Monday, June 3, 2019

April & May in the log...

Hi, again no many QSOs in the log during this period...
It seems too many of us are having fun on FT8, even when conditions are good enough !
So, I continue my IOTA quest when new ones appear, and thanks to XR1RRC from IOTA SA-069, IT9/DJ4EL from IOTA EU-166, I could add 2 new islands in the log...
- AM70URE/6 Balearic Islands was worked on 12M CW (new band !! #290th worked DXCC on 12M) and on 6M SSB (new slot)
- 7X2TT Algeria was worked as a new one 6M FT8 (remember ? FT8...) and my 106th worked DXCC on the Magic Band !
And that's all for the new band/slots in the log... I made several other contacts in CW & SSB on 6M, but no more big session of E-Sporadic as past years, everybody's playing on FT8... CQing CW/SSB on empty band is not fun when you KNOW conditions are good :/

That's the reason I recently jumped into Satellites (FM) with a pedestrian equipment (HT & ARROW antenna) !
I found a new place of interest, working birds is really exciting, the SAT community is very rich, no SSN required, and real OM contacts... More soon.

Chris F8DZY

Friday, April 19, 2019

February & March in the log...

Hi all, finally a little time to update the blog !
- On February 8th I was happy to log OH10X from IOTA EU-192 NEW First ever activity ! it was on 30M CW and my 598th worked island...




- The day after I started to chase V84SAA Brunei thanks to my new 80M inverted L.
I worked them only on new bands/slots and could log the team on 17M, 30M, 40M, 80M & 160M CW



- V31AT from Belize was also worked on 80M CW for a new band ! (Belize is now only needed on 6M & 160M for all bands !)

- Vlad FR/UA4WHX was worked on 17M SSB for a new slot

- Then in March I was happy to work VE7ACN/VE1 from IOTA NA-081 on 20M CW (#599) & VE3LYC/KL7 from IOTA NA-150 on 30M CW (#600 !!!)




- Giving a try to FT8 mode, I logged FK8CE on 30M FT8 for a new mode & EM1U Antarctica IOTA AN-006 worked on 12M FT8 & 15M FT8 ! It was a new mode for Antarctica and my 601st worked island...

That's all for now, to be continued...
Chris F8DZY

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

January's in the log...

Hi, a little update on the last logged QSOs...
The 2019 year started very well for me thanks to TZ4AM from Mali worked on 160M CW for a new one Top Band !


Then, I could log 9LY1JM DX-Pedition to Sierra Leone by many times, including new bands, mode or slots (super job guys !)

VP8LP Falkland Islands was worked on 15M FT8 for a new slot...
On the last week-end of January, it was the REF Cup CW part. A long time I didn't take part in so I decided to give some points :)
As usually, Murphy's law decided to take part too : my vertical just up again, it didn't work at all ! The capacitor(s) and/or self(s) didn't do the job anymore and I couldn't use it for the contest... So, all my 80M & 40M QSOs were done with the inverted L 160M (!) (no joy). The 15M band were completely dead -excepted for West Indies coming in 599++- and the 10M too as usually, only short skip QSOs there. Good fun anyway in this contest, and the pleasure to find some old friends calls ! ;)


Actually, I made a 80M inverted L and a 40M/30M vertical, both with simple electrical wire as for the 160M... it does the job, QRX.



Chris F8DZY





Friday, January 11, 2019

November & December in the log...

Hi all, it's already 2019 and time to add a new article on the recent logged QSOs !
Happy New Year to all, many new ones and achievements for you ;)
In November, I could work :
- YE4/DL3KZA from IOTA OC-144 (#568) on 20M CW & YB9/DL3KZA from IOTA OC-150
-  Z6/EI9FBB on 12M  CW for a new slot (just miss Kosovo 10M & 6M (when allowed) for all bands now).
- YL100V on 160M SSB for a new slot
- EP6RRC IOTA AS-189NEW (#569) on 17M CW

Then, in December was also added :
- TX0M IOTA OC-297NEW on 20M CW (#570)

During this time, I also received BW9W IOTA AS-155



...and UA2FZ Kaliningrad confirming our QSOs on 160M CW. This is my 100th confirmed DXCC on Top Band, also offering me the 10BDXCC !!! Thank you ;)



To be continued...
Chris F8DZY