At least at my QTH and during the few hours I’ve been on air, have noticed a poor condition on mostly ham radio bands. I’ve been able to make some interesting contacts with just the dipole, beaming N/S. LA6KOA, ED8OTA/M, 9N7JO, A41NN, 5R8UO, ZR1ADI and 7X4AN mostly on 20 and 15 meters band.
Last weekend I took part to the Ari international ham radio contest. Unofrtunately time to dedicate to the contest has been very low, just a couple of hours, but I’ve dedicated all my “spare time” to the competition. Has been fun to be aknowledged so easily by so many stations, even being a qrp station.
This was my ham radio portable setup station last week. Two interesting contacts with 5H3AA and 4J5A. Vertical antenna in the center is a prototype of the fishing rod antenna I’m testing in this period, even I’ve already understood that best results are on 40 meters band, but is still too early for a final
Today I’ve spent another couple of hours with my portable station, playing just my ft-857d and the portable multiband dipole. Some interesting contacts: TB0DX, 9M6/LA9DL,9V1DE,SV9GPV,GM0DHZ,BG7MVZ,UR0IM,HS0/IK4MRH,YB4IR. We have had good openings to south america on twenty meters too in late afternoon but no contacts.
Finally after almost 20 years from my first radio experience, I’ve been able to get on the air with my ham radio call sign, IW5EDI. I got this callsing in 1997, but I’ve never been really active on air, due to the low interest on VHF bands. Since August last year I could operate HF