Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Propagation is dying, dxing not....




As the 24th cycle  declines rapidly there is not much propagation left to revive the bands. And it will keep going that way for several years until the 25th cycle shows up. Under these difficult conditions two major dxpeditions are taking place right now: The number 4 (FT4JA ) and number 5 (VK0EK) of the most wanted countries in the clublog list.

 VK0EK (too much cold)
 Having them in the log is hard work, especially for VK0EK, but the job is done after all. In my opinion it will take a while to have such fun again. So dxers of the world enjoy!
FT4JA (too much heat)


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

VP8STI-VP8SGI: The expedition of the year!

This is not just an other expedition. It is an epic adventure giving ham radio a clear positive feeling. After a lot of difficulties the first step of the expedition completed successfully. As I am writing these lines they are traveling to South Georgia for the second step. Our thoughts are with them. They suffer a lot to give to the rest of us the opportunity to work them  from our warms shacks. This is truly an extraordinary act and we all owe them full respect . So god bless you fearless children of Braveheart! Keep going...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DXing never dies

This is the Willis island. VK9WA is the last dxpedition that keeps us busy. In spite of the DQRM and the low propagation that are present in recent  dxpeditions,  it still has a lot of fun. It is a challenge to work them but it worth it.The photo is just a proof of how crazy old men can be.  Good luck to the crew and the ones that follow in upcoming events. They keep the hobby alive and all of us who are involved very happy!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Working 9M2TO

9M2TO is a very active station transmitting from West Malaysia. I have made several QSO with him in many bands and modes since 2008. But on 2nd of June of this year I had the chance to work him in magic band. It is the only far east station I managed to work this year! That was, of course, a singularity of this great band during a poor propagation conditions. Actually I haven't get his QSL card yet. However today I got an other kind of confirmation even more valid. Log of the world!! Rodriguez island as well.

9M2TO

If predictions of future solar activity would turned out to be true, these QSO are probably the last ones.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

This is the end…

winter

Unfortunately, the winter prevailed! May the gods have mercy on us!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Summer is coming

People who watch the TV series “Game of thrones” are pretty familiar with the motto: Winter is coming…  and it is very scary.   In that imaginary times  everybody was afraid to death of that option.

winteriscoming

In our real times, the winter is fine but the summer is even finer! Spotless skies, tideless clear waters, warm days and mainly lots of lovely QSO in 6m and 2m with sporadic E in good shapes.

So dear fellows summer is coming. Be prepared!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Working split…

All dxpeditions nowadays are working in different frequencies RX and TX.The reasons are obvious of course. So “working split” is about a synonym of working DX.

1a0c

Here is a snap of MixW working split in action. It exploit the two audio channels that provide YAESU equipment, each for every receiver. That is why you see two separate waterfalls. It is the perfect tool for the job.

By the way there  are now two major expeditions to play with. First the EP6T currently running and the the number #1 most wanted N1P, by the end of January.So good hunting.