Category: CW

QSO365 #3 is complete – Ten QSOs per day in 2021

Number of QSOs made per band during QSO365 #3

I’ll kick off with the statistics for the whole of 2021 and then go into the details. QSOs made: 8,265Unique QSOs made: 5,776Average QSOs per day: 22.6Days missed: 0 <- This is the most important statistic, it means that QSO365 #3 was a success. DXCC entities worked: 168New DXCC entities worked: 1Total DXCC worked and […]

QSO365 #2 is complete – A QSO per day in 2018

Top ten countries worked during QSO365 #2

To start with, I’ll post the basic statistics for the entire year of 2018 and then go into the background. QSOs made: 3789 Unique QSOs made: 2962 Average QSOs per day: 10.4 Days missed: 0 <- This is the most important statistic, it means that QSO365 #2 was a success. DXCC entities worked: 160 New […]

Stew Perry (Big Stew) Topband Distance Challenge

QSOs made during the 2018 Stew Perry (Big Stew) contest

I go through phases of not sleeping very well and I’m in the middle of one of those right now.  Yesterday evening after a very bad night previously, I went to bed relatively early in the hope that because I was so exhausted, I might actually drop off quickly.  No such luck, two hours later […]

CQ World Wide DX CW 2018

This last weekend was the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest and I decided at short notice that I’d spend some time operating.  I was planning on being out for most of the day on Saturday but had nothing arranged for Sunday which would give me a few hours. I actually managed half an hour […]

Listening to the Camb-Hams from the Isle of Islay

The Camb-Hams are on their usual annual pilgrimage to Scotland and I’ve worked them on a few bands and modes.  I’ve also made a couple of recordings of them on 40m CW, showing how well the Kenwood TS-590SG can read Morse Code and on 40m and 80m SSB.

Video of the ten minute multi QRPp mode transmission

After my entry a few days ago, I’ve made a video of my Hans Summers Ultimate 3S transmitter going through all four modes in a single ten minute frame.  It’s annotated with comments along the way describing what’s happening at every stage.

Running four QRPp modes in a ten minute frame

Over the last month or so I’ve been doing some experimenting using a newly built Hans Summers Ultimate 3S transmitter fitted with the new oven controlled crystal oscillator and I’m now running four different modes in a single ten minute frame with space at the end for a calibration cycle. You should note that to […]

Sometimes it’s nice to have an unexpected day off

Due to unexpected circumstances, I ended up being at home today and once the reason for that was being dealt with, I decided to play radio for a while. I’ve been looking to work the TX5K DXpedition to Clipperton Island since the weekend.  I tried on Sunday but the pileups were absolutely massive and I […]

Three new DXCC entities in just a few days

Now that I’ve worked over 240 DXCC entities, finding new ones is becoming a bit of a challenge and so it was very nice to pick up three new countries in just a few days this week. On Sunday last weekend I managed to work the 9U4U DXpedition to Burundi on 17m CW and then picked up […]

CQ World-Wide WPX CW Contest 2012

This weekend was the CQ World-Wide WPX CW Contest, the second largest CW contest of the year and I decided to give away a few points and perhaps try and pick up some new DXCC entities on the way.  I’m still not fully proficient at Morse so this was never going to be a serious entry […]