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Omnirig and the Icom IC-9100

Many software uses Omnirig as gateway to ket their software communicate to the transceiver via regular CAT-commands. Among others, CW-Skimmer is one of them. Unfortunately the Icom IC-9100 isn’t supported yet and OmniRig had no possibility to enter the serial details via a GUI. Instead, for each transceiver a configuration file is needed. I use CW-Skimmer as …

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100 confirmed DXCC via LoTW

Yes! Today I’ve got my 100th DXCC confirmed via Logbook of The World (LoTW). It was a QSO in CW on 20 meters with T6LG in Afghanistan. Let me quickly apply for my first DXCC certificate.

Worked All States progress

Somewhere during the summer of last year I started to chase US states for the WAS (Worked All States) certificate. Currently I have 44 out of 50 stated worked, where 40 are confirmed via Logbook of the World. Main mode is JT65 since I can remote operate this via TeamViewer from the office. Secondary mode …

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Will there be 100 DXCC in 2012?

Since LoTW processing is about 10 days behind, will I make it till 100 confirmed DXCC entities this year? Update: No 100 DXCC confirmed via LoTW in 2012. But I did get the eQSL.cc PFX300 certificate for working 300+ prefixes in mixed-mode.

Testing a new antenna

I’ve bought a Comet H422 rotary dipole to do some tests. This is a trapped V-dipole for 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters. The assembly went fast. It took me half an hour to do so. Now have to find a way to get this thing somewhat more in the sky since it picks up …

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Ordered a new transceiver: Icom IC-9100

Though I still love my 1998 Icom IC-746 it’s getting old and more and more I’m missing the 70cm band. I sold the Flex-3000 transceiver because I could not get used to missing the main dial. Though the filtering is more than perfect (And that’s under-expressed!) it’s just not my choice of transceiver. Today I’ve ordered an Icom …

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Worked last continent: Antarctica

Last weekend I’ve worked my last continent: Antarctica. I had a CW QSO with RI1ANF on 20 meters. Oleg Sakharov (ZS1ANF) is working on the Bellingshausen station, King George Island (AN-010) and very active in his spare time. You can often work hem in CW. Low and high bands. The good thing: he is a LoTW member, my …

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Going vertical

I’m currently testing my EndFed antenna vertical, on a 40ft/12m glassfiber spiderpole. I still got the same QRM as before (S9+ on 40m, S6+ on 20m) but the first results look quite good. This is just an expiriment to see if an vertical antenna will fit my needs. I’m in doubt between the Hygain AV-640 …

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100 DXCC’s

This evening I was working JT65 on 20 meters. I noticed CE3PG online from Chile. I was missing Chile in the worked countries list, so this QSO makes DXCC100. Thanks Galdino!

Welcome Flex-3000 SDR

After playing with a Flex-1500 QRP transceiver for a while, mostly connected to my laptop when i’m not at home for some days I wanted one for home to. Something with build in antenna tuner would be nice. This weekend I noticed someone was selling his Flex-3000 transceiver. A nice clean box without the hassle …

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Sporadic E season started

Around half may the Sporadic E season starts. That brings a few good things for the summer months. The first one is that the 6 and 4 meter bands open. I don’t have a 4 meter transceiver but am able to transmit on the 6 meter band. The only problem for me is that it’s …

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My second certificate

When I logged into eqsl,cc, a second certificate was waiting for me. It shows up that 50 countries are confirmed by validated members. My first eQSL.cc certificate was handed out to me on March 4th, confirming 25 countries so this upgrade went fast. Still, my goal is to get my first DXCC certificate this year …

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Half way to my first DXCC certificate

Today, when logging in to the LoTW application, I saw that I’ve reached 50 DXCC’s confirmed. Thanks to YL2QV for confirming our RTTY QSO on 20 meters. Half way there to obtain my first DXCC certificate. Still missing some ‘easy’ countries like Belgium, etc. My goal is to obtain 100 confirmed DXCC entities in LoTW before …

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New expansion: Icom IC-92D

Today I’ve bought a second hand Icom IC-92D handheld tranceiver to discover the D-Star protocol. The local hamshop, RYS, had a trade. This set is very complete, with Icom software, bag, GPS speakermike, interface cable with the original boxes supplied. Good to see the previous owner was carefully and neatly with his equipment! The Amsterdam D-Star …

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My first certificate

When I’ve just logged in to my eqsl.cc account I saw a certificate was waiting for me, to confirm 2-way QSO’s with 25 country’s. Well, thanks for that. I hope the next one will be the DXCC-100 certificate to confirm I’ve worked 100+ country’s. Currently the counter is on 75 countries with 36 confirmed. Hereby …

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