Next adventure – Bhutan

My stay on Sint Eustatius is coming to an end. Thank you for all your contacts. Unfortunately, only nearly 30,000 on SSB and a thousand on RTTY. I do not count FT8/FT4.

Despite requests, approximately 6% are duplicates. The record holder made 28 contacts using the same mode on the same band.

As a low power station (100W), I took part in the ARRL SSB Contest – 4198 QSOs and WPX SSB Contest- 2398 QSOs. Now we face a new challenge from Bhutan in second part of April.

After ARRL SSB Contest

I made 4198 QSOs on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m bands. Conditions to North America were good and I hope many “small pistols” could work me.

What I don’t like is that many US stations do not keep a log and call for a second or even third time to make duplicate QSOs. I guess their memory is too short to remember that they already had a QSO with the PJ5/SP9FIH station, or maybe it’s just some kind of fun?

Unfortunately, playing this way prevents others from connecting!

SSB operation

After 4 weeks of operation I have over 13 000 SSB contacts in the log. However it should be more… I call 10-15 minutes CQ and I know there is good propagation and nobody answers.

If someone spots me, there are 2-3 stations coming and silence again. I appeal for HAMs to listen more on the bands and not depend only on internet spots (which are disappearing quickly).

Wrong decoding

I do not know why this bug still exists. I am 3rd time on St Eustatius and every time here my PJ5/SP9FIH callsign is decoded wrong. This time it is as DP1POL.

Please do not call DP1POL because nobody will answer you! Felix DP1POL is not active now on FT8.