4Z1CQ's blog

I had thought it a peculiarity of my antenna, though vertical, to radiate primarily to Western Europe; I don't know if it is primarily only Western Europeans that are using WSPR on 30m in this "Old World" area, but a few days ago, I had made a blog post about how it appeared 30m was "afraid" of the approaching nightfall, concentrating more and more intensely in Western Europe as Grey Area approached... But now as I watch 4Z4TJ's results on 30m band on the map over the last several hours reveals the same exact radiation patterns as mine basically on 30m...

Ran rig on 40m last night and got a nice TU in chat from K4RCG for the spot (he spotted me twice as well) on a new antenna he had just put up. I normally would not have even had seen that posted if something hadn't 'led' me to click on the chat button this morning right before switching Rig to 17m; that, in addition to the regular commenting on my blog posts, well, that makes me feel I am doing something for somebody, and I really appreciate that and feel welcomed and accepted and appreciated, TU guys. :)

Nada, zip, "shum davar", "klum"...

I knew that none of the bands are doing so great right now, or so, everyone is saying... of course, it is all relative... I'm sure conditions are quite good compared to the times when you only had a couple thousand hams globally and you actually had to work quite a bit to make any contacts... hence the term, "working on 20m," etc...

Starting the WSPR on 20m tonight at 19:58z, 2017.09.22... not much going on as I expected... I believe 20m is a band that can also open up at night, though less so than 30m, and much less so than 40m or 80m... I am assuming that 20m probably opens up more at night time during the colder winter months?? But I could be quite wrong about that...

Yesterday I worked WSPR (it worked, I slept) and I noticed that it was hugging the night trying to stay on the side of the light as the grey line moved, always trying to stay straight up the grey line and to the west, from my QTH up into Europe.

Just was bored, trying to get WSJTx up and working right on an older PC running Debian 9. Man, it is hard to love linux more than Windows, I hate to admit, when hunting down dependecies and, well, everything else! Had to use VOX on the PC since no idea yet how to get this cable with a Prolific Chip to be 'driven' yet under linux.

Between 19:30z Sept.20.2017 and 03:30z Sept.21.2017 (10:30PM Israeli time to 06:30AM Israel time, apx. 8hrs.) was the very first time ever in my life using WSPR. It was easy enough to get started after watching a short youtube video. I just left it running all night while I slept.

I let it run on 40m this first time because, to my limited understanding, 40m may very well be the most easy to predict, to notice patterns that usually repeat every day and night, for around what times propagation opens up this way or that, or when the band is closed.