Saturday, 16 January 2016

eQSLs from Toscane and Andorra

IK5ZUL, Giancarlo, confirmed our 4m QSO  made July 2012:

Another remarkable QSO confirmation was sent by Archie, C31BO. It concerns an old QSO from July 2006. The QTH, Andorra, makes this card valuable to me.

Off topic:

Old railway bridge over the river Lek in Culemborg. Picture from the early 1970's with 1200 series NS locomotive. For a long time this bridge was the longest in Europe. I lived in Culemborg from 1966 till 1986.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

JT beaconing on HF

JT65 is an excellent mode for QRP experiments on HF. This weekend I did some short trials with this mode on 5.35 MHz with my "MARS"-modified FT450.
My 5 Watt JT65 beacon signals were captured by the PSK reporter website:

I was inspired by Bas, PE4BAS to activate the beaconing mode in JT65 instead of WSPR:
                                      First JT65 beaconing attempt January 2, 2016

                                      WSJT-X screen during beaconing

And.. heard by DP1POL, Antartica, distance 13.687 km with 5 Watts on 14 MHz:

Results of JT9 beaconing (14.078 MHz) during 1 hour on 20 m, January 3-2016,  were not too bad: