Days 76, 77 and 78 – DXCCs everywhere

Days #76 started off just after midnight.  Now I appreciate that one day always follows the previous but in the case of day #76 it started on the wireless at 00:05 when I worked OX3XR, Peter in Greenland on 40m JT65 for a new DXCC.  That was followed by VE3ZUP in Canada on the same […]

More QRSS, overnight full grab from Pensacola

Just a quick update, I’ve been shown a full overnight trace from the Pensacola Snapper I mentioned earlier today and I’m pleased to post it here. It clearly shows when my signal appeared and then faded away, it’s a good trace, I like it.

QRSS on 40m. It’s got to be better than 30m.

I’ve mentioned QRSS a few times and have put together a good page all about it on the Martello Tower Group website which you can read by clicking here.  I’ve tried running it on 30m from this QTH either through my long wire or a cobbled together dipole in the loft but neither method has […]

QRSS for the third time

As mentioned over the last two days, the G0PKT QRSS transmitter has now been spotted by a number of ‘grabbers’ around the world, the furthest away being just over 1400 miles away in Russia. Not bad for a transmitter and aerial that cost less than £20 to put together and runs around 150mW output. As […]

Days 23, 24, 25 and more QRSS

On day #23 I wound the radio onto 18MHz again and had a tune around, I found UY5ZZ, Vlad calling CQ DX so I did the same thing I’ve done previously, turned the power down and asked he minded working a QRP station. He was good with this and so we had a brief chat. […]

QRSS, woo!

I arrived at work this morning to an email from Mauro, IK1WVQ to tell me that he’d spotted the G0PKT QRSS beacon on 30m.  This is the first time we’ve had a reported signal and looking at the trace he sent me, the signal really was quite strong.  It stayed with him for a large […]

Day 9 – Namibia!

I won’t normally blog twice a day and I generally won’t blog on the same day as I had the QSOs but as I’m not going to be on the wireless again today I thought I may as well post. I’ve had three QSOs today, the first was on 7MHz where I worked IK4HLQ, Joe […]

First QSOs of 2011

The first two days QSOs have been easy, if it’s like this all year then it’ll be a breeze! I still don’t have much experience in HF propagation so I still don’t really know what to expect but the bands seem to have been in a fairly good way over the last couple of days. […]

10MHz QRSS Transmitter kit

I mentioned yesterday that I’d been building a QRP Labs 30m QRSS transmitter so I thought I’d go into a bit more detail here.  QRS is accepted as the Q-code for ‘please send slower;  in Morse and QRSS is a derivative of that in that it means ‘send extremely slowly’. Very slow Morse code is […]