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QRP / Re: SV8 in June/July
« Last post by f5gsk on August 01, 2018, 15:01:01 UTC »
Hello Dave,
Congratulations for your  qso in sv8 ! in particular with the JA and the buddipole... it's great . Here, poor propagation on 20 meter band ant a few qso... I 've to increase my power to 50 watts (my ic718) to contact HB9TJM/P sur 10120.....thus nothing comparable  in your prformances !
All my 73
Pierre - F5GSK
QRP / SV8 in June/July
« Last post by GM0LVI on July 15, 2018, 19:45:11 UTC »
My June/July trip as SV8/GM0LVI/P was full of surprises. First surprise was the weather as it was extremely wet and stormy for most of the first ten days. Locals said they had never seen weather like it at that time of year – it was like a bad winter!
Next surprise was how well my little Buddistick performed. I set it up on the balcony (about 20m from the sea) with three radials in a dog-leg configuration on the floor. I had to put a plastic bag over the loading coil on some days due to the heavy rain, but managed just short of 250 QSOs which was quite good considering that I was not QRV very often and only for an hour or so at a time.
My biggest surprise was one day when the SFI had risen into the low 70s and 17 metres was open. I’d been working at lot of stations in EU when I was called by  JA1FTL, I worked him and then called CQ JA and in the space of less than an hour worked 5 more JAs.
Conditions on the whole were not good, propagation above 20m didn’t happen often and on many days there was a very high noise level on 20m which led to me switching off the pre-amp on the KX3 and switching in noise reduction. One thing that did strike me was that in general I was receiving better signal reports than I was giving – possibly due to the tiny antenna. I ran 10 Watts most of the time, but dropped to 5 Watts on several occasions when I was called by /QRP stations.
I was really glad of my little memory keyer as calling CQ while running low power tends to take a lot of time to produce results. It also lets me drink coffee at the same time!
QRP / Re: DX this night
« Last post by GM0LVI on June 12, 2018, 21:04:39 UTC »
Thanks Joop!!
QRP / Re: DX this night
« Last post by f5gsk on June 11, 2018, 13:28:06 UTC »
tks :) :)
QRP / Re: DX this night
« Last post by PG4I on June 10, 2018, 07:04:36 UTC »
Nice contact Pierre! Have nice holiday Dave!
QRP / Re: DX this night
« Last post by f5gsk on June 08, 2018, 20:24:02 UTC »
This night there, thus i had an insomnia... i got up and started my TX and Bingo....!
Noted well your journey in SV8 Dave, i go sharpened my ears !
Pierre -F5GSK-
QRP / Re: DX this night
« Last post by GM0LVI on June 07, 2018, 21:31:15 UTC »
That's great Pierre! Too late at night for me though, I'm usually asleep by 2300 local/2200 UTC :-)

I'll be SV8/GM0LVI/P from the end of next week until about 5th July, so hope for some good propagation as I'll only have a Buddistick antenna.
QRP / DX this night
« Last post by f5gsk on June 07, 2018, 00:00:55 UTC »
this night , 23h30 utc  (01h30 local time) on 14060  K0ZK ,Arnold  at Lebanon (Me) USA  - 5978 km from my qth in south in France... with my new IC-718 - 5 watts and my windom FD3 antenna.
A very good surprise  :)
Pierre - F5GSK -
QRP / SFI is up at last!!
« Last post by GM0LVI on May 28, 2018, 21:37:10 UTC »
Solar flux has risen above 70 for the first time for several weeks and it is making a BIG difference in propagation. Tonight with 5 Watts I worked NA, HB9 and G with 599 reports from HB9 and G and 559 from NA. The G contact was unusual short skip from GM but a very strong signal.
QRP / I come back
« Last post by f5gsk on May 20, 2018, 20:04:42 UTC »
Hello to all,
I return after approximatively 2 month of silence...I took back the radio the may 17th..
my qso are : on 30 meter : S57V OK2BEW IZ5BBS and on 20 m tonight..: LZ1SM
Thus the routine with my FDM-DUO and Windom antenna on south of france.
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