160M 10. Oct. 2008

I heard VK3LZ with reasonable signals for a while but not well enough for a QSO. Seven JA stations made it into the log: JN4MIV, JQ2VVH, JA7ZP, JA7QVI, JQ3DUE, JH2RMU and JA8ISU. JJ2LPV, JH0INP, JA9KRO and JE7JDL were heard and responded to, but did not make it into the log. This is a recording of […]

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First !! QSO TF/VK on 160M

First QSO in history between Australia and Iceland on 160M   I worked VK6GX at his sunrise on 160M CW.   This is the first time a contact is made between Australia and Iceland on Top Band. You may listen to the QSO in this recording. audio Keying errors are due to my excitement…

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Communications Spacers

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JA Pileup on 160M !

Last night was very exciting.  I called CQ on a rather noisy band around sunrise in Japan. The result was QSOs with  JF2MBF, JA0DAI, JE6IGP, JA2FJP, JA3FYC, JA9AVA, JA3KZR, JQ2VVH in a period of 12 minutes. audio

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Top Band Season 2008/2009

The Top Band season has begun! I started to hear JA7NI calling CQ on Top Band around 1800z.  At this time there is still daylight at my location.  Despite numerous attempts to raise him, I have not been successful – perhaps he is listening to another direction at this time. I have called CQ myself on […]

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Scandinavian Activity Contest CW 2008

CQ SACThe 50th Scandinavian Activity Contest was held between 1200 UTC, September 20 to 1200 UTC September 21. I took part in the contest in the category Single Operator, Single Band, High Power. Condititons were mostly non-existent, it felt like I was using a Dummy Load for antennas at times.  I spent 10 hours 38 minutes in […]

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Hurricane Ike visits Iceland

The remains of hurricane Ike passed Iceland last night with heavy winds and rain.   The remains of a hurricane coupled with a growing low pressure area is a powerful combination.  Some areas of the country experienced 47 m/s winds (>100MPH), the strongest gust of wind measured 52.9 m/s and in my area the strongest gust measured 41.9 m/s. […]

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The TF4M HARP

I have finally been able to connect the two new Rhombics towards South East Asia and Africa.   I finished building the 7 additional open wire feeders which I call the HARP (High Frequency Arctic Rhombic Project) out to the site.    I now have 7 Rhombic directions in my station.     See the […]

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