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ZP5BVK Paraguay flag Paraguay

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Hello all ...73 from Asuncion city, Capital of Paraguay in the heart of South America :-)

Thanks for looking me up and please click my web visits before you leave  :-) ....

FIRST OFF ... My QSL cards were printed by Gennady UX5UO using photos I took here in Paraguay  ..   So ... send me a card, get two cards in return guys :-), and direct is good - the Bureau works - but doesn't work very quickly here.   (It costs US$3 to send a card from here to USA or Europe).

As far as the log goes, all contatcs go live into Ham Radio Deluxe as they are made, from where they are uploaded almost instantly to QRZ.com, HRDLog.net, eQSL and LOTW.   When I'm in a contest, I wait till the contest is over, get the log tidied up then upload it from N1MM+ to HRDeluxe - from where all of the above happens instantly.  

Here are my cards ...

Card no1 -

and Card No 2

NOTE: The little Irish map on each card is to reflect my home country (which is not nearly as big as Paraguay!)

Current hardware line-up;

Kenwood TS-990s / Yaesu FT-990 / Yaesu FT-991 / Elecraft KX3 QRP rig with all the options (Don't like the KX3 much -  too fussy, good little CW radio when on holidays but probably for sale).   SPE 1.3K-FA solid state amplifier (amazing bit of equipment) and ACOM 1500 back-up amplifier (great amp too).   Heil Gold Elite Mic (good but not sure it's great value for money).   Heil Pro-7 Headset for competitions ... good headset, but I have a sore head after wearing it for a couple of hours .....

For mobile ops:- Yaesu 857D & ATAS-120A.  The ATAS is a bit expensive - but it's a great 7Mhz to 50Mhz all-rounder once you get used to it - it's fussy about receiving 13.8 volts and nothing less!

For SWL: - All of the above and old Icom IC-R7000 receiver

For SWL portable: - Sangean 909x / Tecsun 660 / Tecsun 880  

For stopping my boat from drifting off in the river ... HAMMARLUND HQ-100A (compliments of Jim - KL7JBB  :-)  )

Antennae:

Optibeam OB11/5 beam for 10, 12, 15, 17 & 20m with an old HY-GAIN 402b 2-element yagi for 40m mounted a couple of meters above the Optibeam on a 16.5m self supporting tower.   I have just bought the Optibeam OB11-5 from Tom DF2BO and it is a great performer .... you can't beat having one antenna that is more or less resonant on five bands ... (SWR < 1.5:1 everywhere).  Very good build quality.

I also have a  HEXBEAM, which is on a pole 3m up off the other side of the roof of my (2-storey) house. ... It has a fairly wide lobe ... (I got CA7CAQ in Chiloe Island off the back of the hexbeam with 5 watts on the first day when i was testing it).  It is only about one s point below my Optibeam on receive, and maybe a couple of points less on Tx .... but it has 6 bands - no tuner!   Anyway, it's a great performer - if you're thinking of getting one - do it - 6 bands out of the box, no tuning, SWR also below 1.5 everywhere ..... you won't be dissappointed with the bang/$1   :-)    I'm in a fairly noisy city environment so Rx isn't easy here for any antenna!

I still have the G5RV strung out just 3m above the roof to keep all the others honest - its a great reference benchmark and still a good SWL antenna .... I added an 80m INVERTED V DIPOLE recently, but propagation has been so poor that I can't decide if this has been a success yet.  

 

WELCOME TO PARAGUAY....... A few images to give you a flavor of our country .....

An image of  "The Chaco" in the north of Paraguay ... "El infierno verde / The green hell" ... where temperatures can get up to 55C (131F) in December and January. 

Road from San Ignacio to Ayolas in the South of Paraguay



A little cottage in Pilar with its own history ....

Iguazu Falls between Paraguay, Braxil and Argentina .. Eleanor Roosevelt came once and said "Poor Niagra Falls!"

Me on the way to work .... Ruta 1 from Asuncion, to San Iganacio in the South at Villa Florida - crossing the Tebicuary River with my Ducati MTS1200S ... A little bit of Italian style never hurts!

Unloading sugar cane at Hibernia Misiones in Santa Maria village, Misiones, South of Paraguay during the night shift

 

 

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - ZP5BVK
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MM0ALM 2017-05-21 40m LSB IO87ua Scotland DAVID WOOD
CT1IQI 2017-05-21 20m USB IM67ff Portugal Martinus Stroomer
UA3ABF 2017-05-21 20m USB KO85ss Russia Vladislav .
EA8CVZ 2017-05-21 15m USB IL18ap Canary Islands Pablo Ángel Hernández León
XQ1TUW 2017-05-20 20m USB FF46rq Chile Ismael Gonzalez (MELO)
ZP5ARO 2017-05-20 20m RTTY Paraguay
OM3DM 2017-05-20 20m RTTY JN98qn Slovak Republic Dusan Molnar Ing.
IZ4OSH 2017-05-20 20m RTTY JN54xs Italy Alessandro Azzolini
IX1IIU 2017-05-20 20m USB JN35qr Italy MAURIZIO STEFANOLI
E31A 2017-05-19 40m CW Eritrea FGC DX Group
F6CTT 2017-05-19 40m LSB IN97hv France JOSEPH CORNEE
E44WE 2017-05-19 20m USB Palestine Janusz Wegrzyn
E31A 2017-05-19 20m USB Eritrea FGC DX Group
TI2CC 2017-05-19 20m USB EJ79vw Costa Rica CARLOS PAEZ
EI11WAW 2017-05-17 20m CW Ireland IRTS C/O David O'Connor

Book Totals: 2859 qso's   1643 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#5633
Granted: 2016-12-31 21:32:03   (ZP5BVK)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13373
Granted: 2016-07-31 21:52:02   (ZP5BVK)

World Continents Award#14780
Granted: 2016-07-31 21:50:01   (ZP5BVK)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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