Tuesday, October 30, 2012

PAFF-056 on October 31 by PH0NO

With a morning available for radio-activity I went over to the still not activated PAFF-056 - Buurserzand & Haaksbergseveen. A nice quiet area close to the German border. More precisely a combination of two adjoining nature parks.

It took me more time to get there than I anticipated so I did not have a lot of time to be on the air. I chose to work 20m and 40m only. Both bands were not very stable (strong QSB) and 40m brought S7 QRM but I logged 99 calls from 20 DXCCs anyway. The maximum QRB was only 3600km into UA9.

A couple of OMs came by on both bands.

Lars / PH0NO

Friday, October 26, 2012

PAFF-070 - Vecht en Beneden Regge by PA3FYG

PAFF-070 - Vecht en Beneden Regge

I want to activate this one today.

It will be around 10.00-11.00 UTC.

Starting +/- 7144 KHz, later +/- 14244 KHz.

73 de Hans PA3FYG/P

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PAFF-054 - Vuursche - by PA3FYG

Activated also Dutch Castle PA-00100 - Drakensteyn ,Owned by the Dutch Queen Beatrix

I want to activate "Vuursche" PAFF-054 today.

Including one ore two Castles for COTA-PA.

It will be around noon ( 10.00 UTC )

Starting +/- 7144 KHz, later +/- 14244 KHz.

73 de Hans PA3FYG/P

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Another new one by DL1EKO & DD3JA

Toni DL1EKO and his XYL Jola DD3JA plan to activate PAFF-048 - Ooypolder en Millingerwaard - on Sunday October 28. They will be on 40m, 30m and 20m using CW and SSB.

Wednesday 24 Okt - PAFF-052 by PA3FYG/P

On Wednesday 24 Okt I will to try activate PAFF-052 "Naardermeer".

This is not easy, >99% is water.

When I find a spot it will be around noon.

Starting +/- 7144 KHz, later +/- 14244 KHz.

73 de Hans PA3FYG

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday 23 Oct. - PAFF-067 - Planken Wambuis

I decided to have a walk with my xyl in "Planken Wambuis" PAFF-067.

Time of activation depending on local conditions, around 10.00 UTC?

Starting  40m, later 20m and other bands.

73 de Hans PA3FYG

Activation of new references by PA3FYG

In the rest of this week  ( 23-29 oct.) I will try to activate one ore more new PAFF references.

Starting tommorow Tuesday 23th.

I will mainly work on 40m +/- 7144KHz and 14244KHz. I will start arround 1000 UTC depending on distance and traffic.

I test the a 12m long HYendvertical from PA3EKE (10/20/40m ) and compare with my 10m vert with 5 mtr symetrical feeder and tuner ( + 3 radials ).

I will work SOTA style, all equipment in bagpack, using FT897D, vertical and 5000mAH LiPo.

I will announce details later.

73 de Hans PA3FYG/P

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Award search engine

EnzoLog support added to our PAFF award program

With the new PAFF award program we were looking for an easy way to check requests and make individual PAFF scores available to chasers. 

Using the mail archive of Hans PA3FYG and the help of a number of activators we were able to build up a database containing about 95% of all PAFF logs.

With this local database we can check all award requests but it is still not easy for a chaser to check his own PAFF status. This is where Enzo came to the rescue. With his web log service he now supports the PAFF award program. If you go to this page you can enter your callsign and find out how many (and which) PAFFs you worked.

As a side note: with the local database we can also find out all sorts of trivia on the PAFF activities. Check out the stats page that shows some of this data.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Another new one activated (PAFF-069)

PH0NO activated Ugchelen Hoenderloo

Yesterday PH0NO was over at PAFF-069 to activate this nature park for the first time. He was active on four bands (10,15,20 and 40m) and logged 173 calls in about 2 hours radio-activity.
Windy conditions at PAFF-069
The weather conditions were not brilliant. The picture above shows the End Fed wire almost being blown off the fibreglass pole.

More details on this activation can be found on PH0NO's blog.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DL1EKO and DD3JA activate PAFF-063

Toni DL1EKO and Jola DD3JA actived the new PAFF-063 (Rijk van Nijmegen) on Wednesday last week.

Jola was the first to operate so she takes the credits for the first activation of this PAFF reference.

Jola worked 47 stations in 20 minutes on 40m CW. Taking over Toni worked 128 stations in the next 75 minutes on 20m and 40m SSB and 20m and 30m CW.

Fourth new one in first week by PC5Z

PC5Z activated PAFF-068 - Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe

Harm PC5Z added another new one to the list in the first week after publication of the new PAFFs. Sunday he went over to his nearest PAFF location for an activity of 3,5 hours. Harm used 20m and 40m and was busy all the time working about 350 OMs. Amongst them quite some DX from the east (UA9, JA, HK and VR2).

Dipole of PC5Z @ PAFF-068

Harm used a dipole on 20m and an end fed wire on 40m with his Yaesu FT-847 at 100 Watt output..

That is new PAFF reference number 4... 21 to go!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Activity on the new PAFF locations

Three different activities on three new PAFF references by PG7V and PH0NO

With the new reference list there are 25 parks that still need to be activated. Enough motivation to go out and check out the new parks - illustrated by three activations in two days:

PH0NO @ PAFF-055
Thursday Lars PH0NO went out to activate Deelerwoud, PAFF-055. It was a short visit with 88 contacts in 90 minutes (about 1 hour effective radio time) on two bands (15 and 20m). More info on this activity here: http://www.ph0no.net/2012/10/activating-new-one-paff-055.html

PG7V @ PAFF-066
Friday JanJaap PG7V went out to activate Leuvenumse Bos, PAFF-066. He went by bicycle and took his FT-817nd. JanJaap managed to work 110 stations in over 2 hours with this QRP set-up on 40, 30, 20 and 17m CW and SSB. You can find more information about his activity here: http://www.pg7v.com/activation-of-new-one-paff-066

PH0NO @ PAFF-060
On the same day Lars PH0NO was active again. This time from Bergherbos, PAFF-060. Using 10, 15, 20 and 40m, Lars managed to log 154 calls in about 2 hours radio time. More info about this activity can be found here: http://www.ph0no.net/2012/10/second-new-one-paff-060.html

First Silver PAFF award issued

The first silver PAFF chaser award has been claimed by SP9BGL with 29 references worked up till now.

Congrats Krysztof!

Activation of PAFF-007 by DL2XL

As planned Karl DL2XL went over to De Meinweg (PAFF-007) for his second activation of the park. 

Karl was in the park for about 3 hours and worked 50 stations on 20m and 40m CW.

DL2XL @ PAFF-007 with his bicycle

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Planned activation of PAFF-007 by DL2XL

DL2XL will be active today from PAFF-007 De Meinweg

Time: ca. 10:00 UTC

Freq: 7024kHz cw later 14024kHz cw
Rig: STS-4 QRP 4 Watt
Antenna: 40m Dipol, 20m GP

Happy chasing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New PAFF references online

25 new PAFF areas to activate and chase

Today the new PAFF references are published for activation. We have new references running from PAFF-047 up to PAFF-071. 

The references are published on this page and of course in our Google Maps file of The Netherlands

Happy activating and happy chasing!