Good evening …

Last night was pretty good for propagation:


The one I didn’t get though was Z60C, in Kosovo. I had pretty good copy on both 40 and 80 CW, but the pileups were brutal. Of course, there were the clueless lids calling incessantly on his transmitting frequency, as usual, but there were also a LOT of stations correctly calling on his listening frequency, too. And … a lot of them were packing some serious power, by the sound of them!

Oh well, if I don’t get them today, I’ll get them tomorrow … I DID make another contact on 60 meters!

73 de Dick N4BC … keep the faith, guys!

FT8 January 24th, 2018

Really a booming evening on FT8. I even had a couple of QSOs on the 6o meter band. Forty meters was the most productive.

As you can see, there was a whole lot of propagatin’ goin’ on!

73 de Dick N4BC

Where I was heard


Well, I did a bit of fiddlin’ with WSPR-X this evening. Here’s the results …

Stations that heard me …
Graphic representation of stations hearing me …


I was transmitting 5 watts, using a 31-ft vertical. If you’re more interested in how WSPR-X works, it’s one of the modes included in W1JT’s WSJT-X ver. 1.8.0 software. WSPR is explained at

73 de Dick N4BC

Busy Evening

I fired up on 40 meters when I got home from work yesterday, and worked quite a few FT8 QSOs:

1/11/18 FT8

Mostly US stations, but a few Europeans mixed in as well. Things had quieted down when I got back home later after choir practice and Scouts, and I decided to call it a night. Even in these days of lower activity, you CAN make QSOs. You just have to turn on the rig.

73 de Dick N4BC