Dear LF Group,
Friday night was a busy one on 73kHz, had normal CW QSO's
with G3LDO, G0MRF and slow CW to G3GRO, a new station for
me on the band. Also heard G3XDV working G3LDO with normal
CW, and saw good QRSS signals from G4GVC.
Didn't hear anything from the Crawley club - I assume this didn't
come off, since G3GRO was using his own call.
On Saturday morning I had an eventful QRSS cross-band QSO
with IK5ZPV - Valerio could read my signals from about 0700, but I
could not copy his until about 0745. Then, as is something of a
hazard with cross-band operation, another station came up on
almost exactly the same frequency as 'ZPV, making copy very
difficult. So I asked Valerio to QSY 10Hz, which he did, and by the
end of the QSO around 0915 we were giving each other 'O' reports
- which goes to show that it is possible to communicate useful
amounts of information with QRSS, even if it is a bit slow!
While working IK5ZPV and afterwards, also saw DFCW from
DF6NM again (M), and QRSS from OK1FIG (O), for the first time.
In general, conditions on 137.7 improved later in the morning, with
less noise and stronger signals.
Also did some work on my field strength measurement project, and
I have now breadboarded a ferrite rod antenna and preamp, with
which I was able to copy PA0SE and DJ9IE on the selective
voltmeter on Sunday afternoon, so sensitivity should be OK.
Cheers, Jim Moritz
73 de M0BMU