Ham Radio is Fun These Days

I went out to the ham shack and got on the air this morning. The sunspot numbers and solar flux (29 spots and a solar flux of 93) were down from what they have been but propagation was still very good. I stopped by the Southern Cross DX Net and heard lots of stations from South Africa, all over Australia and Fiji. I was able to work several in Australia and South Africa and also Zimbabwe. I think we are in for some good hamming in the near future. This sunspot cycle has been slow in coming but I think it is going to be fun now that it is getting here. I am looking for a good propogation prediction program preferable free but I would be willing to pay a reasonable fee for it. Right now I am considering DX Toolbox by Black Cat software. It seems to be a pretty good little program. I saw another one on the Central Kirabati web page and it looks like a good one also and it has pretty graphics. I am trying out an Icom 706 MKIIg to see if I want to buy it. It seems pretty good and it can hear things that the Kenwood 2000 doesn’t even know are there. I am quite disappointed in the sensitivity of the ts2000 receiver but I was warned ahead of time so only have myself to blame. It is pretty good for working general ham qsos on the lower bands but not good for working dx. As the hot weather gets here I plan to move up to the higher bands because of the noise on the lower ones.

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About tladotse

I am a retired Electronics Engineer who specialized in circuit design, antenna design, reliability and maintainability. I am an amateur radio operator and also have hobbies of fishing and photography. Getting kinda old but still get around pretty well.
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