jeudi 8 octobre 2015

The James Clark Ross is now at St. Luzia

Still managing to follow GM0HCQ/MM down to the pole. The ship position is now 11N/22W. A  position map is included here. I hope to be able to continue the contacts with the JCR though my signal report is getting weaker, 359 with QSB tonight. Can't complain as using low power and a lower antenna.

samedi 3 octobre 2015

Mali yesterday, nuts and leaves today

Worked Mali TZ7C yesterday. Today worked in the back yard raking up a million glands (acorns). There are still a million in the trees, not to mention the leaves, most of which haven't fallen yet.

Well, I could use the exercise, but at 76 it isn't getting easier.

vendredi 2 octobre 2015

Continue tracking GM0HCQ/MM

I have had several QSOs with GM0HCQ/MM over the past week or so. Reports have been mixed, best being 589. Attached are a few graphics

samedi 26 septembre 2015

A few stations worked

VE1BA/QRP. There was quite a bit of QRN on 20 meters when working VE1BA, but managed to copy him through the QRN/QRM fine. He was using a KX3 at 5 watts and a dipole antenna. Quite a QRP operator with a desk full of nice rigs. Photo from his QRZ page is included here.
73, Dick

mercredi 23 septembre 2015


This evening just finished with VE2PID. We were both QRP. I ran my FT-817 for the first time in many, many months. So QRP and QRO have their time and place. While both rigs have a shift control, Only the 817 has a 500 Hz cw filter installed. As usual, 20 meter cw.

lundi 21 septembre 2015

Little info

No great DX worked. The 20 meter band is quite active with Euro stations. I did work GM0HCQ/MM for the first time since back in Benodet. Mike had a good 579 signal. Guess the research ship is on it's way down to the Antarctic.  Picture of ship and position chart at the time of our contact included. Also attached is a photo of a late 19th century Swiss/Italian PTT key that I picked up at a French swap meet some years ago. The action is sluggish, not for high speed cw but I do enjoy using it occasionally.

mardi 15 septembre 2015

Back in France

We had one of our better return trips. Breezed through JFK...and I mean breezed through all the usual international airport obstacles. Flight left nearly on time and arrived same in Paris. The YL retrieved her car and we were off to Benodet with a couple days spent with a Normandy friend. No problems found at home.

I posted some photos I took in NYC of the frigate Hermione. One is here but many can be seen on my QRZCQ page. 

Yesterday was a windy and rainy day. A reminder that Autumn is just around the corner. 

73 Dick

Had a 20M QSO with K1RM and KB1CL using the Argonaut 509 at 5 watts.