Topic #1 Holidays season is approaching and I am planning another trip to #Kyrgyzstan. I will operate EX0DX occasionally still from the very noisy QTH . However the focus is to spend my time with the family so my operation time will be randomly adjusted.
Anyway, this time I have some interesting pieces of equipment that will surely help me to get you guys our of the S9+ QRM
The nanoVNA and the SDR Play RSP 2 will help more as monitor devices
I plan to be QRV sometimes after 27th December 2019 as I have to erect the R8 Vertical antenna in the garden firstly. End of operations 11JAN2020
RIG will be the usual Yaesu FT450D with 100W and the Cushcrap R8 + dipole 40m. In June 2019 I tried a bazooka antenna with the hope of reducing the noise level but results were very unsatisfactory. I will look into the matter one more time.
I’m looking forward to some good QSO in spite of the inexistent Sun activity as of today 22DEC2019
WHY extra work? Topic #2
I have been appointed by the National Amateur Radio Union of the Kyrgyz Republic ARUKR as IARU R1 liason officer. We are in the process of finalising all documents for the application to fill the existing gap as Kyrgyzstan is not an IARU R1 member.
There is an awesome project currently running in the country related to a group of Girls building the first CUBESAT satellite ever as the Kyrgyz Space Program is crowdfunding the country’s first satellite. Info from TEDed blog and here . By the way they are searching for funds and I eager to learn more details about their project.
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.