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Hello and welcome! I'm Dzianis, a licensed radio ham holding the callsign DD1LD. I love to take this hobby with me wherever I may roam. The blog "QTC de DD1LD" means "Messages From Me" and reflects my ham radio activities and projects. I barely have time to write everything down, so I blog occasionally, and mainly, for myself. You can subscribe to the blog below to receive updates when new posts are available. 73 and enjoy reading!

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GoGreen XOTA

GoGreen XOTA? What on earth does it mean? There are thousands of ham radio operating awards available, some of them offer a great way to...

Monday, March 04, 2024

Starting GoGreen Season 2024

The weather on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 was just beautiful and invited outdoor activities. I spontaneously decided to cycle to my favorite hill Stürzerberg, DA/AV-199, which is now in POTA DE-0570. I spent about two hours in the warm spring sunshine and collected 90 QSOs and GoGreen points. It was late afternoon (~4 p.m. local time) and a little too late for the high bands. Thus, the focus was on 30 and 40m. 

DA20XOTA on air. Operating spot. Just before QRT.

So, all with 5W QRP and 20/30/40 EFHW:
  • 20m: 12x CW
  • 30m: 50x CW
  • 40m:  21x CW + 7x SSB
  • 21 countries worked
Wow, that was fun! I didn't expect such a good turnout for GMA/POTA 👍. I should have come a little earlier for high bands and stayed a little longer on 40m 😉. The SSB portion could be better, but there was a lot of QRM and splatter.  The nice thing about the GMA program is that you can activate the same local mountain every day and get the credit for it. Next time I would try a run on 10m for sure.  

Big tnx to all chasers es 73 de Dzianis, DD1LD

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

SOTA DL/AL-167 & COTA DL-02496 on the Falkenstein

February 10th, 2024. For my DA20XOTA award I still had to activate the Allgäu region. It's a long drive from my QTH so the plan was to maximize the yield and fun factor. I'll probably never be a big friend of COTA. There are so many little things that make it hard to like the program. But when it comes to double activation, especially in combination with SOTA, I'm on board in a heartbeat. The Falkenstein castle and mountain offered an ideal place for a winter weekend activity with DA20XOTA. 

The ruins of the hilltop castle, DL-02496 are located on the Falkenstein, DL/AL-167 (1268m) in the Falkenstein ridge near Pfronten in the Allgäu. This place is very popular and often visited. The hike is easy and not worth mentioning. To avoid the crowds of tourists, I set up my tiny radio station in the immediate vicinity of the castle around 10 a.m. With the Chinese USDX-SDR I made just over 100 QSOs in just two hours of operation. A quick 10m run resulted in two QSOs with UA. The 30m band was the winner. At midday the observation deck was filling up with curious visitors, it was the right time to go. The WX was good enough to continue with the planned tour. 

Operating spot on the Falkenstein.  The WX was fine with some wind gusts.

The next jump was to the Salober, DL/AL-287, where I spent some more time CQing on 10m, and as a result, a mix of 15 QSOs with UA, UR and DX from NA was logged. The 10m band wasn't efficient in terms of QSO rate, but it was fun to work NA in the late afternoon with 4W and a piece of wire. A total of 65 QSOs were logged on the Salober. I could definitely spend more time playing with the radio there, but I wanted to enjoy the alpine beauty and atmosphere for a while.

On the Salober, DL/AL-287, 1288m. A very nice walk along the Falkenstein ridge 💕.

The Chinese made USDX-SDR is still in its infancy, dealing with pileups and crowded bands is possible, but not easy. The intermodulation performance appears to be poor, I had some issues with distorted SSB reception, particularly on the crowded 40m band. The AGC is too slow, the signs on 10m popped up slowly like ghosts from nowhere. The rig certainly has some teething problems, and you need some experience to deal with them. However, it's a small all-mode adventure radio that's good enough for a SOTA activation, even in SSB mode.  Let's see if I have time to write an extended review a little later. 

On the way home I quickly checked in at the Eisenberg, DL/AL-171 with 18 CW QSOs on 30/40m. Unfortunately I didn't have much time for a longer run. It's a beautiful place, I'll definitely come here again. 

Short stop for a quarter of an hour at the Eisenberg, DL/AL-171. A lovely place 💗!  

What was the spoils of the day? 

  • 187 QSOs, 17 QSOs on 10m, DX was NA on 10/20m in CW
  • 3x SOTA uniques, 19 SOTA points
  • 1x COTA with DA20XOTA

Tnx es 73, 11 de Dzianis, DD1LD

Thursday, January 04, 2024

DA20XOTA - 20 Jahre Outdoor-Funk in den Deutschen Alpen

The callsign DA20XOTA means Deutsche Alpen 20 (Jahre/Years) X-any On The Air and is related exclusively to outdoor portable amateur radio activities of all kinds in the German Alps from January 1st to December 31st, 2024. More details about you can find HERE

On January, the 2nd I brought DA20XOTA on the air and activated DLFF-0445 by 290 QSOs made in 3 hours of portable operation. On January, the 3rd I activated DLFF-0431 by 250 QSOs. So, 540 QSOs in two afternoons with 3x P2P was fun and a good start! 

It makes fun to operate under DA20XOTA. My activities so far:

AV region (1x ref)
  • January, 2nd --- WWFF DLFF-0445 --- 290 QSOs
MF region (1x ref)
  • January, 3rd --- WWFF DLFF-0431 --- 250 QSOs
CG region (2x ref)
  • January, 7th --- WWFF DLFF-0315 & WCA/COTA DL-05244 --- 280 OSOs
 73 es 44 es 11 de Dzianis, DD1LD