Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Good Propagation

Good propagation on 40 and 20 meter in the late afternoon and early evening. On 20 meter I heard Indonesia and Japan with very good signals with FT8 digital mode. 40 meter was also very good with a nice opening to Australia.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

QRP SSB Sometimes

Not too often I use SSB but yesterday and today I made two QSO’s and of course only 5 watts with my FT817. My FT450 is mainly in use for digimodes. Yesterday and today 40 meter is almost noiseless. Only some QRN from thunderstorms on the North Sea. I did hear F5NLX/P from Planaise, France. Distance 792 km. After a few calls he replied. Today on 20 meter LY2BIS/P from Lithuania. Distance 1450 km. Noise floor on 20 meter is always high, about S8. But it’s nice to work SSB sometimes.

Friday, September 8, 2017

20 meter slowly opens up

After the strong geomagnetic storm, while the short wave suffers from a radio black out, 20 meters is slowly opens up since 08:22 UTC. It's nice to do WSPR (5 watts & Long Wire) to see how propagation develops.

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