The destructive thunderstorm in the Köln/Düsseldorf area last night was intense enough to provide rainscatter even on 1.3 GHz. DB0AJA near Würzburg in JN59AS could be heard with the typical rainscatter sound when the dish was heading 325°. An awful lot of water must have been in the air. The total distance of the signal path was about 400 km (150 + 250).
The waterfall shows the spread of the signal. DB0AJA runs 20 W output into a 16 element Flexa yagi beaming northwest.
Since I will be back in Ireland in August, I plan to be QRV for the perseids on meteor scatter, activating my irish callsign EI8HH. The location is in Clonbur, Co.Galway, IO53HN. My equipment will be a FT-897 with 50 W into a 17 element yagi (F9FT) on 144 MHz.
My last MS QSOs dated back to 1989, when high speed CW was state of the art. To gather some experience with WSJT and FSK441, I watched the 144.370 MHz and worked YO9MN and GM6VXB randomly.
Another test with GM4ZJI couldn´t be completed, because we had to leave for QRL. But I got a nice burst from him at the end of our try:
The battle is over. I had my last QSO with Patrick, DH2PA on 70 cm just before the contest closed after seven days. There was a big regional activity on VHF, UHF and SHF, much more than last year. Finally I logged 414 QSOs on the four bands I have been active, compared to 266 in 2013. It is remarkable that there were many locals with improvised equipment on 23 cm. Just one new square on 2320 MHz could be worked during the activityweek: IK3GHY in JN65DM via aircraft scatter. But collecting new squares is getting harder and harder, the more are already worked. The tropo conditions remained normal during the seven days, so there was less DX than last year. This time I found four partners for 4-band-QSOs: DL7QY, DL8YG, DF5AY and DB6NT.
The top five of the most worked stations in this contest:
1. DL7QY 24 QSOs on 4 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm, 13 cm)
2. DC8WPA 18 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
DJ1FZ 18 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
DK0RLP 18 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
DK7UP 18 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
Thank you all for your support and your patience!
total District K DL ex K F,I,OK,OZ,SM Squares
BAND QSO Stn QSO Stn DOK QSO Stn QSO Stn total new
144 183 94 99 43 26 82 48 3 3 15
432 134 66 69 31 20 65 35 0 0 10
1296 79 37 36 14 12 34 16 9 7 16
2320 19 11 1 1 1 15 7 3 3 10 1
While performing a last beacon check before going to bed and all local beacons were quite normal, I took notice of a weak carrier 1 kHz up of F1ZBK on 1296.855 MHz. After optimizing the antenna and using a narrow filter I heard EA2TZ in IN93BF over 1073 km for the first time ever.
Left signal: F1ZBK/B, right signal: EA2TZ/B
EA2TZ/B as received by DJ5AR over 1073 km on 23 cm
After posting this information in the ON4KST chat, Matej, OK1TEH sent the phone number of EA2TO and told me that Javier is currently QRV on 23 cm from IN83. After exchange of a few SMS he came back on my CQs and we could complete a QSO: A new DXCC, a new square and a new tropo ODX of 1173 km on 23 cm!
When closing down the station I had a quick look on 70 cm. There he was again: EA2TO in SSB. We had a nice chat and for me: A new DXCC, a new square and a new ODX of 1173 km on 70 cm!
It was big fun working in contest for a whole week. I felt a bit like Phil Connors in the movie “Groundhog Day” (german: “Und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier”), in meeting most of the stations again day by day. My main activity was in the evenings on 23 and 13 cm, using 2 m, 70 cm and the ON4KST chat to arrange skeds. The conditions were slightly over normal but increasing on monday with a small opening to France. During the seven days I could work one new square on 2 m (JN15), two on 23 cm (JN09, JN15) and three on 13 cm (JN09, JO42, JO44). There were only two 4-band QSOs with DL7QY and DC1UR.
My top 5 of the most worked stations in this contest are:
DF8PR 16 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
DC8WPA 15 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
DK7UP 13 QSOs on 3 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm)
DL7QY 12 QSOs on 4 bands (2 m, 70 cm, 23 cm, 13 cm)
G3XDY 8 QSOs on 2 bands (23 cm, 13 cm)
Thank you all for your support and your patience!
total District K DL ex K France I,OE,G,LX Squares
Band QSO Stn QSO Stn DOK QSO Stn QSO Stn QSO Stn total new
144 100 58 72 31 18 25 24 3 3 0 0 11 1
432 65 31 54 22 15 11 9 0 0 0 0 6 0
1296 73 34 27 9 8 21 11 14 10 11 4 21 2
2320 28 15 2 2 2 14 8 5 3 7 2 12 3
After being qrt by family and business reasons for nearly twenty years, I started in July 2011 in activating my irish call sign EI8HH on 50 MHz. Since January 2012 I am qrv again as DJ5AR from my QTH in Mainz.
The way working on the microwave bands has changed. No more CQs for hours and hours, but a fine chat at ON4KSTs server to make skeds on the bands wich provides much more efficiency than the way, we tried to make QSOs twenty years ago. A SDR makes it possible to display a spectrum of the band on the screen in a waterfall diagram. What a huge comfort compared to the old times. So it is no problem anymore to find somebody for a sked on 23 or 13 cm. Soon after setting up the old equipment for 1296 MHz I managed to work a couple of new squares and had my first QSO ever over the alps to Italy. It was amazing to hear the strong signal of IK3GHY with my 1.2 m dish.