60m – a month later

Well, I’m now on 60m for a bit more than a month and the score grow up to 120 DXCC worked on all continents with 2700 stations.

Due to COVID-19, I’ve been at home more often than usual and active almost all evening and nights. In the first days, I was lucky to work 10 new countries a day but at mid-point, 1 new DXCC/day was already a good score. Now everyday I meet the same DX stations with no real way to improve the score.

Of course I missed a couple of DX contacts (6W, 60, 4U1UN, 3D2, CP). All other « heard DX » have been worked, most of them without any problem.

In the first 2-3 days, I missed VP8/O and TU5 who ran Fox/Hound mode but I was not skilled enough to understand the process. That’s a pity because both sent me a reply but without the final RR73 message, making 2 uncompleted QSO.(because I was not in F/H mode).

The possibilities are very good and there’s a worldwide coverage every days. The only concern is the lack of CW active stations. For sure, in the coming months, the number of DX expeditions will increase the number of active countries.

I’ll keep an eye on the 60m waiting for new slots.  Have fun guys !

Publié par Florent dans DX'ing, 0 commentaire

60m activity

From 13 February 2020, Amateurs in all French territories now have access to the new WRC-15 60 m Secondary Allocation. It represents as always the range of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. That’s not much but at least we have access to a new band and a new groundplay for DX’ers.

After almost 2 years without radio activity from my home-QTH, I finally decided to set-up an antenna and plug all radio equipment to show-up on 60m while I’m at home due to COVID19. As non-permanent antenna, I put a simple GP 1/4 wake made with a Spiderbeam mast and 4 radials. Of course it can be improved with a better radials groundplan but that’s enough for now.

I started on FT8 rather than on CW due to the lack of activity. Of course, I keep an eye on the waterfall and QSY as soon as I see CW signals but that’s not very often.

In less than a week, I made 70 countries including all continents very easily. I have been surprised to work easily many DX stations in Asia, Pacific. Of course, it counts for nothing as DXCC does not yet include 60m QSO but with some of my local friends, we have a challenge to work as many DX as possible.

With so many months off the air, I can easily say that I’m having a lot of fun right now like several years ago when I started DX’ing on 80 or 160m.

Next step is to reach 100 DX countries and then, after homework (building the top floor of the house), I will think seriously about re-installing the tower and all antennas. I’m seriously in lack of DX and expeditions of course !

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ZL9HR…les jeux sont faits

Aujourd’hui c’était la dernière occasion d’accrocher ZL9HR sur les bandes et modes manquants. Ne pouvant pas être dispo toute la journée et toute la semaine, ce n’est que quelques QSO qui avaient été réalisés. Ce matin, j’ai pris le taureau par les cornes, et en quelques minutes, le 17m SSB, 15m CW, 20m RTTY et 40m CW ont été inscrits dans le log. New-one sur 15m et en RTTY.

Globalement, assez satisfait. Déception quand même avec le 80m qui aurait pu être bon si les opérateurs étaient venus plus souvent pour l’Europe le matin. Je les ai entendu 1 fois en CW mais trop juste (trop tard) sans la beverage pour se lancer dans la course. On verra ça la prochaine fois.

En attendant, Messieurs les aventuriers de ZL9, un grand MERCI et bon retour à la maison !

Publié par Florent dans DX'ing

Pas vraiment Bouvet mais intéressant (F & english version)

Traduction d’un bulletin de presse, origine incertaine….

Après d’âpres négociations, nous sommes heureux d’annoncer qu’un équipe multinationale de 12 opérateurs s’apprête à partir en expédition à Bouvet du 25 Mars au 5 Avril 2013. L’indicatif utilisé sera 3Y0IOF.
Nous opèrerons 24 heures sur 24, 7 jours par semaine avec 5 stations couvrant toutes les bandes du 160 au 10m.
Nous sommes conscient qu’une expédition, c’est d’abord ceux qui la chassent, donc nous somms heureux d’annoncer quelques innovations intéressantes.

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Publié par Florent dans DX'ing