EX0DX now active

EX0DX is QRV form Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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

QSL via usual way.

#ex0dx #hf #kyrgyzstan

 

 

Helvetia Contest 2018

Are you ready for the Helvetia Contest 28 – 29 April 2018 at 13:00 UTC – 12:59 UTC, with updates rules?

More info, such as locations and callsigns used during this edition from a specific Canton: https://www.uska.ch/amateurfunkpraxis/wettbewerbe-und-diplome/schweizer-contest-kw/

 

 

 

 

Nice result CQWW SSB 2017 contest. New Swiss record SOAB(A)

9th place EU, NEW Swiss Record SOAB(A)

Glad about my result. Still too low 3 points qso number especially on 40m to boost the result further up. Many thanks to Ludovic HB9EOU for lending his shack and antennas to me.
#cqcontest #hamradio

http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_contests/cq_ww_dx_contest/ContestStory.pdf

WPX SSB 2018. Team member of HB2U

I will be member of the multi-Op operation signing HB2U @HB9EOU station during coming WPX SSB contest.

Planned a M/2 entry. We hope not to suffer too much by snow and ice. GL to everyone and any call is appreciated.

 

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CQWWWPX2018

D41CV 2m FT8 ready for Transatlantic

Hi everyone,

at D4C there are experiments going on on 2m FT8.
Thanks to Mark EA8FF, D4C station was upgraded in a way that FT8 mode is manageable on remote. We run several hundreds of HF FT8 QSO signing D41CV.
Operators are now attentive to the next days tropo condx to operate the station as per the following information just released:

As there might be tropo across the Atlantic sometimes around next Tuesday onward, D41CV station (located in Cape Verde), WW Locator HK76MU will be attentive to any opening.

Please spread the info if anybody across has FT8 on 2.
D41CV remote crew will operate on
FT8 144.174 1000Hz. 
Power 6 W FT8 GPS locked into a 5el yagi.

My “new” Helvetia contest

Major changes in the Helvetia contest this year being now International (any-to-any).

As I was supporting these changes in the rules, I took then immediately the challenge to operate outside of HB9, although not in one of the best DX location (south on Milan) due to the closeness to HB9 (propagation skip).

Second purpose was to finally enjoy on the air several weekends of station maintenance @IO2X.

I really mad a good and relaxed experience in the SO2R-mode with two keyboards outside major contests.

Conditions Key band was 40m followed by 20m. Amazingly good on 15m Sunday morning 09:00 to 10:30 but unfortunately no activity on SSB (CW skimmers were reporting good signal strength from EU to Asia and Pacific. Just 25 QSO, mostly with HB9. Highligts were to be called by H44MS, 4S7LF or by BI4WOP with 100W and a vertical antenna being his first QSO-ever outside of Asia.I was expecting more on 80m

HB9 Several canton missed, so I suppose there was a lack of activity as well. The snowfalls just before the contest (yes, we had a dry winter and snow on the contest weekend…..) may have prevented some portable operation to be on. Anyway, in general, I strongly support a widespread activity of all Cantons, even for a limited time during the contest (say 3 to 4 hrs) in order to keep up the attractiveness of the event.

Rules I personally see a potential of “shaping” the rules that may fit more stations to increase DX participation. I hope the organizers will take it into consideration (just to mention one: Low power category).

Scores I am persuaded that this new form will bring more participants, just think that top scorer DX-stations were working 150 to max 200 QSO in the whole contest just being obliged to work HB9 stn only. From the declared I can now see that i.e LZ2HA went from 193 Q to 400+ QSO and YO9HP summarized 743 QSO in the Mixed category

Call: IQ2CJ
Operator: HB9DUR
Class: SO SSB HP
QTH: IO2X
Operating Time (hrs): 16
Location: Southern Europe
Radios: SO2R

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs Mults
160: 20 17
80: 64 39
40: 331 68
20: 223 59
15: 25 22
10: 4 5
Total: 0 667 0 210 Total Score 437,430

summary

A big thanks goes to Luca IK2NCJ for his support and to all stations for the contacts.

73, HB9DUR Andrea

Are you ready for the new Helvetia HF contest?

The Helvetia Contest becoming an international contest

YES, the Helvetia Contest is becoming an international contest

The Helvetia Contest with the new rules (All- to-all QSO) takes place 29 – 30 April 2017 at 13:00 UTC – 12:59 UTC.

Rules in English available here

There are two main major changes in the Rules:

Scoring of Contacts, Multipliers

  • Contact with a station in Switzerland: 10 points
  • Contact with a station within the same continent: 1 point
  • Contact with a station outside the own continent: 3 points
  • Multipliers: Canton and DXCC country (including Switzerland) per band: 1 point

 Categories

  • SOAB-CW-HP
  • SOAB-SSB-HP
  • SOAB-CW + SSB + Digital-QRP
  • SOAB-CW + SSB + Digital-HP
  • MOAB-CW-HP
  • MOAB-SSB-HP
  • MOAB-CW + SSB + Digital-HP
  • SWL

The major log software should be ready

For further information please go to the official USKA page: http://www.uska.ch/amateurfunkpraxis/wettbewerbe-und-diplome/schweizer-contest-kw/

Swiss Cantons: