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New toys: Icom IC-7700

Since last weekend I’m the proud owner of an Icom IC-7700. This rig is a trade-in of the first owner who bought an Icom IC-7850. Hamshop.nl offered me the chance to test the rig a few days – in particular the filtering – to see how it handles the PowerLine noise caused by my neighbors. The …

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New DXCC: Iraq

After you’ve part the first 100 DXCC it’s get more complicated to work new one. With tools like JT-Alert in combination JT65-HF and the DX-cluster in combination with Ham Radio Deluxe v6 (which shows new and unconfirmed DXCC in the cluster) you have nice help. Yesterday I’ve worked Iraq and today it’s been confirmed via …

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Mixed WAE certificate

Worked All Europe

Mixed DXCC certificate

Worked All Continents

I’ve already worked all continents but never requested the WAC certificate before. The main reason for this is that you can’t apply with LoTW credits. You need to have paper QSL. Via the DARC Contest Logbook however, had the possibility to import both eSQL (AG) and LoTW credits and you can apply for the certificate over …

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GlobalQSL

I’m using GlobalQSL to send out batches of QSL cards if needed, tough my normal policy is only to reply cards since I’m not a collector. GlobalQSL works quite easy. Just upload your (ADIF) logfile, select QSO’s to be confirmed and they’ll print and send them in batches direct to your local bureau once every …

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Nice QSL card

I’m not a collector of QSL cards and prefer LoTW. But sometimes you need them for let’s say IOTA and WAC certificates. Some QSL’s are clear and simple, some very shine. I like the card received today from Australia: VK3BM.

Toys for boys: Yaesu FT-2000d

Bought a new (well, second hand) rig: the Yaesu FT-2000d. Complete with DMU-2000 unit, MD200 microphone and SP-2000 speaker. The first impression: Where do I leave all this, since the set is about 1,5 meters / 5 ft. width. And that’s it for now. Didn’t found time to play and test, yet.

Worked All Europe

DARC, the German Ham Radio Association, offers several certificates. Among others, one of them is the Worked All Europe award. You can apply for it on a special website called DARC Contest Logbook. Good to see you can verify via your LoTW account (tough Im learned *never* to give away your password to someone else). …

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Nice tool: JT-alert

Today I’ve installed a nice new tool for all JT-65 users: JT-alert, created by VK3AMA. This tool is an plug-in for the JT65-HF package and will alert you when new DXCC or unconfirmed DXCC are received. It can load the data from Ham Radio Deluxe (including the new Beta of version 6) and will play …

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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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