NEWS UPDATE – TZ5XR will be off air from Mali starting tomorrow (April 12) until the beginning of May.
MARCH 24, 2017 – TZ5XR will try to be active during the CQ WPX SSB 2017, but it will be difficult with 100w to find a quiet QRG!
QSLs are currently being printed and expected to arrive at Thierry’s F5MXH QTH within a week. You should receive, if requested, your QSL direct in April.
TZ5XR is already on Club Log. Upload to LoTW soon.
MARCH 19, 2017 – I’m still active and would be active until 2019 minimum so don’t worry if you don’t break the pile-up anyway, if it is not for this time it will be for a next time.
I’m currently active on 40, 20, 17, 12, 10 M and CW basically because it’s the easiest for me with my 100W and a simple dipole. I cannot work on 80 and 15 M with the ICOM7300 that doesn’t automatic tune on these two bands. I plan to bring back a manual tuning box the next time I go to France to solve the problem.
For the 160M with 100W, I do not know if it’s really usefull, all the stations I heard have much better traffic conditions and were only received 55. I will try anyway in the future to find an antenna adequate to my QTH but it seems complicated and there is not a lot of things here to build an homemade. An amplifier should arrive in the middle of the year, only 300W output but it will be better than nothing.
About me, I would like just to remember that I am not a DX expedition. I practice radio in my free time, often after a busy day. The QSL is free via buro, just have patience. Those who send F5MXH directly to receive it faster are asked to participate as usual.
For LOTW, we will upload once we have received a significant number of QSLs to avoid some errors in uploaded logs (and some cries). I stopped the radio for more than 15 years, the recovery was difficult, but it’s like cycling, it does not get lost! and no problem anymore.
So I ask a little patience for some OM, when I start a call sign, I like to concretize it, even if I have to repeat 20 times his partial callsign to finish it, often drowned in the QRM because I am stubborn.
I would do a recording soon so that you can realize how difficult it is sometimes to hear the stations just because the QRM level is impossible to eliminate but I work with and I am applying to get the call signs in the noise.
When the propagation is present, it completely changes the way of trafficking since I manage to reach the 150 QSO per hour without any problem. There are some good sporadic openings on 10M sometimes just for an hour, but surprising.
I am also surprised by the number of double in my log. I am currently at 5700 QSO registered and I have 259 double? Often always the same stations that contacted me 7 or 8 times on the same bands, what is the interest ? They insist in the pile-up as it was the first time, I am obliged to answer them to release the frequency of their call, because i can’t listen others with their big signals.
Some news about the modes, I just configure the RTTY and I would try some QSOs soon. Thank you for being indulgent, I have never done before! Hi!
Good traffic to all and best 73’s,