I have been busy with many other things. So not much activity radio-wise ...
27 August 2014 Aurora going with strong signals but few stations only.
20 August 2014 Some late Es with UT3UW (KO51 as new GridSquare) and some Meteorscatter tests with GM4KLN and EI7BMB.
18 August 2014 Worked G1CWP via Meteorscatter. Heard TF3ML.
Mein alter Schulfreund Gerd Manefeld ist heute morgen plötzlich verstorben. Wir kannten uns jetzt über 50 Jahre.
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
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.
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.
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.
I am very pleased that my 2 Watts of RF Power on the 40m Band (7 MHz) found their way down to New Zealand. I have a simple dipole antenna 8m above the ground.
2014-06-01 17:36UT DF9CY 7.040115 -23dB 0 JO54al 2 ZL1BOE RF72ir 17774km 38
and later: Australia
2014-06-01 19:28 DF9CY 7.040125 -15dB 0 JO54al 2 VK7BO QE38mo 16565km 83
This is made possible using the Digital Mode WSPR. The 2 Watts is about the same power your mobile phone uses to the next tower.
31 May 2014 Very short openings into almost all directions. Worked IT9, ER, EI, GW, GM, UR5, HA and 4Z4LA (KM72) Israel. Late in the evening I got OY9JD and some OH and SM2.
30 May 2014 Missed the Japan opening in the morning. Heard A45XR but lost.
29 May 2014 "Spotty" openings. Best worked was JY9FC (KM71) in Jordan.
28 May 2014 A good opening to France and Spain today with about 11 stations in the log.
27 May 2014 A lot of strong signals from Ukraine and Bulgaria in the morning. In the evening I worked a number of EA1,2,5 and EA8CCQ (IL28) Canary Isl..
26 May 2014 Strong signals from Ukraine, LZ, HA again.
25 May 2014 Very good conditions to South-East and I got some HA, LZ, Ukraine. To the South-West EA8DBM (IL18) was strong and easy to work. Several other Canary Islands stations were copied. Worked him again later on when he was alone on the band. All over sudden PY2XB and PP5XX were heard with 59 but they went down to noise level very soon. I worked them both years ago.
24 May 2014 I worked several EA1,3,5 and SV2JAO. Was not QRV very much as weather was very nice...
23 May 2014 In the morning the band was open to the west and I got G4RRA (IO80) and EI9CN (IO53). Late in the afternoon signals were strong to south-east and I got JY9FC (KM81). Several 4X were copied as well.
22 May 2014 EA9PY (IM75) Ceuta worked. Heard were Z21GF, C5YK and ZD7VC and a lot of European stations.
19 May 2014 Many stations from Ukraine worked. Later the band was open to Spain and Portugal. ZD7VC was here even stronger than yesterday.
18 May 2014 worked ZD7VC (IH74) St Helena (of Napoleon fame). in South Atlantic and two EA6 from Mallorca
17 May 2014 A few S5, 9A and SV in the log
12 May 2014 Only worked IS0BSR/p on Sardinia Isl.
10 May 2014 Some weak Sporadic E (Es). Only LZ worked.
8 May 2014 Again some Meteorscatter and Tropo contacts
7 May 2014 Sporadic E enhanced TEP (Transequatorial Propagation). I worked South Africa ZX4TX/6 (KG55) with good signal. Heard was ZS6BTE. At the same time the band was open to Southern Italy (IZ7).
5 May 2014 Meteorscatter tests in digital modes.
30 May 2014 Strong tropo signals from LA, SM and G. I had a long ragchew with G0JJG (JO02).
22 May 2014 16:27UT R6AS (KN85) was worked and RV6AKA (KN94) heard as first real DX via Es this year.
31 May 2014 Modified my 40m antenna. I was able to lift up one end of the antenna. Its even less noisy now. The modified antenna works fine.
More contacts on 15m and 40m. The transceiver is working fine as well as the antenna is OK. This month I could increase my 15m country count from 49 to 85 already with the 40m dipole used...
No Sporadic E heard yet.
30 April 2014 SM5EPO (JP80) and SM4GGC (JO69)were worked via medium strength aurora.
A good number of contacts on 15m and 40m with the new Kenwood TS590s Transceiver.
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).
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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