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October 2018 NAC contest on 1296 MHz

It could be the Dutch Worked all Provences award, so many Dutch stations were QRV tonight. Amongst them some new stations, including Tonnie (PA3GLL) from Losser, which made his first QSO’s tonight on 23cm. Welcome! In total I counted 15 Dutch stations and worked 12 of them. I didn’t really spend time on the ON4KST …

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Half way VUCC award

The most difficult VUCC award to get is obviously the 144 MHz one. For 50 MHz one summer with Sporadic E should be enough to fulfill the 100 maidenhead grid locators one. For 432 MHz, 50 grids are enough, for 1296 MHz only 25 locators are required, for 2330 MHz only 10 and higher bands …

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October 2018 NAC contest on 432 MHz

Very good tropo conditions towards North-East. On 144 MHz I worked stations 1580km away (see this post). During the NAC, I managed to work 55 stations in 27 grid locators. ODX: SE6R (JO58RG) 779km and ended up as best Dutch station tonight. I think for the first time ever during the 432 MHz NAC. Since …

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Monster tropo conditions

This evening there were outstanding tropo conditions. Monster tropo, as I like to call it. While running the Nordic Activity Contest on 432.190 MHz, FT8 was running aside on 144.174 MHz. The ‘new grid’ and ‘new country’ alerts sounded when LY2J (1200km) in Lithuania was visable. We had a 2-way contact. Later on, the same …

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IARU Region 1 432 and up

432 MHz: 57 QSO’s, ODX 723km 1296 MHz: 18 QSO’s, ODX 467km Noise is becoming a problem on 432 MHz to. I ran the contest without pre-amp on 23cm. This was very noticable. On Sunday I quickly build one and used this indoor. The Icom IC-9100 is somewhat deaf. I expected more participants from the …

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October 2018 NAC contest on 144 MHz

50 QSO’s, 23 Locators, ODX 706km

September 2018 NAC contest on 432 MHz

25 QSO’s. 18 Locators. ODX: SK7MW (617km).

DVB-S with ADALM PLUTO SDR

B5 picture using 0 dBm over 30km+ distance

Peter (PA3PM) started to do some experiments with the ADALM SDR. This type of SDR is available for about $100 and capable of transmitting and receiving – even full-duplex – between 70 MHz and 6 GHz with a bandwidth up to 56 MHz. It’s capable to make DVB-S (and DVB-T) transmissions out of the box. …

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September 2018 NAC contest on 144 MHz

Good activity. Made 57+ QSO’s in 4 hours. Tropo was okay. Not good, not bad. In total 25 locators. Up to now, the first place so far from all dutch participants, which is also the first time for me. But PA1T hasn’t upload his log and I’m sure I’ll be second afterwards. 🙂

September 2018 144 MHz contest

B-MULTI. Operators: PA3FYM and PH4X. ODX 840KM ,135 QSO’s. Problems with overheating SSPA, so running lower power.

August 2018 NAC contest on 1296 MHz

August 2018 NAC contest on 432 MHz

August 2018 NAC contest on 144 MHz

Lot’s of noise due to upcoming thunder storms. Therefor I had the idea that less stations from the UK were QRV tonight.

New amp coming in…

Today I’ve ordered a new SSPA amplifier. Now it’s for the 144 MHz band. I already bought a Gemini 180 Watt amp for 23cm in the past with the DXshop in the UK. After experiencing some issues with it, Roger (GW4WND) the owner of the shop, provided more than excellent service. And providing good service …

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July 2018 NAC contest on 1296 MHz

Only 10 minutes in the shack before the doorbell rang and visitors arrived. No time to test-drive the new 120cm dish. Hope there will be some activity during the 1st weekend of August contest.