Sunday, 20 March 2016

All Australia (and New Zealand in a day!)

Nice to see that my 5W WSPR signal has been received in all Australian States (including Tasmania) and both North and South Island New Zealand in a single day!

5W WSPR Band-hopping with the FT991

Whilst in the shack working on other projects I left the FT991 to band-hop (using WSJT-X) software with 5W on WSPR across 4 bands - 40m, 30m, 20m and 10m. I was quite surprised by the results. 6 continents including:

--North America-
USA (West Coast) on 20m

-South America-
Chile on 10m
Argentina on 10m
The Cayman Islands 30m (ZF1)

-Asia-
Thailand on 40m
China on 30m
Japan on 20m

-Africa-
South Africa  on 30m
Namibia on 30m

-Oceania-
New Zealand on 40m, 30m and 20m.
Australia on 40m, 30m and 20m

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Tons in Europe!

Here's my map for about 8 hours of beaconing :)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The Rats are 2nd in UKAC!

Outstanding effort by all the Drowned Rats team on both February 6m and March 2m to get us to a current second place on the overall UKAC league tables.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Nice surprise - I won the Low Power section on 70cm AFS

Not sure how that happened but my 20W from the FT991 and 19 Ele Tonna at 4m managed to net me first place in the 70cm AFS contest held in February. Here's the certificate!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

70cm UKAC - March 2016

Conditions seemed down and the score was dire tonight. Great to work GD and GI but on the whole a rotten evening of weak signals, crashes and few stations worked - just 40 in total. Disappointed not to work Dave G3WCB/P although I note I didnt work him last month either - when I had a much better night. I just think that the home QTH is much really much use when the trees are full of moisture.

Interesting comparison, top map tonight, bottom is last month:

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

New 12m masts for DRRG

Up goes the new 12m mast with the 12 ele OWL. So much easier and safer than our previous method. Click on the link below for a video posted by Anthony, G7LRQ. March 144/432 Contest from IO91OQ,
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