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to I'm a newly licensed (July 19) amateur radio operator from Germany. My callsign is DL6MHC. I work in the field of information security, like to photograph on film, play games on 8-bit computers, support the FSFE, play chess (very unsuccessful) and prefer a command line over a GUI. Thanks for having me :)

I learned a valuable lesson: after 2h of not being able to break up any pileup by selecting interesting stations from dx cluster spots, I decided to manually search the bands. A US station came on air, I was able to work him with a report of 59 and only seconds after he was spotted and hell brake loose. A minute later and I would not have had any chance to come through. A new state for me and a new insight: Be the first and you can work what seemed unworkable.

I started reading ham radio magazines, on a monthly basis which came out exctly 50 years ago. This month's issue: The 73 Magazine from June 1970:

Is there any free or even open source COM port emulator/splitter for Windows 10 available? I'm using "Virtual Serial Port Emulator" from Eterlogic at the moment but am interested in alternatives.

Finally managed to install the antenna switch in the attic. For controlling it remotely, I use an old Arduino with Ethernet shield. Since the antenna switch needs 12V for triggering its relais, a 4 channel relais module is needed to convert the high signal from 5v to 12v. The Arduino takes simple HTTP GET requests for choosing the desired antenna. Now I can switch to any antenna from the shack via the network without a dedicated control cable 👍

Just look at this beautiful hand crafted QSL card! It’s also very special because it confirms my first Hell (rag chew) QSO with a very nice OM. Thank you Eric, F4FAP!

Can you please help me understand how thos works? If an EU station works a Hawaiian station at 6:00 UTC on 20m - which path probably went the communication?

The Fritzel works great. Yesterday a spanish OM told me, that the Fritzel does 10dB more over my EndFed (10m SSB) and now this: Hawaii on 20m (FT4) with a report of -13 :)

Today is the day my new Fritzel GPA-30 will be installed on the roof. Can’t wait to compare it with my EndFed!

My new Radioddity GD-77 arrived today. After flashing it with OpenGD77 I now can enjoy Brandmeisters Talker Alias feature. Note that no contacts csv is installed on the device.

To those who told me a shortened multiband EndFed wouldn’t be much fun with SSB: I have lots of fun!

Does anyone know how to make rigctld reconnect to the radio automatically after the radio was powered off and then on again? At the moment I need to restart the rigctld process after having powered off the radio for a while - which is annoying.

Absolute major achievement today: Phonie QSO (SSB) on 20m from Germany to the USA (DL6MHC <-> W1C) with only 20W and a end fed wire antenna! First time for me but I was lucky to be one of the first responding to them calling CQ.

2/2 I also take a time off learning CW but will pick it up some day again since this is what I want to do in the future. Untill then I will not invest any more time into all the non-essential stuff and have a few SSB QSOs a week instead. This should reduce distractions from real life to a minimum. My shack is now reduced to a power supply, a 20W HF transceiver and a hand mike.

1/2 Some changes: As a new operator I made ~2350 QSOs since I started last July. As one can see, I've put a lot of time and effort into the hobby that should have spent on more important things like my family. Time went mostly into digimodes, changing/developing software/hardware setups, troubleshooting and into constantly monitoring WSJT-X. I now decided to quit everything that needs a PC connected to the rig and reduce my activities to SSB, logging manually and filling out QSL cards.

The antenna switch itself is assembled and working. Next step: interfacing the pi and coding a simple web service which will be used to select an antenna via network

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