IC-7300 – The new toy in the shack!


This nice little HF/50 rig has been in the shack for a month now. What an incredible difference in RX compared to my older IC-756PROIII and IC-746PRO. This and the fact that the rig has an USB connector, makes it it one great rig to interface with the shack PC effortlessly. I have still not figured out how to get the interfacing and settings done to have FSK RTTY on N1MM+ with this new rig….WIP!

Time flies …

It’s one year since I last blogged. And, it’s been a busy year in the shack as well as at work.

To summarize, here are the few highs and lows that I can recollect:

  • Had a lot of fun on the CQWW SSB 2011. Managed to work C5, 3D2 and TS2 on 10 Meters. This was my foray back into SSB contesting after a couple of decades!
  • Was looking forward to chasing a few and S&P’ng on CQWW CW 2011, but had to give that idea up as I was caught up on the work front.
  • With my rotator controller broken and having had to rig up a temporary solution for the CQWW RTTY, I went to the local electronics market and picked up an outdoor camera to mount on the tower. Works very well and also has infra-red LED’s that light up the boom in the dark. This wa going to be good for the new contest season in 2012.
  • Qualified for DXCC’s on 20M and 15M with confirmations on LOTW. The wallpapers arrived in December.
  • Made hybrid DXCC applications for Phone and 10M. Had my cards checked by Prasad/VU2PTT. In fact, mine were the first applications he checked after he became a card checker. This saved me a lot of time and money.

Back after a break

It’s been a while since I dropped out of sight from my blog. It’s a been a busy few months.

However, here are the final scores for India in the 2010 CQ WW RTTY contest:

 

Band

Final

QSOs

Countries

Zones

US/VE

VU2LBW

A

798,342

1,010

186

72

24

VU2RMS

A

87,084

250

92

31

0

*VU2PTT

A

223,275

351

146

65

18

*VU2ABS

A

41,261

124

77

40

4

*VU3DJQ

14

15,759

120

33

15

3

VU2NKS

A

508,295

632

201

70

6

Will keep posting more stuff as I get back to speed.