40 Meters Rocks!

DF2BO is ESP – but I can copy him one week away from the Summer Solstice Here we are – one week away from the Summer Solstice, and I can copy Tom over the pole. Not bad for bottom of the cycle – with Zero sunspots. Sure – Tom has a great antenna, but being able to hear him with a simple station setup…

I2VRN on 40M – S9

One of the 40M beacons on the band is Roberto – with a 2 element yagi up 100′ – and an S9 signal The sunspot number is up to 24 – and growing, and its really great to hear the band open. I do hear a ton of atmospheric noise that I did not hear as much in the Winter. This might have something…

RZ3AH on 40M SP at 2349z

The magic of 40M in (almost) winter – Moscow during our late afternoon I also heard OK2PVF quite well. Nothing comes close to 40M in my book. That’s the #1 thing I’ve learned DXing for 17 years . . .

Which 40M Antenna Will Win for 3Y0I?

The DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array wins the ZS path (orange), the dipole wins the South Shetlands path (light blue), so which antenna will win the highly coveted Bouvet Path (yellow)? Time will tell. The most interesting thing is that in both cases, the UrbanBeam did hear the stations in both places. It was not quite as good as the winner – but…

First ZS Test: DXE DV-40-P vs. 40M Dipole up 60′

At 0425z we are getting past the optimal time for a 40M SP QSO with ZS However, the only antenna where I can actually hear him above the noise is the DXE DV-40-P. Neither the UrbanBeam or the dipole up 60′ cut the mustard. Oddly enough, the UrbanBeam comes in second place. I can hear Volker a little on the UrbanBam – but nada…

ZS6CCY is Back!

ZS6CCY – Bill – the South African “Beacon” is back on 40M nightly . . . I have to admit – I missed Bill working his daily pileups – but he is back. His signal was an S9 – but the band isn’t as great as it usually is during the Autumnal Equinox. Anyway – while its really obvious that we are really at…

F5IN on 40M: With “Dragon”

F5IN, the “French Beacon” is on CW pretty much every morning his time – 0500z. I have worked Mike so many times I feel like I know him. I’ll bet he enjoys CW and coffee like many of us do. There is a dragon in the background. Its no doubt Chinese Over the Horizon radar. The 7610 does  really great way of letting you…

Summer DX Patterns

Tonight, 40M sounds a lot like mid summer conditions – when EU fades (F5IN – a veritable beacon on CW during the Winter and Equinoxes is not heard as usual tonight). Dany, ZS3D was weak – but he is always weaker than Bill, ZS6CCY – whom I haven’t seen spotted for a while now. I need to check the morning Long Path to see…

TZ4AM: I’m Starting to Like the 7610 More Than The K3

The IC-7610 Scope layout and options are very intuitive OK – now I am really starting to love this new rig. The Scope functions fit my operating better than the P3 did. The amount of information is laid out the way I think – and once you put the SD card in – you get these beautiful screen snaps. I love the “T” marker…

LA1MFA on Evening 40M SP

I’m surprised that I hear LA1MFA so well at this time of year, but I guess the vernal equinox conditions are still there. Over this month this path will go away most likely – but since we are getting close to the beginning of solar minimum, it will be interesting to see the affect on the low bands – especially 40M, but also 30…