Feb 7
7 MHz

Nothing worked until today while beeing busy with other things.

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Feb 5
7 MHz

until 31 January 2019 I made about 300 contacts in FT8 mode, 10 QSOs in JT65 and about 20 in CW all over the world. I could repair my Shortwave amplifier, which works well now for CW.

1296 MHz EME DL0SHF

18/19 January 2019 Remote control to DL0SHF is installed and working fine. I have been "in-the-air" or better "in-space" for about 3 hours and I have made 14 contacts via the moon with 12 stations. All done in CW or dual-mode SSB/CW. With the big dish antenna I was able to contact stations with rather a small system (i.e. 200w and 2,5m dish).

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Jan 19
Hello friends,
Happy New Year to everyone coming along these pages.

I had no admin access to the files here for some time. This is solved now and all seems fine.

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Jan 19
Not much of activity.

Only a few contacts were made in December 2018

CQWW CW Contest 24/25 November with 125 contacts in 52 countries on 7 MHz
ARRL EME Contest on 24 November from DL0SHF with 36 contacts on 1296 MHz

50 MHz

1..3 September 2018 Only some FT8 signals seen

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Nov 26
After a long absence from anything to do with moonbounce I took the chance to activate the big dish antenna at DL0SHF in Kiel which can operate on 1296 MHz. I had some free time on the 24 November and I drove over to Per DK7LJ. Everything ran perfectly and after 4 hours and some 36 contacts in CW I was tired and I drove home. I had fun with working a lot of guys I met on the radio via the moon years ago last time. Signals were strong and listening to all this was real fun. I only worked CW (morse code) and allthough there was a lot of "digital" activity I stayed with CW.
Years ago - when being younger - I was able to stay up a whole night for this... no not anymore ;-) But from time to time I hope to activate this big station a bring some fun to others as well.

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Nov 26
Every year suddenly we have this CQ WorldWide contest on shortwave at the end of November and every year I try do make at least a few contacts. This year I wanted my amplifier with some 400 watts behind my transceiver, but for an unknown reason so far it refused to operate properly and I put it aside. The transceiver ran "barefoot" with 95 watts into my little dipole. From time to time I sat down at the desk and I made a few CW (morse) contacts. I came out with 127 QSOs with 52 countries in five continents. Only South America is missing. Alltogether not bad for my little station ...

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Sep 1
50 MHz

27..31 August 2018 Some FT8 signals seen, mostly via meteors.
27 August 2018 Weak Aurora signals on TV carriers and some weak FT8 stations only.
26 August 2018 Strong Aurora heard early in the morning and in the afternoon AU came back and I could work some stations in CW.
22 August 2018 Worked S01WS in CW, some F and EA2s in SSB and CTs in FT8
19 August 2018 RX running FT8 - only DX were EA8 and S01.
15 August 2018 Lots of EU activity seen. DX season over?
14 August 2018 Opening to Italy
13 August 2018 Inner EU SporadicE lots of stations in FT8 - CW silence
12 August 2018 A number of scatter contacts with Perseid meteors done.
11 August 2018 Antenna is up and running again.
6 August 2018 The first time since 15 months the antenna is down for a number of repairs to be done.
5 August 2018 PreAmp supply line seems to be broken when turning the antenna, which makes a sensitivity loss of about 1 dB. A single JA was seen and A9 and OD5 was open in the morning.
4 August 2018 The morning hours saw some EU with the band open to EA8 and S01. I was out to a ham meeting and when I returned in the evening, band was open to North America. I worked W1, W2 from (FN13, 42, 54) FT8 frequency was overcrowded. I also worked KP2, KP4, HH, HI from FK57, 58, 67, 68 and YV5IUA (FK60). W3CMP (FN10) was worked in CW. Heard were HK3, VE1, VE2, VE3, VO, 9Y, CO8 and K8. This evening made me 4 new gridsquares ...
3 August 2018 Lots of EU seen in FT8. No chance to get a QSO in CW. Around 11 UT band opened and I worked FT8: WP4G and later in CW: NP2J (FK77). Hrd were W1, W4, FG, HI, FM5.
2 August 2018 Several JAs and a DS5 were seen around 7:40UT. All below -15 dB. UN3 and 9K2 were strong. Lots of EU in. In early evening ZF came through in FT8 as only DX here.
1 August 2018 A large opening EU/US, but only two W4 stations from Florida made it into my RX (FT8).

7 MHz

26 August 2018 Worked a few Europe in FT8 and CW

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Aug 13
After 15months of operation I took down the tower for a number of repairs and changes. This did take some days. Now the antenna is up again and everythings looking fine!
Things to be done:
- Cleaning the aluminium tower with high-pressure cleaner from green alga (done)
- Repair the hook of the 40m dipole (done)
- Fixing the coaxial lines where necessary (done)
- Make plugs on unused lines weatherproof (done)
- Install a new power supply line for the 50 MHz antenna preamplifier (done)

Things to come soon
- Eventually insert a longer antenna carrier tube on top (ordered)
- Move the 6m antenna up by 1.2m if a new carrier can be installed
- Install the weather satellite antenna on top incl. preamplifier, if possible
- Re-install the two meter antenna (no preamp available)
- Eventually re-install a 70cm antenna (check preamp before / (done))
- Remove the weather cam from its current position (done) and place it on the tower.
So, there is lot to be done

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Aug 1
50 MHz

31 July 2018 Very hot (35°C) day ... Early afternoon saw low EU activity, but WU1ITU seen in FT8 very strong.
30 July 2018 Not so many stations on, but in the afternoon FG8, KP4 and NP2 was seen. The NP2 was heard in CW as well with good signals.
29 July 2018 Only EU were received. I called some in CW.
28 July 2018 FT8: copied a few W5 stations with good signals; I did not get there.
27 July 2018 Some EU stations in FT8. No DX in my location.
26 July 2018 Hearing ON beacon from 500km in very good tropo conditions.
25 July 2018 Some EU seen in FT8. SV3 and 4X beacons were strong. No CW at all.
24 July 2018 Another single JA in the morning. The daily 9Ks and CU, EA8 were seen.

23 July 2018 FT8 receiver running. Six JAs received in the morning. But in the afternoon band opened to W1,2,3,4,5,7 and XE. More than 50 stations were received, but I was out to town for a short trip. CU, 9K, PZ, HI etc came in as well.
22 July 2018 Receiver running all night with some W2 stations came after 23 UT in FT8.
7..22 July 2018 Holidays in Central Sweden (SM4)
6 July 2018 Fourteen JAs I counted from the file were in around 07:25 for not more than 10 minutes.. Strongest at -15 dB, so not so strong. Northern America open in the afternoon.
5 July 2018 FT8 wkd SU1SK, hrd 9K, A45, A71, PZ5 and CU. Lots of EU from Southeast.
4 July 2018 No real DX, band rather quiet.
3 July 2018 Only a few EU in FT8
2 July 2018 Best DX hrd: D4
1 July 2018 At 0430 some SM2 dropped in. Very silent band all day.

Posted by Christoph Petermann

Jul 25
My Gridsquare (JO54) seems to be very rare - what is not bad at all ... But throughout the past months I received cards for QSOs mainly on 6m that I never made. Those envelopes are often filled with a good count of $$$. So I am very accurate with logging my radio contacts and those who have made a good contact and have sent me a QSL (with or without $$$) will receive one from me by mail for sure.

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