DL0GTH returned to its home contest QTH at Schneekopf mountain in JO50JP for the most important 2m contest of the year. We are still limited in terms of operators and therefore, we used a rather lean equipment with just three antenna systems on top of small masts. Still, we had a lot of fun. The contest started rather disappointing with very poor conditions with rain. But it significantly improved at night and at the end we were very satisfied with the results achieved. 1080 QSO and ~400k points.
Now, we are looking forward to the last big contest event in 2022, the UHF/SHF/Microwave contest on 1st and 2nd October.
I added 1090 MHz LNA and SAW filter made by Nvarcher to my ADS-B RX equipment. It is directly connected to the 5.5 dBi antenna and power supplied by USB-C. The device remarkable improved the RX, adding >10dB dynamic range resulting in about 50% more airplanes ‘seen’ and stable DX >400 km. You can find the situation befor (w/o LNA/SAW filter) and after (/w LNA/SAW filter) in the embedded PDF document: graphs1090_ Performance Graphs
Now I am considering to replace the RTL-SDR.com USB stick by Airspy R2 SDR RX and more antenna gain with a collinear antenna which may provide another ~10 dB dynamic range.
Because of some issues with airplane feeds into Airscout, I decided to set up my own ADS-B RX and feed data to several feed servers including Opensky, adsbexchange and Adshub. There is a nice receiver kit promoted by Opensky but sold by Jetvision (owned by DL4MEA) which I bought and installed in less then an hour. The kit description and easy installation guide provided by Opensky: https://github.com/openskynetwork/receiver-kit
Finally, you can watch my ADS-B feed at https://opensky-network.org/receiver-profile?s=-1408231534
Some interesting PSK Reporter results today:
DLØGTH/p operated from DKØNA location in JO50TI again. Even, propagation conditions were not really good and we missed rain scatter this time, we still were satisfied with our results.
The DLØGTH/p team had great fun on 5th and 6th June in the DARC Microwave Contest. We operated from DKØNA location in JO50TI again. We enjoyed very good rain scatter condx. Since we always try to improve our equipment DL2ALF designed a new switch box (see picture below) which enable to switch all transverters and antennas directly with Wintest band change key. Less chance for operators mistakes. Finally, we are also satisfied with the results achieved.
Station setup with the new remote switch box (middle of the picture)
DL2AKT, DH1NAX, DL2ALF
DL2AKT, DL6AUI/DLØGTH, DG2NES/DKØNA, DH1NAX
Almost final results
The Radio Society of Great Britain honers DL2ALF.
‘1962 Committee Cup – awarded for outstanding amateur development at VHF/UHF. Awarded this year to Frank Schmähling, DL2ALF for the outstanding development of AirScout software for aircraft scatter.’ See facebook.com
Congratulation to Frank for the great achievement.
Radio amateurs of Thuringia met in Mühlhausen on 14th May. It was the first of its kind Ham radio meeting for more than two years. Unfortunately, the participation was rather poor. Maybe, some Hams were still concerned of COVID19 or just because the location was a bit remote for most regions. However, I enjoyed to meet some old friends as well as watching very interesting presentations.
DLØGTH/p participated the contest from DKØNA QTH in JO5ØTI again. We enjoyed nice weather conditions but normal propagation conditions. Claimed scores https://slovhf.net/claimed/ show satisfactory results.
70 cm FT8 activity is scheduled every 2nd Wednesday evening of the month. I participated the first time on 13th April. Since I did not use FT8 on 70 cm in the past a lot, I could log a lot of first contacts, in total 25 QSO. ODX was the QSO with John G3XDY almost 700 km. Not bad with 75W and single 16 element Yagi antenna and rather poor propagation conditions. Sure, I will check the 3rd Wednesday of the month when 23 cm activity in scheduled.
HamRadioDeluxe is a great ham radio software suite with a lot of dedicated tools and features. Its HRD Logbook has also capabilities to sync with other databases including LOTW, eQSL but also http://hrdlog.net. I had some problems with hrdlog.net which was caused by blacklisting of one of their servers. It took me some time to debug but finally Mike VK4EIE provided the important info that data is uploaded to mail.hrdlog.net (instead of just hrdlog.net). It is not any email protocol used but just port 80 (html) for that purpose. For some reason mail.hrdlog.net was blacklisted and therefore caused upload fails. After mail.hrdlog.net was whitelisted the software worked perfect for the purpose.
Lessons learnt: In the good old days, hams were busy to fix problems with their transceivers or antennas. Today, we spend more time to fix software or Internet issues.
Sebastian DG5CST participated the International EME Contest very successfully. He won the 23cm CW part with new world record score.
Very well done Sebastian!
Warm congratulations to Michael DB6NT and Matthias DK5NJ for their new records on µWave bands. Please find the detailed and very interesting report with many nice pictures and video at https://dk5nj.de/2022/03/16/new-world-record-on-the-134-ghz-band/
DLØGTH/p was QRV from JO5ØTI on 5th/6th March. I enjoyed to operate the 2m station. Thanks to DKØNA team for great support and hospitality at their location. Looking forward already for May contest.
Good tropo condx to UK on January 13th and 14th. Completed QSO >500km listed.
13.01.2022 08:07 IV3BLQ JN65 -9 1 FT8 613km
13.01.2022 15:34 G3YDY JO01 -18 -16 FT8 711km
13.01.2022 16:41 SP9EYX JO90 -11 3 FT8 553km
13.01.2022 17:24 OZ5TG JO45 -9 9 FT8 534km
14.01.2022 08:18 G4DKB JO01 -24 -5 FT8 711km
14.01.2022 08:22 ON5ZZ JO11 -24 -14 FT8 573km
14.01.2022 08:26 G4DCV IO91 -17 -20 FT8 850km
14.01.2022 08:30 G0VUH IO93 -16 -22 FT8 878km
14.01.2022 08:39 G7IGC IO92 -19 -17 FT8 857km
14.01.2022 08:43 G3TCG JO00 -18 -20 FT8 717km
14.01.2022 08:44 M0MIZ IO91 -24 -8 FT8 850km
14.01.2022 08:47 G4YTM IO93 -16 -7 FT8 878km
14.01.2022 08:54 M0AAX JO01 -5 -9 FT8 711km
14.01.2022 08:54 GW7SMV IO81 -3 -9 FT8 988km
14.01.2022 09:05 M0PNN IO82 -14 -14 FT8 992km
14.01.2022 10:38 G3TKF IO81 -22 -3 FT8 988km
14.01.2022 10:40 M0CFV IO91 -18 -7 FT8 850km
14.01.2022 10:57 G6WRW IO82 -9 -7 FT8 992km
14.01.2022 11:15 MX1SWL/AIO91 -14 -14 FT8 792km
14.01.2022 11:27 G4ZZL JO01 -23 -9 FT8 711km
14.01.2022 11:30 M0JVN IO91 -22 -3 FT8 850km
14.01.2022 11:32 G4CKS IO91 -22 -20 FT8 850km
14.01.2022 11:35 G0JCC IO82 10 14 FT8 992km
14.01.2022 11:38 ON4ASV JO11 -17 -19 FT8 573km
14.01.2022 11:43 M0GGO JO01 0 0 FT8 711km
14.01.2022 11:45 M0FXX IO91 -3 -11 FT8 850km
14.01.2022 11:49 G6CPX IO92 -7 -6 FT8 857km
14.01.2022 11:55 G3ZSS IO90 -18 -8 FT8 857km
14.01.2022 16:27 G3TCG JO00 2 5 FT8 717km
Some very good tropo conds enabled many DX QSO on 2m on Friday, 19th November. See PSKREPORTER map below.
It was a great pleasure to participate the Marconi Memorial Contest on 2m in CW from home QTH in JO50NV. Operatung about 10 hours only, I was quite satisfied with 185 QSO. Conditions were not really great.
DL0GTH focused on 70cm during the contest which took place October 2-3. Unfortunately, some OP were not able to join the team resulting in no activity at DL0GTH on 23cm, 13cm, 9cm and 6cm bands. Nevertheless, our small team had a lot of fun in the contest. Congratulations to DR9A who have likely won the contest.
DL0GTH participated the contest from Schneekopf in JO50JP on 4th/5th September with much smaller than usual equipment. Nevertheless, the results achieved were much better than anticipated with such reduced equipment: 1086 QSO and >410000 points. Looking forward now to the October UHF/SHF/Microwave Contest.
Even, I participated a few hours only, I am quite satisfied with the results. No skeds, no airplane scatter software use.
144 MHz: 101 QSO, ODX IQ5NN 823 km
432 MHz: 20 QSO, ODX OM6A 583 km
1296 MHz: 10 QSO, ODX DG2GR 192 km
Now, I am looking forward to September IARU-Region 1 VHF Contest. DL0GTH will be QRV again from JO50JP in multi OP mode.
Fortunately, new Covid-19 infections went down significantly, shops and restaurants are open again and I am looking forward for some ham radio events. I also got my second shot of vaccine and feel much more safe now. Likely, I will participate July VHF/UHF contest in Single OP category still. But I am confident that DL0GTH will operate as Multi OP station in IARU-Region-1-VHF contest. CU on the air.
Since multi operator contesting is still restricted by Corona pandemic rules, DL0GTH was not active and I made some QSO on 2m, 70cm and 23cm bands from home. A few hours only, also because there was not much activity and poor condx. The contest weekends are almost the only chance for some QSO in SSB/CW because outside of contests there is more activity in digital modes.
Looking forward to the peak of Lyrids this night. Some nice QSOs already made on 2m.