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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.

July 2018 NAC contest on 432 MHz

Terrible propagation. In the beginning of the evening I wasn’t even able to work OZ1BEF. Later, when temperatures were cooling down we’ve made a QSO. SK7MW is missing in the log to to the lack of tropo. In total I’ve made 20 QSO’s in about 2 hours (20.00-22.00 local time) with a total of 5637 km. …

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July 2018 contest results

144 MHz results

I’ve worked hard the day before the contest to get the 120cm dish for 23/13cm mounted on the roof. Special thanks to Frans PC2F for helping me out. During the contest, the 144 MHz station was Multi-Op since Remco PA3FYM was coming over. He hasn’t been QRV on VHF for a while. I think the …

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July 2018 NAC contest on 144 MHz

There were very good tropo openings towards LA and I was able to work multiple stations in JO59. Norway was a missing DXCC for me on 2-meters. I could even hear those stations on my FT-817 with rubber duck on the windowsill. Booming signals! After 2100 localtime I turned the antenna towards the UK. The desert …

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June 2018 NAC contest on 432 MHz

First NAC on 432 MHz this year. The 2nd Thuesday of the month is always difficult for me. In the log: Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England. ODX was SK7MW with 617km.