Are you ready for the International Helvetia Contest 2019?
Dates are 27 – 28 April 2019 at 13:00 UTC – 12:59 UTC.
I will be participating from the North-west of the country, just a step away to the French border from canton Neuchâtel (NE) in a multi-operator effort, with HB9EOU, HB9HLI, HB9HLM, HB9CVC, HB9TRY , HB9TWY .
The callsign used will be HB9CVD to honour the memory of Philippe, father of HB9HLM André. Philippe became very recently a SK.
Please look for us and remember that the new Helvetia is an any-to-any contest, so please be active on the bands during theses 24hrs.
Activities are now over and as I wrote on my qrz.com page I saw some comments that I was deaf. Yes this is true as I have QRM from various sources here in my urban QTH, mainly from HV Line just opposite my road, ranking from S7 to S9+10. I let you imagine the fun.
Log is updated to LOTW as for now, with 795 QSO records.
In the last two days I have put the focus on CW activity again especially on 20 and on 40m. A total of 104 CW and 12 SSB QSO were made again with lot of struggle.
Glad to have contacted old friends, some of them working on foreign countries such as LZ/S55M and DL/KU1CW.
I am reaching the last day of activity, tomorrow the 9th of January, and I am now focusing on #FT8 contacts.
Once more I do apologize for my poor sensitivity, but on the other hand I am glad that my signal is good audible with my simple Multiband vertical; this leaves lots of room for a station improvement in a new location in Bishkek during the current year (target).
Last night I was able to complete 77 qso on #40mcw as #EX0DX. It’s still very difficult to fight S9+10 qrm but with the windom antenna is somehow better on rx.
Today I enjoed 44 QSO on #20m CW but the most exciting part was to tun split on #20m SSB with 82 different stations. The 30m paid off but no US and I was forced to stop after sunrise as noise increase a lot with the dark.
I know this are not huge numbers but I am satisfied for what I have here as local conditions.
It has been quite a while without news as most of the updates goes through Facebook or Twitter.
Anyway, the EX0DX licence has been renovated and the QRZ.COM updated. Moreover, as general interest info, the Kyrgyz Amateur radio union (ARUKR) has a new official site (in Russian language only) www.qrzex.com
I am currently QRV from Bishkek on CW and FT8 until 09th of January and made so far 10qso on SSB and 234qso on CW, manly on 20 and 40m. As my QTH has S9 to S9+10 noise it’s quite a challenge running smooth operations.
FT8 QSO amount to approx 140
I am running FT450, 100W, Multiband vertical R8 and a Windom 10-40m