Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
50MHz MS has been poor to say the least. Some contacts being made but to nowhere the frequency that they were a few weeks bank. Log has been limited to the following:
Dec 17, 2010
Frank VK7DX @1932z (RS57)
Gavin VK3HY @ 2010z (RST519)
Dave VK7DD @ 2010z (RS51)
Glenn VK7AB @ 2037z (RS51
Peter VK7PD @ 2224z (RS54
The excitement of the return of trans-Pacific F2 and SSSP condx hasn't been lost with condx continuing in the last week. Both Jack OA4TT and Al CE1/K7CA have been there during the peak window... with Jack OA4TT working Bob ZL1RS... but no completed QSOs to VK.
Good condx again today with Bob ZL1RS also working a number of W stations - even though it was still Christmas night on their end of the path!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Yesterday it was Willem DU7/PA0HIP with very strong (RS59) signals into QG62 (and beyond). And today Joel KG6DX. For those of us who still need to be at the QRL daily, the opportunity to work these stations is much more limited... but at least there is hope being breathed into the band. Maybe there's still a chance come Saturday or Sunday!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Unfortunately the QRM from a couple of local VK4 stations working FK8 (both sides of that path were RS59++ signals) prevented the F2 path being completed.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
|07-Dec-10 08:17||VK4CZ||>> ZL7A in AE16 on 50.1170 CW 519 > QG62LP @ 3239.5km 132° |
but only their beacon. After requests on HF were made to have a operator QSY to 6m failed, I gave up.
So after the disappointment of listening to the ZL7A beacon for over an hour on Tuesday evening, then the fantastic Es condx which occurred both Thu and Fri mornings I had high hopes for Sat morning. Sadly these expectations were unrealistic!
With no Es condx present at all, and very poor MS enhancements only two stations were worked. Norm VK3DUT @ 2059z (RS55) and then Brad VK2QO @ 2107z (RS52).
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Brad VK2QO @ 1921z (RS51) was first in the log. Rhett VK3GHZ @ 2001z (RS51) was next - and his first ever MS contact on 6m. AT 2009z a good burn resulted in Glenn VK7AB (RS51), Dave VK7DD and Frank VK7DX (RS56) all being worked. Glenn VK7AB was worked again @ 2011z (RS52) and finally Steve VK3OT @ 2017z (RS53).
The afternoon any radio time will be focused towards the ZL7A operations.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Finally around 0240z the first of the NZ TV1 audio signals were rx'ed. At this time local activity was concentrating on VK3 and VK3 Es paths. ZL1SWW was first worked at 0346z. This patter continued for the afternoon with ZL TV being received and then QSBing down.
At 0715z ZL8X first appeared. Bob ZL1RS was reporting them and a scatter signal was heard. Weak CW about RST419 at best, but there. At 0723z Alan VK4WR worked ZL8X on CW. Path differences were obvious as they had faded to nothing while Alan worked them. And at 0724z there signal rose quickly and I bagged ZL8X on CW. I immediately called them on SSB and at 0725z I also completed an SSB QSO. Another new 6m DXCC. The first for 8 years.
While all this was happening local traffic still was working domestic and ZL stations.... that all changed quickly. ZL8X was then easily workable from the eastern seaboard of VK for the next 2 1/2 hours. Amazing condx.
Now for ZL7A today!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Worked were: Brad VK2QO @ 1930z (RS51), Glenn VK7AB @ 2001z (RS51), Dave VK7DD @ 2002z (RS52), Frank VK7DX @ 2002z (RS53) - all of these VK7 completes were made on a single burn - John VK2FAD @ 2019z (RS55) and Joe VK7JG @ 2037z (RS51).
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Very few signals about, but David VK3AUU @ 1918z (RS57) was an interesting burn. Initial signals were RS51 at best and after 3 overs built to RS57. Brad VK2QO @ 1938z (RS41) was heard but signal sounded more forward scatter than MS enhanced.
As for ZL8X... think I've missed any chance of working them. Summer Es would have usually been well established by now between VK and ZL,but we've had very little.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Local traffic added to the mix this morning with stations calling over each other, calling immediately as one finished, and a QSO held over those at the far end of the path calling all limiting the opportunities to complete. Looks less than favorable for when we get F2 if this operating style is any indication of what we can expect - but it's nothing new I suppose!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Soon after the MS enhancements begun. Worked this morning were Norm VK3DUT @ 1939z (RS511), VK3DUT again @ 2001 (RS53) Frank VK7DX @ 2002z (RS51), VK3DUT again @ 2004z (RS57), Brad VK2QO @ 2035z (RS55), Dave VK7DD @ 2036z (RS51) and finally Peter VK5PJ @ 211114z (RS51).
Focus for the rest of the day will be towards the South Pacific and the ZL8X operations. With chances of Es prop, ZL8 would represent represent a new DXCC on 50MHz for me and one step closer to achieving 50MHz DXCC after 25 years on 6m!!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday - no activity, was out spraying weeds!
Sunday - Norm VK3DUT @ 2012z (RS51), VK3DUT again @ 2028z (RS58) and finally Frank VK7DX @ 2028z (RS51)
Today - Lot's of activity. with very short pings producing regular opportunities to hear stations. VK2QO, VK3DUT, VK7DX and VK5BC regularly heard. QRN played a part in my rx this morning... most frustrating when I don't experience it much... but makes me empathise a little more with those who regularly do!
Stations completed with this morning included: Norm VK3DUT @ 1948z (RS52), Wayne VK4WTN @ 1950z (RS52 via ground wave), VK3DUT again @ 1958z (RS58), Frank VK7DX @ 2024z (RS51), David VK3AUU @ 2032z (RS41), Brian VK5BC @ 2034z (RS51), Brad VK2QO @ 2106z (RS52), VK3AUU again @ 2106z (RS53 - and upto RS58).
Friday, November 5, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
40m on LP to EU provided a few extra entries into the log. 15m has started (as predicted) with good runs being maintained towards W. 20m is a hard slog - good signals from W stations, but their antennas are (as they always are) beaming towards EU or even JA... making it very hard to snare unique Qs or even the odd multi on 20m.
We've set up another 10m station. And hopefully we'll see the band open up soon. I'm hitting the 'call' button while I type here and no responses. More later!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The VK4CZ 6m and HF stations have been packed to support the MM operation from VK4UC.
I have to admit that this time of year is always exciting. The lead-up and anticipation of CQWW is always great. But this time it's probably even better. It's not just for the challenge and thrill of operating a SOAB HP station and establishing a strategy and setting goals to close the gap on the KH6s and KH2s for top Oceania positions (one day I'll get top 3!).
Rather this time the opportunity to join in with some of VK's and a couple of W6's best contest operators and the opportunity to learn and share our experience which can only mean bigger, better results next year makes it that much better.
50MHz MS operations will have to wait for another week!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
At 1943z Norm VK3DUT was first worked (RS58). then Brad VK2QO @ 1943z (RS51), Frank VK7DX @ 1946 (RS53), VK2QO again at 2012z (RS52 - but QSO not a complete), Peter VK5PJ @ 2032 (RS55 - and then to RS59), Glenn VK7AB @ 2046z (RS51 - always great to hear Glenn, our southern most participant) and finally Michael VK2OT @ 2047z (RS54 - RS51 via ground wave).
Brian VK5BC was a good signal via MS enhancements with short burns delivering signals between RS51 and RS58, but no complete QSO's made. Both Alan VK4WR and I made many calls in response, but with no luck. Compared to VK5PJ, the opportunity to complete with VK5BC is much less... this is worth investigating considering their relative proximity to each other!
Progress towards CQWW op's continued. Laptop now 'talks' with radio and Writelog is feeding audio for the DVK function. Happy days!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Norm VK3DUT was the first contact for the morning @ 1958z (RS52), followed @ 1959z (RS59), and then again @2005z (RS54). Then Brad VK2QO @ 2008z (RS54), Frank VK7DX @ 2016z , Brian VK5BC @ 2035z (RS51), David VK3AUU @ 2051z (RS54, Brand VK2QO again @ 2057 (RS52) and finally Peter VK5PJ @ 2105z (RS51).
Brian VK5BC was heard regularly in QSO with a local VK5 station between 2015 and 2030z - signals between RS51 and RS59. Calls to Brian failed to break, until the complete @ 2035z. During this time, few other signals from VK2, 3 and 5 were rx'ed.
Work has started this morning in preparation for next weeks CQWW. This year I'll be participating in a Mult-multi operation @ VK4UC with 6 operators from VK and W in an attempt to take a leadership position in Oceania for this category.... should be fun, and a lot less stressful than my usual preference for SOAB cat operating.
Laptop USB/serial interface and audio connectivity to radio for DVK will be finished today... then tomorrow prepare equip for transportation to the operations site.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Greg VK2GJC joined the sked for the first time today, and whilst he didn't posts of hearing anyone on VKLogger, he was copied twice @ 2024z and again at 2031z by myself. Welcome Greg!
With the moon again rising within the MS sked window, my attention switched over to monitoring for signals off the moon. Today Clay W7CE was received, but no two ways completed. Trace from WSJT below:
212100 0 -30 2.0 207 3 * CQ W7CE CN87 ? 0 4
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Mario K2ZD came into 'range' via the moon on 50MHz. I QSY'ed to JT65 and monitored for his signal. At 2010z Mario's CQ call's were rx'ed. And at 2018z Mario was received calling me (see snippet below), and then again at 2026z. Then nothing else.
201800 5 -25 2.5 156 3 * VK4CZ K2ZD FN21 0 10
Saturday, October 2, 2010
It's October - when this radio amateurs thoughts should be moving to contesting!
Monitoring 15m this morning and the band alive with big signals out of Nth America many over RS59in ODXA and California QSO Party - many stations with RS59+20 signals.
I should be in ODXC in prep for CQWW, but motivation for entering from this station this contest season is low!
As the VK4CZ station is currently without 10m capabilities, I will be operating CQWW SSB this year as part of a multi-multi operation being established at VK4UC to challenge the leadership position in the MM category within Oceania. This is to be operated by some of VK's and W6's top contest operators and is being coordinated by Trent VK4TI.
Given my preference to SOAB operating, this will be a great learning experience that hopefully will be applied back to my SOAB style operatons. More details later and photo's after the event.
Friday, October 1, 2010
The morning started with low level signals being rx'ed without MS enhancements of Brad VK2QO @ RS41 at best, and without the usual copy of Wayne VK4WTN via groundwave (Wayne was active due to reports appearing on VKLogger).
The first completed MS contacts were with David VK7DD @ 2033z (RS55), Frank VK7DX @ 2033z (RS52) followed at 2036z by VK2QO (RS51) and Norm VK3DUT @ 2045z (RS57).
Following this burst of activity, the continued rx of low level signals continued with Norm VK3DUT being rx'ed at RS41/RS51 nearly every call without MS enhancement, with other SSB signals present but too low a level to identify.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Stations worked today include Frank VK7DX @ 2015z (RS51), David VK3AUU @ 2059z (RS57), Frank VK7DX @ 2102z (RS51) and David VK1DJA @ 2119z (RS51) [was great to work Dave again - our last contact was Dec 2009 via Es].
Also heard this morning were the following stations: VK2QO, VK2FA, VK2FAD, and VK4WTN. But all of these stations were under 900km paths and produced only short pings, with no sustainable burns to enable completes.
Finally some action from Steve Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in regard to the switch off of the analogue low band TV transmitters:
So when will RTQ go QRT?
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Conditions weren't as good as the passed few mornings. Brad VK2QO was first to be rx'ed RS57 @2035z with a short burn, but was not completed. Frank VK7DX was worked at 2042z (RS51), then a series of very strong but short pings heard that included David VK7DD @ 2043z (RS55), VK7DX @ 2046z (RS52), Norm VK3DUT @ 2046z (RS52) and Joe VK7JG @ 2225z (RS54). and Frank VK7DX worked again @ 2234z (RS53).
Will be active again tomorrow.
Monday, September 27, 2010
First in the session worked was Norm VK3DUT @ 2025z (RS59) followed immediately by Frank VK7DX @ 2025z (RS55). David VK7DD worked at 2038z (RS55 - RS59 rpt rx'ed) and Frank VK7DX again @ 2040z (RS57).
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Lively condx this morning on 50MHz MS....
Conditions started as normal with a completed contact with David VK3AUU at 2006z (RS51), then followed by Frank VK7DX 2011z (RS51).
When I worked Frank VK7DX again at 2128z signals were starting to peak with an RS57. At 2118z things got really exciting, with Norm VK3DUT worked RS57, David VK3AUU RS57 and VK7DX and VK4EK all heard. Burn lasted nearly 1.5 minutes.
Friday, September 24, 2010
With vklogger suffering a server fault midway through the period an immediate lack of activity ensued. Just goes to show how dependent we've all become to that service!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
David VK3AUU, Norm VK3DUT and Frank VK7DX all worked. Brad VK2QO also heard. Also good to see local activity with Wayne VK4WTN and Ron VK4CRO calling.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I monitored the digital activity on 50.230MHz for a while... David VK3AUU was a good signal with regular decodes seen.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Followed by fantastic conditions on 6m MS. VK2QO first worked at 2028z followed by VK7DX and VK3DUT. Groundwave, scatter Es and AE modes also played a part with VK2OT (worked), VK4SSB/2 and VK2FA all heard very regularly. Great participation this morning with the most number of stations heard. Dave VK7DD also heard regularly but all pings too short to complete. Peter VK5PJ also worked at RS59 - burn lasted long enough for 3 overs as well as Alan VK4WR to complete - amazing!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Dave VK7DD was heard regularly until 2150z, but not worked. Short pings and Dave's longer call sequences prevented any completes.