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Hello and welcome! I'm Dzianis, a licensed radio ham (or radio amateur) holding the callsign DD1LD. I love to take this hobby with me wherever I may roam. The blog "QTC de DD1LD" means "News 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. Enjoy reading!
Cuagn es 73 de Dzianis, DD1LD

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Hiking in the Texel Group Nature Park

One evening I got a call from a buddy of mine who asked if we could do a high alpine tour over a weekend together.  Steffen wanted to hike ...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

CQ WW 160m SSB

I spent a great weekend reparing antennas, working in fresh air, chatting to other hams and friends, well eating and contesting a bit in the night... And I've got VK9DNX on 15 and 20m in SSB.

Highlights: KP4, USA, VE/VO and CU. Here is the claimed score:

Date:Februar 24-25, 2007
Call:DD1LD
Category:Single OP Assisted
Band:160m
Power:High
Mode:SSB
QTH:S.
OP time:5:24


QSOsPointsDXCMulties
Total:219
1078417
Score:51 744

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

VK9DNX & ARRL CW 2007

If you don’t already know, there is a DX expedition to Norfolk Island (VK9) from February, 15 to March, 3 organized by several BCC-members. During the CW ARRL International DX contest last week we got VK9DNX in CW on 80m and 160m. It’s a great feeling to have succeeded in making a QSO on 160m with VK9, the signals were quite weak but clear. Thanks to Ben, DL6RAI who exactly knew the best suitable time and frequencies. I hope I’ll catch VK9DNX on other bands too.

In a word, we all (Hajo - DJ9MH which call we used, Matthias - DK4YJ, Ben - DL6RAI and me – DD1LD) had a lot of fun contesting on weekend. We made 2820 net QSO on five bands, achieved 221 US state and Canadian provinces and a score of 1 869 660. In addition all of us got VK9DNX on 160m and 80m and other bands too.

Friday, February 16, 2007

CQ WPX RTTY 2007

I can not say that I am a fan of RTTY and I find CW and SSB anyway more exciting. But although RTTY is a relaxing operation mode someone like me could find it amazing and still challenging. By the way you can watch TV, have a cup of coffee or a little chat with your girlfriend, enjoy your favourite beer or do whatever you are able to do else… That is a quite family-friendly ham radio opened for every licensed amateur as well for a novice as for a professional. However, you have to have a lot of patience.

Anyway, I like RTTY and I decided to join in CW WW WPX RTTY contest this weekend. Actually that was the second RTTY contest I have joined at all. Before I start describing over the course of the contest I want to mention what my equipment is: eight meter long wire and mobile FT-857. Sometimes I am astonished what I can “funken” (I like this German word rather than English “making radio communication” or “establishing radio connections”, I would say there is no any appropriate equivalent in English for this unique German word) with a wire stick.

I started on Friday in the night with 80W output power. I chosen only 40m band. Most QSO were done in S&P (search & point) mode. CQing (i.e. calling CQ) also was very useful even with the low power, because many local hams (local means European) did not call CQ at all, they went through all bands, collected QSO and disappeared again. I was surprised as two Japanese and a couple of US calls came into my log on Sunday just by calling CQ. On the other hand, my frequency was often stolen, that is someone started CQing on my frequency and I was permanently forced to search for a free one. As consequence of the frequency deficit many station were calling among SSB guys. Never mind!

As I mentioned above, you must be very patient doing RTTY. I was calling CQ, one ham came back but he did not catch my serial number for several times. As soon as he finally got my number, he was probably so happy about that he scrammed in the next seconds without leaving me his serial. The second casus is more amazing. I was having a solid QSO with a DX station and sending my serial, suddenly one “local” ham turned up, sent his call and serial number, probably picked up the serial intended for this DX station, and disappeared as fast as he appeared without to be confirmed. I quickly made a note with his call. Later I met him again calling CQ. I answered and before my last letter was sent I promptly got back “QSO B4” and he started CQing again. OK, if you mind…

On Saturday in the daytime I worked with S7-S8 of noise due to my “industrial” environment and then Maria and me went out. On Sunday afternoon I hardly ever had any run. Because of strong wind and rain causing S9-level noise due to static charges on the antenna I was able to proceed the contest in the late evening. After the planed score threshold of 500K was passed I stopped and went to bed quite tired.

Looking back to the contest I would say that was a good experience hunting DX stations with my modest performing mobile rig. I had a great feeling hardly gathered rare calls into my Log. Despite that the fun/time factor is less than by doing CW I won’t stop encouraging anyone at least to have a try at RTTY.

Highlights are JA, Caribbean, America, VQ9 and, especially, YW0DX.

Here is my claimed score:

Date:Februar 11-12, 2007
Call:DD1LD
Category:Single OP
Band:40m
Power:Low
Mode:CW
QTH:home


QSOsPointsWPX
Total:409
1782286
Score:509 652

Thursday, February 15, 2007

CQ WW DX CW 2006

My first CQ WW DX CW Contest... I had a lot of fun... Propagation conditions, especially, on Sunday in the evening were great!

Here is my claimed score:

Date:November, 25-26 2006
Call:DD1LD
Category:Single OP, Assisted
Band:All
Power:Low
Mode:CW
QTH:DL0TUM
Soapbox:Rig: FT-857D - Ant: 10-15-20m-Beam, 40-80-160m-Wire

BandQSOsPointsCountriesZones
1,860
61
34
6
3,5152
216
5610
72204237717
141763917124
21189
503
57
20
2821
33
16
7
Total:818
1627311
84
Score:642 665