As noted in my previous post I had purchased a Flex 1500 SDR at the DX Convention in Visalia. It’s a QRP rig but I bought it as an inexpensive way to see if I wanted to go further with SDR. Primarily I wanted to see how the reception and filtering would compare with my FT-2000. I also wanted to see how operating a rig only with the computer would work out. I got it all hooked up and the software installed. The Flex 1500 uses a USB connection instead of Firewire so I didn’t have to get anything special […]
International DX Convention 2011
Well I only had a little luck with VP8ORK. I worked them on 30 meters and 160 meters. I’m real happy with the 160 QSO with my 29 foot vertical but I really wanted to work them on 80 meters. A couple of nights they were almost strong enough but not quite. 160 ended up being pretty easy however. I’ve still been working away at 80 meters. I did get WH0DX for a new one and I am hoping I made it into the log for HS0ZEE but he was weak and there was bad QSB so I am not […]
Trying to work VP8ORK but just can’t hear him good enough. Friends with much better antennas nearby have barely been able to work them so I don’t feel too bad. I have made lots of QSOs for the 160 meter CW contest, however. Just US, Canada and Mexico, though. I have better luck on 160 outside the contest, managed to pick up Taiwan and Cambodia plus a couple of Asiatic Russia stations. Just hope propagation improves before VP8ORK packs up in February.