2024 blog CW Radio

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June 22nd, Back in Blog, we have returned safely from summer holidays in Sweden (No Radio activity). I feel happy to be back in my shack! I received my 9th Aktio40 label for 101 CW qso’s in April. FB full ragchew QSO with ZL2GD, Grant in Oxfort and several full 75-NATO/NAVO SES qso,s made it a fantastic month. will start in July for nr 10.

50MHz was open, so I tried my old (early eighties) ICOM IC551 and made several CW QSO’s with a Junkers Straight key. C37, EA6, LZ, UK, SM, OH, E7 are in the log. The ICOM IC551 is a monoband TRX from the early eighties, doing 1-10 Watts. I have the VOX EX107 installed, it would be nice to find the FM Unit EX106 for Local FM QSO’s. I can do 100 Watts with my IC756PRO, but using this 44 years old 10 watts singlebander is more fun. No CW filter, so receiving is a bit (2.2 KHz) wide, but I can just filter with ears and brain. I am the proud owner of a IC251 and IC451 as well. I call them my nostalgic, good working Triplets. The used antenna for all three monobanders is a V2000 @ 26m, via a Diamond Triplexer.

2 meter Mobile: After my retirement 2,5 years ago, I just left my Yaesu FT-2900 in the shack-corner and felt no need to install it in my new car. Activity on 2 meter repeaters was already very low then, and this hasn’t improved recently. Today, end of July, I decided to re-install this fantastic rugged mobile set, which is able to do 75 Watts. I Powered it up on the workbench, had to add PI3UTR repeater, delete PI3TWE repeater and modify the CTCSS tone for DB0EE to 110,9 Hz. I made a new 6mm2 Power cord with two times 15 A fuses and installed my JWX half wave vertical. First QSO via PI3NOV with Gert PA5TS proved that everything works OK and that time flies, while having fun.

Finally succeeded in repairing my Yaesu G-600RC Rotor Controller after replacing the potentiometer. First, I had made a wiring mistake and secondly, I should have read the manual carefully on Page 4, points 7 (power on) to 9 and P8 Pre-installation alignment.

Feb 10th, Found back my Akai GX 650D and just powered it up. It has been stored for more than 12 years and needed some loving attention. Just cleaning and some very tiny drips of oil and then it was running, but some switches and Potentiometers were “noisy” so I decided to carefully clean them with xx (BBL)

Will try to join MST (Medium Speed Test) from ICWC

Just see: MST Contest – International CW Council

January 22nd, 2024:

Just did 2 contests this weekend:

NTC QP (31 QSO and 9 x No (or new? Member) Big sigs and CW fun on 80 meters.

HA DX CW. 102 QSO on 10-80m. Inbetween all contest-noise I came (doing S&P) up to 7.029,25 HHz and heard Gerald G3MCK calling “CQ for a REAL QSO”, so we ended up in a 20 minutes ragchew QSO, which was for sure “the best QSO of the day!

Sunday evening I met Boti HA8TA on 40m, the youngest Hungarian Ham, calling CQ at 32wpm. I answered at 25wpm (faster than 25 is not too good for readability) and we had a fine QSO.

January 1st, 2024: HNY to all readers.Aktio40: Just made few HNY qso’s on 40, this will be for 8th (out of 12) sticker.

In 2023 I have joined the CWT sessions from CWops twice:

December 7th 2023, I found 2 power supplies (230V) for the GRC3030 set. As my GRC3030 is Dynamotor powered, using a net-powersupply would help in reducing noise. 1 of the two has still the original, connectors, and has a better inside circuit as well. I will try the make the best one ready to use with my GRC3030 soon. Jan 1st: The best build version (with the blue Cap’s) is the most promising, but one of the Elco’s is “blown”. There are three of them in series, I just found a new one and will replace it. More info will follow.

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