News-Amateur Radio

November 25, 2019

From today I am finally QRV again on bands between 6-80 meters with my new Flexradio-6400ATU. 

My antennas are 3-element mini-33-A from Mosley for 10, 15 and 20 meters. For WARC plus 40 and 80 meters I have a Kelemen Trap dipole DP-WARC+8040 from WiMO. For the 6-meter band I have a 5-element beam 5JXX6 from the italian company I0JJX.

November 16, 2019

The result for CQ WPX CW 2019 has now arrived and my result with 800 QSO´s in the log and in total 703,545 points resulted in first place in Sweden and fifth place in Europe and in the world. Click here to see more results.

November 15, 2019

Today (November 15, 2019) I ordered a brand new Flexradio-6400ATU for delivery from WiMO in Germany and hopefully I will get it next week.

November 12, 2019

Today I have received some nice QSL cards by mail. 

Click here to view my QSL collection

November 8, 2019

Today I have begun work on checking which American counties I have run and been confirmed with either paper QSL or eQSL cards. I want to try to get the USA-CA award in the future. 

Click here to go to my progress

November 1, 2019

Today I have received a larger amount of QSL cards by mail. There were a lot of nice cards (see photo gallery) from WRTC 2018 and I also got receipts on one new IOTA islands.

Click here to view my QSL collection

October 30, 2019

Today I had to send my Flexradio-6400 to the European Service Center in Germany for warranty repair after two days of use. I haven't had much luck with my purchase but hope it will be back soon and fully functional. Until then, I will be QRT.

October 29, 2019

Today I have installed my used SDR radio (Flexradio-6400ATU) and next to this I have placed my Yaesu FT-101ZD and the associated antenna tuner. This radio was a very modern radio when I bought this new in 1982. Although it is 37 years since I bought this one, it is still in absolutely new condition and fully functional.

I have also now set up my Kelemen trap dipole (for 12, 17, 30, 40 and 80 meters band) from WiMo which I have been waiting for to be delivered to me after it has been with them for repair. The antenna is up about 10 meters above the ground.

October 15, 2019

Today I packed my current ICOM equipment in boxes because I have sold it and I will now be QRT for a while. The reason for doing this is that I have now decided to take the step from the traditional radio equipment to the more modern and through this optimize my amateur radio station for remote operation. Today I bought used odern SDR equipment, namely a Flexradio-6400ATU.

There are some mixed feelings after taking this step into SDR but at the same time I believe a lot in the new technology and I really think this will be a boost for me in my situation. 

Flex radio will be delivered to me during the first week of November and it will be an exciting time ahead to see how easy or difficult it will be to install the radio.

October 12-13, 2019

The weekend of October 12-13 is the time for the radio contest Makrothen RTTY. It is an annual recurring contest with a slightly different arrangement. The contest extends over a total of 24 hours and is divided into three 8-hour blocks. I really like the arrangement because you also have the opportunity to rest and also have time to do other things during the weekend between the blocks.

Another fun detail is the score calculation and the basic principle is that you get one point per kilometer in the distance between me and the station I have QSO with (then there is also a conversion factor for QSOn on the 40- and 80-meter bands). Last year I had a average distance of 2,452 kilometers per QSO.

My ambition for the competition this year was to try to beat my previous record from the 2018 contest when I got 615,468 points with 251 QSOs in the log (click here to read about my earlier results). This year's competition was a challenge because of the poor conditions. On the 10 and 15 meter band I couldn't hear a single station a all during the weekend (it was completely silent) and instead I focused on the 20, 40 and 80 meter band. On Sunday afternoon, it opened to North America and also I got some stations in the log.

The preliminary result this year was 280 QSO in the log with a final score of 714,510 so I really reached my goal by margin.

Thank you all for your points and for a really fun radio weekend!

October 11, 2019

Today I have received another larger amount of QSL cards by mail. There were a lot of nice cards (see photo gallery) and I also got receipts on new IOTA islands and also a new DXCC (Rwanda).

Click here to get to my QSL collection

October 10, 2019

Today I have received a larger amount of QSL cards by mail. There were a lot of nice cards (see photo gallery) and I also got receipts on new IOTA islands.

Click here to get to my QSL collection

Mikael Karlsson

Swedish Amateur Radio Operator




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151 47 Södertälje, SWEDEN



(+46) 70 888 01 61

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