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VP6D, Ducie Island

VP6D, Ducie Island

Received LOTW QSL for yesterday’s QSOs on 17M CW, 20M SSB and 40M FT8. As an early contributor I received these QSL immediately!!!  Instant gratification for ATNO #307

XW4XR QSL RECEIVED

XW4XR QSL RECEIVED

Received an LOTW QSL for my Oct 12 FT8 QSO with Bruce. This was a very rare over-the-pole grayline path on 20M. These kinds of QSOs are hard to come by at solar minimum. Laos is my #306 (current) country. Tnx Bruce & 73.

5A1AL QSL Received

5A1AL QSL Received

Received a QSL card from Abubaker, 5A1AL for my FT8 QSO.  This is my ATNO #306. Abubaker is one of only 2 hams active from Libya. The other is 5A0YL, Elham. Abubaker has been her Elmer. It takes a great deal of dedication to be active from the turbulent city of Tripoli.  Abubaker and Elham […]

K6TU propagation tool and Baker Island Dxpedition

K6TU propagation tool and Baker Island Dxpedition

This figure shows the QSOs made by KP2L and WB5NHL (red rectangles) over laid on the free K6TU propagation analysis with the recent Baker Island dxpedition.. The black rectangle shows when Baker Island was heard (40M) but no QSO resulted. These results include SSB, CW and FT8 QSOs. It is concluded that the propagation tool […]

ATNO on 20M FT8

ATNO on 20M FT8

I have Seen Abubaker (5A1AL) a few times on FT8. Abubaker is the only Libyan ham that is regularly on the bands. Today I was able to work him and his upload to Clublog confirmed I am in his log. Sent him an OQRS for a QSL.

KH1/KH7Z  Baker  Island - Confirmed

KH1/KH7Z Baker Island – Confirmed

KH1/KH7Z (Baker Island) was a very successful dxpedition for us. I was able to work them (in clublog) on 17 meter CW and FT8 and 20M SSB, CW and FT8. All contacts were made between 0000 and 0200z. This was precisely as predicted by VOACAP propagation tool. I heard them in the mornings on 30M […]

FT8 Operating Tips

Since starting with FT8 in mid-July I have worked 177  countries (127 confirmed) and watched the mode explode in activity. It seems hams worldwide have discovered the fun of beating the sunspot gods! Along with this explosion of activity has come a need for more knowledge and skill in operating the WSJT-X software. ZL2IFB has […]

No Dead HF Bands Here – Update

Since mid-July  through Oct 31 I have worked 156 countries on FT8 mode on all HF bands. Some of the outstanding DX has included India (multiple times), Sri Lanka, Seychelles, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, Palestine, New Caledonia, West Malaysia, Samoa and Fiji — all on supposedly “dead” HF bands. It seems signal processing gain is […]