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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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Some new DXCC’s

I’ve worked some new DXCC’s this week, when active with PSK31. One of them is Israel, which was still missing. Good to see the 10 meter band is somewhat open now. This is the only HF band I can work, without having noise. On the 20 meter band the noise level is about S5 and …

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First JT65 QSO

Although I’ve listened and looked at received signals with the JT65 mode, this afternoon I had my first ever JT65 QSO (using QRP of course) with F6DKQ on 14.076MHz. I used the JT65-HF package with the simplified interface for HF QSOs. It worked a treat. It took a time for me to figure out the …

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PACC contest 2012

Last weekend the Dutch PACC contest was held. I’ve worked for several hours. Saturday from 15.45 till 19.45 (CET) and Sunday from 9.00 till 12.00 CET. Too bad the 10-meter band was closed. I’ve worked 67 stations on the 20 and 40-meter band. All QSO’s where quite local in Europe ans Asiatic Russia. The only …

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What is Logbook of The World?

Logbook of The World – LoTW  – is an exciting way for Radio Amateurs to confirm two-way contacts they have made and use the confirmations as credit toward various awards. Because Logbook of The World uses double blind comparison, users cannot see what other users have uploaded unless there is a matched QSO. All files uploaded to …

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Welcome

I’m Randy, a 38-year old ham living in Amersfoort, which is located about 25 miles east from Amsterdam. Licensed since aged 17 in 1997 and active on all bands from 10 meters up till 3cm tough VHF, UHF and SHF are prefered in (SSB) voice, ATV, CW and weak-signal/DIGI modes. On the day to day job I work as Independent …

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