And once again grey line did a fantastic job! ZL3NB Bill from Christchurch is my 1`st station from New Zealand worked on 40m. And few minutes after ZL1BVB Mike logged in my log on 40m as well. Signals? 599 - 559! Real. It was my 2`nd QSO with Bill first we had few months ago on 30m. Short time after my frist ZL on 40m I had QSO with JA1NUT Shin from Japan - is my first JA on 40m! In the same time ZL/JA/EI were on Grey Line :) I was trying to do some South America - PZ5RA and CE2/VE7SV were active but no luck this time.
ZC4LI worked today on two bands 12m and 17m. When I`ve spotted his call on the cluster I was thinking this is Cyprus. It is on Cyprus but this one is Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus and is counted like separate country on HF. Nice one many thanks Steve.
Wikipedia says: There is a ITU radio call sign (radio prefix) for the Sovereign Base Area, ZC4, which is distinct from that of Cyprus (where "5B" is commonly used). For the purposes of amateur radio, the two Soverign Bases are considered to be one separate entity.
Few statistics from my LoTW. At the moment I have 6156 QSO records and 2014 QSL records It means around 33% of my QSOs are confirmed on Logbook of The World. Some cluster engines shows when station is using LoTW or not. And I`m using this to improve my QSL records on LoTW. For example today in the evening local time I had a good fun calling on 17m. I`ve check my statistics and I had no QSL on LoTW from ON stations at all and I`ve spotted ON4AOI Guy calling CQ on 18Mhz and I gave him a call. Thanks for reply Guy and thanks for QSO and rapid LoTW QSL! This is how this works.
To work ZL from Ireland on the radio is hard ... To work ZL on 80m is much harder !!! But I did it! For first time ever heard and logged two stations from ZL on 3.5Mhz this morning .... ZL3IO and ZL1BYZ! Grey line did and good job. In the same time EI and ZL were on it! 18000 km .... wow this is real DX!
I like all kind of awards on HAM bands. A few of them can be obtain on eQSL.cc For example to get eZ40 award on eQSL I need to get eQSL confirmations from ALL 40 CQ Zones At the moment I need just one CQ ZONE (34) to get this award. Few days ago I had QSO with RU9HM Stan from Asiatic Russia and his QTH is in CQ ZONE 18. It was my missing one. Thanks Stan for eQSL from CQ 18. I am glad to be New1 for you on 80m as well.
Few words about my 80m activity. I`m glad to have 99 DXCC worked on that band and 67confirmed on LoTW! Great ... good progress ... At the moment I have more countries confirmed on 80m than on 30m! UFF all my contests activity on 3.5Mhz is doing good job with LoTW QSLs.
Bill N7OU operated from South Cook Island as E51NOU is my newest DXCC confirmed on LoTW and 100 on 28Mhz! 101 is same operator Bill operated from North Cook Island as E51MAN Many thanks for fast QSL Bill! At the moment I can obtain DXCC Awards on Mixed / Phone / CW / 20m / 10m ...
Last night I was a bit active during 9A CW Contest on 80m only. 80 contact made. Little activity from West EU stations. For example I don`t have any UK in my log! And only one from DL and SP. Too many contests ? Maybe .... Anyway I like from time to time practice my CW and contesting skills this is one side and the other side give new EI multiplier to the others. Starting in various contests on the radio is an option to get quicker QSL confirmation from some interesting stations for example just got LoTW QSL from 4J9M Rashad from Azebarijan new DXCC on 80m for me, worked last night during 9ACW.
JA4FHE Aki from Japan is my newest DXCC worked on 80m. Great! Just worked his station on 3.5Mhz. We had QSO two months ago on 28Mhz. Last night I was happy to log another new country on 80m it was Ray HR9/WQ7R operating now from Honduras.
I was a bit active during 10m ARRL contest last weekend. And it was good opportunity to work some new countires and US States on 28Mhz. I had no much time on the radio..... but finally
381 QSO logged
202 on SSB
179 on CW
Just one new DXCC worked on 28Mhz ... it was DU1BP from Philippines and 49 USA States. To be honest all States worked from main USA territory. Few NEW ONES for me : South Dakota, Nevada and Idaho. Missing states AK and HI. Didn`t hear any stations from Alaska and Hawaii at all. Maybe if I had more time but anyway I`m happy with my result.
VP2ETN Naoki is active now from Anguilla. Great signal he had in my location on 24Mhz. I was trying with my delta to work him but no luck. His location is covered by building in my QTH and antenna is down because of heavy storm ouside.I switch to my dipole .... and after 2 calls Angilla logged! Then I`ve check my log how many contact I have with this prefix ... and big surprise .... This is a NEW ONE on HF for me !!! Great stuff! Many thanks Naoki.
Long waiting tonight for 8Q7DV was worth it! I SWL them few times on the low bands but no luck for QSO. Tonight I was lucky to make QSO with Maladives on 80m! Fantastic DX for me. After midnight local time they did some QSO on 80m then they went for short time on 160m and return on 80m same frequency. I was waiting for them. Real good signal 559 in my location. They had sunrise in their QTH. On the picture their antennas (more photos on their website). Many thanks for the Team to wake up early to work some stations on low bands ;) 8Q7DV in my log already on 10/12/17/30 and now 80! TU !!!
CQ WW CW 2011 Contest gave me a lot of experience on 80m band. And now my target is to focus on that band. Winter long nights are perfect to search for some DX on 80m. My QSL statistics are low on that band. At the moment I have 29 DXCC confirmed by LoTW only. Here is some statistics. I still need some EU QSL ;) But no worries about it. My target is to work 100 DXCC on 80 during winter time. It means I need 10 more countries. QSL is different story.
All blue spots here on the map are my 80m contacts. Looking forward to catch 10 more ;)
P.S. Last minute info! Just worked DS4DBF from South Korea ... 3.5Mhz CW of course! Big NEW ONE on 80m!
Another CQWW CW contest for EI9KC. This time I had a big pleasure to work on 80m high power assisted category. I wasn`t sure on the beginning which category to choose but finally I`ve decided to be on 80m band only. And it was worth it! I like to concentrate on one band. Last year I was on 40m only. This year 80m. My number of worked countries on 80m is still very low and few days before contest I was on 80m for most of my radio time and I had some recognition what to expect on 80m! In just two nights before contest I`ve worked 19 new DXCC on that band. When contest started my count on 80m was 67 DXCC worked.
I was active just two night ... Saturday 0:00 UTC and Sunday 0:00 UTC for 4 hours each night. Around 10 hours in total of my activity. And I`m very happy with my results:
15 CQ ZONES
It means I`ve worked 9 more countries during contest than in 16 months hihi :) I`m glad to see in my log real DX on 80m like: Brasil , Oman , Mongolia , Cuba , Barbados , Antigua & Barbuda , Martinique , Montserat , Bermuda , Virgin Island , Jamaica , Aruba , St Lucia , Tajikistan , Colombia , Bahamas , The Gambia. My dipole did a good job! It is interesting band but need good antenna system and power as well.
One of great fun for me was .... calling CQ during contest! I had some mistakes when QRM were big or my paddle wasn`t working like it should be. Ok I wasn`t fast .... 19 WPM was my speed and I appreciate stations who gave me their call-sign in similar speed. Sorry for some mistakes Folks! One of the big mistake was to reply station from OM who I`ve looged first like GM because of massive QRM. It was a time when my station was spotted on the cluster. Anyway ... I like it! CQWWCW on 80m this year gave me 12 new countries on this band.
About 150 Bureau QSL card received yesterday on Mayo Radio Experimenters Network Annual Rally in Castelbar. Mostly from DL sations. But also a few "rare" ones like ZD7XF . 9YAW . VP2MXF . C37N. Nigel (G3TXF) is a great QSLer! Many thanks especially for ZD7 on 80mCW! I like all your paper QSL Folks! I`m a printer. Keep my profession alive. Send your paper QSL!
About 150 my QSL cards are ready to go by the Bureau! Around 100 to DL stations ;)) I have 14 different types of QSL and they all mixed here. A good few to JA stations as well!
T2T "First major DXpedition organised by Pacyfic DXer`s" gave me one of my BEST QSOs! I was trying for few days to work them on 40mCW / 30mCW. To be honest focus on T2T ONLY I was waiting for them on their frequencies, when they were operating. Signal was too low, or no operation ... or pile-up was massive. Today early in the morning same again. Big pile-up from EU and a lot of NA stations in the same time. But they were active long time on 40m today in the morning (UTC) and condition was good. Not great , their signal was weak but readable. Around 11:00 UTC (it was 23:00 local time in there) when 90% of EU stations "lost their hope" to work them on 40m ... T2T was still on 40mCW. I heard few EU stations still calling them (ON/PA/DL/F) but they didn`t copy them. I was trying few times and .... they`ve got my call on the top of the other EU stations calling them in the same time. My Wimdom dipole managed it very well! Tuvalu logged on 40mCW!!! 17 years on the radio, 17 years chasing Dxing and Tuvalu from Pacyfic Ocean worked with dipole on 40mCW is ONE OF MY BEST QSO! QSO to remember. This blog is about this moments.
E51MAN Bill started operation from Manhiki Island , North Cook Isl on Pacyfic Ocean. Activity on CW ONLY. And today for first time N.Cook Island logged in my log. Brand New DXCC. Never worked before! I was waiting for his sunrise on 10/12m. I was SWL his signal on 30m but pile-up was massive during the day.
T2T Dx Pedition by Pacyfic DXers. Not sure 100% if worked .... I was tryning on 20mCW but no luck and then on 15mCW. I think that T2T gave me RST but no sure 100%. It was hard to read them with low signal and QRM from other tunning stations on the same freq. Then when band was quiet and there was no pile-up I was trying again but no luck. No on-line log at the moment ... If I`m in the log it will be Brand New DXCC for me. If not ... I will try another time.
I had real fun last night working in OK - OM DX Contest. Late at night I was searching bands and on 80m I`ve spotted large activity from OK and OM stations. They all were in contest. I went to their website to know the rules in this competion and I was in! Almost 2h spent and 28 contacts made. 100W and dipole only on 80m and real good fun.Challenge for me was to copy serial number from OK OM stations. It was a 3 digit district abbreviation. Why challenge ? It was CW only competition.
CE0Y/LA5UF Joe logged again on 12mCW this time. When he started calling CQ early afternoon today on 24.904 he had real 559 in my location. Very good signal and pile-up was quite heavy as well. I was trying for few times but no luck. Then a lot of "lids" on his frequency startred making QRM (calling without split, tunnig , etc) Big mess! Joe stopped calling CQ. I had a feeling that will will appear on antoher freq on 12m or another band. Lucky it was same band just 3up 24.907. When I`ve spotted his call , I gave him one-call and .... he picked-up my call without any problems. Easter Island for 2`nd time ever! TU JOE!
On my QRZ.com profile there is information about my favorite band .... 10Mhz is the only band where CW and digi modes are allowed. And this band is my Number1. I am using 79 meters long dipole for 30m and my dream list is to have beam for this band. But so far I`ve worked 101 DXCC on 10Mhz without any preasure just fun. During winter times my plan is to get some more new countries on low bands like 160/80/40/30. Will see how it will works. Anyway last 24h gave me 4 new countries on 10Mhz :
Easter Island was my Number One Most Wanted DXCC from the list. And today for first time ever logged in my logbook! 10mCW QSO CE0Y/LA5UF Joe from Norway is operating now from this beautiful location. I had no luck to contact him from Nauru as C21U but no worries. Easter Island was more important for me. He was active today in the morning UTC time on 20m but his signal was too little. And in the evening our time I spotted his call on the cluster on 10mCW he was very weak but looged and he pick-up my call. After QSO strong QSB .... Thanks Joe! Big big New One for many years Most Wanted!
Not many DXCC worked on 80m but I`m not worry about this. My dipole is great for EU and if I can make QSO outside of Europe on 80m I`m very happy. To practice CW I like to jump on some frequency and just call CQCQ. Best way for me to learn CW every day. Winter months are good for low bands. My local QRM are in bed and best time for me is evening time. 20/15/12/10m are closed but 160/80/40/30m are open! Today I looged several stations on 20m and 80m practice my CW skills. On 80m I`ve logged about 5 /QRP stations with good signals in my location. And last QSO I had with UN7CW Nick from Kazahstan! He reply to my call and we had QSO. It was my 1`st ASIA station on 80m! TU NICK! looking forward to make a lot interesting QSOs on 160/80/40/30m during winter months.
TU2T Ivory Coast - new DXCC for me worked on HF. I was trying them on 40/30m no luck. Signal very weak and big pile-up. I must say they have weaker signal than 3XY1D working from similar location. Anyway ... worked them today on 17mSSB / 10mCW / 12mRTTY no bad ... 3 bands = 3 modes ;)) Good thing is to see log update in real time!
Another new DXCC on HF worked 8Q7DV Maledives ...10mSSB during CQWW SSB 2011 contest.
CQWW SSB 2011 Contest - I was active for short time yesterday and bit longer today. No much. Just enough to make: 300QSO! I was operating on single band 28Mhz - unassisted category - high power. Beautiful openings on 10m! Band fully open. 300QSO - 64 countries - 23 zones. UFF! Good stuff! About 30newDXCC on 10m band! 90% of my time I was calling to another stations without using DX Cluster , last 25 minutes I was calling CQ and I was spotted on DX Cluster and I did 74QSOs with USA stations it means I had about 3 QSOs per minute :)) Great Fun it was! All my contatcts are uploaded to LoTW.
I have digital interface to connect PC to my radio! Wow! A lot of new opportunities on the way! One of them was during CQ WW SSB Contest. I was able to put exact frequency to my logbook!
I`m happy to see in my log ZK2V Chris operating from Niue this time on 12mCW! I like info from his website Niue is about the last place on the
planet to see each new day.This is true .... for me it is the end of the World. Further is only .... tomorrow! (on the picture sunrise in my town - Celbridge) GM!
Today last missing band with TX7M was completed. 17mCW. And I was lucky to log them on 12mSSB as well. On 10mSSB signal was too weak. No worries I have 10mCW. Great condition from their location and MARQUESAS worked from 40m up to 10m (7 bands ...) I`ve SWL them on 80mCW! Good DX Pedition and it was good experience to worked out how they operating CW in split mode. Good school of DXing!
P.S. Last band where I have some chances to work them from my location (160/80 no chances with my condition)
ZK2V I think it was Chris GM3WOJ / ZL1CT operating now from beautiful place in Oceania - NIUE. Wikipedia says: "Niueis an island country in the South Pacific
Ocean. It is commonly known as the "Rock of Polynesia", and
inhabitants of the island call it "the Rock"" And we had short opening on the 28MhzCW from his location on 28Mhz. He knew it that and he was calling EU. I`ve seen spot on cluster and 2minutes later QSO with ZK2V logged! Just needed one call! OK he reply to me EI? I had to repeat my call twice just to be sure and he replied to me EI9KC 599 EI9KC. Thank you! Thanks for calling EU and thanks for New DXCC on HF! I had just one QSO on 11m with Niue more than 10 years ago.
TX7M I`ve SWL them on 80m yesterday in the morning! Today they started operation on 40mCW. Massive signal but it was very hard to break JA wall. But I did it! Marquesas worked on 40m UFF UFF! Good signals also on 20m. I`ve managed to work them on SSB/CW on 14Mhz. This is my 200`th DXCC worked SSB.
This time 100% correct! Worked again on TWO bands in 15 minutes! 28Mhz/24Mhz CW! TX7M from Marquesas. The beauty of this is I`ve worked how operator is working in split. Very clever idea! Each time he moves up or down 0.20 .... if you know when he is taking stations ang going up or down you will know! 0.20 each time! Sorted! Good Luck!
P.S. Worked them again on 30m! Best signal in my location on 30m thay have around 7:15 - 8:30 UTC.Logged on 20mSSB as well. UFF what a condition!