My hexbeam suffered some serious damage from the storms early this year and had to take it down for a complete rebuild. Thanks to the service and fine materials of Ant MW0JZE the antenna is back on the tower as of today. I haven’t done any HF since the end of January besides operating the clubstation PI4ZHE so I’m glad to be back in business. The bands seem to be next to “closed” today but scored a 5/9 QSO with Special event station RM55GC and closed the log after a nice 5/9+10 chat with Scotsman Paul EA5IKJ operating from Spain.
Happy New Year Everyone! Made quite a few nice contacts on this first day of the year. CQ on 14.240.5 was answered by various stations from Finland, Greece, Spain, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Croatia, Poland, Romania & Hungary. Conditions were reasonable for short skip QSO’s.
While propagation on 20 meters wasn’t particularly great I still managed to add a new DXCC entity to my list by short QSO with Steve PJ4DX from Bonaire.
We installed our new 9 element Optibeam at the club this weekend. What a beautiful antenna. Sort of ham radio porn 😉
I made a short video about the proceedings for your entertainment.
Yours truly and fellow clubmates will be participating in the upcoming ILLW on 15-16 august. We will activate Lightship “Noord Hinder” (ILLW entry NL0036) and since the ship is moored right across our club we will be using the club shack & antennas this year. Our callsign will be PI4ZHE/LS and you may find us on the various HF bands depending on time of day and propagation. Check the cluster! A special QSL card is available for those interested. So don’t forget to contact us!