• [G3XBM] Rally on?

    From G3XBM via rec.radio.amateur.moderat@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 24 09:35:32 2022
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    Rally on?

    Posted: 24 Mar 2022 05:37 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/rally-on.html

    According to my information Sunday March 27th is the Callington ARS rally
    in Cornwall. Back in the 1960s I went to this rally. It was about 30 miles
    from where I lived.
    As always. contact the organisers before travelling any distance is case
    things have changed.
    Contact Roger 2E0RPH on 07854 088882 for details.

    6m FT8 QRP (Thursday)

    Posted: 24 Mar 2022 03:16 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/6m-ft8-qrp-thursday.html

    At about 0940z my 6m FT8 system was turned on. After a few minutes on TX
    with 2.5W and the vertical omni V2000 (2 G spots, but no QSOs) I am again
    RX only.
    UPDATE 1015z: Just 3 G stations spotted.

    Sunspots - Thursday March 24th 2022

    Posted: 24 Mar 2022 12:50 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/sunspots-thursday-march-24th-2022.html

    Solar flux is 106 and the SSN 27. A=7 and K=2.

    8m TX permit has arrived!!

    Posted: 23 Mar 2022 10:23 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/8m-tx-permit-has-arrived.html

    All being well, I should start sending 8m FT8 from April 2nd on 40.676kHz
    (or close to it). I am also allowed to send CW. Some crossband QSOs are expected!

    WSJT-X and 8m

    Posted: 23 Mar 2022 02:58 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/wsjt-x-and-8m.html

    OFCOM has told me my permit to TX on 8m is coming. My intention is to send
    FT8 most of the time, with the occasional CW and WSPR.
    I know my widebanded FT817ND produces power at 8m and is clean. I also know PSKreporter supports 8m. Then, last night, I had a sudden panic. Did WSJT-X support 8m?
    This morning I checked - it does! I am sure with a hack it would have been possible, but in its standard form it does already.
    I hope to do some local CW crossband tests as well initially. My permit
    should start in early April and last for a year.

    6m FT8 QRP (Wednesday)

    Posted: 23 Mar 2022 10:20 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/6m-ft8-qrp-wednesday.html

    At just before 0900z I decided to go on 6m FT8. With my 2.5W and the V2000 vertical omni I was called by G3XDV (45km). A nice surprise QSO resulted.
    In all, 4 Gs spotted my QRP CQ.
    At the moment, I am RX only.
    UPDATE 1026z: 6 Gs spotted on RX.
    UPDATE 1716z: 20 stations in 5 countries spotted today.

    Sunspots - Wednesday March 23rd 2022

    Posted: 23 Mar 2022 02:28 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/sunspots-wednesday-march-23rd-2022.html

    Solar flux is 106 and the SSN 81. A=8 and K=2.

    8m QSO between Croatia and South Africa

    Posted: 22 Mar 2022 06:23 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/8m-qso-between-croatia-and-south-africa.html

    The EI7GL blog has details of a first 8m QSO between Croatia and South
    See https://ei7gl.blogspot.com .

    6m FT8 QRP (Tuesday)

    Posted: 22 Mar 2022 02:40 PM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/6m-ft8-qrp-tuesday.html

    For a change, I am on 6m FT8 QRP. I turned things on (2.5W to the vertical
    omni V2000) just before 0900z. 2 Gs spotted me on TX, but nothing yet on
    RX. At the moment, I am RX only.
    UPDATE 1025z: 10 G stations spotted on RX.
    UPDATE 1120z: 16 stations spotted (mostly Gs) with the furthermost
    SM5EPO (1344km).

    UPDATE 1317z: 23 stations spotted, all G apart from 2 in continental
    UPDATE 1350z: Still 23 stations spotted on RX. A brief TX period just
    now at 2.5W was spotted by G0OPQ (50km), but no QSOs. RX only again now.

    UPDATE 2108z: 29 stations spotted today on 6m FT8 RX (see logbook). QRT
    UPDATE 2137z: One late QSO with G3YDY (98km). Now QRT.

    Sunspots - Tuesday March 22nd 2022

    Posted: 21 Mar 2022 11:19 PM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2022/03/sunspots-tuesday-march-22nd-2022.html

    Solar flux is 98 and the SSN 30. A=4 and K=3.

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