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

Higher frequencies …

I didn’t have much time for radio this weekend, but I did find the higher bands were still alive. I had a couple of contacts on 17m FT8 and did hear some stations on 10m SSB.

Sunday, 01/21/2018 17m FT8









Just goes to show ya that there is still a bit of life left “up there.”  I wonder how often the band is actually open, but quiet because nobody is there? Hmmm. Maybe we ought to try more often?

73 de Dick N4BC