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yep - - the 30m band is an good-un,
& it'll be nice to see some more activity on it, this season.

New member here — thanks! Have had a daily sked with a DR OC/Elmer who recently relocated. What was once a pretty solid over-the-mountains NVIS QRP chat became a cross-country struggle between our busy daily schedules and terrible band condx. He suggested 30M, and after setting up a quick quarter-wave above ground vertical with two radials, we are back in business. I run about 50 watts, and that helps with the QSB and QRN. Hope to improve this by raising the antenna a bit. Seems like band is improving day-by-day, or maybe I'm just hopeful.

I'm loving 30M, and don't seem to have any QRM issues. He's hit with QRM sometimes, but we manage to keep our sked. I'm amazed there's a band for CW and narrow-band modes only, and so very pleased that contesting is not part of 30M.

73,77 de Paul/N6MGN

CONUS Propagation Improving??? by N6MGNN6MGN, 11 Aug 2018 14:49

Mario and 30m CW friends!

A year later, and still the same great LP propagation on 30m at these times.

Mario you and I have the same antenna but mine is much shorter, a half wavelength at 30m, but the ends are bent down 1.5m from each end.

Amazing signals from F5NTV on 10112.5 RST579 peaking 589, gave me 579 for my 50W, Bruno F5NTV station is formidable: 500W to a 2ele Yagi up 18m! So nice to hear a loud EU signal above the local S6 noise level here in suburban Adelaide.

DDK9 barely audible below noise level, with its high power but omni directional higher angle antenna.


77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: EU-VK propagation by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 22 Jul 2018 07:02

DR OM RUSSELL,

TNX FER joining 30CW and it was nice to read your profile and also your page G5XW and truly wonderful that you have your father's callsign, a G5 two letters, that's great!

I hope to get more active on 30m again, local noise levels have been keeping me off the band since a change of QTH, in spite of having a dipole up broadside to Europe.

Maybe some time I can also get to use my QCX 3W QRP rig which was built for 30m. Meanwhile I hope to read your reports and others about 30m CW activities and news!


77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: Look forward to working you by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 19 Jul 2018 13:17

Hello all, found site more by chance
look forward to catching some of you about
all the best 73 G5XW


73
G5XW

Look forward to working you by G5XWG5XW, 18 Jul 2018 21:10

:D Not a dickie bird. A bit early in the year to expect through-the-night propagation at this QTH.
Off to the leaba…

John EI5JS

Re: Calling CQ now.. by EI5JSEI5JS, 08 Apr 2018 02:41

The band sounds completely dead except for that RTTY at 10.100. I'm calling CQ on 10.118 about 13WPM, 0219UTC Sunday Morning.

John EI5JS

Calling CQ now.. by EI5JSEI5JS, 08 Apr 2018 02:20
Re: SOTA
Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT 06 Mar 2018 10:20
in discussion Community / 30m Skeds, SOTA » SOTA

This Saturday 10 March at 0630z the EU-VK-JA SOTA QSO Party takes place. There should be quite a number of sigs on 30m. Check SOTAwatch for alerts and spot details: http://www.sotawatch.org/alerts.php

Re: SOTA by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 06 Mar 2018 10:20

kHz BW YYYY MM DD UTC EMM BAUD SHIFT BEARING ADM ID DETAILS
10117 2018 01 02 1338 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS SINGING
10134 2 2018 01 02 1406 J3E/U INS UNID CHINESE DIALECT SPEAKERS RS: 58
10116 2018 01 04 1215 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS RS: 55
10127 2018 01 05 1205 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN OM RS: 57
10101 2 2018 01 06 0225 J3E/U CLN UNID SRI LANKAN FISHERMEN RS:59
10141 2 2018 01 08 0214 J3E/U CLN UNID SRI LANKAN FISHERMEN RS:59

it seems that 30m is working, quite well:
- - vk2 - vk3 & I'm able to hear both of them !.

it mystifies me as to why everyone has to go so fast, with their Keyer, though.
- got no chance on decoding what they are sending
maybe, just some bits of it, though …

Re: VK - VK propagation by VK6ISVK6IS, 30 Jan 2018 11:48

Monitoring Report for December 2017
10117 2 2017 12 02 1434 J3E/U CLN UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS SINGING 59
10134 2 2017 12 02 1436 J3E/U INS UNID CHINESE DIALECT SPEAKERS 58
10117 2017 12 09 0325 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10107 2017 12 09 1252 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10116 2017 12 30 1217 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10127 2017 12 30 1218 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN OM-YL SPEAKERS 55

Dec 2017 report by VU2URVU2UR, 04 Jan 2018 06:39

Hello CW Aficionados,

The winter mornings here in the north west corner of the United States are quite interesting. About the time that JA is heard on 40 meters, the German maritime RTTY signal on 30 meters arrives, announcing the opening on 30 meters into Europe. I heard a French station calling CQ SKCC and an Austrian - on my poor, NVIS antenna and my noise cancellation bridge, due to local RFI problems.

I hope to erect a 30 meter, elevated radial vertical antenna soon (or maybe a half square ), so that I can enjoy this wonderful band more.

73 de Ray W7ASA

Re: Wire antennas for 30m by Ray  W7ASARay W7ASA, 24 Dec 2017 18:36

VK7CW and JL1MUT checked in.

0858 - 0919utc
14349.0khz
VK7CW
100w + hex beam
JL1MUT 339 to 449

JL1MUT
100w + 3el yagi
VK7CW 339 to 449

0920 - 0943utc
10149.0khz
VK7CW
100w + GP
JL1MUT 559 to 339

JL1MUT
100w + rotary dipole
VK7CW 449 to 339

Normally VK7CW, Steve San is solid on both bands but was weak today. So the band conditions were really poor.

VK7CW reported about OS0S as follows.


At 0928utc OS0S Leon called into the net on 30m and was heard by VK7CW at 339 but he failed to respond to any calls.


I didn't hear OS0S at all.

I did QSO with ZL station using 400w + windom antenna at RST579 around at 0700utc on 20m. I think the band condition seemed to go down afterwards.

Thank you for the net QSO, dear Steve San.
I hope to see you next week.

JL1MUT/Yo

NOVEMBER 2017 LOG
10101 2 2017 11 20 0306 J3E/U CLN UNID SRI LANKAN FISHERMEN RS:59
10117 2 2017 11 20 0308 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS
10130 2017 11 20 0309 J3E/U CHN UNID CHINESE DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10117 2 2017 11 20 1210 J3E/U CHN UNID CHINESE DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10121 2017 11 20 1212 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10117 2017 11 26 0224 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10117 2 2017 11 20 1210 J3E/U CHN UNID CHINESE DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10121 2017 11 20 1212 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55
10117 2017 11 26 0224 J3E/U INS UNID INDONESIAN DIALECT SPEAKERS 55

November 2017 Log for 30m by VU2URVU2UR, 02 Dec 2017 13:11

VK5EEE, VK7CW and JL1MUT checked in.

0859 - 0928utc
14349.0khz
VK5EEE
75watts because of his power supply unit trouble.
VK7CW NIL
JL1MUT 569

VK7CW
VK5EEE NIL
JL1MUT 599

JL1MUT
VK5EEE 569
VK7CW 589

VK7CW, Steve San checked out earlier for the contest.

0929 - 1013utc
10149.0khz

VK5EEE/qrp
using QCX qrp trx 3 watts output
JL1MUT 569

VK5EEE/100 watts
JL1MUT 569

JL1MUT
VK5EEE/qrp
229 at the beginning but 339 to 439 on peak trying again at the end of the net.
VK5EEE/100w 569

10149.0khz was used to avoid QRM and very clear, no QRM in result.
We will try this frequency again next week.

VK5EEE, Lou San tried his QCX qrp trx and was successful in making QSO with me.
And I received the following e-mail from him.


Dear Yo San, Thanks for FB nets. 14349: VK7CW RST 119, JL1MUT 569 QSL 569 with my 75W due to smaller Power Supply not giving enough amps for 20m TX
My 3W from QRO rig was RST 229 10149: JL1MUT 0930-0936 RST 569 my QCX QRP 3W RST 229 0936-1006 JL1MUT RST 569, QSL 569 with 100W (30m I can get full power from smaller Amp) Big Amp is needing repair. 1006-1012 JL1MUT RST 56/79, QSL 339 peaking 439 with my QCX QRP 3W.
Very good fun with QRP, the receiver is better as it has nice narrow 200 Hz filter.
It is full QSK and has many features, see: http://qrp-labs.com/qcx.html The frequency 10149 was very nice, even with wide filter on big rig, no QRM.
I was heard in Europe on QCX using WSPR with 2W. On CW I had QSO to Timor 4W, USA and DU9 and now JA.
Very 73 and hope to see you again tomorrow.


Thanks for the net QSO, dear Lou San and dear Steve San.

JL1MUT/Yo

Higher voltage and thus higher output power could be achieved thus, in addition to optimised coil turns on L1-L4 and spread out nicely and checking C25-C28, C30 as they're equally important:

Hi Enno, Fred, all

There are two things which I think can increase power output. Talking here, on the assumption the transceiver is already performing properly i.e. correct LPF etc. I expect Fred is referring to the first of these two:

1) QCX uses a PNP transistor Q6 to shape the RF envelope on key down/key up to remove key clicks. There is a voltage drop across this transistor as usual. If it is replaced by a P-type MOSFET with appropriate other component value changes, then this eliminates most of the voltage drop. Since the Class-E PA then runs at a little higher supply voltage, it produces more power output.

2. Use of a MOSFET circuit instead of the schottky diode for power supply reverse polarity protection increases the component count slightly, but also has a much lower voltage drop, again providing a little higher voltage to the PA.

I don't know of any disadvantage to doing these modifications, they should work fine.

73 Hans G0UPL
http://qrp-labs.com


77 de Lou, VK5EEE

QCX Power Output Mods by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 21 Nov 2017 23:43

VK7CW and JL1MUT checked in.

14349.0khz
0856 - 0925utc

VK7CW
100w + hex beam
HB cootie key
  JL1MUT  599

JL1MUT
100w + 3el yagi
HB cootie key
  VK7CW  589

10121.5khz
0926 - 0951utc

VK7CW
100w + GP
  JL1MUT  579 QRN/SSB QRM
100w + fan dipole
  JL1MUT  579

JL1MUT
100w + rotary  dipole
  VK7CW / 100w + GP  579
  VK7CW / 100w + fan dipole  549

The band conditions to VK7 were excellent.
VK7CW, Steve San was solid on both bands.

Steve San has a fan dipole for 160, 80, 40 and 30m.

We checked his fan dipole on 30m. The noise level seemed to be improved on his side when using the fan dipole  though the signal strength was down overhere.

Both his antennas were sending solid signals to here.

Thanks for the net QSO, dear Steve San.

JL1MUT/Yo

VK2MZ, VK5EEE, VK5BUG and JL1MUT checked in.

The result is shown as follows.

0903 - 0936utc
14349.0khz

VK2MZ
100w + G5RV
VK5EEE 549
JL1MUT 549

VK5EEE
VK2MZ 329
JL1MUT 449 QRN

JL1MUT
100w + 3el yagi
VK2MZ 549
VK5EEE 549

0937 - 1015utc
10121.5khz

VK5EEE
100w + doublet
VK5BUG 579
VK2MZ QRK1
JL1MUT 569

VK5BUG
90w + vertical
VK5EEE 569
VK2MZ 229 QRM/QSB
JL1MUT 449 SSB QRM

VK2MZ
VK5EEE 239
VK5BUG 339
JL1MUT 459

JL1MUT
100w + rotary dipole
VK5EEE 579
VK5BUG 579
VK2MZ 339

20m was not too bad condition. But 30m was poor to VK2 though good to VK5.
At the end I lost VK2MZ, Rob San almostly but He seemed to hold me.

Thanks to Rob San, Doc San and Lou San.
I hope to see you next Sunday.

JL1MUT/Yo

VK7CW, DV9/K5EIE and JL1MUT checked in.

0857 - 0943utc
14349.0khz
VK7CW
100w+hex beam
HB cootie key
  DV9/K5EIE  219
  JL1MUT  579

DV9/K5EIE 
QRP/5w+dipole
  VK7CW  229
  JL1MUT  579

JL1MUT
100w+3el yagi
HB cootie key
  VK7CW  579
  DV9/K5EIE   569

0944 - 0957utc
10129.0khz
VK7CW
100w+GP
  JL1MUT  569

JL1MUT
100w+rotary dipole
  VK7CW  569

The band conditions were good on both bands.
We welcome  DV9/K5EIE, Max San. He made first check-in tonight. He was running 5 watts/qrp into a dipole antenna but his signals were solid in my QTH.
I also had some intermittent radar QRM on 14349.0khz.

And we operated on 10129.0khz to avoid the pile up to VK9MA.
The pile up was spread out and covered 10121.5khz.

Thanks, dear Steve San and dear Max San.

I hope to see you again next week.

JL1MUT/Yo

The following VK5EEE's report is added.

My report for Steve San VK7CW on both frequencies was 599, at one stage he was 599+25dB — we had great path today.

Thanks for your report, dear Lou San.

JL1MUT/Yo

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