3DA0AO QSL status
The 3DA0AO QSL has been designed and out of the ON5UR printshop. I expect to receive it soon and start posting the cards for the OQRS direct request, than the mail direct request. Please do send QSL request via bureau. I do not need your card and help to save bureau expenses. Please use my Logsearch and OQRS application.
3DA0AO & 7P8AO QSL status
7P8AO QSL: The first batch of 7P8AO direct QSL cards was posted today. The next batch will be posted at mid November. The bureau requests will be printed and sent possibly in June next year.
3DA0AO QSL card: I sent pictures for designing and printing the card to Max, ON5UR print shop.
Please do not send QSL via the bureau. Claim your bureau card using my OQRS.
Swaziland and Lesotho QRT
7P8AO went QRT today morning.at 04:09 UTC. There are 7,314 FT8 and 55 FT4 QSOs in the log. The 3DA0AO log contains 3,616 FT8 and 26 CW QSOs. Unfortunately I could not work on CW due to the high noise level. It is a surprise as the previous years it was not so bad like now.
The OQRS and Not in Log online function is opened on my website at ha5ao.com. If you are not in the log please use the online form. Do not send email. All the logs are uploaded to LotW. The 3DA0AO QSL card will be designed and ordered for printing as soon as I get home. Thank you for the contacts.
I arrived in Swaziland on Sunday 15th September at noon. I had 100 kg checked in luggage in 4 packs. The customs cleared with no issue, but took about an hour. I picked up the hire car and drove 90 km to Mbabane. I set the antenna on the following day on Monday. Unfortunately the noise level is S8-S9+ on all bands. The noise is coming from the power line therefor nothing to do much to eliminate it. I can’t hear any signal on CW. Only the FT8 the usable mode. Tuesday, next week I will move to another, hopefully less noisy location and I do hope I will be able to work on CW.
I received many feedback and complains about the FT8 F/H operation. My signal report and RR 73 confirmation are not sent in F/H mode. I checked everything many times and I waisted lots of precious time for troubleshooting. The first two days i used WSJT-X v2.1 on Win10Pro 64bit. Second day I changed to the 2.0 on the same laptop. Yesterday I used my backup laptop with Win7Pro 32 bit. Also tried both 2.1 and 2.0 WSJT-X in this platform.
The result is the same. It does not send the report and RR 73 confirmation in F/H mode. In the normal mode it works as expected. At least I did not get complains. This morning I received emails informing me that the 3DA prefix non-standard in WSJT-X term and will not work in F/H mode. (Thank you for the help in troubleshooting to Jim AB3CV, Bill G4WJS, George HA5UK and Vatsa VU2AE).
However the strong S9+ noise also may resulting broken decoding and many cases I can’t see If the station sent me report. This is why I need to send report many times to be able to complete the QSO.
All these, the noise level and issue with WSJT-X make the HAM community very much disappointed and frustrated like me too