Highs and lows…

I was informed of my first, hopefully only log error today by a station that had already sent me an eQSL. I had recorded it as JT9 instead of JT65 and not checked the eQSL which clearly says JT65! Oh well… must check. At least he told me of my mistake. Also, uploading the entire log to eQSL is a bad idea because it duplicated several entries.

It’s probably time I used a local logger and export as necessary rather than the way I am working currently,  but I just want a simple logger without the frills as I use flrig / fldigi or wsjtx for rig control. I shall have a think. Currently I use qrz.com as my logger because it’s nice and simple. I wrote some PHP to query qrz.com via its API giving me a little window where I type a callsign to see if it is my log – a method that works for me, probably not for anyone else! I’ve just always tended to make my own code where things are not just the way I want them…

And another first, a PSK250 QSO. That’s really fast and gives very little think time. Mind you, the speed does mean I can use my more detailed reply macro, which is a bit drawn out down at PSK31…

6m finally…

50MHz seems alive just now, and after one incomplete JT65 QSO I finally managed to complete a call with a station in the Slovak Republic at 1,600km or so and then with a station about 3km away! My first, and second ever 6m QSOs.

6m activity – well, a little anyway

Up to now I have been wondering if my 6m loft dipole even works, but today I left wstjx running on 50.276 and received 3 decodes. I called CQ too and had a reply but we could not complete unfortunately. Still, it at least proves the antenna does actually work.

Further JT9…

Well 20m seems to keep springing into life these days, JT-wise anyway. Lots of American stations (north and south) but I have had little luck in managing many QSOs. Then last night I had a JT9 QSO all the way to Chile at 11,800km. Not bad for my bit of wet string in the loft. Mind you, looking him up on qrz.com shows a massive antenna array so he was doing all the work!

Today my first QSO was JT65 at a mere 620km. There are a lot of European stations on right now.

20m JT activity

Well last night 20m was alive with JT65 and JT9. I saw lots of stations from North America and a number from South America. I replied to a dozen or so US but no-one heard me. Oh well. I tried a couple of EU stations, again nothing. Hmmm. Then the band died off… try again tonight! Mind you, if this stuff was too easy it would not be fun.

One thing that would be useful is a clock that bleeps every minute but on the, say 45th second to remind you to look for CQs.