I've been Mt.Fuji with XYL on August 27 and 28.
It was tough form me.
On Aug. 27.
We arrived at Lev.5th where 2300m a.s.l. at 11:30 by bus and started to climb.

 At 16:30 we arrived at Lev.8th where 3100m a.s.l.

 Beautiful view from the Lev.8th.
 After short rest at the cottage "Taishikan"  at 23:30 we started to climb again for the summit.
At 04:20, finnaly we arrived the top of Mt Fuji where 3776m a.s.l. !!
 When arrived the summit was rain, but it was changed to sleet and getting windy,
So, just 30min stay at the summit, we started to climb down.

 During the long long down way, we could enjoy awesome view of mountain range "Minami apls" etc.
 Finally We arrived at Lev.5th at 9:30AM on Aug.28.
It was 2nd time in my life to climb up Mt Fuji.
The first time was when I joined the company at age of 23. We went there with some guys who joined the company at the same time and stay at the company's dormitory.
And this time with my wife Kyoko. For her it was the first time in her life.
It was tough for us. But it was a precious time for us too.


Suspend the blog

Thank you for visiting my English blog.
I have no spare time to update this blog lately.
So I decided to suspend this blog for indefinite period.

I'll try to keep up and date my Japanese Blog instead.
So please visit there if you like.




Impression of FOC Marathon, etc

I've been playing as Asian Event station of K3Y SKCC Anniversary Event until 23:59Z of Jan 31.
I've been trying call CQ K3Y/AS to give points to SKCC members as much as possible.
However, some of FOC member called me several times over the callers of SKCC.
It was not one time, I had two three times same way.
I wonder if those guys are using RBN skimmer or something like that and as soon as finding my callsign on the pc screen they just click the button then their rigs are automatically tuned to my freq and start their ID calling?
Due to such happening, I totally lost my willing to participate the marathon.

The other day, I've been rag chewing with friend in Colorado.
We were happy to chat with bug keys leisurely around 7026KHz.
However, some W station started his call suddenly. He was very loud.
We paused our chat wondering if he was calling us and wanted to join our chat.
But it was not. After that guy, several stations started calling their ID endlessly on and around the freq.
We were forced to stop our QSO.
That was DXCC chasers who calls FT5ZM appeared on 7023.

I propose following sentence to be added to the DX code of conduct,
"We watch the frequency carefully before I transmit on thet freq."
I learned it is very basic manner of hamradio when I was 14 years old but most of DX chasers don't know it.

The first calss CW operators's club must show the 1st class manner of the CW operation. 
Don't you think so?

Atsu, JE1TRV
FOC#1959 but also SKCC#561C, CWops#141, FISTS#7763, A1CLUB#1, etc.


Denshin-An, A Japanese Style Rent a Home in Kyoto

I found an interesting website by chance.
"Denshin-An "
It is a kind of rental stand alone home in Kyoto where you can stay Japanese traditional style home.

伝心Its name "Den Shin" means "to communicate heart (or mind)".

In same pronounceation, "Den Shin", there is another word that is 電信.
This 電信"Den Shin" means "Telegraph".
Therefore, for Japanese CW operator Telegraphy is a kind of tool to communicate their heart with others heart.

So, try Denshin-an and tell me your impression on the bands, Hi



Trip to Shimane

On Dec 20 and 21, I went Shimane prefecture in Sanin district with wife and daughter.
Just one day short stay but we enjoyed, Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Castle and Izumo Taisha Shrine.
Japanese Garden in Adachi Museum of Art
Matsue castle
Izumo Taisha Shrine

Detailes are shown in the photo album below;


Memories of Minami-Izu

We’ve been Izu Peninsula last weekend with wife and daughter.
Driving plan was as follows;


The final destination: Inn “Minami-Izu”
The distance to the final destination of the spa inn “Minami-Izu” is 166km.
We select the route as flat as possible since my car is the E/V (Nissan Leaf, Electric Vehicle).
In this route we stopped at the free quick charge station of Nissan dealer at 106km point.

Main event is to visit i-ZOO. i-ZOO is Japan’s largest zoo of reptiles and amphibian where we can directly touch not only turtles and armadillos but also snakes and lizards.

My daughter is interested in the reptiles and she wanted to visit i-ZOO initially.
Nevertheless, she was scared and didn’t touch the snakes, etc.
Have you ever touched the snakes?

Snake’s skin is smoother and colder than I thought.
The most surprising discovery in my half century life is that it’s not wet and it doesn’t smell at all.

On the way to the inn, we visited a quiet shrine just besides of see coast.

We stayed at Inn Minami-Izu and enjoyed delicious fish dishes and nice open-air bath.
Other snaps are shown here! Look!!



Time flies

Time flies.
As for the Tokyo Ham Fair festival on 24 and 25 of August, refer to this page.
That page shows all of my activity in the Ham Festival.

The day after the festival, I took K6RB, Rob to Asakusa and Akihabara area for a short excursion.
After that we went to the Thai Food Restaurant in Kuramae, Tokyo. JN1THL,
Ken and JR1CNO, Rich joined there. The restaurant is run by E21AOY, Wara.
Chat was fun and food was delicious.
Refer to my Japanese Blog page here;

From 31 Aug to 1 Sep, I took part of the CW Open Contest.
Since I’m not a serious contest guy, I’ve managed to work about 20 stations in the session 2 and 3.
I still feel curious when exchanging the contest numbers without RST.
As I’m an old fashioned ham, I believe that we must exchange RST at least to approve the contact as a “QSO”.

Anyway, this summer was too hot and humid for me to stay at my tiny radio room at the 2nd floor. Therefore, my radio activity had been rock bottom.

In the middle of September, the typhoon swept away the hot atmosphere and dragged the cool air into the Kanto plain from the north.

The band condition on 40m in the evening time has also been getting better for DXing.
I’m very happy that the band is becoming a pretty good shape to make nice chat by CW with big bros in US.

Here is the record of CW QSOs with duration of more than 10 or 20-minute-long extracted from the log. Upper one is in September and the lower one is in August.
The data shows the change of condition from Summer to Fall.