Friday, November 28, 2014

FT4TA update

Dxpedition epilog. The team published recently a lot of pictures of theirs activities on the island. Take a look and enjoy.(http://www.tromelin2014.com/en/news/photos-of-tromelin-2014-ft4ta/)

 FT4TA-A77_0

Thursday, October 30, 2014

150 degrees…

TROMELIN

FT4TA_FLIGHT

Tromelin team is flying to destination right now. For me, it is the dxpedition of the year, as it is one of the four DXCC countries I have missed. It is obvious that I am very excited writing down these lines. FT4TA will be active till the 10th of November. So we’ll have plenty of time to play and enjoy the pile-ups. For now, we are just warming up the engines bearing 150 degrees….Good luck old men!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Details count

No matter how expensive a rig is, it always lacks a well weighted tuning knob. N8BX tried to change that and created a small company (www.73cnc.com) making weighted knobs as an alternative to original ones for many known rigs.
I was tempted to buy one for my FTdx 5000.The replacement is very easy and the result is fantastic. The inertia of the new weighted knob gives sensitivity and excellent feeling in tuning procedure. It is a knob that FTdx 5000 truly deserved it in the first place. Just to compare: the new knob weights 700gr instead of 250gr the original one.
original (plastic)                         N8BX knob (full metal)
13490 13485

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our thoughts with you Bill

NC1L

Everybody of us, who had been involved in DXCC award, knows who he is. The ARRL DXCC chief award manager of course! Even though  our acquaintance was established through emails, questions and answers about the awards matters our feelings for him are quite strong. He was so friendly,  patient and kind with all of us that nobody was heard complaining. And we all suddenly  have been struck by the bad news: 

  “DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms.  Recovery will be difficult and slow, and is not expected to be total.  Bill would like to hear from his friends.  He is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, but cards and well wishes should be sent to

92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT 06111″.

If wishes could do any help we have a pile up of them to send you. We need you back on duty soon dear Bill, healthy and smiling as ever.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Paper proof…

kh7yKH7Y responded qsling! He gave me an official paper proof of the  most extraordinary QSO I have ever done in magic band. CFM also in LOTW. Aloha dear Fred.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

KH7Y on magic band!

What a day! Today I was a very lucky old man working Hawaii on 6m. Fred (KH7Y) was coming LP with a signal of 57  with a lot of flutter in a half an hour opening. It was a really thrilling experience.

Here they are some post-party comments on ON4KST chat.

KH7Yon6m

Cheers…to you all.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Equinox and 6m respond

equinoxf2

Last night was a very interesting one of 6m. It was a kind of celebration of spring equinox. It was a party actually. F2 propagation offered the drinks and south America countries among other were   invited. It started about 21:00z and lasted more than two hours (I do not know exactly  when ended because I got to bed early). South Europe enjoyed it the most.

UPTATE: VP8NO came late to the party! Worked today afternoon. Long live magic band.

Monday, March 17, 2014

New old kid on the block

ultrabeam

A new era rises! This is the brand new ULTRABEAM (20-6m) of SV3KH, a very good friend of mine. Since yesterday is warming ionosphere with its portion of radio waves. Well done Nick!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WOW….

3c0byp

This would be the most touching QSL card ever. Elmo, EA5BYP, is currently active from Annobon island in a low profile dxpedition. This hobby is really amazing!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chasing FT5ZM

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FT5ZM is QRT now. They stopped transmissions a bit earlier because a severe storm is approaching the island. It seams that they will have a rough crossing back.  They kept us busy for two weeks and as was it predicted they proved once more time they are a very capable and efficient crew. We all wish them a safe journey back.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FT5ZM on route…

FT5ZM
FT5ZM on route to Amsterdam island. I worked them this morning in 28021 CW as VK6FZM/MM. They delivered a very decent signal, promising easy QSOs from the island as well.
FT5ZM1
Have a nice trip to your destination old boys.Our thoughts with you.

Update: Track their position on line here!