Thursday, 30 January 2020

FT8DMC Worked 10 Chinese Provinces Award

Following an FT8 contact with BG4ACY on 17m in Shanghai Province, had worked 10 Chinese Provinces and able to claim the FT8DMC Award,  Worked 10 Chinese Provinces. Here it is, nice looking award.

Monday, 27 January 2020

FT8DMC Worked 100 US Grid Squares Award

Managed to make some contacts with the US East Coast recently on 30m, and worked some new grid squares there. Found I had qualified for the FT8DMC Worked 100 US Grid Squares Award. Here it is. Over 700 grid squares in the US so still plenty left for more awards...

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Log4OM V2

My main logging program, Log4OM, had a major update recently from V1 to V2. This involved a database upgrade, so involved exporting all QSOs from V1 and importing into V2. Also involved some changes to the way WSJTX and JTAlert interact, which is covered in Facebook and Log4OM forums fairly well. After an upgrade to JTAlert managed to get everything working.

The main logging screen is a bit different. Typing in a call and there is a lookup to show the location of the station on a map. Nice, but the grid square is required to be accurate to get a useful map. As well as typing, you can click on a call in WSJTX and it looks them up as here for BD7OXR

The recent QSOs tab show you recent contacts. The columns are configurable, although missing IOTA and SOTA fields now. Does at least have SIG and SIG_INFO for WWFF contacts. There is a QSO Manager which is more useful to view all your entries.

The cluster tab shows you cluster spots from your selected connected cluster. Note some SOTA stations on, I could not hear them though...

Propagation shows current and predicted radio propagation. Have not played about with this much. The path reliability is shown for the currently selected grid square on 20m

The last tab is one I find the most useful, Worked Before. This featured in V1 and was initially moved to a separate window, but brought back in the man screen by popular demand. Can see I have worked this station before on 3 bands.

The program is still being updated. Be interesting to see further developments. Looks good.

Monday, 13 January 2020

FT8DMC Worked All Australia 6 m Award

Following a contact with VK8AW in Darwin on 6 m had contacted Australian call areas VK1 to VK8 on FT8. Applied for the FT8DMC award. Here it is. Not many have achieved this, I was #8.

There is also a similar award for the same by the European ROS Club, here is their version. Only #2 to get this award.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

FT8DMC Worked All Indonesia Award Silver

The FT8DMC awards program offers an award for working a certain number of different Indonesian call areas and prefixes. Bronze 20, Silver 40 and Gold all 60 call areas prefixes. Managed to get 41 worked for the Silver award. 

Saturday, 4 January 2020

FT8DMC WAJCA 10 m Award

Working Japan on 10 m FT8 is fairly easy from VK, however for working all JA call areas could not find JA9. After a long time I got called by JA9BOH Kimio recently on 10 m, so able to claim the FT8DMC WAJCA 10 m Award.