Monthly Archives: June 2011

QSO365 struck by lightning, future in jeopardy

At around 17:05 yesterday (28th June) my house suffered a very near lightning strike. My wife and daughter described it as a very bright white flash and a simultaneous bang which sounded as though a huge goldfish bowl had smashed … Continue reading

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Days 175, 176 and 177 – I’ve now worked 100 DXCC entities

I’ve done a fair bit of data over these three days, largely but not exclusively down to a contest at the weekend which was 75 baud RTTY and PSK63. Day #175 didn’t include a contest though but I still had … Continue reading

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A magazine article on the future of amateur radio and my thoughts about it

A recent correspondent in the letters section of an amateur radio magazine admits to having “caught the bug” of amateur radio, agrees that there should be a proper licensing test of operating procedures and the use of appropriate instruments to … Continue reading

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Days 172, 173 and 174 – Svalbard?

On day #172 I switched the wireless on to find it still on 20m from the last QSO of the previous night and so I tuned around to hear RA3PCI, Sergey calling CQ.  It would have been rude not to … Continue reading

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Days 169, 170 and 171 – WSPR on 6m and Contestia

I started day #169 by working a couple of Special Event stations on 40m, I worked MU/EA1SA followed by GB0GCR and GB2MOF then I had a contact with EA3PT, Jordi on 15m.  I then had RTTY QSOs on 20m with … Continue reading

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Why do I get so few replies to CQ calls?

Over the last few months I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon.  Why is it that I can call CQ on the HF bands and not get a reply for ages?  I’ve noticed that I can call for ten minutes and finally have … Continue reading

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Days 166, 167 and 168 – /p operation

On day #166 I started off after work by working DJ3HJ, SK7BQ/P, PC11AMBER and F/G3PGK/P on 40m SSB.  It was a nice long chat with F/G3PGK/P, Colin who was on holiday in France.  I learned that he has a cat … Continue reading

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