Saturday, 19 January 2013

Morning SOTA contact to VK3/VT-050

This morning managed to contact Peter VK3ZPF/P on SOTA summit North Hells Gate,VK3/VT-050. 2 points 693m.

He was a good 5 by 8 signal on 40m. Later on he tried coming up on 80m. I could hear some of the stations he was working but not him, guess a bit late in the day. The summit is 415km away.

Looks like VK1 may get the go ahead for SOTA from 1st February, so must get my own SOTA station in order.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

JT65 contacts on 15m and 20m

Had a tune about in the evening and found 15m open to Asia. Managed to work 9V1LX in Singapore on JT65, a new country on this band for me. Heard Thailand, HS0ZBS and called him a few times with no luck.

Then switched over to 20m and heard him on this band too! Gave him a call and made a JT65 contact. Also after Thailand on 20m. Nice to hear some activity in the evening.


Monday, 7 January 2013

VK1DI's QSOs for the year 2012

Now that 2012 is over thought I'd take a look at my Ham Radio QSO statistics (I'm a bit of a stats lover :))

Exported all 2012 QSOs from Ham Radio Deluxe into an Adif file, used a free program called AdifMaster to read this file and copied the data into Excel.

Then just a matter of using Pivot Tables to pull out the following:


You can see 10m is my favourite band :) 40m is also getting used a lot. In the winter evenings it is often the only band useful for DX. Plus SOTA activities recently have made me more active here. I'll chase rare stuff on 20m now and then like most hams. 15m and 80m are not used much due to poor dipole antennas. Must get on the WARC bands some time...


JT65 dominates most of my operating, quite suits low powered 10m contacts. SOTA on 40m is on SSB. The few FM contacts were on 10m FM, disappointed with the lack of sporadic e this season so far.

North American contacts dominate. Easy to work on 40m at night and 10m in the mornings. Oceania and Asia are not hard from Australia :) Other continents getting hard to work from here...


Finally count of contacts per country. USA leads, followed by Australia, then Japan.