NAC-432 (March 12, 2019)

Poor tropo, but good activity! Finally 33 QSO, 24 grids, 4 fields, 11 DXCC. Best ODX 754 km (SM6VTZ, JO58UJ). 5 QSO with a distance over 600 km. Mainly aircraft scatter QSOs… Thanks for AirScout software!
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NAC-1296 (Feb.19, 2019)

13 QSO, 10 grid, 5 DXCC. Best ODX 583 (SM7LCB)

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Good tropo

Only one QSO on 23 cm. But new DXCC. RA2FGG at 0915 utc. No aircraft scatter at all. Pure TROPO! 539/559 on the both ends.
RA2FGG setup: 1×50 el. DG7YBN and abt. 100 W. From my side: 2×55 el. F9FT and abt. 100 W too.
Thank you, Aleksandr!

Forecast for February, 16t
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NAC-432 (Feb.12, 2019)

Short statistic: 22 QSO, 17 grid squares, 10 dxcc, best ODX 754 km (SM6VTZ).
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NAC-1296, January-2019


16 QSO, 11 grids, 4 fields, 5 DXCC (ES, LY, OH, SM, UA.
ODX 583 km (SM7LCB). Poor tropo, mainly aircraft scatter QSOs.

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My first in a 2019 participation in NAC. Propagation is moderate. 19th QSO, most with a Aircraft Scatter helping.
Best ODX 615 km (R1NW).
15 grid squares
4 fields

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Year 2018 activity statistic

Total  (HF + VHF) – 1058 QSO.
Activity on all bands (HF + VHF) by modes ( percentage):
CW – 34.7%, Digital – 60.75%, Phone – 4.49%.
Below is shown my 2018 year activity, relatively to 2017 and 2016 years:

More detailed statistic on VUSHF bands (50, 144, 432, 1296 MHz)
Total QSO: 520. Including:
EME: 351 QSO. (Initials: 2M – 138, 70 CM – 20),
Tropo: 129 QSO,
Meteor Scatter: 38 QSO.
Surprisingly, but not one Aurora’s QSO in passed year.  Although we had several strong openings. No interest? Have not been in the shack? Hard to explain even to yourself….

This year, Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary. Estonian HAMs were active in the air with 15th different callsigns from 1st of February untill 31st of March. More info is here. All together we made 162395 QSO on different bands and different modes.
I took part in the team ES100F. And my personal contribution in this amount is 1637 QSO. Only CW.
Thus, my summary activity in 2018 is 2695 QSO.

EME-2018 statistic
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NAC 23 cm

The regular 23 cm NAC.  Worked only CW about 2 hours (of 4 possible), just for fun.
14th QSO, 11 grids, 4 fields, 5DXCC. Maximum QRB 520 km (SM3BEI).
Antenna 2×55 el. F9FT, AGL 6 meter.

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Tropo on November 6, 2018

144 MHz.
41 QSO, 30 Grid squares, 3 Grid fields, 11 countries.
Best ODX – UT8AL

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YL100 – Latvia 100 years

On 18 November 2018 Latvia will celebrate its centenary.
Radio amateurs in Latvia from November 1st to 18th, 2018 will activate special callsigns with prefix YL100 to commemorate this event.
5 different callsigns are used with YL100 prefix – one from each of 4 Latvia’s historical regions and one from the capital city – Riga: YL100K, YL100L, YL100R, YL100V, YL100Z.
3 kind of  Awards are possible for QSOs with a special callsigns during these 18 days.
Here is my first one, the simplest, 3rd class Award. Second one – 2nd class


Last target – 1st class Award,  for contacting each of the 5 different YL100 callsigns at least on 4 different bands. More or less it is real on 160. 80 and 40 meter bands. Hard, but possible on 30 meter band. Because we are too  close in distance to Latvia, so so called “death zone” make nearly impossible for QSO on 40 and above HF bands.
But!  hope it will be possible on VHF bands, including EME.
And it was possible! During NAC-144 (06.11.18), all 5 calls were presented. Award rules are here.
Let’s see….
14th of November. Final target is achieved: “Latvia 100 award 1st class” is completed!
Not easy, because bands, higher, than 30 meter band, are in the “death zone”. So, VHF bands are helped me very much! Look at the matrix below.

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