Apr 24
After almost 2 years without a "real" shortwave rig I got hold of a Kenwood TS 590s, which was delivered yesterday. It is used, but very little only. The very first impression is that it is doing extremely well. First contact in CW (morse) were with Florida, New Jersey (21 MHz) and France (7 MHz).

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Apr 9
All antennas were down and I removed the vertical rotator, which obviously is stuck and has to be repaired. I did not take out the horizontal rotator (HAM IV Type), as I do not have a spare one. Yes, it is still working somehow.
Now it is time to come for this seasons' first Sporadic E openings.

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Mar 10
My antennas will be down over the next days. The vertical rotator is stuck since the big storm (gales to over 160km/h) on 28 October 2013 and the horizontal rotator seems a bit "ill" as well.

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Mar 10
Throughout the last days I have viewed through many pages on this site. A lot of mistakes are corrected now. I do not think I found all ...

Since some months now, me and my son Michael added some RC Flying to "waste" some time with. We have built and flown with quadrocopters. We crashed them often and have rebuilt them. We have learned a lot on flight controllers programmed in C++ and Arduino. Things that work on earth do not necessarily work in the air... Amateur Radio experience helps a lot. So, I have added - a still empty - page in the hope the one or the other project may be interesting for you dear readers. Ge here: http://www.df9cy.de/rcflight/rcflight.htm

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Mar 8
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During this years' first BBQ at the local observatory, I took some shots of our sun. A number of tiny sunspots are visible (I count more than 20 ...) showing the sun's activity, which is high in this solar cycle; but low compared to previous cycles. Go HERE for more images.

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Feb 28
Last night I realized a little late that a bright aurora display was going on. At a quarter to midnight I quickly drove down to our local beach a took a series of images. Go here to have a look at them.

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Dec 17
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014 to all of you who come along here. I am busy with many things and I do not have much time for my hobbies like keeping this blog and my page updated daily.
Hope that you come here again soon.

Continue reading "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014"

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Oct 31

On the evening of 30 October 2013 I realized that there was some Aurora (Polar Light) going on. I went out on the flat roof of my house, which is ideal for imaging such events down to the horizon. There I took a few photos, but there was not much time as the intensity was decreasing rapidly. HERE are a few more images for you. Next mornig I saw on the web, that I was able to catch the maximum intensity. From the amateur radio activity I could see as well that the main event has been very far in the north of Europe over central to northern Sweden.

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Aug 14
Not much activity, because I am very busy with other things.

Also preparing a few new Technical articles for this site ....

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Jul 13
50 MHz
12 July 2013 Not many signals heard, but I managed to work EA8DBM (IL18oh).
11 July 2013 Again Aurora and I could work several stations. But better was the St Helena Island beacon ZD7VC (IH74db) with a good signal for a longer period of time. I have a YouTube video of this event: ZD7VC at DF9CY

144 MHz
12 July 2013 ON6NL (JO21) was worked.
11 July 2013 On 2m I got some Aurora stations as well, but later the band opened via tropo and among the best were: F5XU (JN15), F8DBF (IN78), F9OE (IN78), M0BKL (IO80), F6HMQ (JN18), G7RAU (IO90) with all between 800 and 1300 km. I knew from the cluster of a EA1 being QRV. I could hear him talking, but too weak for a QSO.
8 July 2013 Many signals heard, best was EI3KD (IO51). Did not work anyone.

432 MHz
11 July 2013 My power is low enough, that I cannot work good DX, but coming from 2m I could copy well F6GNR (IN97) and F6HMQ (JN18). G7RAU (IO90) was worked and it was a new grid for both of us..
8 July 2013 Good tropo opening over the North Sea. Worked into Netherlands, England and caught LA/DK2BJ/p (JO37) for a new grid.

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