The local VERON (a Dutch amateur radio association) held its annual SSB IARU R1 field day. The CW field day in June was cancelled due to COVID-19 related stipulations.
The weather was fair and a lot of (wire) antennes were put up for HF. The total score was quite impressive for the relative short time of operation. Mind you, we started at 1300UTC (1500h local time), that is almost bed time 😉
The 160m dipole antenna in front of the other antennas.
PE1MR active on 160 metres. A lot of activity!
The operating environment during dawn.
The operating tent during dusk.
PA2DK and PE1MR active in the field day operation. PE1MR working 10 metre band (good luck with that) and PA2DK on 40/80 metre.
Last weekend my XYL PD4LYN and I were active at PI4RS, the Radio Scouting station in the city of The Hague. There wasn’t a lot of activity on the bands, although we were active on 6 meters through 70 cm. Together with Jaimy PD1DBL we were active on 70 cms. We used a X300 antenna at 22 meters ASL with a Tono amplifier, putting out a decent 100W. Nonetheless, few points were scored: only several dozen or so qso’s per band. Better luck next time!
Well, this is awkward. I haven’t been updating this blog for years. I have just started updating my QRZ.com pages… again!
A few important announcements:
April 2020: got active again from my home QTH after a few years portable-only. I now have a decent antenna tower with antennas for both HF and VHF/UHF including a proper 2m/70cm yagi.
February 2021: starting to upload last years (!) of /P logs. Converting them from paper with Fast Log Entry. At first, I was a bit sceptical (it felt a bit too ‘elite hacker/coder’), but I really enjoy it now: around 100 paper log entries were converted in just under 15 minutes.
Refreshed my /P setup with a nice ICOM IC-705 and all the necessities.
Also started to get interested in WWFF and POTA activations in the open air. Do check out PA6ML/P on QRZ.com for a schedule for this year.
Special Call Sign PA6ML: My XYL (PD4LYN) and I started a special callsign station on the 28th of February 2021. Do check out the PA6ML & PA6ML/P QRZ.com-pages on the Special Callsign Station for 2021 for schedule announcements.
Looking for my portable/mobile setup in PA or abroad? Check the QRZ.com page on PE1MR/P
For a few months I have been thinking about participating in the JOTA/JOTI event of the Dutch Scouting (Scouting Nederland). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to write an e-mail to the national coordination centre of the JOTA/JOTI. Due to pure coincidence, they managed to find a group in Harmelen, only a 25 minutes ride from Gouda. The group was eagerly searching for a radio amateur. And they got one! Armed with a load of equipment, I got in the car to the Scouting group Willem-Alexander. They had already built a very nice scaffold of around 25′. It was a very busy, crowded and fun weekend and we made a lot of contacts both on 2 meter FM/SSB within the Netherlands and on HF with numerous stations.
For the N.R.V. (Dutch Fox-hunt Organization) and the ARDF community ZCV Keistad, we organized a nice event in the center of the Netherlands, near the town of Lage Vuursche. The fox hunt consisted of two foxes, which had to be searched by car, followed by a ARDF on foot. Of course, we did some DX on several bands too, using the HyEndFed antenna.
Another short post concerning a nice field weekend organized by the Charlie Quebec DX Group. Throughout the day, the weather was great, but in the evenings the temperature dropped fast and huge condensation threatened the equipment. Fortunately, my new case for the FT-897 and accessories protected the stuff quite good 😉