Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Here comes the sun…

The end of September is always marked by the CQ WW RTTY contest. It is a test that I usually participate. This year we enjoy  an excellent propagation condition with the SFI up to 190. The 10m band was open all day long. I was lucky to work many exotic call signs. At last our star delivers enough energy to have descent propagation. Yesterday I worked NH7O on 28450 ssb!

As we just passed the fall solstice, the 6m band is alive again for long distance TEP contacts. I worked several stations from Africa like 5N7M (Ivan), TR8CA (Alain) and ZS6CCY (Bill). Bill is actually a beacon to me. I hear him every TEP season. You can hear him too.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

As the summer goes bye…

Summer  means for me mostly 6 meters. It is almost traditional to participate every year in the 6m Marathon. This year I worked 71 entities which is a slightly better result than my previous attempts. Here is a graph showing my year by year progress.


I was happy of course that my friend Spiros (SV8CS) took the first place worldwide with 111 countries! Next year we will try again.

Btw I spent the last week of august in London.It was really very refreshing. Take a look at the video. It is taken from the upper deck of a traditional English bus in Bayswater rd, central London.

The fall is coming and so do many major expeditions. Enjoy!

Update: Here is Spiros diploma for 8th Marathon on six meters.

6m MARATHON 2011