Max Power for SM Hams Lowered to 200W!

200W

As of Today, November 1st 2018, the maximum power allowed for Swedish amateur radio operators have been lowered to a maximum of 200 watt PEP. This is a change in regulations by the Swedish PTS, Post and Telecommunication authority. The reason given is that it is done to harmonise with the new spectrum plan. There have been no reports of interference relating to amateur radio activity reported to PTS.

Amateur radio operators can apply for a permit to use higher power levels. PTS will hand out permits for the old power level of 1kW in exchange for a fee. This permit is only valid for the locations specified in the application As this licence is given according to general communications regulations one wonders if higher power levels now are possible.

At this time, November 1st, around 400 hams have sent in their application for using high power.

Update October 31st: SM0MDG has been granted 1000 watt PEP permit for the SE0X contest station. An application to use 1500 watt was turned down by the PTS.

SDR Fun in IARU HF Championship

IARU SO2R SDR PRO Setup @SE0X
As the 2018 IARU HF Championship was chosen as the arena for WRTC activity was high this summer contest weekend. I decided to kick out the K3/TS-590 combo and go all SDR in SO2R configuration. Propagation was also helpful, especially on low bands. Read the full writeup of the IARU HF Championship weekend at SE0X here.

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Getting Ready for IARU HF Championship

Rewiring SE0X

Rewiring the station for IARU HF Championship. This year I am going to enter the Single Operator Unlimited CW High Power category with the goal so set a decent record.  The station will be using only SDR, Software Defined Radio equipment, and at this moment preparation is in full force. Read more ›

Nice Surprise in the Mail

SAC Award

This morning a nice surprise appeared in the mail. It seems like I had the highest combined CW + SSB score in SOAB HP Unassisted in the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC). Not an official category, but very nice plack för the wall. Thanks to the sponsor SM3EVR Tord Julander! Read more ›

CQ160 SSB = Filters and Patience

 

K3 in CQ160 SSBCQ160 SSB is one of the most challenging phone contests. With thousands of operators sharing the narrow 160 meter band good filters and a lot of patience is crucial to survive this weekend while producing a respectable score. SM0MDG and SM0MLZ teamed up and logged on via remote to SE0X with the goal of breaking the Multi Operator SM record from 1995. How did it go? Read on to find out.  Read more ›

Diary of Disaster (Will it make CQ160 CW?)

After years of successfully keeping my Topband vertical in service during winter storms in costal environment my streak of luck has finally come to an end. This season alone I had more problems with the Topband vertical than in the past 10 years. Heres a quick recap of the so far very eventful season at SE0X. Read more ›

Game Over – Topband Vertical Down!

SE0X TB vertical down!

It seems like CQWW CW will be a single band effort! The Topband Vertical a SE0X didn’t even make it through the first storm of the season. This week it was discovered to be resting on the ground after a few days of rough weather with storm. One of the guy line supports didn’t hold up to the forces of nature. After 10 years of loyal service it decided it was time to give up. The antenna itself is in one piece but rather deformed. The FCP and loading coil is a mess. It will be a challenge to get it back up and into service before the CQ160 contest.

Animals Finds Coax Yummy!

Chewed CoaxThe skimmer receiver at SE0X has been offline a few weeks. Some of the local species find RG6 coaxial cable delicious. Our 100 meter coax was temporarily repaired this past winter after being chewed off. This summer when replacing the coax, I found deep cuts caused by animals in several places were the coax crosses trails.

The new coax now cross these trails inside a rubber hose which hopefully will protect the coax a little better. Protecting your expensive coax against the wild life is definitely something to if your station is in the woods. Luckily the SE0X skimmer is located away from the main station. At SE0X wild life is limited to birds, fish and the occasional fox who doesn’t mind a swim.

Skimmer spots are being reported to the Reverse Beacon Network by SE0X and can been seen here.