vrijdag 24 december 2010

QSL cards from the Pacific

A couple of weeks ago I received some nice QSL cards via Gerben, PG5M. Gerben went to the pacific in September 2009 and visited Fiji, Tuvalu and Kiribati. Worekd Gerben from Fiji and Tuvalu, both contacts were on 20m CW. So two new countries and IOTA confirmed. Thanks Gerben for the fast Buro-service.
This wasn't Gerben his first trip, check out his website for more information here.

Have a nice christmas evening with the family and see you next week for the final post of 2010.

Frank, ON7RU

dinsdag 7 december 2010


After not working ZL8X I asked myself several questions:
Do I have to question the hexbeam? Need I more power? Do I have the right skills? Do I....  Instead of getting a box of prozac I got back behind the radio and chased down the Belgian 9Q DXpedition. Worked them 6 times so far. They are really loud even on 40m.
While doing my daily check on "the" DXers website I read that Jan, DL7JANhttp://www.qsl.net/dl7jan/ is preparing a new trip. He will sign J79AN from NA-101, the island of dominica starting 23 february. For those who don't know Jan, Jan is a top notch operator with 330 countries confirmed. He masters CW, SSB and digi. Worked Jan several times on his previous trips as HB0, CT8, 7P and V88. He's a very good and fast QSL'er too. He's often on frequency and his call is logged during all my /P activities. The picture below is taken in the entrance hall at the Friedrichshafen hamradio event in June 2010.

73s & gd DX.

maandag 22 november 2010

Cushcraft MA4080

If you live on a small city lot there aren't many options for lowband antennas. After doing some research only 2 options made it to the shortlist. The cushcraft MA4080 or the butternut HF-2V.
A couple of weeks ago a collegue at work sold his nearly new cushcraft, so I went for the first option. After 3 weeks taking dust in the garage I finally found some time to install the antenna, right on time for the CQ WW CW contest. Will not participate in the 2010 eddition but hope to work some new ones on 40 and 80.

The next few days I'll try to add several radials and built an HF choke balun for the lowbands. (diameter 20cm)
Enjoy the picture. The cushcraft makes a nice pair with the tower and hexbeam.

73s, Franky

woensdag 3 november 2010

My first Iraq QSL card

In early april of this year, N6PSE organised a trip to Iraq. YI is not that rare but it's not so easy to get the contacts confirmed. With 10 operators, over 50K QSOs were made. Check out their website, you'll see they were well prepared and had top notch opeators and equipment.
Some well know DX'ers like N6OX and FM5CD participated and made it easy to work them. Thanks for the 7 QSOs guys, and the great looking QSL card.

73s, Frank

zaterdag 30 oktober 2010

A new QSL star is born

At the hamfest in Friedrichshafen in a lecture sponsored by CQ-DL/DARC, the best QSL'er of the past year is chosen. The last few years Nigel, G3TXF took the golden medal to the UK.
Since a year, a new QSL star is born. The new star lives, just as Nigel in the UK and his callsign is M0URX. The owner of the callsing, Tim Beaumont built up a good reputation in a very short time. His unique OQRS (Online QSL request system) works very well, and he offers a fast turnaround time and premium quality QSL cards.
On his website/blog you can track updates of new DXpeditions, arrival of printed QSL cards, ....
Tim, you’re a 5-star ham, keep up the good work and hope to meet you some day.

Frank, ON7RU

Some of Tim his HQ QSL cards      

dinsdag 26 oktober 2010

Thanks Bodo, DL3OCH

Maybe the call DL3OCH doens't sound that familiar, but you propably worked Bodo as 5N0OCH. Last week I sended him my QSLs for his Nigerian operation and included the QSL for his trips to KH0 and KH2 earlier this year. The last twe entities where new ones for me. In the mail I included a voucher for a free beer @ the Friedrischshafen hamfest. I owe him a beer after he logged met 13 times (8 bands and 3 modes) in Nigeria. I received a nice mail back from Bodo....he really like the idea of a "free beer voucher" and confirmed his presence for the 2011 event. 2 days later the QSLs were in the mail.

Bodo made a video from his 5N operation, you'll find it here. Watch out for the very addictive song!

zondag 24 oktober 2010

First post

Welcome to my first post
Will keep you posted on my personal achievements in amateur radio world.
Hope you have a good time. Have you questions don't hesitate to contact me.

73s de Frank, ON7RU