Upper Canada QRP Club. They are 2 hours in length, and are going to be held every 2 months, with the score being accumulative over the year.
This was the first event I have used my KX3 for since I bought it. It performed very well, and I was very pleased with it.
Due to last weekends very high winds and bad ice storm, the only antenna I had available to use tonight was my 35.5' vertical wire feeding into a 4:1 balun. It certainly wasn't the best antenna, it does need to be tweaked, but it did a good job tonight.
I managed to make seven 10w SSB contacts: 4 into Texas, 1 into Colorado, 1 into Ontario, and a great DX contact into the Cayman Islands with ZF2PG. The last one made my night. Given where we currently are in the solar cycle, I'm very pleased with the KX3 performance.
The propagation was definitely north-south for the most part. The propagation numbers at 2030 UTC were: SFI=71, SN=0, A Index=5, and the K Index=1.
Friday, 17 January 2020
|VE3GO, VA3QV, VE3MNE, VE3WTN, & VE3DZE.|
Instead of being out in the cold warehouse next to the command vehicles and support trucks, these guys snuck into the Chief's office.
As a group we are very fortunate to be able to use the logistics base for our meetings. It also has the benefit that the paramedics, and their supervisors, know who was are.
Posted by Blogmaster at 14:33
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Thursday, 2 January 2020
The other day I came across this LINK. If you don't know about the DX Marathon have a read, it's a well kept secret that needs to be made much more public.
What a great motivation this will be to try and get on the air every day. Hopefully, as the bands get better, and the propagation starts to improve, this will be fun.
The rules for this event can be found HERE.
Posted by Blogmaster at 10:03
Sunday, 29 December 2019
As well I also managed DX QSO's with France, Slovenia, and Belgium, all on 20m, and all of them totally unexpected. In the end I made contacts on 20m, 40m, 80m, and 160m. Occasionally I checked both 10m and 15m, but I never heard a thing on them, not even in the CW portion.
Propagation for the contest was: SFI=72, SN=0, A=13, and K=2. I have heard other local ops tell me they had high noise on the bands that hindered their efforts, but I had none of that, the bands sounded good to me.
I even managed to work the ever elusive Bob, VA3QV, on 20m. It's amazing where you find him 😁
Now I'm off to start making some long range plans for 2020.
Posted by Blogmaster at 16:50