The challenge is, arrange yourself in such a way that you can hike for several km, carry a GFK mast, a 100 Watt transceiver, batteries, cables, tuner, and all antenna material without the help of anyone. Today I came close to this, I had a suitcase and a separate bag, and a mast attached to a tripod. It is not comfortable hiking, but it worked.
Can you say something about politics or religion as a ham over on the air? We had a change in the regulations, prior to 2008 it was certainly not appreciated, but since that time the official policy is that AT (our regulatory office) does not care about what you say, as long as it concerns matters of non-commercial interest that play on both part of the QSO. They do ask you to take care that your remarks don’t irritate anyone. Someone in a QSO mentioned nevertheless something about politics on the Rotterdam city repeater a while ago, and later at the club a member reminded me that this is not really appreciated. Legally it may be a different story, but a repeater manager can still say that certain topics are not appreciated on the repeater. It is his problem to enforce the house rules. So this is how much I know about the issue, now, can we as hams go political or religious on the repeater. The best answer is probably mostly no, and maybe a bit of yes. Do I want to say something about Rotterdam last Saturday night? Not as a ham over the air, no, please no, read the news and form your own opinion. I couldn’t see any traces of what happened on my Sunday morning hike, perhaps a broken window or a few rocks on the street and janitors cleaning up the mess. Read several newspapers today, the opinions vary between no foreign political assemblies in the Netherlands to, of course, this is democracy, the mayor should have allowed the assembly to happen. By the way, Wednesday there are elections, undoubtedly someone will benefit from the situation.
For any amateur band above 20m this is the easiest solution in the field, a 5 meter whip antenna with a magnetic suction mount on the trunk of your car, it results in a SWR of 1.6 and you can tune it to anything above 20m by simply shortening the whip. MFJ makes these, the MFJ 1979 is the whip and the MFJ 336T is their magnetic suction mount. I haven’t tried this on the roof yet since I’m slightly worried about the thickness and the lack of anything that provides more stiffness. After posting these images on facebook the first reaction of my cousin was, are you now also carrying foreign license plate numbers? I rest my case about opinions in our country.
Frequently I hear ragchewing about magnetic loop antennas to transmit (while I simply use a loop system to listen). Transmitting to a magnetic loop is much like induction cooking if you ask me, here is a video: Forge à induction faite maison
How is the winter progressing, it became warmer, but we had a storm on the evening of the 22nd and the night of the 23rd. The lower right graph shows the pump actions (blue) and derived from the the estimated hourly rainfall.
Popularity of four bands over the years, I compiled it from the spots counts I found on the website. When 20m gets a lot of spots, then 40m is less popular and the other way around. Percentages are on the y-axis.
This is the slightly smoothed solar flux (F10.7) over the same period. I would expect the HF propagation to behave like F10.7, but it should also be noticed that WSPR became more popular over the years.