July 25, 2014

F5IRO (Freddy)

Tuner ANNECKE symétrique 200 watts

Peut-être ne connaissez-vous pas Alfred DJ6OQ et pourtant cet OM décédé était à l'origine des fameux coupleurs d'antennes ANNECKE, aujourd'hui difficile à trouver ou alors à des prix relativement hauts. Au gré de différentes recherches et d'un peu de patience, j'ai pu rassembler pratiquement tous les modèles ayant été fabriqués en termes de documents ou photos. Aujourd'hui focus sur le plus

Posted at: July 25, 2014 05:41 AM

Windows XP

48 astuces pour Internet et réseau sous Windows XP. lien

Posted at: July 25, 2014 05:41 AM

TX FACTOR

Le numéro 4 de TX FACTOR, avec une édition spéciale Friedrichshafen.

Posted at: July 25, 2014 05:41 AM

ST2NH

The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3)

The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) is a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1978 to study Earth’s magnetosphere. It was repurposed and renamed the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) in 1983 to study two comets and has been in a heliocentric orbit since then, traveling just slightly faster than Earth. It’s finally catching up with Earth from behind with the closest approach expected in August, 2014.




Since NASA no longer has the capability to receive and command the spacecraft a group of amateurs, with NASA’s permission, decided to do it for themselves.

On March 1-2, 2014 radio amateurs at the Bochum Amateur Radio Facility in Germany were able to detect the beacon signal from the spacecraft over a distance of 43 million km. After some changes to the ground equipment and aligning the receive antenna to the predicted position in the sky, the 2 GHz beacon signal could positively be identified due to its frequency, the position in the sky and the frequency shift due to the radial velocity (Doppler shift).

In June Dennis Wingo KD4ETA and other volunteers succeeded in commanding the spacecraft using the Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico.

Read more at Dennis Wingo KD4ETA blog http://denniswingo.wordpress.com/
Source AmsatUK

Posted at: July 25, 2014 03:10 AM

AE5X (John)

“Poka” – the new “DSW”

I’ve worked quite a number of Russian stations the past two nights on 20m with most of them being in Siberia. Over-the-pole, warbly signals – love it. My normal sign-off with Russians includes DSW – CW-speak for do svidaniya or goodbye. But tonight, two separate stations sent poka instead of DSW. New one on me. Google…

Posted at: July 25, 2014 01:48 AM

July 24, 2014

EA1CS

KL7RRC, NA-039



El 26 de abril publicábamos la posibilidad de que N3QQ activará Adak Is y la isla Amchitka NA-070 ( click ), hoy 24 julio RRC deja claro cuales son los planes de Yuri:


del 24 al 31 de julio 2014 Yuri N3QQ miembro del RRC, llevará a cabo una expedición de radio desde la isla Adak como KL7RRC, perteneciente al grupo de islas Andreanof NA-039, en las islas Aleutianas, Alaska.

El propçosito es participar en el IOTA contest ( 26-27 julio). S espera que la actividad principalmente sea en Cw de 10 a 40mts.

Utilizará Elecraft K3 con amplificador y antenas verticales para 30 y 40mts, junto con 2 elementos para 10, 12, 15, 17 y 20mts. Intentará contactos experimentales en 50Mhz.

Qsl vía N7RO

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 24, 2014 11:40 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

10m - Es season continues

When 10m is very good, with Es openings across Europe, it is all too easy to take this for granted. The Es season (in the Northern Hemisphere) is May, June, July but I think there will be openings most days through August and into September on 10m but less probable on 6m. I hope enough "stay faithful" to 10m WSPR to help us find out how many openings Es and F2 there are at other times of the year.

No transatlantic Es here today.

Posted at: July 24, 2014 10:13 PM

EA1CS

Galería de fotos de RI0F, AS-062

RU0LM, UA0KCZ, RX3F, RK3AW, R7MR, R6MG

Llevábamos tiempo esperando la publicación de la galería de fotos de RI0F, AS-062, pues aquí está.



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 24, 2014 06:48 PM

IOTA contest 2014, operaciones anunciadas



En puertas de uno de los eventos del año, NG3K publica las operaciones anunciadas para trabajar desde las 12.00z del sábado 26 de julio a las 12.00z del domingo 27 de julio 2014, suerte y buena caza.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 24, 2014 06:36 PM

AN8GTC, Gran Telescopio Canarias



GRAN     TELESCOPIO   CANARIAS ( G.T.C.)

Indicativo Especial  5º  aniversario 9 y 10  Agosto del 2014

Este Telescopio fue inaugurado por los Reyes de España, junto con otros reyes y líderes de varios países así como un gran número de autoridades locales, insulares, regionales e internacionales, en el año 2009 y pertenece al Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). Está ubicado en la isla de La Palma.


El GTC es uno de los telescopios más importantes  por ser el mayor telescopio óptico del mundo con un espejo segmentado de 10,4 metros.

Este año 2014 se cumple el 5º Aniversario de esta inauguración por lo que la Unión de Radioaficionados de S/C de La Palma, con sede social en la Villa de Mazo, quiere dar la mayor difusión internacional  de
este  quinto aniversario.

Los días   9  y  10 de agosto   estaremos transmitiendo desde el interior del mismo Gran Telescopio de Canarias, a más de 2400 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Activaremos la   cuadrícula  IL18BS, saliendo al aire con  8 estaciones simultaneas en diferentes modos y bandas y otorgando una

QSL especialmente diseñada para este evento.

Trabajaremos TODAS  las bandas de HF , tanto en fonia , en telegrafía y en distintos modos digitales. También estaremos activos  en   VHF,  en  UHF,  en  1,2 Ghz   y  en la banda de 6 metros. Desde el GTC, podremos mantener contactos en DIRECTO en bandas superiores, con la mayoría de las islas y lo intentaremos también con Europa.

Subirán, para esta actividad, un total de 10 operadores de radio, viajando uno de ellos desde  Tenerife que se desplaza  a La Palma especialmente para este evento. Todos los operadores pertenecen a la Delegación de URE de S/C de La Palma, con sede social en la Villa de Mazo. Iremos aportando mas información según se aproxime la fecha.

Un  cordial  saludo,
Victor  Albertos , EA8AB


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 24, 2014 06:11 PM

KE2YK (Gary)

ARRL and FEMA Sign Memorandum Of Agreement

Anew memorandum of agreement between the ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been posted on the ARRL Web site. Continue reading

Posted at: July 24, 2014 04:58 PM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Bulletin DX WORLD

Le bulletin DX de la semaine par DX WORLD et le tableau des expéditions du moment ou à venir. lien

Posted at: July 24, 2014 05:53 PM

Ondes électromagnétiques : une élue écolo s'inquiète des objets connectés

"Ces derniers mois les députés écologistes ont démultiplié les initiatives pour parer aux risques (supposés ou avérés) des ondes électromagnétiques. Dernière en date, une question parlementaire de la députée Laurence Abeille, adressée à Axelle Lemaire, la secrétaire d'État chargée du numérique et visant cette fois les objets connectés...." suite

Posted at: July 24, 2014 05:46 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

10m - decent EU Es today

Overnight and today, I have been on 10m WSPR. Es has again been decent with plenty of EU spots.
Unique 10m WSPR spots today so far
Sunspot count today is 55 and 20-30MHz propagation is described as "normal". I would expect some N-S F2 today.

Today, I have not looked on 6m. Yet again,there are pitifully few USA stations active, making the chances of stateside reception on 6m very slim only.

Posted at: July 24, 2014 04:19 PM

SV8RX (George)

Our thoughts with you Bill

NC1L

Everybody of us, who had been involved in DXCC award, knows who he is. The ARRL DXCC chief award manager of course! Even though  our acquaintance was established through emails, questions and answers about the awards matters our feelings for him are quite strong. He was so friendly,  patient and kind with all of us that nobody was heard complaining. And we all suddenly  have been struck by the bad news: 

  “DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms.  Recovery will be difficult and slow, and is not expected to be total.  Bill would like to hear from his friends.  He is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, but cards and well wishes should be sent to

92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT 06111″.

If wishes could do any help we have a pile up of them to send you. We need you back on duty soon dear Bill, healthy and smiling as ever.

Posted at: July 24, 2014 02:58 PM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Réalisez une version home made de l'antenne verticale CankIR (2)

Une autre réalisation home made par HB9CMI, similaire au fonctionnement de l'antenne verticale CrankIR, antenne verticale pour activités portables sur la majorité des bandes HF. L’alimentation peut se faire par ligne symétrique ou asymétrique comme le montre DL2TO... lien

Posted at: July 24, 2014 08:30 AM

Bulletin du REF

Le bulletin du REF de la semaine. lien

Posted at: July 24, 2014 08:28 AM

K0NR (Bob)

This Spewed Out of the Internet #28

0511-0701-3118-0930More important things have spewed forth from the interwebz:

HamRadioNow interviews the Ham Hijinks guys and has the nerve to actually publish the video. Later the Hijinks crew posted this article about changes being made to Field Day.

Baofeng is going to change its name. Or is this just another Ham Hijinks article?

WE2F writes: 146.52 Reasons to Monitor VHF Simplex but whatever you do, do not use 146.52 MHz on Field Day. Mike AD5A posts Why Operate QRP from Summits? The FCC kicks the butt of a cell phone jammer manufacturer, to the tune of $34.9M and also fines a couple of 14.313 MHz problem children.

A Broadband Over Powerline (BPL) provider bites the dust. Did I mention that it is a really dumb idea to transmit bits over AC power lines?

I did a little explaining about those antenna connectors on handheld radios. Randy (K7AGE) has a neat video showing some basic 2m FM portable operating.

I knew it: Digital is overrated and vinyl is making a comeback. Really.

Due to popular demand, I updated the VHF QRP page. Yes, some radio hams do operate QRP above 50 MHz…apparently for the same reasons that people operate HF QRP. Which is to say we really don’t know why.

I also found that the domain name for the Colorado 14er Event was broken, so I fixed it. See ham14er.org  This event is the most fun you can have dorking around with radios in the Colorado mountains. Also, be sure to check out these operating tips.

73, Bob K0NR

Posted at: July 24, 2014 04:45 AM

July 23, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

10m - real DX tonight

CX2ABP (11127km) has just been spotted by F2 propagation and K9AN (6505km) has also been spotted by multi-hop Es in EN50wc square which is Illinois. 10m has been good all day and this is the second time the band has opened to the USA today.

Posted at: July 23, 2014 11:13 PM

EA1CS

HI2DX captación de operadores

Como poco es anecdótico, por eso os quiero mostrar el comunicado oficial de la Dxpedition a Saona Is. con la intención de seleccionar a los mejores.
Click para agrandar


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 23, 2014 09:39 PM

3D2AG/P, Rotuma Is.

Antoine, 3D2AG volverá a estar activo desde Rotuma del 25 de julio al 8 de agosto 2014 como 3D2AG / P .

QRV de 6 a 40mts principalmente en CW.

QSL via Home call.



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 23, 2014 08:23 PM

5K0A, San Andrés Is.

Tim, LW9EOC estará activo desde la isla de San Andrés como 5K0A entre el 26 de  noviembre y el 4 de diciembre 2014.

Al igual que en su última actividad como 5J0T , buscarlo de 10 a 80mts en Cw, Ssb y Rtty.

QSL via LW9EOC.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: July 23, 2014 08:20 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

10m WSPR - excellent across Europe this afternoon

WG2Z (5600km) copied me just once at lunchtime - he may have copied me more times if I was operating on the correct frequency initially - but this afternoon 10m has been in excellent Es shape today with stations from across the continent copyable after lunch with a few G stations copied out to 184km by tropo or plane reflection.
10m WSPR unique reports since lunch today (repeats not shown)

Posted at: July 23, 2014 07:53 PM

F8BON (Patrice)

F5JTV et F5RAB seront EJ1Y lors du IOTA contest 2014 !

IOTA Contest 2014 – Great Blasket Isl. EU-007 le 26 et 27 juillet 2014 Nous partons demain pour les île  Blasket EU-007 Nous aurons l’indicatif EJ1Y pendant le concours et EJ0PL en dehors du concours. Pour le concours, bandes 80 / 40 / 20 / 15 / 10 et deux modes CW / SSB, de […]

Posted at: July 23, 2014 05:49 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

6m then 10m WSPR - no Es here (right frequencies help!)

Overnight until 1115z, I was on 6m WSPR before QSYing down a band to 10m WSPR. Although locals G4IKZ and G0LRD were spotting me on 6m, no-one is currently spotting me on 10m. There appears to be no Es on either band at present. It is very quiet on 10m WSPR.

Sunspot count is 40 (creeping up again) and 20-30MHz conditions are described as "fair". We just might see some F2 DX on 10m today. if we are lucky.

UPDATE 1158z:  Just spotted that I had the wrong 10m frequency for 10m WSPR!  For some reason I was 3kHz  too high. No idea why. It remains to be seen now if this now results in 10m spots.

UPDATE 1205z:  First spot of my 2W on 10m was from WG2Z (5600km) just outside of New York by multi-hop Es (I assume).  Report was -22dB S/N, not too bad.  This is now the third time I have caught North American DX this summer on 10m.  WSPR is excellent for spotting such DX on the band. Sadly there is zero 6m WSPR activity from the Eastern USA at this time, so trying 6m WSPR is a waste of effort at the moment with regard to transatlantic DXing.

Posted at: July 23, 2014 03:48 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Elecraft - my personal opinion

I have been involved in the Service Industry for all of my adult working life.  I have worked in photo studios, photo laboratories, photo retail, professional photographic equipment distribution and service, and most recently in the IT field through inventory control and logistics.

Throughout that period, there was one Prime Directive (to borrow the term from Star Trek), and that is that Customer Service is, was, and always will be #1. Coming up close to 40 years in the field now, I can attest to how that's not always the easiest philosophy to live up to; but it is paramount. For truly, years of hard work to build up a solid reputation can be squandered in mere seconds by an instance of lousy customer service. And once you have squandered your reputation and credibility, even with one person and in one instance, word can get around so quickly that it can take years to get back to where you started from.

"What has this to do with Amateur Radio?", you are probably asking yourself. 

There are many service and product providers in the Amateur Radio market, as small as this niche is. We have many places where we can spend our heard earned dollars. There are many very good companies out there that will bend over backward to make sure that your experience with them is the best possible one that you can have.  On the other hand, there are also companies out there who quite literally (excuse my language) don't give a damn what you care about or want.  All they want is your dollars and once they have them, you are pretty much dead to them.  Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully these companies are the smallest minority and they usually die a pretty quick death, going out of business rather quickly.

On the other end of the spectrum are the companies that go out of their way to ensure that you are happy and satisfied.  In my experience, Elecraft has done an exemplary job in that department. I have been a happy Elecraft owner since 2003, when I first bought my K1.  Since then, I have purchased and built a K2, a K3 and a KX3, along with numerous sub-kits and accessories. In each instance, I had a great experience. The manuals are extremely well thought out, leaving (at least in my case) no doubt as to how things are supposed to go together. In the two instances where my kits were missing parts, or had a wrong part shipped - a quick e-mail to Elecraft got me the needed pieces in literally a day or two.

I have been fortunate that my radios worked right off my assembly line. However, I do know of instances where that has not been the case for other Hams, for one reason or another.  In those cases, it seems that the help that was received from Elecraft via the telephone from their outstanding staff,  or from the Elecraft e-mail reflector(s) where other Elecraft enthusiasts congregate got them up and running quickly.  I also personally know of instances where "stuff has happened" and telephone calls to Elecraft brought timely solutions, even though the equipment in question would have been considered out of warranty by any other manufacturer.

All that being said, the clincher came for me just prior to Field Day, this year.  On QRP-L, many of the guys were beginning to list where their QRP Field Day efforts were going to be held.  I chimed in with information about where the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club's effort was going to be, and I also mentioned that we were going to be all QRP, using my KX3s as our HF transmitters. Out of the blue, that night I received a private e-mail from Wayne Burdick N6KR, one of the principal owners of the company. In the e-mail he informed me that he read my posting to QRP-L and saw that we were going to be using my KX3s. So from there, Wayne proceeded to tell me how to set up the KX3s so that they would cause minimal interference to each other in close quarters.  And that information, which he also posted to the KX3 and general Elecraft e-mail reflectors, turned out to be a life saver.  After we first got going, it turned out that the SSB station was just swamping me out, and I was basically doing the same to them.  When that became apparent, I whipped out the printed e-mail from my back pocket (it was next to my Swiss Army Knife), made the setting changes and from there we were in like Flynn. The two stations sat side-by-side and hummed along for the rest of Field Day - fat, dumb and happy!

This boggled my mind.  One of the owners of Elecraft was keeping his eye on QRP-L, saw that one of his customers would be using their product and then graciously offered tips on how to make the radios work even better.  That, my friends is ADVANCED customer service - the stuff upon which legends are born.

Now don't get me wrong. No company in this world is perfect. Far from it. Heck, just go to the Elecraft reflectors and you'll find lots of instances where people feel they haven't been satisfied and take ample opportunity to vent.  Some of it may be justified, and some of it is pure nonsense.  But in my mind at least, Elecraft is a very bright spot in the Amateur Radio market, and I would recommend them highly to anyone. And aside from Amateur Radio, I think that they are a shining example to all industries on what great Customer Service is and should be.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Posted at: July 23, 2014 01:23 PM