lundi 24 juillet 2017

East Coast USA

Much QRM but made it to K3RA in Maryland. The FT-817 and 5 watts cw on 20 meters. Trans-Atlantic contacts rarer now but good when they happen.

jeudi 13 juillet 2017

HMS Belfast GB2RN

It has been a few years since I last had a QSO with the Belfast. Not DX by any means from here but nice to contact  GB2RN again. I believe the ship was QRT for some time.  Good YL operator at the key. Ran QRP fron the FT-817 for this one.

mercredi 5 juillet 2017



These three stations were contacted over the past few days. CW on 20 meters running about 50 watts from my FT-857.

lundi 13 février 2017

Strenuous going

Activity has been limited to local contacts. Less than 1000 miles from my QTH on the Brittany Coast. Some strong signals, but not as many as before.  As conditions continue to spiral down, QRO stations would do well to begin exercising their listening faculties and prepare themselves for long periods of weak-signals-only conditions.

I listen for NE USA calls at what would be the proper time of day. Very, very few heard. I must say that I can only operate on 20 meters so activity on the lower bands would probably be more productive.

Exception was W1MK in MA late yesterday afternoon. Rob was 599. I was 579. I have had a number of contacts with this good operator. Glad he heard me getting across the pond once again.

Continue watching the old BBC WW1 documentary, The carnage mind-numbing. The ineffective high-command military leadership of the British and French General staff, disgraceful. Aristocrats all, nothing more. Brave officers and men in the field.

mardi 7 février 2017

Sunshine and calm, hurrah!

Beautiful day, so far. YL's spirits have picked up.

Two-way QRP QSO with UA1CEX this morning. Distance of 2537 km didn't break DX records, but was a nice event. Good operator.

lundi 6 février 2017

Weather still depressing

Still windy and rainy here. Not gale force which is a relief. Doesn't really bother me but the YL is unfavorably affected by it. One of those seasonally depressed types. Her health issues don't help, psychologically.

I was out in the rain trying to adjust my Par antenna to be more effective. Never an easy task. Especially with my restricted space operating conditions.

Worked K1TH in Plymouth, MA on 20 meter cw. Rig the Argonaut.  Looking up his call, noticed we have a couple of commonalities in our background. The photo is of Plymouth Colony Village. The YL and I visited it a couple years ago.

Am viewing a BBC production on streaming video. WW1 documentary. Perhaps the best I've seen. Many episodes and very detailed. It dates from the 1960's; back when the BBC was still producing quality programming.

73
Dick

jeudi 2 février 2017

Stormy night

Quite intense wind and rain storm tonight. Surf very strong and tides expected to be high tomorrow.

I did the unforgivable and incorrectly connected the Argonaut to the power supply. Reverse polarity event. Two fuses, one in the rig and one in-line on the power cord.  Fortunately they blew and saved the transceiver.  First time I ever did such a dumb thing. Had to go to a major home repair supply outlet to find proper fuse replacements, Some fuses available in the local supermarkets but not the type I needed. All OK now.

Unfortunately, 2-way contacts have been non-DX. Did appear on the RBN as logged by a number of east coast NA stations, but nothing beats a 2-way DX QSO.

Not as frustrated as I would have been years ago. More important things to fret over these days.

73 Dick