I see the alert for @BV4VR in a few hours. I will set up for 30m FT8 in the hope for a DX S2S.
It is short notice, but I wonder if any other activators would like to also try 30m FT8 around 0800z?
There are also several alerts for 30m CW this morning, so I hope to work some of those too.
Decoded you often but only once for three sequences in a row. I could sometimes see a trace on the screen but no decodes. I called you many times but the QSB was deep and I saw no response… At best you were -16 dB.
No sign of any other activators. I think the band was down a bit tonight compared to earlier in the week.
That’s a pity you couldn’t get through Ron, thanks for trying. I am still calling now, but tablet battery on it’s last legs! Have worked VK, JA, VE, 5T and lots of EU so been quite good here.
QSY to 30m CW shortly.
I don’t know if I was being badly QRM’d - the program will decode 2 signals on essentially the same freq if they are not the same strength - and I did try moving frequency 3 times. It was most likely just the QSB which has been dreadful. No amount of code will recover a signal that isnt there.
I was running 75 W to a non resonant wire (via a remote ATU) as dipole has a feeder fault.
VK3FT was a very easy and straightforward contact, and he was a strong presence on the band activity window throughout the hours I was operating. 60 QSOs made:
30m FT8: 43
(5T, CT, DL, EA, EU, F, G, HA, HB, JA, LA, LX, LY, OK, OZ, RA, S5, SM, SP, SV, VE, VK - 5 continents: EU, NA, AF, AS, OC)
30m CW: 12
(S2S: DL/HB9EKO/P on DM/BW-235, IK2LEY/P on I/LO-197, HB9AFI/P on HB/VS-240)
2m FM: 5
Nice morning’s radio. Warm and sunny but quite breezy. Running 5 watts to my homemade 30m vertical with elevated groundplane for HF, HT with rubber duck for VHF!
Five continents on one band and in a mode anyone could use. Nice.
Yeah I was pleased with that Andy but I must admit to spending a while calling “CQ SA” for a while after getting to that stage!
I’ve still never worked Antarctica…