Another busy time ...
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
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.
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.
The month seems to be very busy with other things to do ...
27 August 2015 Very good aurora on 2m. More than 20 stations from LA, SM, G, GM, YL, ES and OH worked.
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.
Days were cold and much water poured down from the skies. Neverthless we had a good time hiking through the woods in Southern Sweden (SM7) near Vetlanda from 22 .. 31 July. No, we did not meet THE elk, but in the many hours on the hiking trails we even did not meet any other human beings ...
Only until 18 July; the other part of the month I spent in SM7
18 July 2015 OH9SIX beacon and EA8DBM heard in the morning.
17 July 2015 EA3 worked.
13 July 2015 Weak Aurora going on and no Sporadic E heard. Made my first JT65 tropo contact on 6m (I worked and heard EME only in that mode on 2m and 6m)
09 July 2015 Some OH and SM are in the log. A lot of stations from EA, CT and F were heard.
08 July 2015 Many strong signals. Worked some F and ZA/US2YW (Albania JM99). Heard N1ZZZ/mm (JM27)
07 July 2015 KP4EIT was heard briefly. UN3M was worked with good signals.
06 July 2015 Again 9K2 and A45 heard.
05 July 2015 Some Ukraine heard and worked.
04 July 2015 Worked a few Italians and heard 9K2 and A45. Big Thunderstorm went through.
03 July 2015 Came home from my job and immediately worked AC4TO (EM77), who was alone on the band.
25 June 2015 Another good opening and I worked many stations: UT0EZ (KN67), UT7QF(KN77), UR3GS (KN66), UC6A (KN84), UT2QA (KN86), UR8GZ (KN66), US0GB (KN67), UY5QO (KN77), UA6LJV (KN97), UR3EE (KN88), RK6LXN (KN97), UR5VFJ (KN69), UY7QN (KN77), UR5EUP (KN78) and heard was RK6MF (KN77)
22 June 2015 Big Sporadic-E opening : Worked EA2AGZ (IN91), EA1HRR (IN83), F6FRR (IN94), F6BKI (IN94), F6CIS (IN94), EA2AWD (IN93), F8GGD (IN95), F5GXG (IN95), F5GHP (IN96) and EA1MX (IN73). Hrd EA4AQQ (IN80) and some more. Later some Aurora signals were heard.
26 June 2015 Lots of strong signal around in the afternoon and evening. Countries worked are YO, OH, SM, LA, UT5, EA1, ES, SV, GM. Heard were OY and EX. Around 21:30 PV8ADI was loud, but I could not get him.
25 June 2015 Many stations from Ukraine, Finland, Estland and Lithuania were worked. Also got 4L1AN(LN21) in Georgia.
23 June 2015 Big opening to OH and Northern Skandinavia. Sounded like Aurora-E.
22 June 2015 Open to southeast. Got SV9RNG (KM25).
21 June 2015 Heard NP4A, WX4G, 8P2K, FM5WD, YV4DYJ (FK50), YV4NN (FK50), PV8ADI (599+) and a bunch of Europeans. Stations from less than 500km were strong. 4X4DK heard calling North America with a big signal from the back of the antenna. Worked 9Y4D (FK90). After 21Z signals rapidly disappeared.
16 June 2015 Heard C31AR, EA4, EA1, F, CS Beacons, . Worked EA8AK (IL18).
15 June 2015 Very quiet day until 4L1AN (LN21) came on 50110 - I did not call as I worked that before. Big pile heard via backscatter. Later being still at the edge I worked SV9CVY (KM25 Crete).
14 June 2015 Worked LZ, F, UX, YO
13 June 2015 Only some strong IT9 heard.
12 June 2015 At first I worked SK0TM over 500km via tropo. Band was then open to the North with LA7SIX/b (JP99) at S9 level. EI0SIX/b (IO63) came up. In the log are some EI, EA, GI ... Other countries heard are EA4, OH
11 June 2015 Lots of stuff on the band. GB3IOJ/b (IN89) very strong and short skip. Worked CT, EA and MU0GSY.
04 June 2015 Mostly South-Eastern Europe heard and some YO, UT and LZs worked. Had an eye on 2m, but it did not open for me.
03 June 2015 Worked a very strong EA8DBM (IL18) and some IT9 and I6 stations. Skip became shorter and some HB9 from JN36 and JN37 were contacted.
02 June 2015 SV5BYR (KM46) was strong and worked. Listening for North America was no success.
01 June 2015 Coming home from work I heard 4X4SIX beacon and immediately worked 4Z4DP (KM71). Some other stations from YO are in the log as well.
6 May 2015 SK4MPI beacon via Aurora
30 May 2015 Hrd SV/SM4KYN (KM16) but could not get his attention. Many other stations from I, SV, 9A ... were heard.
28 May 2015 Big opening in Europe today. I worked some EA3, IS0 and F. Heard was G and EI.
21 May 2015 TJ3SN was heard CQing in a 45 seconds Meteor burst. Sporadic E wise only SV3BSF/b was weak in.
20 May 2015 Came home and worked CT1IUA (IM67). Then the band opened to South America again. PY1RO (GG87lb) is in the log, PY2XB (GG66) and PY5EW (GG46) were heard as well as a PY2TUA beacon weakly on 50024. Stations from CT1, EA1 and F were received as well.
19 May 2015 Danish ragchew on 50110 .. Band dead.
18 May 2015 Someone calling DX on 50110 in CW. Band dead otherwise.
17 May 2015 Band was silent all day until 19:00UT when suddenly there was an opening to Brazil. PP1CZ was strong, but the only station heard. Band was open to Northern Sweden at the same time and I worked 5 stations in SM2.
16 May 2015 Many stations from Ukraine audible in the early evening. Later worked 3XY5M (IJ39dm) as new grid. Heard were TJ3SN (JJ53), 5R8UI and A45XR in that opening. The band died down - I thought - when it suddenly opened to South America. I could work PP1CZ (GG99uq) at 599 level and heard were some other PY and a ZP station.
12 May 2015 A lot of stations heard via Es. Worked a 9A
6 May 2015 Videos around 49.75 MHz were strong via Aurora, but no station heard.
21 April 2015 Aurora for a short period of time
15 April 2015 SK4MPI Beacon weak via Aurora
14 April 2015 Again Aurora - not very strong.
11 April 2015 Some aurora signals heard this afternoon right after getting the antenna into operation again.
29 April 2015 South Africa worked. First real DX this year on 6m. ZS4TX/6 (KG47) peaked at 59+10. Some other European stations were weakly audible via Sporadic-E.
21 April 2015 LA via Aurora
Today I got the replacement rotator and the antennas for 144 and 50 MHz back up onto the tower. Everything is working fine and the first DX heard were some Aurora signals on 2m. The twin 70cm antennas are not mounted. The 40m dipole is back to its old position - I do hear much less now on that band
The new rotator is a beautiful refurbished Kenpro KR2000 which is much stronger than the old one (HyGain HAM IV) I have used.
My plans are to add a second 2m meter antenna to the existing 9 element yagi and a good 70cm antenna in between the 2m antennas.
Today's Partial Solar Eclipse was a disappointment for us. Clouds arived just in time. We met at the local observatory and we had lot of school children visiting us. We realized that it became much darker and it brightened up again without us seeing the sun. That is the whole story and no images. Just 50 km south weather was got enough to follow the event.