Author Archives: PA2S

Busy in France

During last winter, I have been very busy with the process of buying a second home in France. For several years, this was in the making and last November, the decision was made to acquire an old farm in the department Haute-Marne, about midway between Nancy and Dijon (grid square JN27). From my home in… Continue reading »

The FT8 jungle

The last few days, conditions on 6 and 4 metres were quite good. Even with my modest station, some nice DX was worked on 6. Back in 1989, I became rather frustrated because I had ‘half a QSO’ in CW with CO2KK. He unfortunately took my call as PA2HJH instead of PA2HJS and I was… Continue reading »

Do we really need this crap?

Do we really need this crap?

This article drew my attention. Another story about “Megahertz” wireless power transfer. If something is going to kill radio communications, this is spot on: Wireless power transfer Old school efficiency There were times we had trains. Electric trains. In The Netherlands, most railway lines use electricity to convey power to the locomotives (like this one… Continue reading »

The Fox and Hounds

Today, I stumbled upon a write-up of Joe Taylor, K1JT about developing a version of FT8, intended to be used by DXpeditions. In spite of the fact, that I do not favour FT8, especially because it takes out the lower tier of the signal to noise range, I consider this an interesting and valuable development…. Continue reading »

Some pictures from the past

Recently, I scanned some pictures and I though it was nice to share them here. Four of them are of the VHF/UHF/SHF contest station that we ran between 1981 and 1987. The first location was abandoned because of blocking trees. The latter location¬† was on top of a school building with a superb take-off. We… Continue reading »

The FT8 frenzy

It is quite obvious that the internet helps to spread news very fast and thus, a real FT8 explosion took place. On busy moments there is a myriad of stations and it is impressive to watch how good the WSJT-X software decodes the whole bunch every 15 seconds. Hats off for the developers! The FT8… Continue reading »