QRT!!

We went QRT just after 0000Z with just over 20,500 Qs. OQRS will be switched on now.

Thanks for all the QSOs. See you from ??? in 2018!

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One Day Left Then QRT

We finish tomorrow Friday 2359z or Saturday 11am Norfolk Time.

80m was poor today plus we had to contend with a new noise source. Possibly LED lights left on all night at the neighbours. We will see if they can be switched off for our last night.

Please, please, please no dupes. Check QSO Director or Clublog if you want to make sure you are in the log. If you call appears, there is no need to make an insurance call.

Topband Wrap

We have now finished Topband. Later today we will reconfigure the antenna for 80m.

On 160m we made a total of 213 QSOs. Count by zone: Z3 – 18, Z4 – 9, Z5 – 5, Z14 – 3, Z15 – 10, Z16 – 46, Z17 – 4, Z19 – 2, Z20 – 14, Z25 – 70, Z29 -1, Z30 – 14, Z31 – 1, Z32 – 15, Z39 – 1.

Topband Day 2

A real struggle after yesterday with poor signals from the USA and EU along with heavy lightning static and deep QSB. We made 47 Qs, 2 x ZL, 23 x JA, 3 x W, 2 x VK, 1 x HL, 7 x RA, 1 x SV9, 1 x HA, 1 x LZ, 3 x SV, 1 x S5, 1 x I and the real highlight right on sunrise was FR4NT.

Tomorrow will be our last day on 160m. The antenna will be reconfigured for 80m for the final two days.

4th October Update

Conditions have continued to be very poor. During the Oceania DX test, we made zero QSOs in th 4 hours roughly 1600-2000z. We tried CQing and S&P without a single success.

Things have improved slightly and the solar indices are more encouraging. We’ve had great openings to USA and JA on 10, 12 and 15m around 21-0000z but we have yet to hit a hot patch to Western Europe.

We had out first day on topband yesterday and were very encouraged by the loggings. Plenty of W, JA and 25 EU plus a handful of VK & ZL. We will be on 160m again today for the sunset lift around 0630z, Eastern USA sunrise around 09 thru to Western USA around 1400z and from around 1700 for Europe. Our QRG wll alter as we move around to avoid garbage from a slow-moving switchmode power supply nearby. Look for spots on the cluster.

 

29th September Update

Band conditions have been tough in the last 24 hours due to the high A and K indexes.  80m 40m and 30m have been particularly affected with signals rather weak combined with high atmospheric noise levels making for difficult copy.

EU openings have generally been to Eastern and Southern Europe.  We are conscious of the fact Northern Europe, the UK and Scandinavia have been missing out and we are listening hard for them.

The bands have not been too bad during the day but openings have been reasonably short at times.

We plan to be on 80m again tonight at our sunset and sunrise, hopefully the static stays away 🙂

We will get up on 160m in the next few days once the atmospheric conditions calm down, probably early next week.

We will also be on 17m CW from about 0700z aiming at EU.  We have  good opening there for an hour last night.

The guys are in good spirits and we are having a lot of fun.

If anyone in EU has any comment contact our pilot Bjorn ON9CFG.

 

Norfolk 2016