Jul 1
50 MHz
30 June 2016 What a day: Heard/Read OH, EI, EA, SM2, G, UR, GM, LA, OZ, I, S5, F. But then suddenly the band opened to West Coast USA and I worked K7CW (CN87lj) and heard N7NW (CN87). Having discovered as first operator that such a path is possible in year 2001 (see First ever West Coast in 2001), I am finally happy that I could work West Coast 16 years later. During that period European backscatter signals were extremely strong.
29 June 2016 F and EA worked in the evening. Read W3CP (EM74) in JT65 with CQ several times, when there was no opening to the west at all recorded. I contacted him and he confirmed having been active at that time.
28 June 2016 USA was worked from PA, but I heard nothing. Later I worked 15 stations in G, GI & GM.
27 June 2016 Some listening in JT65 mode.
22..26 June 2016 Was away for some days...
21 June 2016 Was on short only and worked SK0TM (JO86) via tropo and strong (JT65a).
20 June 2016 Many stations heard - best UN3M in JT mode. Worked a few in JT65A.
18 June 2016 First time listening JT65A for DX and immediately copied JE6AZU (PM51) with CQ in four periods. Not one else except some UA video signals was heard.
17 June 2016 Worked Ukraine and A92GE (LL56)
16 June 2016 Worked EA7 on Es. Got LA/DK2BJ (JP42) on Meteorscatter.
14 June 2016 Band totally dead
13 June 2016 What a day on 6m: USA wide open! Came home a little late but I worked: W2SM, K1WHS, K1ZZ, K4PI (EM73), W3UR, K2MUB, W3EP, W3JO, K3WW, K1RO, K2DG (EM12 ODX 8103km), KA1R, KA1W, W1FV, KSIX and KD5M (EM60). Hrd : NN4X (EL98), KA2JA, NT2X, VE1PZ, W3CMP, N6RW (DM34 !) and KC2TX (DM42 when 1st time trying to listen Es in JT65a). I felt, I was sitting right on the edge of the propagation. Others with a similar antenna just a few km west copied a lot more. My takeoff direction US is very good. The band went up and down for more than 3 hours.
Although I recorded everything I have some incomplete callsigns I even cannot figure out from the recording: a VE3, N8, N9 and K5.
European backscatter signals were weak this time compared to similar openings in the past years.
12 June 2016 Good opening. Hrd S01WS but too weak for QSO; EJ7NET (IO55) loud, but RX "kaputt?". Worked EA8CQS (IL18) and some G, GM, GW, EI, F and EA5
11 June 2016 Heard many form the South-East
10 June 2016 Many stations heard. Worked only YO and RK6
7 June 2016 Open to south-east; worked S5 and Z3.
5 June 2016 Short time on and got OH1.
2 June 2016 Heard TY2AC, but he never became strong enough. JT1CO was only weak and worked over my head into PA.
1 June 2016 Only some listening. A big bunch of I stations on the band

144 MHz
29 June 2016 Listened during opening and heard one weak station, probably CT1HZE. (My 2m TRX shows strange behaviour - it is old.)
10 June 2016 Only very weak signals during SporadicE Opening

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Jun 13
Wow, what a thrill. The whole weekend (10 .. 12 June) we were busy recording our first CD in the recording studio. No, we are still far from being ready, but the main stuff is recorded and sounds already brilliant. On sunday evening we were exhausted but happy. Next steps will be intensely listening into the "takes" and adding tracks that are still missing. A booklet has to be designed and printed, photos have to be taken and, and and ...

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May 26
144 MHz
22 May 2016 Sporadic E opening - I was some minutes late
1 May 2016 Some aurora going. Hrd SM4, LA8. Aurora was visible

50 MHz
30 May 2016 Only worked EA5 and EA6.
30 May 2016 Strong opening with many stations on. I worked I, HB9, 9A, T7, DL and others.
29 May 2016 A lot of strong stations to the south-east. Worked SP9 over very short skip, 4X1IF (KM72) and 5B4AIF and 5B4AAB (both KM64).
27 May 2016 A lot of listening. Worked some. Best DX is UN3M (LO61)
25 May 2016 Big opening to G, GM, GW, EI ... Worked some and spent time listening.
22 May 2016 More than 20 contacts made to SP, ER, YO, SV
04 May 2016 3B9FR worked !
19 April 2016 Heard I6 via Es. Was at home too late.
18 April 2016 First Sporadic E this year to Ukraine. Worked US5XD just before band closed.

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Apr 1
Nothing special yet. There was a good aurora and I worked a few stations on 2m. On 40m I ran WSPR for 2 days in January, but for some unknown reason my computer rebooted several times which stopped the program. Some humming was discovered on the WSPR signal and I have not found the source of it so far. I did not change a thing, but somewhere it is different to before.
A strong storm broke the rope of the 40m dipole, but this is already repaired.

144 MHz
16 February 2016 Some Aurora going on in the afternoon. Worked SM5, LA and ES.

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Dec 15
Time is flying and again we are approaching the end of a year,

A Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2016 to everyone who comes along here. Have a quiet time where ever you are.


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Dec 15
Another busy time ...
144 MHz
14 December 2015 A good Aurora. Stations heard down to Southern Germany.
25 October 2015 The reflection Zone has shifted and SP9, OK and OM were heard. Also some SM4 and SM5 were worked.
24 October 2015 Big tropo opening to Southern France and Northern Spain. Some EA1, EA2 and F were worked at S9 level. Absolutely phantastic.
08 October 2015 Another Aurora. SK4MPI beacon was strong but only few stations were heard.
07 October 2015 Good Aurora opening with strong signals.
03 October 2015 This unbelievable opening continued and the tropo Zone had moved east. This morning UA3WM (KO84) was worked with a strong Signal. Later band opened into SM4 and OH6. Then all over sudden it was over.
02 October 2015 The band was already wide open in the afternoon and it became better from minute to minute. Scotland was in at very high level very early. I worked stations from GM, G, GI, GD, GW and EI4DQ from IO51. Then it opened to the east as well and I worked SP, EU, YL, LY and UA3LID. And I heard both UA3 and G working over 2300km. I could make over 75 DX contacts over more than 700 km.
01 October 2015 A very good Tropo opening; I worked LY, YL, SM1, GI, GM and G. Some Aurora going on as well, only heard SM4IVE strong. It was visible as well.
20 September 2015 Worked SM4IVE via Aurora, LA and GM heard
9 September 2015 Low activity on 2m and heard LA and SM.
7 September 2015 Strong Aurora signals heard on 2m in the evening; I preferred to go outside and to observe the stunning Aurora. (IMAGES HERE)

50 MHz
14 December 2015 Strong Aurora. Worked stations from SM, OZ and GM. Signals were loud.
08 October 2015 Aurora, worked some stations.
07 October 2015 Aurora with strong signals.
10 September 2015 Visible Aurora, some weak stations heard.
9 September 2015 Again Aurora. Worked 9 stations. It was visible as well in the evening.
7 September 2015 Low activity, only one LA heard.

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Nov 19
Am 13.11.2015 um 19 Uhr spielten wir in unserer Krusendorfer Kirche.
Es war ein wunderschönes Konzert in stimmungsvoller Umgebung. Das Publikum wie auch wir selbst waren einach begeistert. Bei YouTube nach FolkZeit suchen und ein paar Minuten genießen ...

On 13 November 2015 we played our music in the wonderful local church. The visitors as well as ourselves were overwhelmed. Look for some FolkZeit videos on YouTube ...

If you are at Facebook or Google+ you will find a number of photos.

FolkZeit in Krusendorf
Ihr seid alle herzlich eingeladen ....

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Oct 19
After some trouble with the old PHP4 system and old MySQL database here which was used until now by this blog software Serendipity, I had to upgrade to PHP 5.6 and Serendipity 2.02. My webhoster started to take more money for the support of the old stuff. The page seems to load very much faster now and I wish you a lot of fun reading the stuff here.

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Sep 28
When a full moon happens at the time when the Moon is on perigee on is orbit around Earth i.e. its closest point, the Moon appears 15% larger than at the farest point we call it Supermoon. Not so often we have a lunar eclipse occurring then. So it was early in the morning at 04:11 local time when totallity began this morning. Wonderful calm weather made observation to be a joy. So I was able to take a lot of images of this event and some of them I present on this site HERE. Short time before the totallity phase ended, strong fog came in from the waters of the Baltic Sea which made the moon disappearing behind clouds.

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Aug 31
The month seems to be very busy with other things to do ...
144 MHz
27 August 2015 Very good aurora on 2m. More than 20 stations from LA, SM, G, GM, YL, ES and OH worked.

50 MHz
28 August 2015 Next day aurora. This time worked LA and OZ. Heard were several German stations.
27 August 2015 Another strong aurora. Worked several LA.
26 August 2015 Some strong Aurora signals from SM, OZ and LA heard.
18 August 2015 First time successfully ran WSPR on 6m. Signals came both ways from PA, DL (506 km tropo), OZ and UT (via Es) with only 2w out.
15 August 2015 Es to SP9, OM, S5, SV. Nice listening with SDR.
13 August 2015 Nordic Activity this night. Some stations (SM4, SM5, OH3, OH6) worked in CW and in JT6M with Sporadic E and/or Meteorscatter help.
11 August 2015 Worked Expedition EI9E (IO43) in some late Sporadic E. Some minutes later K7BV (FM09) showed up weakly for a while. I did some listening in the Perseids activity, but I did not work anyone.

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