Dear SAQ listeners,
there might also be another influence why the number of SAQ reports
Germany has increased so much within the last two years, compared to the
In our german radio amateur publication CQ-DL May 2013 I have published
an article about reception of SAQ using a portable, crystal controlled
receiver using a loop areal, consuming about 25 mA from a 9-V-battery.
The reason to build such a receiver has been that even at my qth in a
small village in eastern Bavaria I had problems receiving SAQ because
noise from the mains and from a photovoltaic installation. 300 meters
outside my village, however, I have no problems so far receiving SAQ
with 579 or even better. In summer 2014 the number of reports to SAQ
from Germany suddenly has increased from the usual about 100 to 186 in
the final report! So far, however, I do not have any proven information
how many of these reports may have been based on using a portable
receiver. The preliminary SAQ report of xmas 2014 already shows 160
reports from Germany.
But this is not all. Being a long time member of the british G-QRP-Club
I have also sent an english version of the description of my portable
SAQ receiver to the G-QRP-Club, keeping in mind that SPRAT is
even worldwide. But this article has not been regarded a QRP matter, and
I had been informed that it would have a chance to be published in SPRAT
only in case of insufficient numbers of real QRP articles.
Of course this answer has been rather disappointing for me, but in a
way may be part of the present situation.
73 Ha-Jo, DJ1ZB
"Tobias DG3LV" <[email protected]> schrieb:
> Hi Warren, Pete !
> As "listener ship" just those people are counted, who wanted to get a
> QSL-card from SAQ, it is not correlated to the number of listeners.
> The Radiostation SAQ Grimeton had been featured several times in German
> television. There is a 15 min sequel of the series "Heritage of the
> World" about SAQ, that is broadcasted frequently on several stations.
> German Radio Club DARC has been promoting the reception of SAQ to
> VLF-enthusiasts among hams (and non-hams) every year. It is easy to
> receive, when you are just some 100 miles away from the powerful ancient
> transmitter. And Christmas is all about nostalgia, so SAQ fits perfectly.
> 73 de dg3lv Tobias
> Am 07.01.2015 um 20:45 schrieb Warren Ziegler:
> > Pete,
> > snip <It shows an over whelming listener ship in Germany of 171.
> > Contrast this with the UKs 25. Germany has barely twice
> > our population. It must be a metric that says something
> > about the UKs technical education system and those who
> > purport to be promoting Science and Radio in the UK.>
> > I think this is an over-generalization based on extremely limited
> > data, one could just as easily say that the Germans are more nostalgic
> > or enamored with 100+ year old technology.
> > 73 Warren
> > On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:21 PM, M0FMT <[email protected]> wrote:
> >> Hi all
> >> Just got the results from the Christmas SAQ listener report
> >> from Lars.
> >> It shows an over whelming listener ship in Germany of 171.
> >> Contrast this with the UKs 25. Germany has barely twice
> >> our population. It must be a metric that says something
> >> about the UKs technical education system and those who
> >> purport to be promoting Science and Radio in the UK.
> >> 73 es GL Pete M0FMT IO91UX
> >> Sent via my own personal Too-Way (two way) Earth Station to
> >> and from the Eutelsat Ka-band satellite http://www.tooway.co.uk/ at
> >> approximately 172
> >> degrees Azimuth in the Clarke belt owing to BTs 19th century
> >> cable technology inability to provide a good enough 21st
> >> century broadband service. I agree for this message to be
> >> passed on to BT Plc at 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ
> >> via the snoops at GCHQ Cheltenham, thanks for your
> >> cooperation it is appreciated.