Since today, 16 May 2019, the Radio-Amateur-Klub of the TU Wien is connected to HAMNET. Daniel, OE3MZD, installed a suitable Wireless LAN router with directional antenna on the institute’s roof and established the bidirectional link between OE1XTU and OE1XTW at a data rate of approx. 100 MB/s. More to follow and congrats!
The radio amateurs of Austria, together with the Austrian Red Cross, the Johannitern, the ORF and A1 Telekom Austria on May 1 participate in the Austria-wide emergency communication exercise using shortwave radio to capture the situation and support the ad-hoc erection of emergency telecommunications infrastructure.
This year, our OE1XTU Team consists of the following operators: YL Laila OE1LZA, OM Dieter OE8KDK, OM Horia OE1BQH, OM Markus OE1AKA, OM Gerald OE1GAQ, OM Chris OE1VMC, and Ivan. Ivan is eagerly aspiring his amateur radio license and plans for the exam in June 2019. We take part in the AOEE contest as a high power station (using 200 W transmit power) in SSB.
Hypothetical scenario for the emergency radio exercise:
An atomic explosion in the higher air layers in eastern Europe triggered a NEMP (Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse) and destroyed all commercial electronics in the area directly affected. The NEMP damaged the control system in an unknown number of nuclear power plants in such a way that in some reactor blocks the cooling failed and the meltdown occurred there. The aftermath was a blackout in much of Europe. Austria is also affected by the Black Out and the nuclear Fall Out.
We logged a total of 319 QSOs during the contest of which only 15 were on 40 meters. The table below follows the recent solar trend. The Austrian map below illustrates the geographical distribution of our QSO partners: blue areas show districts contacted on 80 meters, red areas show districts which we contacted on both 80 and 40 meters. White areas were not contacted at all.
The jump in the number of QSOs between 2018 and 2019 is partly due to our increased transmit power. During the years 2015-2018, we used the FT-2000 transceiver, barefoot, with only 100 W whereas this year, we upgraded to FTDX-5000MP giving 200 W.