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Bunch of QSL cards from Bureau

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on September 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Got a bunch of QSL cards from buro last Friday. 183 pieces to be exact, from 20 countries.

I have to print more QSL cards to answer all of this. It will take awhile for expecting DX hams to get the cards so please bear with me. Here's the country summary of cards received.

Country Quantity

Japan 129

Germany 39

Russia 9

Poland 7

Italy 7

Belgium 6

Netherlands 6

France 5

Austria 5

China 4

Korea 4

Czeck Rep 3

Australia 2

Madagascar 1

Idaho USA 1

Romania 1

Lithuania 1

Ukraine 1

Denmark 1

Finland 1

73 to all!

JT9 - Another brand-new QRP digital mode

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on December 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Read about a new digital mode called JT9 from JT65 Facebook page. It's quickly gaining popularity among digital hams especially the JT65 users. Being an avid JT65 fan, I'm drooling to much to try this brand new digital mode.

The WSJT-X software is downloadable from the WSJT website. Latest release version is v0.5, r2788. It has a very informative user manual, so spend a little time to read it.

Download, installation and configuration of the sofware went fine. After a couple of minutes playing on the new GUI, voila! I'm on-the-air once more with a brand new QRP digital mode. Good to see some JA stations CQing on 15m while testing the software. Got the first five successful JT9 QSO's with them.

Here are the snapshots of WSJT-X software. 

Main window with colorful highlights. Any instance of "CQ" on the decode field will be highligted green.

The watefall window in action.....

I hope a similar JT Alert utility will be released soon for JT9

Catch you on the air.

QSL Cards receive direct - Dec 01, 2012

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on December 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Receive two QSL cards this morning, December 1, 2012, courtesy of the friendly neighborhood mailman. Both cards are for 15m JT65 QSO's.

1. From IW1FRD Giafranco of Italy. 

2. From KE5CNS Steve of Oklahoma.

Reciprocal cards are being prepared for Giafranco and Steve.


QSL Card received on May 18, 2012

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on May 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Two QSL cards were received yesterday, May 18, 2012 from Germany.

1. DL3XAC Carsten

2. DL5KCZ Manfried

Reciprocal cards are being printed and will send direct to Carsten and Manfried.



de DV1VHK Roel

ePFX300 Award

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on April 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Received my ePFX300 award from eQSL.cc today. The award is issued for successful 2-way contact with amateur radio stations with 300 different callsign prefixes. ePFX300 Award rules can be found on this link.

BV100 - Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration through amateur radio

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on January 30, 2012 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrated its founding centenary on 2011. Part of the celebration was through amateur radio by a special call sign station BV100. BV100 was QRV from October 10, 2010 to December 31, 2011 on all Amateur bands and all modes. There is also an award program devised to encourage hams from different part of the world to join in this momentous event. Details of the award program can be found on this link.

My station was able to obtain the Dual Mode and Tri-Band awards. I would like to thank James BU2AT, BV100 Award Manager, and Yohn BV5DL for their assistance in processing my application and mailing the award certificates. 

For those who had made QSO's with BV100 and would like to join the award program, you can submit your application online until March 31, 2012 from this link.

Congratulations to BV100 for the successful celebration of Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial through amateur radio.

73 and Mabuhay!


Posted by Roel DV1VHK on November 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm glad to share today the fruit of one year worth of digital QSO with stations around the world. After preparing the QSO logs at HRD Logbook (to comply with EPC, DMC, and CDG club requirements) and evaluation/on-line submission of application using the UltimateAAC (Ultimate Award Application Center) software, the following awards, 42 to be exact, were given to DV1VHK radio station:

(Click Award to check the mechanics of the award or the Serial # to view my certificate, alternatively, View from the Award album)

European PSK Club

Award Date Received Serial #

  1. ASSPA 100 16-Nov-11 2827
  2. ASSPA 200 16-Nov-11 1971
  3. AUPA Bronze 18-Nov-11 3155
  4. BQPA BPSK31 17-Nov-11  4192
  5. CQPSK 10 21-Nov-11  4564
  6. CQPSK 20 21-Nov-11  3342
  7. CRUMB 25 17-Nov-11  0241
  8. CRUMB 50 17-Nov-11  0108
  9. DXDA 100 19-Nov-11  2695
  10. EPCAS 18-Nov-11  3598
  11. EPCDX 18-Nov-11  4592
  12. EPCEU 18-Nov-11  4528
  13. EPCOC 18-Nov-11  1574
  14. EPCRU 17-Nov-11  3367
  15. EUSPA 17-Nov-11  4733
  16. ITUPSK 19 21-Nov-11  4058
  17. MGSPA 100 17-Nov-11  4220
  18. MGSPA 200 17-Nov-11  3437
  19. MWCA First 16-Nov-11  4032
  20. PHASE 50 21-Nov-11  3958
  21. PHPA 100 20-Nov-11  4965
  22. PHPA 200 20-Nov-11  4178
  23. RGSPA 55 17-Nov-11  2911
  24. RPXPA 18-Nov-11  3177
  25. RRPA  18-Nov-11  3561

Digital Modes Club

  1. DXCC 25 20-Nov-11  2355
  2. DXCC 50 20-Nov-11  2180
  3. Europa 5 20-Nov-11  4699
  4. Europa 10 20-Nov-11  4167
  5. Europa 15 20-Nov-11  3745
  6. ITU 5  20-Nov-11  2351
  7. ITU 10 20-Nov-11  2329
  8. ITU 20 20-Nov-11  2141
  9. ITU 30 20-Nov-11 1766
  10. Member 25 20-Nov-11  2339
  11. Member 50 20-Nov-11  2300
  12. Member 100 20-Nov-11  2176
  13. WAS 10 20-Nov-11  1598
  14. WAZ 10 20-Nov-11  2274
  15. WAZ 20 20-Nov-11  1901

Croatian Digital Group

  1. CDG DXCA 50 20-Nov-11  3038
  2. CDG ECA 25 20-Nov-11  3321


Happy award hunting to all.

My digital shack turns one year old

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on November 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

My digital shack turns one year old this week. It was exactly the same time last year when I was able to dive into the wonderful digital modes such as JT65, PSK, RTTY, and WSPR. Among these modes, JT65 and PSK are my favorite and these tops the QSO count in my logbook.

The following are the things which compose my modest digital shack:

1. Yaesu FT-817 Transceiver

- I got this little wonder from the PARA auction on a good bargain. This rig has been performing nicely even with the QRP power of 5 watts.

2. Tigertronics Signalink USB

- I bought this from DX Engineering. This digital interface is easy to use. It has built-in sound controller, so you just need a USB connection to the computer. The transmit and receive levels are adjusted on the knobs in front of the unit. Works flawlessly with my FT-817 and Lenovo X61 Notebook.

3. LDG Z817 Autotuner

- Got this from W4RT.com. A good compliment for my Diamond W-8010 5- band Trapped Dipole wire antenna. Tuning is done with one push of the button.

4. Elecraft W1 SWR/Power meter

- this is the first kit I ever built, I got this from Elecraft.com. It's a very good QRP SWR/Power meter. Sensitive enough to recognise the QRP signal of my FT-817. It has a data port that you can hook-up to a serial port to get real time SWR and power reading.

5. Ham Radio Deluxe Software

- feature-rich ham software which do stuffs like CAT control, digital mode, logbook and a whole alot more. I'm using a homebrew cable for CAT control.

6. JT65-HF Software

- main software for JT65 mode.

Please click the link to view my QSO activity and map.

My Activity (eQSL.cc)

My QSO Map (HRDLog.net)

My QSO Map (Google Map)

Catch you on the air soon.

EPC, DMC, and CDG Membership

Posted by Roel DV1VHK on November 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

My station is now a member of the following prestigious digital mode clubs:

European PSK Club 

EPC#16766 <Certificate>

Digital Modes Club

DMC#04853 <Certificate>

Croatian Digital Group

CDG#0694 <Certificate>

I'm waiting also for my membership approval from the Belgian Digital Mode (BDM) Club.

I learned that these clubs are offering awards for members showing proof of digital QSO's.

I will prepare my one year worth of logs and see if I'm eligible for such awards.

73 to All!


Jan-5-2012 Update:

DV1VHK Radio Station is now a member of Belgium Digital Modes Club (Dec-20-2011) and European ROS Club (Jan-5-2012):

 Belgium Digital Modes Club

  BDM#01639 <Certificate>

 European ROS Club

  ERC#0763 <Certificate>