This is my 2006 diary page.
You find reports about contests I joined, my activity on the bands and other ham-radio related items.
- 26 to 30 December 2006.
Besides a few European chat sessions on 40 meter/SSB/CW, I logged a few nice ones.
There was KE0A on the US-Virgin Islands signing KP2/KE0A which could be worked on 20 and 40 meters/CW.
Then YN4SU/9, Bengt from Nicaragua, also on 40 meter in CW around 07:13 local.
Here is the line up from the stations I worked last few days:
LX6TLX / 40 meter in CW / Luxembourg
OH3LJM / 40 meter in CW / Finland
GW4UPG / 40 meter in SSB / Wales
II1XMAS / 40 meter in SSB / Italy
KP2/KE0A / 20 and 40 meter in CW / US-Virgin Islands
YN4SU/9 / 40 meter in CW / Nicaragua
IK4GRO / 40 meter in SSB / Italy
W3RJ / 20 meter in CW / USA
- 25 December 2006.
- 19 December 2006, in the VU7LD log!
Conditions are bad ( magnetig storms ) and even found the bands completely dead on the weekend.
This morning, activity was poor again but I could make a SSB-contact with 9G5OO in Ghana on 20 meter.
Further, nothing special and I could not hear the stations spotted on the cluster either.
Hopefully this will improve the next days!
I just checked the VU7LD online log and Yes,....I am in there!
The CW QSO's were made at Peter's place and the 17 meter/SSB contact with my own set-up.
Below is a copy of the VU7LD online log/search engine:
Your callsign, PA3GVI,was worked on the following day(s):
Click on the links to view the logbook pages
See ARSI VU7LD QSL for details on QSLs.
VU7LD Logs - section 20061201 till 20061218 (Partial)
17 CW PA3GVI
12 CW PA3GVI
17 USB PA3GVI
- 18 December 2006.
Last weekend's NAVAL contest turned out bad for the "contestgroup Woerden"due to bad conditions and
At least they had the chance to play with the antenna's, test the bandfilters and such.
The antenne's are finished exept the 160 meter dipole needs final adjustments next contest.
Next time better guys!!...keep the spirit high!!
- 15 December 2006, building antenna's for the contestgroup Woerden.
At 09:00 local I arrived at the club-base in Woerden to work on the antenne's for the NAVAL contest this
A few others were there and after a cup of coffee we started mounting the 20 meter vertical and
mounting connectors to several coax cables.
This went smoothly and next was the mystrerious multiband GP(10/15/20) and 40 meter Inverted V.
Around noon we took a brake to have lunch and make a few QSO's.
Fred (PA1WFB) and Willem (NL-??) made the 160 meter dipole ready to go up tomorrow morning together
with the 80 meter dipole.
Unfortunetly I cannot be there because of QRL obligations but will join them sunday morning 05:00 till 08:00
I am sure they will fix this far before the contest starts late afternoon(16:00 UTC).
- 12 to 14 December 2006, another VU7 in the log.
The Iindian operators are still on VU7/Lakshadweep (Laccadive Is.) and ofcourse I tried to work them from
my own place aswell.
It seems that many people worked them by now because the pile ups are not as big as in the beginning of
On the 12th I heard them on 17 meter/SSB,....quite loud actually.
So, I tuned the amplifier and joined the pile-up which was 5 to 10 Khz down.
Within 10 minutes I was in the log of VU7LD/VU3RSB.
Recent pictures can be found here: www.vu7ld.info/
Also on the 12th, a contact with A61NT on 30 meter/CW around 1500z.
On the 13th at 18:36z I logged A45XR on 40 meter/CW, he was very loud.
Another one from the Middle East was 7Z1UG from Saudi Arabia.
I worked him on 20 meter/CW, december 14th.
- 9 December 2006, PI4WNO contest-group Woerden.
About two months ago a few members of the VERON section Woerden started to develope plans to form an
enthousiastic group of people interested in contesting.
I joined the group because I like to contest aswell and experiment with antenna's.
Plans were to join the CQWWSSB for a start and see how this would go.
With simple antenna's and two transceivers they made about 800 Q's.
In the next weeks things started to accelerate and major plans were made to improve antenne's and
For example: band-filters were made for multi/multi (or 2 radio) operation and we ordered 200 meters
Fred/PA1WFB made a very nice looking antenna analyser for antenna adjustments.
Our antenne's wil still be simple antenne's (no yagi yet!) but we hope to improve this in the future!
Next try-out will be the NAVAL contest on 16 & 17th december.
Have a look on the website at: http://contestgroepwoerden.spaces.live.com/
- 8 December 2006.
Tuning on 20 meter(SSB) I found A70RRY from Qatar leading a DX-net with several nice countries available.
After checking in, I could log him with 57 both ways and 3XM6JR from Guinea.
- 7 December 2007, VU7LD/......worked!
For today we (PA3GVI and PA3GLF) planned fixing a 160 meter dipole at Peter/PA8A's place.
Unfortunedly the weather went from bad to worse and we just enjoyed some radio-fun.
Conditions were not that good but we could hear two VU7LD stations, on 17 and 12 meters.
They were both in CW and I got myself into the VU7LD/VU2NXM-log on 17 meters within the first call.
Then on to 12 meters were it took me about a halve hour longer to get VU7LD/VU2PAI's attention.
But finally, I heard him sign: "PA3GVI 5NN".
I lost the count along the track but the total DXCC worked = 293 Countries (confirmed: 287).
........Both in my favorite mode, CW!
- 1 to 6 December 2006.
I have spent much time listening, mainly to two active DX-peditions, Hk0GU and VU7LD/homecalls.
The VU7's are still active till the end of december but HK0 has finished 2th december.
I was fortuned to make a contact 1 day before their departure from the island, on 40/CW.
There is a lot info on the website at: www.qsl.net/hk0gu/
San Andres Island
The following days I tried to work the VU7LD guys on the Laccadive Islands.
I only heard them a couple times on 40 meters CW and SSB but the pile ups are fierce and messy.
No results so far, but they will remain on the Island till the end of december and Iwill possible have a change
later this month.
Info of their activitys can be found on their website including online logs at: http://arsi.info/vu7/
There will also be another international group of ham's on the Islands from 15th to 25th, januari/2007.
The website can be found at: www.vu7.in/
Besides listening I made a few contacts aswell.
Here is the line up: PJ2/G0RTN (20/40 meter/CW), V51AS ( 15 meter/CW), P40Z (20 meter/SSB),
VQ9JC (15 meter/CW), YI9KT ( 40 meter/CW).
- 27 November 2006, CQWWCW.
The CQWWCW-contest did not turn out to well for me last weekend.
I started saturday morning somewhere between 00:00 and 01:00 UTC without much responce calling CQ.
I switched to S&P which worked well and so I held on for a couple hours.
Again, I tried calling but the same happened, no pile ups or good interest at all.
I started to doubt my antenna but when I called DX stations they seemed to hear me perfectly.
Long story short!, ....I ended up frustrated somewhere sunday evening and called it a day.
I donīt know if all this happend because of poor conditions or something else?
Anyway, logged 157 Q's, not really a good score but next time I hope to do better.
Congrats to my friend Kees/PA5WT, he made well over 500 Q's on 40 meters, well done mate!
- 23 November 2006.
Many folks go abroad for the coming CQWWCW contest (weekend 25/26 November) to exotic places around
They tend to test antenna's and so forth in the week ahead of the contest and a DX-er should take advantage
So I stayed up late last night, well into the morning till about 03:30 local, and tuned around to work real nice
DX, mainly on 40 meter/CW.
I logged the following DX:
PJ2/N1ZZ on 40/CW- Curacao Island
C6AKX on 40/CW-Bahama's
KG9N on 40/CW-USA
J79Z on 40/CW-Dominica Island
3B8CF on 40/CW -Mauritius Island
V31XX on 40/CW-Belize
VP5/K7BTW on 40/CW-Turks and Caicos islands
6Y3R on 80/SSB on 80/SSB-Jamaica
I will join the CQWWCW in the SINGLE-OP/40 meter/HIGH POWER-section as far as time allows!
This will mainly mean during the evening/night/morning hours.
If you hear me, give me a call.
- 22 November 2006.
When I went out of bed around 06:00 UTC conditions were quite good.
I could even hear KH0AC from the Mariana Islands in the Pacific having a QSO with a European station on
When he signed with him I gave my call and he came back to me straight away.
He just mist a part of my suffix but that was cleared in the next transmission, 54 was my report.
Not bad with the dipole I thought!
Later today, a few more came into the log like: 5A7A(this time on 20/CW) from Libya, C6ATA (40/CW) from
the Bahama's, EA9/OK1FCJ (20/CW) from Ceuta & Melilla and 6V7D (30/CW) from Senegal.
- 21 November 2006, YouTube!
This may sound as an open door to many people but, have you heard about YouTube?
YouTube is a free online video streaming service and you can upload any video you want(if registered!).
Maybe you are not into the funny, annoying, and sometimes useless video league but there are
videos to be seen about amateur radio aswell.
Have a look at Randy/K7AGE's video about his XF4DL contacts: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7u3crwaiTY
look at Paul/VK3HJV, introducing himself on video:
Listen to this ISS recording, it includes a few PA contacts aswell:
Listen to this funny "Hamradio rap":
A video from Walter Cronkite, retired "CBS evening news" anchorman, about Hamradio:
- 18 to 20 November 2006.
The 5A7A pile ups do not seem to ease and so it is difficult to get through .
But I managed to work them on 40/SSB, 30/CW and 80/CW last days.
Another station I worked a couple of times is Simone, signing PY1/IV3NVN, operating from the
Rio de Janeiro area in Brasil.
I contacted him on 15 /CW/SSB and 20/CW so far.
Martti in his early days.
On the 19th a contact with Martti J. Laine/4O60BH (OH2BH) celebrating his 60th birthday on air.
Martti served Amateur Radio operators all over the world by activating rare countries and exciting prefixes for
Interesting info and QSL-cards from his DX-peditions can be found at: www.bcdxc.org/martti_page1.htm
- 17 November 2006, 5A7A DX-pedition.
At this moment an international team is active from Libya till 29th November.
They have a website running with online log and a lot of other info.
You can enter the website by clicking the above picture or this url: http://5a7a.gmxhome.de/
I worked them 3 bands so far, om 21/18 and 14 Mhz, in SSB.
Pile ups are fierce which is actually a bitt strange for a DXCC that can be heard almost every week!
But who cares, join the fun......, good luck working them!
- 16 November 2006.
The higher bands have been pretty good at times for the last days.
It started with a contact into Mongolia, JT1GV, on 20 meter/SSB and later contacts could be made with
3XD2Z from Guinea, A47RS from Oman, 9K2CQ from kuwait, V51AS from Namibia and 5N6EAM from Nigeria.
All in SSB on 21 Mhz between 08:00 and 15:00 UTC.
Nice to work the 3XD2Z on two bands today, 20 and 15 meters, within an hour.
So, tune in on the higher bands to work some fine DX!
Card from Nigeria.
- 10 November 2006, at the super station!
I went to my friend Peter today to work DX from there.
He has a real super station and itīs always fun to use the fine rig and antenna-system.
You never know what comes back when calling "CQ", just as today!
In about 2 hours I worked nice DX and the Yagi worked very well.
You just have to call a couple times to get respons.
I started to Asia and Pacific via the short path which delivered stations from VK (Australia) and Asia like
JA (Japan) and HS (Thailand).
I was thrilled to get V8ASV from Brunei responding to my CQ, a country you donīt hear to often.
Little later I worked A22/JA4ATV from Botswana on 21 Mhz/CW, a DXCC I worked before but I did not receive
a card yet!
Sultanate of Brunei (V8)
So, a lot DX available, all on 20 meters/SSB...here is the line up:
VU2AU from India YO9FBJ from Romenia W8PHZ from USA
VK2SSH from Australia VK3HQ from Australia KC9CU from USA
YB0IR from Indonesia VK2NW from Australia JA2PHO from Japan
VK1YBQ from Australia KN4EZ from USA UA6BUH from Asiatic Russia
VU2HVS from India VU2PCD from India VU2PHD from India
E27EK from Thailand V8ASV from Brunei RV9SA from Asiatic russia
A22/JA4ATV from Botswana
- 6 to 9 November 2006.
Nice DX could be worked these days:
Zambia - 9J2VB on 21 Mhz/SSB and 18 Mhz-CW.
Indonesia - YB0YAD on 14 Mhz/SSB.
Cocos and Keeling Island - VK9CGG on 14 Mhz/CW.
Brasil - PY1/IV3NVN on 21 Mhz/SSB.
USA - NQ4I on 21 Mhz/SSB.
USA - WD8CCC on 21 Mhz/SSB.
- 4 November 2006, at the ham event.
One of the bigger ham events in our country is amateurs day.
The event is a meeting point for hams with a flee market and commercial stuff as well.
I went there with my good friend Peter, just to have a fun day.
We walked and looked around at the flee market and bought some usefull items.
Really nice to see other ham friends as well and have a chat.
Before we knew it the event reached its end and we went home, with very tired legs from the many times
we took another round at the flee market.
- 3 November 2006, another one!!...and XF4DL from my own place on 30 meter/CW(long path).
The last few weeks I tried to work the 3C0M from Annobon Island but without succes.
I still needed 3C0 but Elmo (operator 3C0M) was not that strong on my doublet.
This morning I saw him spotted on 20 meter were I could just hear him above my noise-level, about an S5.
I tried to call him but many had already seen the cluster-spot and called on top of eachother.
I decided to go to Peter and work him from there.
At Peter's place we quickly raised the tower to have the antenna working as efficient as possible.
Elmo had switched to 21 Mhz were I had a clear shot on him, took me one call to get him.
I could even make a long QSO with him and Elmo told me about the arriving plane which would take him home
to the mainland and back to Spain again.
As a matter of fact, he would go QRT within 10 minuts after my QSO (at 09:16 UTC) to break down antenna's
and load all the gear into the plain.
Very happy with this "last minut QSO and new DXCC" I signed with him but not before I had hand the Mic over
to Peter/PA8A to make a QSO aswell.
Thank you Elmo for the nice QSO and the big effort from Annabon Island!
The 3C0M website can be found here: http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/ea5yn/3C0Z_Q.htm
The online log and pictures will be published when home.
The QSL goes via his homecall: EA5BYP, direct or buro.
In the afternoon, around 14:05, I saw XF4DL spotted on 10Mhz by some European stations.
I tuned in and to my surprise I heard him quite strong on 10.103Mhz via the long path, already working a
I tuned the amplifier(350 watt) for 30 meters and found a clear spot, up 3.1 Khz.
Within 5 minuts I heard him sign "PA3GVI 599", and confirmed with "5NN TU".
Really great, see.....when you least expect it, you work them!!
I already worked the guys from Peter's place (PA8A) but It's a great feeling to work them with my own
What a day!
Website can be found here: www.xf4dl.xedx.org/index1.html
- 31 October 2006, XF4DL!
I have been chasing the XF4DL from Revilla Gigedo Island since they got active on 17th October without any
They were just to weak here or when at Peters place, on RTTY or on bands without propagation.
Just after preparing dinner, At 16:30 local, I checked the cluster and saw them spotted on 18.128 Mhz/SSB.
I called Peter/PA8A if he could hear them and when he said he did, I jumped into the car to give it a try from
Peter said they were weak but strong enough to work them, about S5.
When I arrived I sat on the chair, waited for the operators "thank you XF4DL up", and gave my call one time.
Instantly he answered and I almost missed it due to QSB.
What a blast!!.....walk in, give your call and another new country is in the log.
No need to say I went home very satisfied!...TNX Peter for the effort!
Yihaaa, Just worked XF4DL!!!!
- 28 to 29 October 2006, CQWWSSB contest.
Because of the busy scedule ( birthday party) during the weekend I operated some hours at
I went there saterday morning from 02:00z to 05:00z and sunday from 05:00z to 10:00z.
No sofisticated antenna's and power used, just dipoles and 100 watt.
With this, it proved to be quite difficult to hold frequency and so we S&P most of the time.
Nice DX could be heard and worked like V26B and WP2U.
Special thanks go to my friend Fred/PA1WFB and the other crew-members for their hospitality.
In the evening I went to Peter/PA8A and tried to work the XF4DL from there.
He was on 14 Mhz/SSB when I left home but at arrive he had just switched to 21 Mhz.
He could not be heard there unfortunetly so I went working some station active in the CQWWSSB contest.
In short time I worked following stations:
FM/K9NW (Martinique Island), VY2TT (Canada), K7RL ( west-coast USA), NK7U (west-coast USA)
VE7SU (Canada), 6W1RY (Senegal), V49A ( Kitts and Nevis Island) and V26B (Antigua Island).
I went home then because the XF4 did not seem to come back on 20 meters.
Funny thing is that one hour later at home I saw him spotted again on 14.187 Mhz.
No big deal, I hope to have a chance coming weekdays.
- 24 October 2006, DXCC 287!
I received the 4O3T card from Montenegro today which makes the DXCC total rise to 287 countries.
- 18 to 23 October 2006.
Following Dx could be heard and worked:
5V7BR on 14 Mhz/USB DXCC-Country: Togo
ST2BF on 14 Mhz/CW DXCC-Country: Sudan
PT7CB on 21 Mhz/USB DXCC-Country: Brasil
S9SS on 14 Mhz/CW DXCC-Country: Sao Tome & Principe
- 17 October 2006, What a "monster" antenna!
While tuning the bands for DX I heard a very strong Japanese station in the 80 meter DX-window(3790-3800).
It was 7J4AAL and he was 57 with QSB on my doublet.
I heard stories about him and his impressive antenna-system for 80 meters, a 5 elements yagi!
Curious about how that would look on a tower I searched GOOGLE for pictures.
I found a few, and boy, this is a Monster-antenna,.......have a look!
See this guy on the boom?!
- 14 October 2006.
Quite some DX on today.
Around noon I worked ZS6DXB from South Africa on 15 meters/SSB, he was about 56 here.
An hour later S9SS from Sao Tome on 17 meters/CW and 4L0ABC and OD5NH on 15 meters/SSB.
At 14:50 UTC I logged VQ9JC from Chagos Island (Diego Garcia) on 15 meters/CW.
The Oceania DX-contest (CW) provided nice DX on 15, 20 and 40 meters as well.
I worked 7 stations from that area between 13:00 and 19:30 UTC.
I heard and worked the following stations:
- YC1KAF from Indonesia on 15 meters/CW
- ZL6HQ from New Zealand on 20 meters/CW
- HS0AC from Thailand on 20 meters/CW
- VK7GN from Australia on 20 meter/CW
- YB0ECT from Indonesia on 20 meters/CW
- 9M6XRO from West Malaysia on 20 meters/CW
- YB9DPO from Indonesia on 40 meters/CW
- 12 October 2006, "ZL8R".
I went to Peter/PA8A this morning to work ZL8R from the Kermadec Islands(they are actually on RAOUL
I heard them in CW on 20 meters with 57 but the pile up was fierce and spread very wide, up to 20 Khz.
I held on for a few hours but unfortunately did not get through.
I hope they come on 30 meters with a good readable signal so I can try to get them from my own place.
- 10 October 2006, the LX-cards are on their way!
All the LX/PA3GVI/p cards are writen and tomorrow I will hand them over to the QSL regio manager.
I Hope you will recieve the card in good shape.
I did some DX-ing today with fairly good conditions on 40/20 and 17 meters.
First, I made a contact with TU2/F5LDY from Ivory Coast on 14.008 Mhz/CW followed by a SSB contact with
VK7GK/Gerry on 7.134 Mhz.
Gerry is in Tasmania and he was still a good 57, about 1,5 hour after sunrise (07:15 UTC).
I called my friend Peter/PA8A and told him about VK7GK so he could come on as well.
Peter has 3 different antenna's for 40 meters, a rombic, a dipole (up 24 meters) and a vertical
(up 2,5 meters) and this was a good chance to test them.
The dipole and vertical were about the same, 59, while the rombic produced a massive 59 +10 db signal
via the long path.
About 1 hour later I logged 9M2TO on 18.072 Mhz/CW, a station I worked a couple of times before,
but not on this band yet.
In the late afternoon I got 3DA0TM from Swaziland on 14.236 Mhz/SSB, truly a rare one!
Marginal signal reports both ways, but he got into the log.
- 2 October 2006.
I received the LX/PA3GVI/p-cards today and they look very nice.
I started writing the direct cards right away.
The rest will go via the buro(every QSO will be confirmed with a card).
Thanks to Gena/UX5UO QSL-card service for the quick service!
- 29 September 2006, a "real" new one !!
Finally some nice DX this morning.
There was FG/DL5CF on 7007/CW from Guadeloupe Island which I logged without a problem.
Followed by a DX-pedition to Tortuga Island (Venezuela) by the 4M5DX Group & Mediterraneo DX Club.
The callsign they use is YX5IOTA and their website can be found here: www.yx5iota.4m5dx.org/home.html
I logged them at 04:15 UTC on 40 meter in SSB.
A little later I worked ZA/Z35M (Albania) and TK9Z (Corsica Island), as well on 40 meter, but in CW.
I listened around for about one hour and walked into 3XD2Z from Guinea on 14.020/CW working a hugh
I worked 3X2YA in July this year as a new one but apparently that one seemed to be a pirate.
Now, with 3XD2Z coming through 559, this would be a new chance to log this country as a real new DXCC!
It took me about 5 minutes to get him, ......what a nice way to start the day!
The QSL goes via UA6JR, direct or buro!
- 28 September 2006.
I went out early but there was not to much happening on my favorite bands, 30 and 40 meter.
So, I checked the bands during the morning and could make a contact with Mohammed/7X4AN from Algeria.
At coffee time I went to 40 and made a few ragchew contacts.
In the evening, around 21:30 UTC, I logged TF3ZA (40 meter/SSB) from Iceland and LU/R1ANF
(30 meter/CW) in Argentina.
- 27 September 2006, DXCC 287!!
The postman delivered two cards from JA1DOT confirming my contacts with J5DOT (40 meter/CW)
and J5TRJ (40 meter/SSB) in Guinea-Bissau.
I had send mine late but the cards from Hisato (JA1DOT) returned within 3 weeks.
This one added makes the total of DXCC countries rise to 286.
I mentioned their website earlier on but it can be found here: www.ndxa.jp/pedi/j5-2006/
- 19 to 22 September 2006.
I logged the following DX in the few hours I have been active these days:
KP4ZQ from Puerto Rico on 40 meter/SSB, 9M2/JH3GCN in West Malaysia on 17 meter/CW, V51AS on
20 meter/CW, FP/G3SXW on 40 meter/CW and FP/G3TXF on 30 meter/CW.
- 18 September 2006.
More pictures are added to the "LX-2006" page.
- 16 September 2006, HF day.
The HF day is a yearly event for all amateurs who interested in DX-ing and contesting.
To get on the location were this takes place took me a 1,5 hour drive from my QTH.
So, when I arrived the first presentation, about 3Y0X, was about halve way.
Micheal/ PA5M, member of the 3Y0X/2006 team, told his story about the DX-pedition and showed many
nice pictures from this remote Island.
After the lunch it was Ramon/YV5EED to amuse the people with a nice presentation about the
"Grupo DX Caracas" and their "Aves Island" trip earlier this year.
When this was finished I met Hans/PA1C, Gert/PA3AAV, Jose/PJ2MI and Enno/9V1CW.
Enno is just back from his stay in Singapore and busy to settle in The Netherlands again.
It was nice to meet you guys and hope to chat a bit longer the next time.
After this break I watched the TY/Benin presentation by Ronald/PA3EWP.
Nice pictures again and the story gives you a good idea how these DX-peditions are planned and carried out.
This was the last presentation and right after there was a prize distribution for the VERON contests.
Trofees were handed out for the Fieldday, PA-beker and PACC contest.
I got my reward for the hard work and 2th place in the PACC contest 20006 (thanks Dick/PA3GLF for all the
By then it had turned 17:30, time to go home after a very interesting day!
It was nice to shake hands and talk to people I have worked many times on the HF bands but never met in
Untill next year!
- 14 September 2006, building our 40 meter project.
Today, Peter/PA8A and I, planned to set the 40 meter vertical in the back of his garden.
So, at 09:00 local I drove to his house and after a fine cup of coffee we started feeding the long coax
into the shack.
Then into the garden some 50 meters from the house.
There, we assembled the 40 meter vertical and made a hoist to pull a parallel wire for 10Mhz use.
We secured a 7 feet pole on which we mounted the vertical so Peter can easily mow the garden without
cutting wires and coax.
The antenne showed good SWR and we just have to wait now to see what it does after sunset!
All together, things were finished just before I had to go home again around 14:30.
- 9 September 2006.
I ordered my QSL cards today for the Luxembourg DX-pedition at "UX5UO's" QSL service.
All contacts (704 in total) will get a card.
The ones that came direct will ofcourse be answered the same way.
Others will get one via the buro.
- 8 September 2006, home again.
We arrived home on the 4th after a very succesfull DX-pedition to Luxembourg.
We joined the IARU VHF-contest en activated 30 and 40 meter as well.
A full story with lots of pictures can be found here: www.sitekreator.com/pa3gvi/lx-2006.html
- 28 August 2006, car loaded!!
This evening we loaded most of the gear in Theo's van for our trip to Luxembourg.
We will head for LX on wednesday morning and hopefully first signals will be aired in the evening.
Ofcourse we hope to work many of you guys on VHF and HF ahead to the weekend but don't forget to give uss a call during the contest either.
There will be a special QSL for all VHF contest contacts designed by Theo/PA1TK
After the trip coverage and pictures can be found on the "DX-peditions" page.
Hope to work you all!
- 19 August 2006.
These are busy weeks with QRL oblications, breaking down the camping equipment and so on.
But today I found time to prepare the HF antenne's and mast for our LX (luxembourg) trip which will take
place from 30th August to 3rd September.
Main goal will be the IARU-VHF contest in the weekend of 2-3 September but we will be active HF and VHF in the early morning and evening hours from 30th August to the weekend as well.
You can find the announcement on the "DX-news"page.
Pictures and the storie can be found on the "DX-peditions" page.
- 10 August 2006.
While surfing the internet I came along the website of PG7V/JanJaap.
He has some very interesting spreadsheets on to download.
With these sheets you can keep track of your worked DXCC countries, WAS and WAZ.
They can be found here: www.pg7v.net//english/downloads.asp
- 31 July 2006, trying to work KH8SI on Swains Island part 3.
I could take 2 hours off from work this morning to shoot the KH8.
So, I sat behind Peter's gear again (at 07:00 local) listening to KH8SI on 20 meter/CW working the US pile-up.
This went on untill 08:00 local and then to my frustration turned to '" JA only"!
By the time I had to leave for work he was still working JA's dispite of the good opening to Europe.
I knew this had been the last chance to work him because after work I would leave to Luxemborg (LX) for a
So, let's just wait untill the next KH8 DX-pedition comes along.
In the meantime you could watch the KH8SI/2005 video here!
Note: While waiting for the KH8 to turn to Europe I could work FO/KM9D on 14.037/CW on the Austral's in
Not bad either.
- 30 July 2006, trying to work KH8SI on Swains Island part 2.
Back at Peter's place again at 07:15 local and now conditions seem to be in our favour.
The KH8SI was there on 14.195 loud and clear and when I arrived he had just switched from working
North-America to Europe.
Peter worked him within 5 minuts or so.
I quickly took the mike and tried to work him on the same split frequenty but he had moved up I gues.
I kept calling for about 2 hours before I had to go for the job again, no QSO.
Anyway, my congrats go to Peter with working DXCC 337 (exl. deleted) and I will try to get some hours off
from work tomorrow.
Couldn't they have called me to check if their scedule fitted mine,hihi!!.....
- 29 July 2006, trying to work KH8SI on Swains Island.
I was out very early to check the KH8 spot's on the cluster.
I promissed Peter/PA8A to call as soon as I saw him on.
There were numerous spot's and Peter was already up.
Before going to Peter I worked Montenegro on 80 meter/CW, a band/mode I still needed.
At Peter's place we could hear the KH8SI but he was very light, not good enough to make a QSO.
This was around 07:30 local and this stayed that way untill I left for work at 09:00.
Peter listened longer but eventualy he disapeared into the noise again.
We made a scedule to try it again next day.
- 27 July 2006.
I could add Montenegro on more bands today.
10 meter/CW, 12 meter/CW, 40 meter/SSB, 20 meter/SSB.
- 27 July 2006, FT-2000.
I finally found detailled info about the new YAESU FT-2000 transceiver.
Read all the specific details by clicking the picture below:
- 26 July 2006, Montenegro.
I have been hunting for Montenegro on other bands today.
I logged them on : 20meter/CW, 30meter/CW, 15meter/SSB, 10meter/SSB, and 40 meter/SSB.
I tried to catch them on 160 meter but I could not get through this time.
I'll try later!
- 15 to 21 July 2006.
Because of the heathwave that we're having, with temperatures into the 30's, I plan my operating hours
Temperature on the topfloor of the house drops and this makes DX-ing a lot more fun without the water
rolling from your body.
Anyway, most contacts were made on 20 meters as this band is opening wide at this time of the day.
I talked to my friend Joe/AA1BU, who is on the US-virgin Islands signing KP2/AA1BU, on 20 and 17
I got YU6AO(Montenegro) as a "new one" on 30 meter and 20 meter/CW, a station which is very active these
days and easy to work(from here!).
KP4JRS (Puerto rico), OA4CN (Peru), EL2AR (liberia) and 5F50PG from Marocco, to name a few, got into my log.
All together, worth the time spend!
- 13 and 14 july 2006.
In the late evening hours of the 13th I worked Mark/PJ2GT from Curacao Island on 20 meter/SSB.
Mark moved to the Island in 2000 and had not been active for 4 1/2 years, but was hit by the DX-virus again
and active since.
Read more info on: www.pj2gt.com
On the 14th I worked 9J2VB from Zambia on 20 meter/CW.
- 11 july 2006, sometimes it's so easy!
In the early evening I walked into the shack to check the cluster for interesting DX.
The telnet cluster showed 3X2YA/Ted active on 20 meter/SSB, a country I still needed.
I heard him working a pile up on 14.185 Mhz and quickly tuned the amplifier for 20 meter.
It took me one call to get his attention and another "new one" got into the log.
Note: Several spots on the cluster claimed 3X2YA to be a pirate.
Ted gave the QSL manager info (F8KLY)and went on working the hugh pile up.
As you never know in these cases there is only one strategy to follow, ..work first, worry later!
See if Ted answers my QSL request, I will keep you informed!
- 9 july 2006, new HF/VHF transceiver from Germany!
This is the new HF/VHF transceiver made by Hilberling from Germany.
Rumours say, that this one even beats the high quality IC-7800 and FT-9000 series!
The rig will be available in three different models:
PT-8000A 100 watt/PEP Price: 7586,- Euro
PT-8000B 600 watt/PEP Price: 9353,- Euro
PT-800C 10 watt/PEP Price: 6861,- Euro
Info can be found here: www.hilberling.de/produkte/pt-8000a.htm
A link to the pdf-brochure can be found bottom of that page.
- 29 june to 6 july 2006.
I have been very busy with things which are not hamradio related but I could also make some contacts.
On the 1th of july I worked Carlos/TI4CF from Costa Rica on 40 meter in SSB.
Later that day I contacted Alex/5Z4DZ who is in Kenya, this was on 18 Mhz/CW.
On the 5th, by accident, I heard and worked two guys from my radioclub who had traveled to Ytre-Sula Island
Henk/PA3FMC and Ruud/PE1BTV were active on HF/VHF and UHF.
Details about the trip and their activitys can be found here: http://la-dx2006.blogse.nl/
I logged them both on 20 meter/SSB around 11:20z as LA/homecall.
About one hour later I worked YU6AO, a new DXCC( Montenegro).
On the 6th I went to Peter/PA8A to install the new 5-elements/50Mhz yagi.
This was a huge job but finally the array stood there shining in the sun and first contacts were made.
We listened on HF/14 Mhz were I logged V25V from Antigua Island in the Caribean.
- 28 june, new DXCC!
New DXCC Entity -- The Republic of Montenegro.
As expected, the UN General Assembly, after last week's recommendation by
the Security Council, decided today to admit The Republic of Montenegro to
the United Nations, adding this entity to the United Nations List of Member
According to the ARRL DXCC List Criteria, Entities listed on the UN List of
Member States qualify as Political Entities on the List. Therefore,
effective June 28, 2006 (UTC), ARRL has added The Republic of Montenegro to
the DXCC List.
QSO's made on or after this date will count for DXCC credit. Claims for DXCC
credit will be accepted immediately. See http://www.arrl.org for additional
(Info from 425DX-NEWS)
- 21 to 23 june 2006, nice DX.
On several occasions I heard people complain about the bad DX-conditions on the bands.
I have to admit that on daytime there is mainly short skip on 20 meter and the higher bands.
I have done some ragchew there and on 40 meter, which I enjoy very much as well.
I also experianced that nice DX can still be worked but you have to get out early or stay up late.
For example; I worked 5R8GZ(Madagascar) and KH6ZM (Hawai) in the early morning hours of the 22th.
They produced respectable signals on my G5RV and same time many West Coast US were very loud.
This took place between 0332z and 0640z.
On the 23th I stayed up late to play the radio and worked CE3PG from Chile on 20 meter/SSB and NP4A from
Puerto Rico on 40 meter/SSB, this was around 2238z.
They were both very loud into Europe.
Little later I heard Guenther/VA3GA from Toronto calling CQ on 14.145/SSB.
I replayed to his call and a very nice conversation of 45 minutes followed about hamradio, our hobby's and family's.
Guenther is originally from Germany but already lives in the Toronto area for about 46 years now.
His fine equipment and the TH7 yagi helps him to putt a good signal across the pond and into other parts of
So, come on don't complain!.....get out early(or stay up late) and join the club!
- 20 june 2006.
When I turned on the radio at 0500z I heard FO5RH from French Polynesia on 30 meter/CW.
I joined the pile up and after a few call's he was mine, a new one on 30 meter!
About an hour later KH6RZ (Hawai) was working a hugh pile up on 20 meter in CW.
It took me a little longer to get him but finally he got into my log as well.
KH6 is not really rare but working them from this QTH with the G5RV is still a challenge for me.
In the evening I worked T77EB ( San Marino) on 20 meter/SSB and TA3BN ( Turkey) on 30 meter/CW.
- 19 june 2006, VU4AN/VU3SIG card arrived!
The VU4AN/VU3SIG-card fell into my mailbox today.
This card confirms a 15 meter/SSB contact of 20 april 2006.
With this one in the bag the DXCC counter rises to 285 countries confirmed.
- 15 june 2006.
Out again early today to take advantage of the good conditions.
I logged TO0O from Martinique Island in the Caribean on 40 meter/SSB and little later YY4AND from
Venezuela, also in SSB.
Then on to 20 meter/SSB were I worked A61R from the UAE in the Middle-East, very nice audio and signal!
Later in the morning I chatted a while on 40 meter in our new band-segment, above 7100.
A bunch of UK stations answered my CQ and I also had a very plesent QSO with PA0RTW and PA3GWG.
PA0RTW/Bas only lives a few miles from my QTH and we had spoken before but that was a little while ago.
Ronald/PA3GWG is an old marconist and we made a dubble-mode QSO, CW and SSB.
Nice to meet you guys!
- 14 june 2006.
I was active for about two hours in the evening and found good conditions, 20 and 17 meter were still open
I worked HS1NGR (Thailand) and 6W/F6ELE (Senegal) on 20 meter in SSB followed by ZP6CW (Paraguay) on
- 12 and 13 june 2006, 10 meter short skip.
The 10 meter band is open quite regulary these days and short skip contacts are possible.
But signals are changing very quickly now and then during the QSO's.
Some stations are 59 on the first call but end up barely readable.
Here is a list of the stations I worked:
EU6AF LY1GK SM1UFA I8SRK OE8PPK
HA6VB OK1FHD DH8UK DL7BW EA3OP
- 10 june 2006, enlargement of our 40 meterband.
From today, Dutch amateurs are allowed to use the extra 100 Khz from 7.100 to 7.200 on secundary bases.
This means: allowed to use the segment without coursing interference to broadcast stations.
There is a limmit on PEP however, 250 watt (instead of the 400 watt PEP on other HF-bands).
Later, after 29 march 2009 we will have primare status (band assigned to radioamateurs only).
I already worked a few US and UK-stations above 7100.
KB1IZU got into the log first, followed by AC9T and N4VS.
Later today 2E1LEC and GW4DJW.
- 8 june 2006, LX2AJ.
I had a very nice QSO on 80 meter with Philippe/LX2AJ this evening.
I met Phillippe last year september when we (PA1TK groop) were in Luxembourg for the VHF contest.
He was a guest operator for a hour or so as well (see stories 2005 -> september).
Philippe has build a very nice contest station and pictures and info can be found here: www.qsl.net/lx2aj/
Below a few pictures to get a taste of what it contains.
I hope to visit Philippe in september.
- 3 and 4 june 2006.
Fieldday 2006 at PI4KML/P.
Just as the last two years I joined the friends from PI4KMl (my radio-club).
In the early morning on Saturday we gathered at the location in a forest near Amsterdam.
We use this location for a number of years now and it's is really a good place for the event.
There is enough space to experiment with all kind of antenna's combined with the peaceful radiation from the trees.
I started with setting up the tent(shack) with Rob/NL-13190 and Dick/PA0GRU.
The other guys assembled the spiderbeam which had been used successfully in the last years fieldday and PACC contest.
Joost/PA2EAR did an excellent job on the new portable tower(about 10 meter high)to support this lightweight, but still a big, antenna.
The homemade bearings for the mast and a rotator fixed on a wooden place at ground level looked very nice, good job Joost!
After setting the tent we fixed the 160 meter dipole between two trees supported by a pole in the middle at the feeding-point.
160 m. dipole support-tower.
Next was the 21 meter high vertical for 80 meter with radials.
The preparation of the guy-ropes and measurement of the anchor distance always takes a lot of time.
But if this is done correctly the erecting takes just minutes and your ready to go!
Don't forget those coaxes, it's not wireless 100%,hihi!
erecting the 80 meter vertical.
Lifting the spider-beam was a tricky thing because we wanted to lift it straight up(loose guy-ropes).
The tower existed of 5 pipes with a top section.
It took us quite some manpower to hold the thing in position but after 10 minutes this one stood straight up with the guy-ropes tightened up.
Well, all the heavy work was done and Kees/PA5WT could start to arrange the tent/shack.
Kees brought his FT-1000MP and Joost his brand new Ameritron AL-811H.
This, together with the laptop, formed our contest equipment for the weekend.
At about noon the VHF guys Frans/PC5T and Gerard/PE1BBI arrived and they could start to erect there station/tower too.
They had few problems to be fixed right away because the rotator did not move two directions and the available power unit could not handle the high power they planned to use.
They decided to go for it on low power and after a telephone-call another rotator was on it's way too.
We tested the new amplifier (Joost removed the plastic around the tubes just that morning) and wrote down the settings to switch quickly between the bands.
All happy we had enough time before the contest would start at 15:00z.
Now we could enjoy the nice sunny weather and socialize a bit with some guys from the club that came along.
At 1500z Kees started on 10 meter which was open into Europe.(short skip)
We were happy about this because 10 and 15 had not been open this good for quite some time.
I remember running the PACC in February this year showing just 1 QSO on 10 and just a few on 15 meter.
After a hour we changed band to 15 meter were the same thing was on, Europe again.
Quite an impressive number of multie's would be worked on these bands during the contest.
As we headed for dinner time Joop/PE1DOY arrived with his wife and son to deliver the drinks and breakfast food for the weekend.
Joop offered to get us some fast food, an offer we did not refuse, thanks Joop!
Not leaving the station unmanned we took our dinner and were ready to go for the next 12 hours or so.
Kees went home in the early evening to sleep some hours before the night shift.
I hit the sack short after( I stayed there and slept on the stretcher) and fell asleep with a lullaby in the form of CW sounds.
Dick/PA0GRU would run the the station rest of the evening into the early night.
At 00:30 local he woke me up short after refilling the power-unit.
Still a bit sleepy I logged the next station on 160 meters.
This band stayed behind with last year and we had expected more but that how it can go with conditions, isn't it?
Only 10 multie's on this band is not a result to be proud of but 10 and 15 made that up tremendously.
PI4KMl/P team happy after all!
The other bands were in pretty good shape as we logged nice ones on 40 meter like VK7.
The 80 meter vertical worked well too and many US stations came into the log.
In the morning Dick arrived again and so we kept the station running 24 hours long.
The 20 meter band opened again and so did 10 and 15.
During the day we went to 40 meter to screw up the QSO total there before breaking down the 40/80 and 160 meter antenna.
We always do this few hours before the end of the contest, saves us time at the end when everyone is tired and wants to return home.
As always, breaking down goes 10 times faster as building the station.
In the last hour we let Dick only use the 3 bands vertical for 10/15/20 so we could carefully putt the spiderbeam back in his box as well.
In this last ― hour we worked a few nice multie's which made us jump the air.
Difficult ones, we did not hear them in the contest that weekend before, like ZA, EI and EU were caught and putt into the log.
Minutes before the end of the contest Dick managed to make a contact with K3ZO on 15 meter which was the cream on the cake!
Very satisfied with 1135 QSO's we dismantled the rest of the station and took a drink before heading home again.
Very nice fieldday, kind people, building antenna's, playing with the radio,-I am a happy guy!
Equipment we used:
Logging program: N1MM ( on laptop)
Antenna's: 160 meter / dipole
80 meter / vertical
40 meter / vertical
10/15/20 meter / spiderbeam and GPA-30 vertical
Crew (building, catering and operating): PA0GRU, PA3AJW, PA5WT, PA3GVI, NL-13190, PE1OCT, PA2EAR,
PA3GPA, PA0FLE, PE1DOY, P1BBI, PC5T, Desiree and Pieter.
Visitors: PA4EA and dog Chico, PA0JFS, PA1OZU, PA3DVA, PA3AUZ and PA1GR.
Thanks to all the people that gave us a call!..see you next year!
- 2 june 2006, fieldday 2006 announcement.
Coming weekend the IARU REGION 1 fieldday takes place between saturday 15:00 and sunday 15:00 UTC.
I will help activate PI4KML/P, something I do since a couple of years.
This event is always full of fun and CW contacts as it is a CW only contest.
I wrote an article for the VERON website (national ham-radio society) to motivate ham's in our country to join
the event(sorry guys but this is in dutch): www.xs4all.nl/~fwerner/Veron_actueel_velddag.html
If you want to read the 2005 edition story go here: www.sitekreator.com/pa3gvi/stories.html (in english but
you must scroll down to 4&5 june 2005)
Pictures of 2004 and 2005 can be found here: www.sitekreator.com/PI4KML/fieldday-velddag_2005.html
We will be pleased to work you and hopefully as many as we can, so give uss a call, ok?
The 2006 story will be published here short after the event, inclusive the pictures!
Below the rules for the IARU REGION 1 FIELDDAY 2006:
IARU Region 1 Fieldday
Check your own National Society for national scoring rules.
|Date: ||CW - First full weekend in June. SSB - First full weekend in September.|
|Time: ||CW - June: Saturday 1500 - Sunday 1459 UTC. |
SSB - September: Saturday 1300 - Sunday 1259 UTC.
|Bands: ||10-160 meter (no WARC).|
|Categories: || |
15 minute rule effective. No mains for power supplying allowed.
- Restricted class, single operator, multi band
- Restricted class, multioperator, multi band
- Open class, single operator - QRP
- Multioperator, single transmitter, low power
- Multioperator, single transmitter, high power.
Restricted class: only one RX/TX, and only one antenna max 15 meter high, max 100W output power.
All categories: Keep a distance of at least 100 meter from any existing buildings. Start the station setup not earlier than 24 hours before the contest starts.
|Exchange: ||RST + serial number.|
|Points: ||QSOs with European fixed stations count 2 points, with non-european 3 points.|
QSOs with portable stations in Europe count 4 points, in DX 6 points.
|Multipliers: ||Each DXCC- and WAE country counts 1 multiplier per band.|
|Final score: ||Total QSO-points times total multipliers.|
|Logs: ||Send log within 30 days after the contest to your national society. |
(Date of info: ?)
- 1 june 2006, new desk and set-up!
I was not really satisfied about the way things were displayed in the shack.
I wanted it to have a more calm view and so I took saw, hammer and screwdriver to change it.
Below you can see the result.
- 30 may 2006, nice DX on 14 Mhz.
In the afternoon several stations from South-East Asia could be heard and worked.
First I worked Enno/9V1CW, in my favorite mode CW.
Enno (originally from The Netherlands) lives and works in Singapore.
Info and pictures can be found on: www.dx.nl/9v1cw/ (click news -> previous news)
About a hour later I logged HL5AP from South Korea(in CW) and YB4IR from Indonesia(in SSB).
- 23 to 29 may 2006.
The conditions were good now and then these days.
When I was at Peter's/PA8A place not to much DX was heard but I could work TZ9A from Mali and C31SG from
In the weekend(27/28 may) I gave away few points in the CQWPX- contest (CW).
I made 35 contacts and a few nice ones were KH6WT (Hawai Island), ZF1A (Cayman Islands) and
JA7DLE (Japan), all worked on 20 meter.
After the contest I heard several strong KH6 and west-coast stations.
The 10 meter band opened up as well, short skip mainly with strong signals from European stations.
Here is a list of stations which got into the log this period:
7 Mhz 10 Mhz 14 Mhz 21 Mhz 28 Mhz
G7MHQ OH0B C31SG TZ9A SM2DR
GM3NCS 5B/OQ1C UA0FZ F/PA0JWV OE6BMG
ZL4IR F5XF 9M6XRO
KH6WT ZF1A UA3DPM LZ9W RN3QP UT5ECZ K0CAT UR5EPV
RA9XU OM4XA YO9CXE K2FU K9UQN UR7QC UT3UZ UA3R
OM5NL K3ZO LZ2HA UT5KO K8CV UT8NT YU8DX UT5UJY
NV1N UX2HB N3EN UN7EG UA4LU JA7DLE RU0AW NG3U
YO3APJ K9NW US7IGF
- 22 may 2006, 3Y0X card!
I got the 3Y0X card today and it really looks great!
On the front is a picture of the team, 3Y0X-flag and the mountain in the background.
Inside the card shows the individual team members, another shot of the mountain and small pic's of the
With this one in the bag the DXCC-score is on 286 countries confirmed.
- 20 may 2006, at the local radio-station.
I woke up around 0500 local time and followed the usual ritual like switching on both PC's and the transceiver,
activate the TELNET-cluster, and check my e-mail.
Conditions didn't seem to be wild and so I tuned around on 80, 40 and 30 meter.
On 10.105 Mhz there was OH0B from Aland Island and he was in the log soon.
Then on to 40 meter were I heard CM6RCR from Cuba (in SSB) give one of his first CQ's.
I replayed instantly and minutes later he was in the log as well.
Bands were quite this morning and there was not much DX available at that time.
Some hours later, I would go to the local radio-station, "Studio 15", were one of my college's is a DJ.
He invited me last week and I was interested in the station and how they run things.
This is not really a ham-radio item I hear you say but,... it has tangent planes with our hobby doesn't it?
As the city of Bodegraven is a small community(about 20.000 inhabitants) the station is very limited by law
in power output and antenna set up.
The antennas are 2 stacked dipoles at about 26 meter high and the output is 50 watts.
But,.... they can be heard inside the community borders on FM/107.8 Mhz.
So, at 10:45 I met my college Bart at the station and he went on air 11:00 introducing me to tell something about
ham-radio and played one of my favorite songs(Rolling Stones/too much blood).
"which button", !!
Little later we were joined by John who is the technician at the station and we chatted a while about
ham-adio (of course) and the equipment they use for broadcast.
Time went along very quickly and soon it turned 12:00, time to leave and get back to family business.
I enjoyed the short stay guys, have fun and keep up the good work!
Website at: www.studio15.nl/
- 15 to 18 may 2006.
The dipole works good on the higher bands as well.
Nice DX could be worked on 20 meter and I made some short skip contacts on 10 meter.
Here is the line up:
3,7 Mhz 10 Mhz 14 Mhz 7 Mhz 28 Mhz
TK/DL4FF TK/DL4FF 9M8DX GW4UIE DR2006B
HS0AC MM0PWM EA5FGE
FP/DJ2VO DL2KUF F6HIA
4O3NT HB9OBT SP9KDA
A71EM log periodic.
Link to website of 9M8DX: www.qsl.net/9m8dx/sld001.htm
Link to the HS0AC clubstation website: www.qsl.net/rast/
Link to the A6-group website: www.a6group.ae/
- 12 to 14 may 2006.
The doublet seems to work well.
I worked 3B8CF (Mauritius Island) on 30 meter with 559 both ways.
On 40 meter I bagged DQ2006C, a special event station for world-cup soccer, YY5EAH (Venezuela) and
KP4JRS (Puerto Rico).
On Sunday (14th) I went out early to try 80 meter.
I found KP3A/Alfonso and NP4A/Pedro in the DX-window and could easily make a contact.
I got 57 from Alfonso and 59 from Pedro.
I heard several strong US stations rag chew with Europeans but did not call in for a report.
- 11 may 2006, new antenna.
I changed the antenna situation today.
Till now the antenna was a 2x 10 meter dipole, center fed with 450 ohms open wire, sloping from a pole on the chimney to the fence in the backyard.
This worked very well so far, that's not it, but tuning 80 meter has always been a problem.
Therefor I planned to install a 2x 15,5 meter doublet with the feeding point attached to the
pole on the chimney.
Now, the feeding point is +/- 5 meters higher and I can use 80 meter more without tuning problems.
The only tricky aspect is that I had to connect one of the legs into a tree on public ground.
The other leg goes to the backyard fence again.
I used one of the (not used) chimney pipes to feed the open wire into the shack.
Working on the doublet.
After installing I had little trouble finding the right tuner settings but when I got them it worked really nice.
Later in the evening around 21:00 (UTC) I switched on the transceiver to see how the antenna would perform.
On 20 meter/CW I worked ST0RM from Sudan on the first call and little later A61Q from the United Arab
Emirates, also in CW.
On to 40 meter and try this band as well.
In 10 minutes time I worked 9V1PC(Singapore), JW0HZ(Svalbard) and 3A2LF(Monaco), all in my favorite mode
The antenna can be tuned on 80 meter as well and I can use the amplifier there too.
- 8 may 2006.
Pictures from the Aves Island Dx-expedition 2006 (YX0A and YX0LIX) are available
- 2 to 7 may 2006, who got into the log these days?
As you can see I have mainly been active in the morning hours before going to work.
On the 2th of may the path to South America good with nice signals from several YV stations.
On the 6th of may conditions were good to New Zealand, Africa and the Caribbean.
I heard Jim/ZL2JR very strong like a local on this day but I worked him a couple of days before so I did not
I logged the Dutch special-event station PB6KNRM on 40 meter/SSB in the evening of the 6th.
This station was on the air for national lifeboat day.
Click on the picture to go to their website!
National lifeboat day QSL.
On the evening of the 7th I logged ZP0R from Paraguay(on 15 meter/CW ).
As he was in a contest I gave him 5NN001, nice to see 15 open to that part of the world.
The rest speaks for itself, isn't it?!
- 1 may 2006.
Just after dinner I heard and worked Chak/JT1CO on 30 meter/CW followed by a line of Europeans on 40
Stations worked were: M3SBS, M1EQB, M0LYI, PE9PE, IK2UEK, G0HRZ and DL1STM.
I was very pleased to received a direct card today from Pete/XU7ADI.
I had two contacts (on 30 and 40 meter) with Pete about two months ago, both in CW.
This is another new DXCC confirmed.(NR: 284)
Peppe Arninge (XU7ADI/Pete) is a photojournalist from Sweden working for Scandinavian and international
news and picture agencies.
Peppe lives in Bangkok/Thailand between november and may.
Have a look on Peppe's photo-work on: www.peppearninge.se/main_e.html
- 30 april 2006.
Marginal activity today but logged: TB0DX (Turkey), TF3YH (Iceland) and YY5LKD (Venezuela).
- 29 april 2006, another new one!
I started around 01:30 UTC and conditions seemed good on 30 meter/CW.
I worked YN4SU/9 from Nicaragua followed by HC2SL from Ecuador.
Then on to 40 meter were I found J5DOT from Guinea-Bissau in CW working a European pile-up.
I heard him very strong on 30 meter the day before but he was only working JA's at that time.
This would be another new one, so I joined in this time.
He did not get my call correct the first time but confirmed when I gave him his report.
Very nice, another new country worked!
Surprisingly enough I heard the other Japanese operator calling on 7070 Mhz/SSB an hour later, just before
the big crowd jumped on him.
I logged J5TRJ too, ...great!
They have a website which can be found here: www.ndxa.jp/pedi/j5-2006/
Around 05:05 I worked ZL2JR on 40 meter/SSB with a very strong signal, 45 minutes after SR.
Later today I chatted a while with Peter/PA8A (on 40 meter/SSB ) about the dipole we installed into his tower
a few days before.
This seemed to work well.
While talking, PA1WFB/Fred joined in.
Fred happens to live nearby(only 200 meters away) and active again since a few days after many years of
Have fun Fred and I am sure we will talk later.
Other contacts today were with: UR2MO, PE9PE, IZ0EHR, EA5AJE and OH0JRP.
Note: The latest DX bulletins, from DXNL and 425 DX-news, are available
- 28 april 2006.
This morning I worked Seth/J79XBI from Dominica Island, this time on 40 meter/SSB.
About 1,5 hour past SR he was still 57 (I talked to Seth on 20 meter about a week ago when I was with Maarten/PF1MO).
later today I chatted time away on 40 meter/SSB with Eric/S58F and Bill/G8CXP to name a few.
At 17:12 I worked TB0DX on 30 meter/CW.
This is a group of Czech radio amateurs on Kosrelik Island/AS-123.
This island which belongs to Turkey will be activated for the first time in history from26th April and 1st May 2006.
The QSL goes via: OK2GZ
- 25 april 2006.
When I came back from bringing the kids to school I heard YX0LIX coming through very strong on 40 meter in
I switched on the amplifier and found a hole in the pile-up, split 3 Khz up.
I gave my call several times and worked him within 5 minutes, not bad!
- 24 april 2006.
I went to Peter/PA8A at 10:00 local to install a 40 meter dipole in the tower.
This took a little bit more time then I expected because of change in resonant frequency when we
erected the tower.
After all, we fixed it and listened a while on 40 meter.
Just Europe of course but it will sure work for DX after sunset at this hight(24 meters).
We both enjoyed working on the antenna's and the weather helped uss a lot.
We saw YX0LIX spotted on the cluster and he was 57 on 21:300Mhz/SSB.
Peter worked him first and I could do the same a few minutes later.
Then we worked VU4AN/VU3NZB on 18.145Mhz/SSB without to much trouble.
I heard WP4U on the back of the beam and after turning the antenna towards the West-Indies he was 59+.
I spoke to Carlos before and it was nice to talk to him again, just before returning home.
- 22 april 2006, Aves Island.
Many DX-ers got their self a new Country/DXCC by working one of the VU4-stations.
I got four of them in the log now and so this morning I focused on working YX0A, a station active from Aves
One of the team members, Jose Manuel Valdes Rodriguez/YV5LIX, suffered a massive heart attack while on
Aves Island and passed away at 57 years of age.
This is very sad news but the others decided to continu under a new call, YX0LIX, as a tribute to his memory.Our thoughts and prayers are with Jose's family and friends.
Aves Island (not really a holiday location).
I heard them on other occasions but they where just to weak on the higher bands with my dipole.
This morning they were very loud on 30 meter/CW and so I joined the pile-up which had spread out 2 to 6 Khz
The operator heard me after 45 minutes and another new one got into the log.
Info and log search can be found here: www.yv0.info/frames.html
Cards must go via: KU9C (via the buro or direct)
So, this are 2 new DXCC countries in a couple of days, very nice.
I will try to work them on other bands of course but the pressure of working, the seldom active, YV0 and VU4
- 20 april 2006, VU4 in the log.
Today was a very interesting day.
Why?,...I would go to my friend Peter/PA8A to see if I could work VU4 from the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
with his equipment.
One I need for DXCC and difficult to work from my own place because of the huge pile-ups and the lack of a good antenna.
In the evening Kees/PA5WT and I would visit a new club-member, Maarten/PF1MO.
So, at 11:00 local I arrived at Peter's place and he already had the tower erected to it's maximum hight.
After a fine coffee we searched for VU4's on the cluster and found them active on 15 meter.
Four different stations were active there and we worked them quite easily I must say.
Some of them were 59 and others just above the noise.
The ones I worked (in SSB) were :
Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The band seemed open and the remaining time was spend searching and responding to cluster spots.
I heard H44 from the Solomon Island coming through very strong on 17 meter/SSB but he just went QRT
because of bad behavior from other ham's.
Pity, this is one I need as well...maybe another time.
But there was more, like: 3B9/ON4LAC from Rodriques Island, 3B8CF/Jacky from Mauritius Island and
XV1X/Eddy from Vietnam.
I worked them on 15 meter/SSB without to much trouble.
After turning back to 17 meter/SSB I called CQ and VE3XBR (Canada)answered my call, followed by
KG4GFR, WB8LDY, KG4WIZ, WN4G and W2HTW from the USA.
Satisfied with the VU4's in my log, and some other nice DX as well, I went home.
Thank you Peter for the effort!
I hooked up with Kees/PA5WT to drive to Maarten/PF1MO at 19:00.
We would go there to see his shack and help him out with an amplifier question.
Maarten welcomed uss with coffee and while talking we enjoyed the Photo-album with pictures from building
the tower and antenna's.
Very nice job Maarten and very impressive!(specially the digging of the hole for the 9 m3 concrete!)
After having a look outside at the antenna's and tower-base we went to his shack which looks very organized.
He is using a FT-847, a Kenwood TL-922 amplifier and of course a PC.
There seemed nothing wrong with the amplifier and so we made some contacts to test it.
The stations I worked on 20 meter/SSB were: WZ1Y(USA), IT9IVT(Italy), 4S7BRG(Sri Lanka), VE6WD
(Canada), AA4FX(USA) and J79XBI(Dominica Island).
This all worked very well and it must have been 00:00 when we shacked hands and went home.
Nice to meet you Maarten,.....enjoy the lovely station...good luck!
- 18 april 2006.
I went out early to see if there was any nice DX to work.
I heard CM6RCR calling CQ on 7066/SSB and I could make a contact with him.
He said that he had to deal with heavy QRM and gave me 55, while I gave him 57.
Then, on to CO2NB who was down the band on 7006/CW.
He was in the log after one call.
Later today I joined the hugh pile-ups from VU4AN/ stations.
There are many different station active from the Andaman & Nicobar Islands at this moment spread out
over the bands, which would make it more easy, you would say!
I could not hear them..or, when I heard them, like in the evening on 30 meter/CW, the pile-up was so wide and fierce that I could not get through.
I hope to make, at least, one QSO because I do need VU4 for DXCC.
Good luck working them....!
Here is a List of operators:
a) DX operators with Indian Call signs:
1.VU3CHE (HS0ZCW, K4VUD), OM Charlie, Thailand/USA
2.VU3FRK (DL4KQ), OM Frank, Germany
3.VU3GMM (XU7ACC), YL Snjezana, Germany
4.VU3KIE (OH2KI), OM Jorma, Finland
5.VU3NZB (DJ8NK), OM Jan, Germany
6.VU3NZC (SP3DOI) OM Leszek, Poland
7.VU3OHA (W3UR), OM Bernie, USA
8.VU3OHB (OH2BH) OM Martti, Finland
9.VU3JLW (AA4NN), OM Joe, USA
10.VU3PLM (K2LEO), YL Claudia, Italy
11.VU3RIC (DJ5IW), OM Joe, Germany
12.VU3RVC(DK5WL), OM Dr.Pick, Germany
13.VU3RWN (SP3GEM), OM Jerzy, Poland
14.VU3RWO (K3LP), OM David, USA
15.VU3RWP (JH4RHF/OE1ZKC), OM Junichi, Japan/Austria
16.VU3RYB (DL7DF), OM Sigi, Germany
17.VU3RYE (DL9GFB, OM Franz, Germany
18.VU3RYF (DL9MS), OM Joachim, Germany
19.VU3RYG (SP3CYY), OM Jan, Poland
20.VU3RYH (WA6UVF), YL Ellen, USA
21.VU3RYI (JR3MVF), YL Miyo, Japan
22.VU3RYJ (W0GJ), OM Dr.Glenn, USA
23.VU3RYM (DL5OAB), OM Bernd, Germany
24.VU3RYN(N6TQS), OM Doug, USA
25.VU3RYP (VK8FR), OM Dr.Rehman, Australia
26.VU3SIB (F4EGD), OM Sylvain, France
27.VU3SIC (F5CWU), OM Flo, France
28.VU3SID (DJ7ZG), OM Lot, Germany
29.VU3SIE (DK1BT), OM Manfred, Germany
30.VU3SIG (DL7AFS), YL Babs, Germany
31.VU3TLY (IK1PMR), OM Andrea, Italy
b) Indian operators:
1.VU2BL, YL Bhanu
2.VU2BMB, OM Baveja
3.VU2BVB, OM Venu
4.VU2CKD, OM Dixit
5.VU2CMK, YL Margatham
6.VU2DBP, OM Prasad
7.VU2DH, OM Das
8.VU2DSV, OM Satya
9.VU2FI, OM Satyapal
10.VU2FSX, OM Raj
11.VU2GHX, OM Madhavan
12.VU2GL, OM G.L.
13.VU2GRM, OM Ram
14.VU2JJS, OM Surya
15.VU2JMA, YL Jaya
16.VU2JOS, OM Jos
17.VU2JVA, OM Asok
18.VU2LFA, OM Sushil
19.VU2LIC, OM Ram
20.VU2LU, OM Ramesh
21.VU2MTS, OM Ananthakrishnan
22.VU2MY, OM Suri
23.VU2MYH, OM Mohan
24.VU2MYL, YL Rama
25.VU2MYN, YL Nimmy
26.VU2MYV, OM Sikhi
27.VU2NNA, OM Nataraj
28.VU2PKV, OM Palani
29.VU2RBI, YL Bharathi
30.VU2UWZ, OM Madhu
31.VU2VPR, OM Vilas
32.VU2WDP, OM Vijayan
33.VU3DHD, YL Suprabha
34.VU3HDP, OM Suresh
35.VU3LGX, OM Leela
36.VU3LMS, YL Lissy
37.VU3MUV, OM Murali
38.VU3NOJ, YL Rajani
39.VU3RSB, OM Sara
40.VU3RNU, YL Renuka
- 17 april 2006, ZL's on 40 meter.
Very good conditions to New Zealand this morning on 40 meter.
Between 05:19 UTC and 06:27 UTC I logged ZL1BOQ, ZL3GS and ZL4IR, all in SSB.
The reports where 57/58 both ways.
-13 to 15 april 2006.
I worked KP2/WZ8D from the US-Virgin Islands on 40 meter in CW.
I also worked S01R (Western Sahara) on three other bands namely: 30 meters/CW, 15 meter/SSB and 40 meter/SSB.
- 12 april 2006, QSL's via the buro.
I had been Looking for the S0/Western Sahara DX-pedition which is running at the moment.
I found them on 14.008/CW with a very strong signal.
It took me several calls to get him in the log.
Normally this would not be a difficult one to work but due to lack of activity it can be considered a rare one,
and pile ups are "big".
Later, I logged 4X2C/Jac(PA3AJW) from the Golan Heights in Israel on 14.200/USB.
W1MK was still strong on 30 meter/CW at 10:11 UTC, so I worked him as well.
In the evening I went to the Kennemerland club meeting to discuss our VHF-trip in september with
Theo/PA1TK and Kees/PA5WT.(see last years story in stories 2005)
The contest-groop from PI4KML also discussed the upcoming fieldday for REGION 1.
This will take place in the weekend of 3+4 june this year.
We will use a spiderbeam, verticals(40 and 80 meter) and dipoles.
I keep you informed about both events when things are more actual!
I left home around 22:30 with a pack of cards that came in via the buro.
Received via the buro.
Here is a list of received cards :
VE3AT DL1ARJ 9A3SM SV5/DL3DRN
ZS1/RU3HD DL1AXC 4T4V 9A3JB
OM2FY DL1VJL OZ1CTK TL8DV
DL6UYA G3XOV G4MUL UA9CGL
RU3AV VE7AV OK1AJR ZL1AH
DH2NAE RX3DLH SP6PHD SN25SOL
SP9LJD PA3BFK SP6PSP PA0FAW
9A2F GW4LZP HF0POL G4MUL
9A5PV M5ALG 9A2VN YA/G0TQJ
G4PKW DL3BRA OH0/SM0JHF 9A2HM
SP6LK DF3NV DL4NSE YO7ARY
DJ5QE GB2LBN LX1KC
- 10 april 2006.
I made two CW contacts on 30 meter today.
4X4FC and ZA/DL3OCH, Both were loud here around 18:30 UTC.
- 5 + 6 april 2006.
On the 5th I worked 3DA0VB from Swaziland on 30 meter around 17:30 UTC.
I heard him a few days before but not as strong as today.
QSL's must be send to: UA4WHX.
The other day(6th) I talked to my friend Jac/PA3AJW who is traveling to 4X/Israel on the 9th of april to be
active from the Golan Heights.
Here is a copy of the info which can also be found on the DX-news page:
4X/Israel, 11 to 18 april 2006. Jac/PA3AJW and Ronald/PA3BMQ wil be active from the Golan Heights(locator: O05HG) using 4X2C starting 11 April to 18 April. They will use an IC-7000,an amplifier(300-400 watt) and a dubble delta loop. Look for them in the Holyland contest which takes place on 15 and 16 April. There will also be mobile activity from different locator squares. They will focus on 14.265/SSB Mhz when operating mobile. QSL via: PA3AJW
- 4 april 2006.
Today, I picked up the tower I got for free from the internet.
It is a very robust tower made of 2 construction sections and a 3 meter pole.
The total length will be +/- 9 meters and it is a good replenishment for my contest gear.
The idea is to extend this tower with the telescopic one we used (with the ladder) in the last PACC
But it might be used to hold another array as well.
9 meters total.
- 2 april 2006, good conditions!
The conditions were pretty good today.
Here is a line-up from the stations I worked,.....all in CW:
Got him on 30 meters!
10 Mhz: 18 Mhz:
SV1CEI (Greece) PZ5RA (Surinam)
VK3IO (Australia) K1QT (USA)
TR8CA (Gabon) W5ZR (USA)
JT1CO (Mongolia) K8CW (USA)
4K5D (Azerbaijan) W3LPL (USA)
J73CCM (Dominica Island)
When I heard JT1CO, there was a massive pile-up going on, up 1 Khz.
I was surprised to hear him coming back to me after just one call.
I used 300 watts into the dipole.
It's also nice to see 18 Mhz opening up.
The ones I worked weren't that strong, but most of them answered after one call.
- 1 april 2006, DX news!
I was glad to contact Pete(XU7ADI), but now from East Malaysia as 9M6/SM5GMZ.
It took me a few calls to get him into the log, he was 559 here.
Which band?, ...30 meter/CW.
About 10 minutes later I found a huge pile-up on 10.120, it was 9J2BO/Brian from Zambia.
He was a good 579 and so I joined to crowd to log him minutes later.
I also updated the website with new sound files and a new button in the menu as well.
Click the "DX-news"button to get the latest news about current/planned DX-peditions and other
DX related events.
- 30 march 2006.
The day started with OA4/DJ3KR from Peru on 30 meter,...what a lovely band!
At noon, I called "CQ" on 40 meter/SSB and several Uk stations replayed, giving me 59 reports.
In the early evening, after dinner, I went to 30 meters/CW again where I logged 9G5LF from Ghana and
9A/VE3ZIK in Croatia.(listen to 9G5LF in the sound file section)
At last I checked 40 meter sideband where I worked some Europeans and CN8SG/Hassan from Marocco.
Last one in the log is EA8CIA from the Canary Islands.
I also had an E-mail today from Adrian/M3UCK who just got his license for HF, well done mate!
We already had contact via E-mail for some time and yesterday we could make a QSO on 80 meter.
Hope to speak to you more in the future, Welcome on HF!!
- 29 march 2006.
Not much activity here the last few days.
I worked a few on 40 meter/SSB and the only DX I worked was 9G1AA from Ghana on 14.180/SSB.
But,...I visited some interesting websites of coming DX-peditions:
A team of foreign and Indian HAM`s will be active from Lower Andaman Island, april 18-25/2006.
Info on: www.dx-pedition.de/andaman2006/news.html
Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
SØ1R, from Western Sahara, will probable be on air between 11 April to 16 April with 4 different stations.
Check out the following url for pictures, team-members and more: www.s01r.com/
M0BOX will be activating AS-013, Kuredu Island in the Maldives somewhere in april 2006.
You can find information about a previous trip to this resort and more details ( like exact date)when they are
A group of amateurs(mainly from Venezuela) will activate Aves Island starting 19 april 2006.
Check out their website for the used frequencies etc, so you won't miss them: www.yv0.info/index.html
For previous activity pictures and info you should visit: http://hfdx.org/menu/frames_en.html
Click the top-left picture!
- 23 march 2006.
I chatted a bitt on 40 meter today with nice signals coming from the UK.
The band turned very noisy from time to time and there was fading as well.
I could make some nice QSO's anyway.
Thanks M3YSB/Vernon, G3NIL/Graham, G3VOF/Martin and others, it's been a pleasure talking to all of you!
- 20 march 2006.
In the morning I made a contact again with AX3MCG from Australia on 30 meter/CW.
Later on the same band/mode TY4TW (Benin) and J68ID (St.Lucia Island).
The TY-DXpedition in Benin has a PA-operator as well, namely Ronald/PA3EWP.
Info can be found at: www.ik1pmr.com/dx-peditions/ty/
The on-line log is not available at the moment of writing but probable "will be" after the event.
- 19 march 2006, buro cards!
About one week ago I got a pack of buro cards on the club evening.
I shifted through today and found the following worth mentioning: TL5A ( Central African rep.), ZL6Qh (New
Zealand), P40W (Aruba), FM/JJ2RCJ (Martinique Island), FP/NN9K (Miquelon Island), TI8/DL4MO (Costa Rica),
ZA1A (Albania), BV2FT (Taiwan), 6Y5/N3DXX (Jamaica Island), PZ5RA (Surinam) and 6W7RV (Senegal).
Further a pack of about an inch high with Regular ones, mainly European cards.
- 18 march 2006.
After a few days with high fever, which got half the family down, I listened on 30 meter for a short time
in the evening before going to bed.
I worked V25WY from Antigua Island in the Caribbean, the only one logged today!
- 14 march 2006.
Nice opening this morning to VK (Australia) via the long path on 40 meter/SSB!
I had a very nice QSO with Bernie/VK2ABN on 7053, when I was already 2 hours in daylight!
Later, more rag chewing on this band with: DJ8RO, LA2GN, 2E0LSW etc.
I logged two stations from Jersey Island as well, being: MJ/K3PLV in SSB and MJ/N1Nk in CW.
- 13 march 2006, new QSL cards arrived!
My new QSL cards arrived today!
New QSL card!
These are printed in the Ukraine by Gennady/UX5UO.
Gennady can deliver QSL cards for a very reasonable price.
He has regional representatives to make ordering more easy in USA, Canada, Germany, Finland, The
Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Russia.
Have a look on his website: www.ux5uoqsl.com/info-en.html
- 12 March 2006, special event station in Australia.
In the night ( +/- 00:20z) I worked P40D(Aruba Island) and A61MK (United Arab Emirates) on 40 meter in
CW without to much trouble.
When I woke in the morning I found AX3MCG working a big pile up on 30 meter.
This is a Special Event Station celebrating the Commonwealth Games being held in Melbourne, Australia.
A sister station AX3GAMES is also on air between 1 march-31 march.
All Australian Radio Amateurs can substitute with the alternative AX prefix during the games period.
AX3MCG and AX3GAMES are the only issued Special Event call signs for the Commonwealth Games.
Both will issue commemorative QSL cards.
I got through the pile and logged him at 07:13z.
- 11 march 2006.
I made some contacts on 40 meter in SSB with F5LMh and EI7IN to name a few.
Later today I logged Hans who is in Iceland at the moment, using TF/PB2T.
I contacted him on 30 meter/CW, 40 meter/CW and SSB.
Some minutes later, at 21:34z, also TF3YH (Iceland) and WP3C from Puerto Rico on 40 meter/CW .
- 10 march 2006, Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross!!
Not much activity these days but today I could work VP8CMH/MM in the Antarctica area.
Mike is on the "RRS James Clark Ross", a British natural environment research ship.
He was not to strong, about 55 with QSB, when I made a contact with him on 10115/CW at 20:54 UTC.
His position at that moment was about 62 degrees South/57 degrees West.
A lot of information and pictures can be found here: www.gm0hcq.com/
QSL via: GM0HCQ, Direct or buro.
- 4 + 5 march 2006, XU7ADI!
This weekend, I gave away points on different bands in the ARRL DX SSB contest and made a few CW QSO's
on 10 Mhz, sunday afternoon.
On sunday morning, I received an E-mail from Pete/XU7ADI who I had asked for a sced a little while ago.
He apologized for being late with answering my question due to traveling and because internet is a new thing
He said that he would be active today around 1800z on 40 and 30 meter and would sharpen his ear for my
So, after dinner I switched on the FT-990 and heard a pile-up on 30 meter.
Yepp, there he was, XU7ADI/Pete!!
He was very light here and I needed to use all the tricks to get him out of the noise.
But after I switched the AGC off and using the digital filter on the FT-990 he was readable.
After about 20 minutes he heard my suffix and pulled me out of the crowd.
Great,...yet another new one!!
Thanks Pete, made my day!!........card underway!!
- 3 march 2006.
This morning I worked, C6AMM from The Bahama's and CM4LS from Cuba on 7 Mhz/SSB.
In CW, I contacted PJ7/DL7DF from Sint Maarten Island and PJ2/KB0VVT on Curacao Island.
Also 6W/K3IPK in Senegal on 14 Mhz/CW.
- 1 march 2006, good conditions on 40 meter!
I worked really nice DX today!
It started at 15:03 UTC when I worked T68G from Afghanistan on 30 meters.
Just after dinner I caught TF3ZA(Iceland) in SSB on 14 Mhz.
Then on to 40 meter where conditions were really nice.
I called in at the DX-net from Gianni/I2ZGC to work AP2RP in Pakistan(in SSB).
Half an hour later I found a big pile-up on 7019/CW where A71EM (Qatar) was handing out reports.
It often took him 2 minutes to make a QSO because the crowd did not really stop calling.
He could better have gone split for that matter.
Anyway, despite the big mess I managed to get through and made a sound-file as well(see sound file section).
I tuned around on 40 meters, Sideband to CW and back, and I guess I was about the first to hear Vaho/4L8A
starting his "CQ".
I immediately gave my call and soon he was in my log.
He produced a nice signal this evening with his 2-elements Yagi from Georgia, 59.
Keeping an eye on the cluster and listening around I found and worked several more on 40 meters in CW like :
TF3YH(Iceland), EY8AM(Tajikistan), FG5FR(Guadeloupe Island), and 8P9NX from Barbados.
I also heard a number of USA-stations coming through really strong and also VU2PHD with a enormous Pile.
I joined in but could not get through, that's how it goes sometimes!
- 27 + 28 february 2006.
I worked a few European stations through the day on 40 meter/SSB and HQ9F from Honduras on 30 meters in CW.
The station from Honduras is activated by amateurs from Finland.
Info and log-search can be found here: http://personal.inet.fi/private/oh3jr/hond.html
I also worked Sigi again from Saint Martin Island, FS/DL7DF, this time on 17 meter/CW.
- 26 february 2006, more DX!
I could not get to sleep last evening so I went to the shack to check the bands.
There was a lot of activity, particular on the lower bands.
So, after tuning the old (40 meter cut) wire to 80 meter, CW portion of the band, I quickly worked FS/KN5G
from Saint Martin Isalnd.
Then again Sigi/FS/DL7DF, this time on 40 meter/CW.
Wait,.....who is that?.. up 3 Khz?
OK, it's PJ7/ND5S on the Dutch part of Saint Martin Island, called Sint Maarten(separate DXCC!).
It took me several calls to get him, great!
The Following station was Gilbert/ FM5FJ from Martinique Island.
I spoke to Gilbert short in SSB and I got a 59 report from him.
By that time, it had turned 01:05 UTC, I heard and worked TO1T , a prefix that belongs to Guadeloupe Island
in the Caribbean.
We exchanged reports, 59 both ways.
The last one I logged before going back to bed was VP2V/G6AY, this time on 40 meter/CW.
Hours later when I woke up around 08:00 UTC I bagged 6W6/K3IPK on 30 meter/CW.
Now, this was a night with nice DX,.....don't you think so?
- 25 february 2006, Caribbean Islands.
At this moment some European amateurs are active from exotic places in the Caribbean.
I worked VP2V/G6AY ( By G3RTE and G3SWH) from the British Virgin Islands on 30 meter/CW at 19:46 UTC
and later, between 2100 UTC and 2119 UTC, FS/DL7DF on Saint Martin Island.
I worked Sigi/FS/DL7DF on 30 and 20 meter, both in CW.
They are there with Five experienced operators being: DL4WK (Wolf), DL7UFR (Frank), DL7VOA (Rob), SP3DOI
(Les) and DL7DF (Sigi).
They run two stations consisting of: 2x IC-735, 1x IC-706, 2x TY-900 Linear Amplifiers (900W), a Titanex V80 E, a Hexbeam 5 Band Yagi, a R7 vertical and two fiberglass rods with plenty of wire.
They can be worked in: CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV.
An on line log and more info is available on the website: www.dl7df.com
QSL via DL7DF, through the bureau or direct.
- 24 february 2006.
I hooked up with Lauro/IK4GRO ( Italy) on 40 meter SSB around 07:20 UTC when he worked into the South Pacific.
I heard him work ZL4AU/Rolly (New-Zealand) and asked to make a contact with Rolly as well.
Rolly gave me 44, I gave him 57, this about 1 hour after sunrise.
I talked a while with Lauro about antenna's and working DX.
Approximately 30 minutes later we signed, wishing each other a good day.
- 21 to 23 february 2006, log update!
These days radio activity was low and I listened more then making contacts.
I specially listened on 30 and 40 meter which seem in pretty good shape.
The contacts I made were mostly in the morning/evening hours on these bands.
Worked where: TZ9A in SSB ( Mali), YI9AQ in CW (Iraq), 7Q7VB in CW(Malawi) and 6W/RW3TN(Senegal) in CW.
A sound-file of the 6W/RW3TN contact can be found in the sound-file section.
-19 february 2006.
In the early morning I worked 9J2BO/Brian from Zambia in CW on 30 meter.
A bit later I joined the 3Y0X pile-up on 40 meter to see if I could work them on this band in the final hours
of their activity.
After 30 minutes I heard him sign my call, missing only the last letter of the suffix because of jammers
on his calling frequency.
Checking the on-line log however did not show my call-sign for a 40 meter QSO.
Too bad,..would have been nice if I had a card for this band as well.
Later today I worked UP0AFG from Kazakhstan on 30 meter/CW and Puzant/OD5NH from Lebanon on 15
- 18 february 2006.
In the evening around 1800z I listened on 30 meter where I logged TZ3M from Mali and 7Q7VB from Malawi.
(You can listen to a recording of these QSO's in the sound-files section.)
This band can be so nice, the DX seems to be in reach for everyone, and the pile-ups look less massive as
on the other bands.
Would this be because it's a "CW only" band...who knows!
I really love 30 meter and I worked a few of my last new ones here including FT5XO (Kerguelen) and
- 17 february 2006, Yihaaa... got them!
I woke at 0300z and so I checked 40 meter for any DX.
There where many stations active and so I could work 8P9PA (Barbados Island), HI3/K7BV (Dominican-
Republic), FM/K3TJ ( Martinique Island), and P40G (Aruba Island).
All in CW except the P40G, he was booming in with real 59 in SSB.
Then I checked if I could hear the 3Y0X-guys, and yes, they were good readable on 7023, listening up.
(website at: www.peterone.com)
I tried to get through for about 20 minutes but didn't give myself a honest chance, with a pile up this large and
spread out this wide.
Anyway, I did not succeed here and when I saw him spotted on 30 meter I moved there because I thought
my chances would be bigger there.
He was 579 with me and stable, working the US/European pile-up.
After about 10 minutes his key signed "PA3?... "and then "PA3?VI",..damn did I get him?
I listen to the recording I made and heard him sign PA3NVI,....that's not me!
So, I instantly gave my call again several times up 6Khz and he replayed directly "PA3GVI..5NN"!
I got him, that's great!!
What a wonderful way to start the day!
I Got him!.....YIHAAAAAA!
- 16 february 2006.
In the morning hours I did some CW on 30 meter and worked CU7/DL5AXX from the Azores.
Later, around noon, I made SSB contacts with France, England, Germany, Belgium and Wales on 40 meter.
After hearing a USA station on 30 meter I called CQ and despite the unusual hour of the day ( 1230z)
I worked with W8QP, W4HGW and W1PXA.
They were not to strong, about 449/559, but good enough to exchange reports and names.
Also heard was HR9/N0AT from Honduras, but he was barely readable.
- 13 february 2006, the day after the contest!
Today, Dick/PA3GLF and I broke down the contest-antenna's.
Everything got very muddy in the past weeks but that didn't boder uss to much, looking back on the good
So, with a car full of wire, coax and things I drove home.
Dick on the other hand had to bicycle 4 times from the site to his house to bring the ladder and some long
poles, good exercise Dick!!
It was all Worth the effort!!
- 11 + 12 february 2006, PACC contest!
I went to the contest site around 07:30 local to prepare and have a rest in quietness.
When I got there I lighted the stove cause the temperature was around 0 degrees Celsius at that time of the day.
I listened around on the bands to see if could hear the 3Y guys but that was not the case and so I tuned the
amplifier on all the antenna's and wrote it on a piece of paper.
This was hung in sight so I could switch quickly during the contest.
After all was ready I listened on the bands and made some contacts on 80 and 15 meters.
Reports from a PA and a ON showed that the 80 meter dipole was very loud for Europe traffic, 59 +30 !!
I did not know what to expect in a single operator contest so I went to sleep for 1,5 hour to be fresh at the
At 12:00z the contest started and a pile up was there directly on 20 meter.
It did not ease till 14:45 and around that time 223 QSO's where in the log.
The dipole at 15 meters worked very well and was much better then the GPA-30.
Then on to 40 meter, after checking 15 meter, where was no activity except a PA, which I could work at the
end of the contest the other day.
Same as on 20 meter at start, instant pile up on CQ and I had to type like crazy to get them into the laptop.
Nice DX came into the 40 meter-log like S56X (Singapore), 9M2MRS (West-Malaysia), JK1AVG (Japan) and YB0ASG (Indonesia).
Around that time Dick/PA3GLF came to bring soup and listen along.
The QSO rate was very stable around 80 QSO's in an hour and they kept on coming!
When it slowed down after 3,5 hour I went to 80 meter.
One after another new multie there and I had to go at speed again,........boy this is hard working!
I spent about two hours there and after a short visit on 40 I turned to 160 meter.
The inverted-L with the elevated radials turned out to be a good antenna for DX as well because it delivered
4x JA's around 21:50z.
I was really surprised about this and I almost fell of my seat when I heard them pop out of the noise.
Later the first US-stations were worked on 160 as well! ( total 4x JA, 10x USA and 1x VE)
Around 01:00z it really slowed down but I was very happy with the score being equal as last years
"total score", and I had still many hours to go!
Half an hour later I went to sleep for about 1,5 hour because I needed to make it to 12:00z on sunday.
When I woke, I started on 160 again and because the activity was still slow I switched back and forward
from 160 to the 80 meter dipole, from the dipole to the vertical, from 80 to the 40 meter dipole and vertical,
and back to 160 meter again!
This went on a while and the rate started to climb again but not to the 80 QSO's an hour, like it was till 00:00z.
I hoped to work a lot DX on 40 and 20 at sunrise but it was surprisingly quite.
For example, I worked no South-America at all on 40 and 80, this was kind of strange!
You cannot change conditions, can you?
Anyway, I did what I could and in the last hour I made some needed QSO's on 15 meter and only "one" on
You guest it, a PA station,hihi!
Satisfied I closed the log at 12:00z and I had 1267 QSO's with 186 multipliers.
Claimed score is: 235.662 points.
Thanks to Dick/PA3GLF who helped building the antenna's and to all the stations who replayed to my CQ.
Hope to see you another time in a contest.
Here are some numbers generated by the N1MM logging program:
PA3GVI Max Rates:
2006-02-11 1202Z - 4,0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 240 per hour by PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1837Z - 2,3 per minute (10 minute(s)), 138 per hour by PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1551Z - 1,8 per minute (60 minute(s)), 108 per hour by PA3GVI
PA3GVI Runs >10 QSOs:
2006-02-11 1200 - 1441Z, 14000 kHz, 200 Qs, 74,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1447 - 1811Z, 7000 kHz, 289 Qs, 84,8/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 1814 - 2103Z, 3500 kHz, 240 Qs, 85,5/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 2120 - 2310Z, 1800 kHz, 115 Qs, 62,8/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-11 2312 - 2349Z, 3500 kHz, 46 Qs, 76,2/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0002 - 0039Z, 1800 kHz, 31 Qs, 49,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0051 - 0106Z, 3500 kHz, 12 Qs, 49,5/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0110 - 0123Z, 1800 kHz, 12 Qs, 53,5/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0305 - 0351Z, 1800 kHz, 15 Qs, 19,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0356 - 0425Z, 3500 kHz, 26 Qs, 53,9/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0503 - 0552Z, 3500 kHz, 27 Qs, 33,2/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0559 - 0630Z, 1800 kHz, 15 Qs, 29,1/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0635 - 0700Z, 3500 kHz, 19 Qs, 46,6/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0704 - 0745Z, 7000 kHz, 32 Qs, 46,0/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0751 - 0906Z, 14000 kHz, 52 Qs, 41,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 0918 - 1000Z, 7000 kHz, 42 Qs, 60,7/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 1007 - 1030Z, 14000 kHz, 16 Qs, 42,4/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 1035 - 1053Z, 21000 kHz, 22 Qs, 70,2/hr PA3GVI
2006-02-12 1101 - 1116Z, 14000 kHz, 13 Qs, 50,4/hr PA3GVI
Dutch version below!!
Deze contest wordt door mij altijd erg naar uit gekeken en dat was ook dit jaar het geval.
De afgelopen jaren had ik altijd meegedaan in de D-sectie van multi operator/single transceiver.
Dit jaar wilde ik mijn geluk eens beproeven in de single operator sectie A/ CW.
Dat was makkelijker gezegd dan gedaan want vanuit mijn eigen antenne situatie gezien zou ik geen reële
kans maken om een goede score neer te zetten.
Daarom werd besloten om een plek te zoeken in de buurt waar ik de nodige antenne's kon bouwen.
Dick/PA3GLF, ook altijd aan het experimenteren met antenne's, zou mij daar bij gaan helpen.
Hij kwam dan ook al snel met een bevriende boer in gesprek van wie we een stuk land mochten gebruiken.
Mijn caravan zou als shack fungeren en deze kon mooi naast het stuk land worden geparkeerd.
Zo ongeveer 2 weken voor de contest werd begonnen met opbouw van de antenne's die voor 90 % eigen
bouw waren.We wilden goede antenne's voor de lage banden maken aangezien 10 en 15 meter maar magere
condities vertoonden de afgelopen maanden.
We maakten een 18 meter hoge mast met diverse katrollen om antenne's in omhoog te hijsen.
Deze mast bestond uit een uitschuif-ladder van +/- 6 meter en een telescopische mast van 12 meter die op
zijn beurt daar weer bovenop werd gemonteerd. Via een katrol bovenin werd een inverted-L voor 160 meter
gemaakt die dus 18 meter verticaal en ongeveer 22 meter horizontaal werd weggespannen naar een 12
meter hoge boom.
Vier(4) elevated radials werden gemonteerd en op een van de test-dagen vooraf aan de contest en de SWR
was direkt goed. Voor de banden 40 en 80 meter werd aan een tweede katrol een dipool opgehesen naar +/-
15 meter en in een inverted-V vorm weggespannen. Weer een etage lager, zo'n 1,5 meter, werden op vrijdag
ochtend voor de contest nog een dipool voor 15 en 20 meter gemonteerd.
Ook werd er een monoband vertical voor 40 en 80 meter gemaakt, die voor 40 meter met 4 elevated radials
en die voor 80 met radialen op de grond. Als laatste werd nog een GPA-30 voor 10/15/20 meter op een lage
mast gemonteerd voor het geval 10 open mocht zijn. De woensdagochtend en avond voor de contest werd er
al wat getest.
De dipolen voor 40 en 80 meter waren in Europa erg hard maar tijdens de contest was het soms erg
verrassend om even te schakelen tussen de dipool en de vertical. Op 160 meter werden s'avonds een aantal
stations gewerkt met als langste afstand 4J/Azerbijan. De laatste voorbereidingen vonden plaats op de
vrijdag -ochtend. De dipool voor 20 was zo'n 2-S-punten sterker dan de GPA-30. Althans dat melde
VK2GWK/Henk uit Australie mij op de VK/ZL frequentie(14.345).
Op zaterdag-ochtend was ik omstreeks 08:30 in de shack om alles in gereedheid te brengen. De Ameritron
eindtrap werd op alle antenne's getuned zodat ik snel kon schakelen van band naar band. Het log op
de laptop werd in orde gebracht en na een kort schoonheids slaapje kon worden begonnen aan de contest. Ik
begon op 20 meter en dat liep direct goed.
Leuke DX, zoals S65X, VK4TT en 9M2MRS, kwamen in het log en dat alles op de dipool. Wat later natuurlijk
even 15 meter gechecked maar die was op 1 eenzame nederlander na helemaal dood. Die kon de andere dag
ook nog werken dus snel naar 40 meter en ook daar zat ik al snel in een pile-up. De rate was rond de 80
QSO's gemiddeld in het uur en dat bleef ook zo tot middernacht, lang niet slecht.
Op 80 en 40 meter werd er leuk gewerkt en de verticals bewezen hier hun dienst. Want ook op 40 meter werd
ik aangeroepen door Enno/S65X vanuit Singapore. Op 80 meter waren het eerst veel Europeanen maar
naarmate het wat later werd kon ik de eerste Amerikanen loggen.
Leuk om te vermelden is dat DX soms beter was op de dipool, en andersom, Europeanen weer harder op de
verticals. Daarna was de inverted-L voor 160 meter aan de beurt om punten te scoren.
En deed hij het???......zeker weten!! Maar liefst 4x werd er een Japans station op deze moeilijke band gewerkt,
als ook weer 4J en diverse Amerikanen. Zo rond middernacht had ik al evenveel verbindingen dan vorig jaar
in de multi/single transceiver sectie.
Met veel vertrouwen ging ik de nacht in die altijd erg lastig is omdat het aanbod meestal drastisch zakt. Het
dieptepunt lag tussen 01:00 en 02:30 uur aangezien de rate toen gemiddeld daalde naar 18 QSO's per uur. Tijd dus om even te gaan slapen om later weer fris aan het pile-up geweld te beginnen.
Ik werd om 04:00(lokaal) weer wakker en begon weer op 160 meter en weer wat Amerikanen en de nodige
punten vanuit Europa werden het log ingeklopt.
Langzaam aan werd het weer een beetje licht en eigenlijk verwachte ik wat meer van de banden 40/80 en
160 zo rond de sunrise, maar dat viel wat tegen. Dus naar de hogere banden en na te hebben geluisterd op 10
en 15, waar het muisstil was overigens, weer "CQ" op 20 meter. Dit begon weer een beetje te lopen en de rate
steeg weer naar zo ongeveer 40 QSO's per uur.
Helaas viel het aantal Japanse stations in het 20 meter log een beetje tegen. Ook opvallend is dat er op alle
banden weinig verbindingen werden gemaakt met Zuid-Amerika! Vorig jaar werd er op 40 meter leuk gewerkt
met dit continent. Maar goed, condities laten zich nu eenmaal niet sturen.
Het laatste uur ben ik toch maar gaan roepen op 15 meter ondanks dat er weinig te horen was.
Hier werden uiteindelijk toch nog een aantal multipliers gewerkt en dit had misschien nog hoger kunnen zijn
als ik het op zaterdag ook even op deze band had geprobeerd. Aan het eind van de contest stonden er 1267
QSO's in het log en 186 multipliers, wat een absoluut persoonlijk record voor mij zelf is in de PACC-contest. De geclaimde score bedraagt: 235.662 punten
De gemaakte antenne's voor de lage banden hadden hun dienst goed bewezen en zelfs een nieuwe DXCC voor
mij op 160 meter opgeleverd, namelijk Japan. De meeste antenne's werden zelf gemaakt wat een extra kick
oplevert als je dan de resultaten ziet. Een dipool op goede hoogte en vrij stralend werkt ook bijzonder goed
zo is gebleken. Veel plezier heb ik beleefd tijdens het bouwen en uittesten van de antenne's voor de contest.
Geen grote masten met yagi, maar gewoon "veel" draad (en coax) en andere zelf gebouwde constructies
geven veel voldoening, zeker als het werkt! Het was weer een fijne contest en ook het single operator zijn
beviel mij uitstekend.
Nu maar wachten op de uitslag!!
Dick, bedankt voor de hulp bij het bouwen van de antenne's!
- 10 february 2006, last things done!
Today we did the last adjustments to the antenna's for the PACC contest.
When I got there, I connected the equipment and went outside to hoist the 20 meter dipole.
The feeding point of the dipole is at about 15 meter and the legs slope down(inverted-V).
When I tested the dipole, the SWR was good and I turned to 14.345 Mhz where Dutch speaking VK's can be
found almost every day.
A PA0 had a conversation with VK2GWK/Henk and after he signed I called Henk.
Henk gave me 56 and noticed that the dipole was 2 s-units stronger then the GPA-30.
After signing with Henk, two PA's on Holiday in Spain notified me of the difference as well.
This made me think about 15 meters!
So, I drove to the store to buy some wire and rope to make a dipole for 15 meter as well.
Dick had arrived too and together we hoisted the balun with the two dipoles.
Both configured as inverted-V and match was good at second attempt.
Back in the caravan we heard a VK4 and VK6 on 15 meter but they faded and I could not make the contact.
On 20 meter however, I worked CX7CO from Uruguay in CW with 579 and heard a 3W (Vietnam) and a HS
Last thing to be done was to connect some chicken-wire at the base of the 80 meter vertical and mount the
last radial for 160 meter on poles.
Coming weekend, during the PACC contest (Saturday 12:00z-Sunday 12:00z), will be the payoff for all our effort and so I hope to work many of you in CW.
Look for PA3GVI on the bands and give me a call please!
- 8 february 2006, testing the antenna's.
This evening, Dick and I wanted to do some tests on the antenna's.
So in the morning I took the equipment again and headed for the contest site.
When I arrived I was glad to see the tower and the 80 meter vertical still standing, because the wind had
been firm overnight.
I installed the equipment and listened as long as time permitted and went home again to return in the evening.
PACC 2006 set up!
At around 17:30 GMT I was there again and tuned for 160 meters.
I worked a couple like RU9CK (Asiatic Russia) and UT8ER (Ukraine).
Then on the 40 meter dipole I worked TA1AN (turkey) and chatted with EA5/ON4CAX (SSB)in Spain.
By that time Dick/PA3GLF arrived too.
The 40 meter vertical had not been erected so we could not compare the signal between the both antenna's.
Comparing the 80 meter dipole to the vertical gave some interesting info.
The dipole was about 2 S-units stronger for Europe.
On the 80 meter vertical I worked UP0AFG from kazakhstan in CW with 579 both ways.
Then on to 160 meter/CW again and after calling "CQ" some UK-stations, Russia, Poland, Germany and
PA3AJW/Jac were in the log.
A little later I worked 4J5A from Azerbaijan in CW and he gave me a 579 report.
Around 22:00 GMT we called it a day.
Note: The 160 meter-antenna seems to work as we found this spot on the cluster when returned home.
DX-SUMMIT Spot Database:
K1GUN 1818.0 PA3GVI cqdx 2106 08 Feb 2006
K1GUN 1828.0 PA3GVI correct freq sri.. 2107 08 Feb 2006
- 7 february 2006.
Today we planned to set the 80 meter vertical, tune the inverted-L for 160 meter, and adjust the GPA-30.
I was there early and started to connect the power line and the transceiver.
After rolling out the coax for the inverted-L and attaching it to the feeding point I installed the 3 elevated radials.
When I pushed my key I was surprised to see the SWR being very good at first try.
So, this was done quickly and when Dick had arrived we started with the 80 meter vertical.
Preparation took some time but the lifting was done in minutes again and the vertical was well in place, first
Only one guy wire needed some adjustment and after connecting some radials on the ground we were curious
how the swr would be.
80 meter vertical and PA3GVI.
This turned out well and after some test QSO's with UK stations we went on to the GPA-30 which needed
more adjustment on 10 and 15 meter.
It was very difficult to get this antenna good on all three bands and finally we quite when 15 and 20 were
good and 10 being very bad.
Testing this antenna on 20 meter/CW, I answered a call from PY2CJ (Brazil) and he gave me a 569 report.
Then on 15 meter/CW, I heard ST2BF (Sudan) who was quite strong!
He was in the log at first call!
After this, I called 4Z5IW (Israel) who was a bit up the band.
Also into the log without trouble.
Last thing we did today was adding more radials to the 80 meter vertical for good ground.
Most things are ready now except 10 meter, but that will be solved on friday.
At 14:00z I was home again just in time for the kids to arrive from school.
- 6 february 2006.
In the morning I made a QSO's on 30 meters with: UR0VN (Ukraine), ZL2LF(New- Zealand) and HA7VY(Hungary).
All of course in CW!
- 5 february 2006, testing.
At 07:30 I loaded the FT-990, key and SWR/power meter in my car to do some testing on the antenna's at
the contest site.
I was there at 07:50 and I rolled out the power line quickly, curious about the resonance of the dipoles and the
Dick/PA3GLF joined me some 15 minutes later.
The 40 and 80 meter dipole were excellent and so was the 40 meter vertical after some slight adjustments.
Some contacts were made and signal reports were good, 59+, from Russia to Switzerland and Norway.
The GPA-30 however was good on 20 meter but needs some adjustments on 10 and 15 meter.
This will be on the agenda for Tuesday.
In the evening I made the feeding point/radials bracket for the 80 meter vertical .
- 3 february 2006, dipoles, GPA-30 and inv. L.
Today we planned some antenna work again at the PACC contest site but first I had to get my caravan which
would act as my shack.
The caravan was stored only 5 km away from the contest site so this was done fast and without trouble.
Dick arrived and we began to install the GPA-30 for 10/15/20 meter on a pole nearby the caravan.
Then on to the inverted L and the dipoles for 40 and 80 meter.
We are very pleased to have this vertical section of the inverted L around 18 meters and the feeding point
for the dipoles at 15 meter, this should work well!
The only things left to be done are the 80 meter vertical and the radials for 80 and 160 meter.
Have a look on the tower with the ready inv.L and dipoles.
You can see the shack and the GPA-30 in the background.
Dick/PA3GLF and tower.
- 2 february 2006.
I listened a while on 17 meter just after noon and worked Carlos/WP4U in SSB (file in sound-file section).
In the afternoon I picked up 100 meter coax at Dick's place to prepare two coax lines for tomorrow.
I also made the 160 meter/inv.L feeding point and radials bracket.
- 1 february 2006.
Some contacts were made on 10 Mhz in the morning and evening.
I worked: UX2MM (Ukraine), SP9RQO (Poland), W8EGB (USA), UA6LI (European Russia) and K1PUG (USA).
- 31 january 2006, PACC-contest preparation.
Today Dick/PA3GLF and I planned some preparation for the PACC contest which takes place from 11 to 12
I will participate single operator/CW and Dick gets his kicks from building antenna's and stuff.
As Dick has good knowledge about antenna's, I was glad he offered to help building some antenna's for this
The following plan was made:
- a Vertical for 40 meter.
- a vertical for 80 meter.
- a GPA-30 for 10/15/20 meter.
- an "inverted L" for 160 meter.
Also a home made tower which will hold dipoles for 20/40 and 80 meter.
Today we planned to do the tower and the 40 meter vertical.
First we began with the tower which exist of a ordinary ladder(erected about 6 meter/ 20 feet) and a
telescopic tower ( erected about 11 meters/36 feet).
This tower would hold two pulley's to hoist the feeding points for the dipoles and one to support the
Of course the preparation to erect the structure took some time (anchors and guy wires)but eventual we
could walk the ladder up to it's vertical position without trouble.
We only had to adjust the guy wires a bit and there it stood, our 18 meter tower.
We agreed that this had been the most difficult job and full of faith be began to assemble the telescopic
vertical and it's supporting pole (about 3 meter/10 feet).
This was all done quickly and after we had cut the 4 (elevated) radials we connected the pole to a heavy
This all looks very solid and so we went home satisfied,done what we wanted to do!
- 29 january 2006, Japan and Mauritania on 30 meter.
I noticed some activity around 07:47 GMT on 30 meter and found ZA/Z35M on 10.106Mhz.
He was in the log without trouble and I gave it a shot myself, calling "CQ"on 10.108Mhz.
The long path to JA (Japan)seemed open as some JA's came into the log.(JA1OCA, JA0UUA, JA1CLW, JA5EWH)
They where not to strong but most were 559, good copy.
Then VK2BJ from Australia(559) and 5T0JL/Jean from Mauritania, what a surprise!
Jean gave me 579 while I returned a 559 to him, good QSO.
After this nice DX I logged some Europeans and went QRT at 09:01 GMT.
- 27 january 2006, 7 Mhz experiment!
Some weeks ago we, Peter/PA8A and Rob/PA3GVI, where invited to experiment with a large
The antenna exist of 2x 4 dipoles between 2x 400 feet towers.
This antenna has about 22 dB gain and an elevation angle of 7 degrees, quite spectacular!
2x 400 feet!!
I had been checking the solar flux and A , K index last few days and listened on the band as well.
The predicted numbers for Thursday and Friday where as followed:
A index= 10
K index= 5
So, this morning at 01:00 UTC we gathered at Peter's place and after loading the ICOM -7800 we were
ready to go.
After about 45 minutes we could see the red warning-lights on the antennas at the horizon.
A technician who had sacrificed his night-rest arrived together with us at the station and guided us in.
We quickly set a table and installed our Icom-7800 and the laptop for logging and CW.
The connection to the coax was made by a piece of RG-312 with on one end a Pl-259(TRX) connector and on
the other end two crocodile clamps.
Frans, the technician, tuned the big antenna and set the antenna to South America.
Then we where joined by another station member ( Jan) and after shaking hands and some coffee we where
ready to go.
We found a clear spot on 7050 and after calling CQ there were many stations calling.
The noise level was about S7 and we had trouble copying some stations because of crashes from nearby
power lines (we assumed).
Most of the time it did not dare us because most stations where real 59+20dB.
Some of them were using 4 squares, some just a dipole at 5 meter and 50 watts.
Soon stations from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay were in the log.
After 35 minutes we stopped transmitting to see the 500Kw tube, control-room the cooling system and the tuning system.
This all looks very impressive and this was just as fascinating as making contacts with the antenna-system.
Peter with a spare 500Kw.
QRP ?,....never heard of.
About half an hour later we were back at 7050 and some more stations from South America came into our log.
We switched operators and Peter had some nice QSO's as well into Brazil and Argentina.
After that, Frans slewed the antenna to Central and North America to see if we could work some of our Texas
friends but unfortunately this angle didn't seem to be open enough at that time.
So, after many calls (split of course) without answer we returned to 230 degrees (S-A) which delivered us
some LU's again.
Not satisfied with the result on North-America again the antenna was putt in this direction to see if I could
work some US in CW.
NT5O, AJ4DX and K3QZ replayed my call and where quite strong but then it turned quite again except
some European stations who called in.
We don't know if this bad last hour had to be blamed at conditions or just because of the simple fact that at 05:00 South-America went to bed,hi.
Well not all of them, CE1URJ was still solid 599 in CW!
The last station logged was UT4ZX on the back of the system and so after being on the air three and a half hour
(with station tour included) we had to close our trip at 05:30.
At 06:00 the first shortwave transmission would go on air again to the Middle East and we disconnected our
equipment to return home again.
We expressed our sympathy to Frans and Jan for being there and giving us this great opportunity.
Even with the actual operating time being eventually very short (time flies when you are having fun!) we where satisfied with the result.
Maybe next time we should go earlier, maybe around 00:00, like we planned to do in the first place, we will see.
After coming home I questioned myself why we did hear so little North- American stations?
My friend Dick/PA3GLF mentioned some aurora announcements so this could have disturbed the conditions at
Take a look at the flux and indexes at 12:57 UTC, maybe this was the reason why conditions went down?
A index= 24 !
K Index= 3
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G2 level occurred.
Credits go to Peter for the arrangement of this trip!
I enjoyed the experiment .
Thanks to the stations replaying our CQ!
- 26 january 2006, experiment-time changed!!
The time of the experiment, which takes place coming night, has changed!!(see post of 22 january)
Instead of the announced schedule (23:00-05:30 GMT) we will be there from 02:00-05:30 GMT.
Still,....we hope the work as many as we can!!
- 25 january 2006.
In the evening at 22:43 GMT I heard 6O0N coming through very Strong on 40 meter/SSB.
He was working US stations split, calling 7066 Mhz / listening 7228Mhz.
After listening a while I noticed that the pile up had eased and he called "CQ" many times without answer.
I gave it a try on his calling frequency as we cannot operate above 7100 ( not yet) and to my own surprise
the call was answered with a 59 report!
He is in the log on 40 meters CW and SSB so far.
-22 january 2006, Experiment!
This morning I went out around 02:45 GMT to check 40 meters.
I could make a QSO with LU1XAW (Argentina)and PY2HCD (Brazil) in SSB and heard many others like CE0Z (DX-pedition) from Juan Fernandez Island which lays west of Chile.
I need this one for DXCC but unfortunately I could not make a QSO.
Later in the morning I had a short meeting with my friend Peter/PA8A about an experiment which will take
place later this coming week.
Below you can read the message (and see a picture of the antenna's) that has been send to
several Dx-bulletins (OPDX Bulletin: www.papays.com/opdx744.html ) and radio friends .
On Thursday 26-01/ +/-23:00 GMT to Friday 27-01/+/- 05:30, PA8A /Peter and PA3GVI/Rob will be active
with a very special antenna system in SSB and CW.
This experiment takes place on 7Mhz and the antenna exist of a 2x4 stacked dipole system
between 2x 400 foot towers.
Antenna-gain is +/- 22 dB and radiation angle 7 degrees.
This antenna is fixed on South/Central America, and can be slewed towards the South Pacific and the USA slightly.
We invite all operators to make a contact, and if possible an audio-recordings from the operation.
( especially from the mentioned area's)
Recordings ( not bigger then 1 Mb) can be send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for us on +/- 7055/SSB and +/- 7010/CW
The transceiver will be an IC-7800 with 150 watt.
Operators: PA8A/Peter and PA3GVI/Rob.
Coverage and received sound files will be available here on www.sitekreator.com/pa3gvi after the experiment.
- 20 january 2006, 6O0N/Somalia.
Today at 22:05 I worked 6O0N (on 40 meters/CW) from Somalia which is activated by a group of Italian operators.
This DX-peditions is devoted to Adan/6O0N, the director of Radio Daljir in Galkayo, who died in a car accident.
Adan has been one of the persons responsible for the success of the 6O0CW DX-pedition to Somalia.
The 6O0N website can be found at: www.i2ysb.com/6o0n/
You can find the sound-file of the contact in the sound-file section.
- 19 january 2006.
Some European CW- contacts were made on mainly 30 meters today.
In the afternoon I worked TF4M from Iceland on 40 meters/CW.
- 18 january 2006, ZB2/G3TXF/Nigel.
I made quite some contacts today, mainly CW.
In the morning around 06:00 UTC I heard Nigel/ZB2/G3TXF from Gibraltar on 40 meter.
In CW of course as Nigel only does CW, as far as I know!
So I looked for him on the other bands and I could also log him on 30 and 17 meters.
If you are interested in Nigel's DX-peditions then visit his website: www.g3txf.com/
Birds-view on Gibraltar.
I had a short conversation with Ed/ZL4IR from New Zealand, again on 40 meters/SSB in the morning and worked P43J/Joop on Aruba Island on 17 meters/CW later today.
Also on 17 meters worked where: NG3O (USA) and VA5DX(Canada).
In the evening I did some CW on 40 meter again and worked LA0CX on topband/160 meter.
- 17 january 2006.
When I tuned around on 40 meters this morning I heard Ed/ZL4IR from New Zealand.
Ed is on the south Island and has IOTA number OC-134.
I talked to Ed many times before from the old QTH and he is always strong with his 4-elements yagi.
I called through the pile up and he picked me out giving me 58 report, very nice.
In the afternoon around 15:20 UTC I checked 30 meters and I heard "and" worked YB0DPO from Indonesia.
Report was 559 both ends.
- 15 january 2006, Asia on 40 meter!
During the day I was active on 40 meter in SSB and CW, working HB(Switzerland), G(England), UA(Russia),
S5(Slovenia), I(Italy), EA(Spain) and others with good signal reports.
Around 15:27 I found 9M2MRS (West Malaysia) on 7014, listening up.
I switched on the AL-811 amplifier and set the second VFO to 2 Khz up.
It took me 2 calls to get him, not to bad!
The PA-9M2 path!
Wait....., there is 9N7JO (Nepal) a bit lower in the band at 7006, let's try to get him in the log as well.
Listening to his routine I noticed he was listening 100Hz down after a QSO.
So I searched the station he worked and quickly set the second VFO 100 Hz lower, this worked despite the heavy QRM from a station working nearby.
It took me longer then the 9M to get him but I got through within about 7 minutes.
Later in the evening I heard a VK (Australia) coming through in SSB on 40 meters really nice and so I called CQ on 7080.
A lot of Europeans responding to my CQ and also Amar/7X5RS (Algeria), no VK's.
After I had a short chat with my friend PA3GLF I closed the station at 21:10.
- 13 january 2006.
In the afternoon at 18:32 UTC I worked Bert/MJ/PA3GIO/P again but this time on 40 meter.
This was in SSB, like always as Bert does not use CW or other modes.
An hour later I contacted LZ13ARDF, special event station in Bulgaria, on 40 meter/SSB.
- 12 january 2006.
While I did some work in the shack I listened to Lauro/IK4GRO on 7058 making some nice DX contacts with his mono-band yagi.
Around 08:15 he wanted to go QRT and so I called in to wish him a good morning.
We talked a bit about the conditions and when we both wanted to go we where called by Jimmy from Cuba/CO6YVC.
Jimmy talked to Lauro short before but wanted a report from me as well.
Because of the European QRM it was difficult at times but we exchanged a 56 report.
Band seems to be quite good!
- 11 january 2006.
Around 19:58 UTC I heard MJ/PA3GIO/P on Jersey again but now on 160 meter.
Even with my antenna being way to short for this band, and the tuner almost arcing, I made contact with him.
The report given to him was 57 on my 40 meter cut dipole.
Up to the next band QSO!
- 10 january 2006, MJ/pa3gio/P active again!
Of course in the morning the usual routine, checking the bands and DX-cluster.
I knew that Bert/PA3GIO was going to be active again (this time from MJ/Jersey Island)but did not hear him.
No contacts, until in the afternoon, when I heard Carlos/WP4U from his nice "Mi Casita" station in Puerto Rico.
I did not speak to Carlos for a long time so it was nice to have a short chat with him on 17 meter/SSB.
In the evening I worked CN8SG/Hassan from Marocco with a lovely signal on 40 meter/SSB.
Then finally I heard Bert, MJ/PA3GIO/P on 3768/SSB and soon I made the contact.
I wished him luck and hope to work him in the next days on the other bands.
More info about his DX-peditions can be found on: www.pa3gio.nl
- 9 january 2006.
Just some European contacts where made on the 40 meter band in SSB with the UK and PA.
- 7 january 2006, QSL received!!
Today I received some "rare" DX cards again!
The first is from an old contact (31-march-1999) which I still needed to get confirmed, T33RD (Banaba Island).
I found out I had send it to the wrong manager at that time and now it came back within 2 weeks, giving
The second, V8BDS (Brunei), is from a contact on the 15th of december 2005, being DXCC-283.
Two rare ones that you won't hear every day.
- 5 january 2006, FT5XO-card arrived!
In the morning hours I made contacts on the 40 meter band in SSB with France, Northern Ireland,England,
Wales and Switzerland.
Later today the postman brought me the envelope with my FT5XO-card.
I could not work them first, because of the big "pile up's", but on one of the last days I finally got them
on 30 meters.
This is DXCC 281 confirmed and I am pleased to have it in the showcase.
- 2 january 2006, nice DX !
I visited my friend Peter to work some DX with his fine station.(see also stories 2005)
After we had some coffee and set the tower to his maximum hight (24 meters)it was time to call CQ on 20 meter.
Conditions were good and soon the first contact in 2006 was made with VK4GF, giving me a 59 report, short path.
After some more from australia, Asiatic Russia, Japan, Oman, India and Europeans I was pleased to work
Jerry/P29ZAD from Papua New Guinea.
Not a new one, but still nice DX!
I saw a Canadian station spotting me on the cluster and so I turned the antenna towards North-America.
When I quite around 13:50 UTC there where 21 North-America stations logged.
I returned home satisfied with the following country's logged: Vk, JA, VU, SV, SM, VE, UA9, UA0, OM, RA, K, UR, 4L,
A41 and P29.