Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Getting the jobs done

It's been a few days since I posted here on the blog. I've been busy with work and enjoying the sunshine while tidying the garden on my days off. I also found a great way to display one of the superb presents we had when getting married last year. We were lucky enough to have several Dutch pirates come over to England to share the happy day with us and they brought some fantastic clogs with our names on. They are now adding a touch of colour to the house . . . 

And yesterday there was time for some antenna adjustments. The outdoor loop antenna is now much higher than previously, sitting up by the roof of the house, and although signals are not particularly stronger, I noticed a little less noise when tuning around the top of MW. 

Coming in very well last night was Rebel on 1636. He is usually busy around 1620 with long music programmes, but last night he was qsoing with Calipso. I listened firstly on the loop antenna with the Lowe HF225 and later on the small indoor loop with the Sony 2001D. Despite using only low power, Rebel was doing a great job. And as for Calipso, he sounded like a local station, with no antenna at all! It was also possible to hear the Jeneverstoker without an antenna, although his signal was much weaker. Not bad at all for around only 100 watts, though.

Here are a few recent logs . . . 

Monday, May 6, 2013
1620       2220       Calipso 55544 testing
1636       2225       Barcelona 55544 music programme
1656       2225       Studio 69 25442-45444 music programme
1620       2230       Napoleon 45444 report for Calipso
1638       2252       Bluebird 45444-55544 qsoing
1648       2300       Casablanca 45444 qsoing
1650       2307       Monte Carlo 35443-45444 qsoing
1653       2327       Jeneverstoker 25332 qsoing

Friday, May 3, 2013
1646       2158       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55534 music programme
1638       2158       Bluebird 44444 music programme
1636       2159       Keizer En Keizerin 23432 music programme
1654       2215       Nachtzwerver 23432-33433 qsoing
1634       2226       Monte Carlo 33433 qsoing
1655       2236       Monte Carlo 34433 qsoing
1622       2244       Marskramer (Friesland) 34433 music programme

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