4X (5 Stations) over 3000kms. Heard A45XR and 9K2MU at 599 levels with large pile-up. Around 22UT read signals from W7GJ off the moon (first time with the TS590s).
4 June 2014 I have been out of the house for a long while. I heard EA, EA9, CU1EZ. Band closed early.
3 June 2014 Strong signals all around. Worked HA, DL (via Es), I, F, ES, OH, OZ (Tropo), OH, SM2, LA. I have been spotted in the cluster by RA1ZC (KP59)! In the morning were some JA on the band, but I copied only bits and pieces.
2 June 2014 DU7/PA0HIP (PK10) heard weak. Opening to South France and Sardinia. In the afternoon the band opened mainly to Italy with hundreds of stations on the band. What a mess. Worked a number of stations from F, I, HA, UR5, EA, EA6, C37AC (JN02)
1 June 2014 Short openings to F, SM and OH. All went over my head ... Worked UN3M (LO61md) and UN3GX (MN83gd) for surprise. Around 11:50UT band opened to North-West and I worked K1TOL (FN44) and VE1PZ (FN85). Heard was VY2ZM. OY1OF was sitting in the path and SM7FJE and PA2M were heard with amazing backscatter.

144 MHz
3 June 2014 Es opening, but I was little late.

1 June 2014 I activated WSPR with 2w on 40m again. With the modified antenna it works very well. My 2w has been received in ZL and VK.

Posted by Christoph Petermann

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