FREQ 300: #11 – IOTA NA-036 – VE7/F8IHE

Vancouver Island – our nearby Canadian neighbor – great (QRP) DX on 20M at the bottom of the cycle! I’m learning that “Rare DX” is a relative term not an absolute. I had previously been so “whetted” with the ARRL DXCC list that I could not see the forest from the trees. Now add in QRP and you have a whole new reality. F8IHE,…

FREQ 300 Milestone: #10 – 4S7AB

Kamal, 4S7AB with his 2 element Quad worked easily with 5 watts. Amazing! Perth, VK6 is still the MPW / KPW (miles per watt / kilometers per watt) champion QSO, but this QSO is second – and would be more “rare” if it weren’t for Kamal – who is a beacon from Sri Lanka. Its pretty amazing that I could expect to work India…

40M Antenna Comparison (yes, again)

I have been wondering why my silly Inverted Vee has been beating my UrbanBeam up 46 feet on 40M this summer. Noise is one issue – the horizontal antenna has been very noisy. The Inverted Vee has a higher take off angle – as does the UrbanBeam on 40M when it is “only” up 46 feet. I can see that low angle arriving signals…

West Coast Top 10 Most Wanted – Clublog

Its been a long time since I checked the “Top 10 Most Wanted” lists on Clublog, but the West Coast Most Wanted List is interesting (the global most wanted list is not, actually). I need Bouvet and Glorioso – so I am in good company. I’m actually surprised Turkmenistan is at 10 – I would have expected it to be lower on the list….

4S7AB – Great DX With UrbanBeam up 50′

4S7AB on the Short Path. Great DX for no sunspots! This is classic 40M / at the bottom of the cycle DX. Imagine working Sri Lanka with no sunspots – its magic I tell ya! Kamal was spotted – and I had just wired up the new HST III switch box that I finished last night – and with one call, boom – I…

The Ghost of DX Past

He was on his way to the Card Checker when, startled by the Ghost of DX Past, he dropped his cards … his P5 cards blew away into the dark night …. damn you DX Ghost, DAMN YOU! Wow, I am having a really tough time trying to tell myself that I am excited about DXing and working any more ATNO’s. I’m going through…

Fall Project: Adding 160M To My Remote Switch

I have a remote switch for 75 and 80M (R1, R2 and R3), and by adding in a relay before these, I can switch between my 60′ tall 75 / 80M vertical and a Cushcraft MA160V for Top Band. This would be a couple hour project – and one that I need to try to get done before VP6D – which is the next…

What Does it Mean to be a DXer?

While writing the first several posts of The DXCC Sleuth https://dxccsleuth.blog/ the question of “When did I become a DXer?” popped into my mind, followed by “What exactly is a DXer?” My QSL cards in the DXCC Sleuth pre-dated my previous recollection of when I started DX-ing. I’ve had in my bio that I started DX-ing in 2001, but my QSL cards that are…

EW7LO on 40M SP

Besides working anything in or around the African continent – I do like the polar path to EU. I find the “polar flutter” very soothing for some reason. Come to think about it – its funny how us hams experience such sensations that the rest of the non ham world will never experience. I know many people who like science fiction and whatnot –…

Solar Cycle 24: The “Big Thud” . . .

I had anticipated that as soon as 3Y0Z would have been over, we would be where we are now. I fully expect two years of being at the bottom – but I was happy to hear 3B7A on 20M CW and SSB last weekend. That at least shows that good DX can be worked at the bottom of the Cycle. Here is what I…