October 24, 2014

(Robert)

Mid-Life Crisis At Thirty-One

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When I was about eleven years old I got a Nash skateboard for Christmas. I use the term skateboard loosely, because basically it was a piece of quarter inch plywood with four wheels suck to the bottom and about five pounds of plastic crap bolted onto the bottom. By today’s standards it was a piece of crap, but it was my first exposure into the world of skateboarding. I never learned any tricks or even how to ride the thing properly, I’ve always had a fascination with skateboarding. After all the pros make it look so easy. Hell the teenagers at the local skate park make it look easy too. So after twenty years of fantasizing about being the next Tony Hawk I went out and bought a skateboard. What’s the worst that could happen?

If your wondering I didn’t bust my ass. I busted my hip, which has zero fat on it, not once or twice, but three times. I would have preferred to land on my butt since it has so much cushioning, but the skat gods demand human sacrifice. Bytheway skateboarding is hard as hell! I can’t stand on the stupid thing let alone kick it, flip it, and stick it. Clearly those teenagers have magic powers or are in league with the devil.

The whole reason I bought a skateboard was because my youngest boy wants to take up skateboarding. I figured it would be a great way to spend some father son time together, but I think I’ll teach him how to drive first. That way we can bound together as he drives me to the emergency room after I break my hip.

Posted at: October 24, 2014 02:24 AM

ST2NH

4M Amateur Radio Payload received


The 4M amateur radio payload with a WSJT JT65B 145.980 MHz beacon was
launched on Thursday, October 23 at 1759 UT.
The Chang’e-5-T1 mission 4M payload launched on
the Chang Zheng CZ-3C/G2 rocket from the LC2 launch
complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan.
The first telemetry from the JT65B beacon was received at 1918 UT in Brazil.
The spacecraft will head into a Lunar Transfer Orbit (LTO), before performing
a flyby around the Moon. Radio amateurs are encouraged to receive and report
the signals. http://moon.luxspace.lu/receiving-4m/
See the 4M payload Blog at http://moon.luxspace.lu/blog/
4M Lunar Payload
AMSAT-UK

Posted at: October 24, 2014 01:26 AM

October 23, 2014

AE5X (John)

North Korea – at all costs! Because it’s our hobby, dammit!

This posting is in response to a thread in the DX Forum on eHam.com. At the end of WW2, when Nazi atrocities were made clear for the world to see, there arose the slogan, “Never again”. “Never” turned out to be a very short period of time. The horrors going on inside concentration camps were,…

Posted at: October 23, 2014 10:11 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Returned to 472kHz WSPR

Since 2024z I have been back on 472kHz WSPR and am already spotting DLs and F stations and being spotted by the local and semi-locals. and G3WCB (101km).  Still hopeful that more new spotters will be on this evening and overnight. The number of unique reporters of my QRP signal is gradually increasing. Still a long way to go to match results on 500kHz from the old QTH.

Last 28MHz WSPR USA DX was at 1942z here this evening. Since then, only locals and semi-locals on 10m.

Posted at: October 23, 2014 10:45 PM

EA5OL (Paco)

CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests


From cqnewsroom.blogspot.com



In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.

As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, "a large portion of the contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy."

"Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee."

Posted at: October 23, 2014 08:46 PM

F8BON (Patrice)

HAMexpo 2014… bonne fréquentation !

HAMexpo 2014 en quelques photos ! forte affluence ! l’infatigable ami Gérard de F2VX des KOPains de F6KOP Patrick de F8DYD –  Lucien de F1TE Président du REF Yann de F1NGP Président du C.DXC. à gauche Francis de F6ELU Président de l’UFT à gauche Claude de F5GVA – Sophie de F4DHQ Responsable YL France Philippe […]

Posted at: October 23, 2014 07:53 PM

EA1CS

ZK3E y ZK3Q, bastantes problemas

Información Jacek SP5EAQ:

 "No se tuvo acceso a Internet ayer y podría ocurrir que los logs se enviarán de forma irregular.
La banda de  80mts está difícil para la UE. Volcarnos con ella puede afectar a la actividad en 30 y 40mts.. . el mástil de 80m se encuentra en el centro de la costa frente a la casa y esta posición interfiere fuertemente la capacidad de recepción en otras bandas, excepto en 20m. 

Las bandas comprendidas entre 17, 15 y 30m requieren adaptación y es lenta debido a que la STEPPIR está rota y no se puede utilizar al mismo tiempo. La misma preocupación tenemos con 40 y 80 metros los mástiles están en el camino de la de 15 m. Estamos chequeando 10 y 12m regularmente para EU y hasta el momento no tenemos grandes  aperturas excepto CT y EA por el LP alrededor de las18.00Z. 

En esas bandas tenemos registros muy altos con  Ws. Además , Europa en 10m tiene potencial con el  SS en el atolón ".

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 23, 2014 07:24 PM

VK9DLX , ruídos, bandas y CQ WW dx Ssb contest

 DL1MGB 23 de octubre de 2014, 03:29

Ayer nuestro último miembro del equipo de Bernd, VK2IA llegó a la isla. Debido a compromisos de negocios no fue capaz de acompañarnos toda la expedicion.

Todo finciona bien en todas las bandas, aunque ya se empieza a ver una disminución del número de QSO diarios. Debido a la baja clasificación en la lista Most Wanted (# 59 clublog.org), esperábamos esto. Y la última llamarada solar no ayuda. Vamos a ver cómo se desarrollan las condiciones hasta el CQWW SSB.

Por supuesto, también estamos preparando las estaciones para el concurso CQWW SSB. Estamos planeando participar en categoría multi-Multi como VK9LM. Incluso si ya trabajaste VK9DLX, por favor llámanos en el concurso. ¡Muchas gracias!



Hemos hecho buen progreso en la búsqueda de fuentes de ruido locales que hacen la vida muy difícil en las bandas bajas. Una fuente principal era una pequeña fuente de alimentación de uno de los  amplificadores de la red de distribución de televisión. Afortunadamente pudimos sustituirlo por uno de nuestros suministros de energía portátiles y el ruido casi ha desaparecido. Pero mientras tanto, tenemos una nueva fuente de ruido, a la hora de trabajar NA en160m. Intentamos todo lo posible para encontrar la fuente y obtener una mejor situación en RX en las bandas bajas.

En 80m somos conscientes de que América del Sur está buscando un QSO  con nosotros en su amanecer. Trataremos de estar QRV justo antes de la puesta del sol en Lord Howe (alrededor de 0700Z a 0730z) los próximos días.

Los 6mts fue sin duda lo más destacado de los últimos dos días. Con 5 elementos yagi en un mástil de 10 metros, trabajamos JA, y hemos sido capaces de hacer unos 260 QSOs. Principalmente con Japón y algunos de VK. También se observó una buena apertura con Norteamérica y FK, pero no oímos absolutamente nada de ellos. Vamos a continuar observando la banda mágica en el  DX-Cluster. También vamos a poner operatiba una baliza en 50.114 con la antena dirigida a Japón. Si oyes algo por favor envía información a la red de clústeres DX o en nuestro formulario de contacto de nuestra página web.

Todavía recibimos e-mails y entrada en el libro de visitas pidiéndonos que cambiemos indicativos masl anotados, no lo haremos durante la DXpeditión. Si el onlinelog no muestra tu indicativo intenta trabajarnos de nuevo. En cuanto LOTW: Subiremos nuestro log dentro de los 3 meses después de la expedición.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 23, 2014 07:17 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

10m GDX

In along side the "real" DX on 10m WSPR today I notice G3ZTY (232km) and I were exchanging WSPR spots (-22dB S/N for my 2W signal) by what looks like tropo late lunchtime. I guess it could be F2 backscatter. There were also lots of Europeans as well as EI and GI stations too.

Posted at: October 23, 2014 04:38 PM

Genesis Q5 1W QRP TX - not available?

I have been told that this 1W QRP TX from Australia, mentioned on the blog a few days ago, may no longer be available to order. I suggest you email the address on the Genesis website to see if it can be ordered. Certainly some of the SDR transceiver kits are only available in limited numbers. I am sorry if I got some hopes up only to be dashed.

See http://www.genesisradio.com.au/Q5/ . The website gives detailed schematics so you could always "roll your own".

Posted at: October 23, 2014 02:48 PM

First USA 10m WSPR spot at 1150z

WG2Z (5600km) was spotting me at 1150z. This is pretty early, confirming good 10m conditions. Others in the USA have been spotting me too.

FR1GZ (9724km) and I are also exchanging 10m WSPR spots (F2 propagation).

Posted at: October 23, 2014 02:34 PM

IQ2RD

“La nuit de l’AM ” 25 ottobre 2014

Su 3.600 khz dalle 21.30 sabato 25 ottobre 2014 :” la notte dell’AM” , evento radioamatoriale per i nostalgici della modulazione d’ampiezza. Buon ascolto ! 73′s

Posted at: October 23, 2014 12:38 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Sunspots

Sunspot count today is 123 and 20-30MHz propagation is forecast to be "excellent". 10m seems in good shape (plenty of Europeans already) but no F2 DX seen here as yet.

Posted at: October 23, 2014 12:11 PM

PD0AC (Hans van Rijsse)

Pre-ordering the VGC VR-6600PRO

Vero Telecom sent me an e-mail today announcing that you can pre-order the VR-6600PRO, just click on the ‘Buy It Now’ button below to go to their website. No price is mentioned; you might want to e-mail Vero Telecom before … Continue reading

Posted at: October 23, 2014 09:52 AM

October 22, 2014

EA1CS

K1N, Navassa Is. Dxpedition



El Fish & Wildlife Service de Estados Unidos ha notificado al Proyecto KP1-5 que van a ser el equipo que active Navassa Island (KP1) en enero 2015 .

El DXpedición operará un máximo de catorce días. Las fechas exactas de enero serán determinados por requisitos de la misión del USFWS y las condiciones del tiempo.

Nuestro experimentado equipo de quince operadores está completo y listo para el reto. Las próximas semanas estarán muy ocupados ya que tienen menos de 90 días antes de que la Dxpedition esté en el aire.

Enero es el mes de actividad mínima de anidación de aves y esta es la razón principal por la USFWS está pidiendo que se complete la operación durante ese mes. Sin embargo, el clima es impredecible en enero ya que Navassa está rodeada de acantilados, esto puede impedir una entrada segura en barco. Por razones de seguridad y con el fin de maximizar nuestro tiempo en la isla y en el aire, se planea una operación con helicópteros. Navassa está a más de 100 millas (160 km) del punto más cercano con helicóptero y se requerirá unos diez viajes de ida y vuelta al principio y al final de la operación. Obviamente, esto significa que habrá un coste importante para la activación de este # 1 del ranking del DXCC .

En las próximas semanas, vamos a trabajar con USFWS firmemente para definir los detalles, y vamos a emitir comunicados de prensa periódicamente. Consulte nuestra página web,  KP1-5 project para más detalles de la operación y para que veas como puedes apoyar financieramente esta DXpeditión.

El equipo KP1-5 project se ha comprometido a financiar el 50% de los costes totales. Tenemos la esperanza de que la comunidad DX financiará el resto.

Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President
Glenn Johnson, WØGJ, Vice-president
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 22, 2014 11:21 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz WSPR - spots of me in the last 2 weeks

Over the last 2 weeks, I have been spotted now by 21 different stations with best DX LA4ANA (1042km). The latest station to spot me is F5WK (436km). These are the unique stations spots of my 5mW ERP.  Duplicate spots are not shown. Spots are arranged by distance.
Unique WSPR spots of my 5mW ERP in the last 2 weeks.

Posted at: October 22, 2014 11:17 PM

472kHz WSPR tonight

I have been on 472kHz this evening with 5mW ERP from the "strapped feeders" antenna. So far, no new reporters or new stations spotted but some good DX received nonetheless. Best DX so far is LA4ANA (1042km). Maybe overnight the DX will be even greater?
Stations spotted on 472kHz WSPR this evening so far.

Posted at: October 22, 2014 11:03 PM

EA1CS

Retirada de AN-014 Berkner Island del IOTA



IOTA web / 20 octubre 2014

La isla Berkner, la única isla que cuenta como AN-014, ha estado en la lista desde el inicio del Programa IOTA. Se demostró con regularidad en los mapas que era como una gran isla, aunque cubierta con una capa de hielo muy gruesa, que separa la plataforma de hielo de Ronne del Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. Se hicieron contactos con LU1ZX operativa desde la Base General Belgrano III hace más de 30 años, sólo un puñado la tienen acreditada para el IOTA. 

La posibilidad remota de una segunda operación que podría suponer un enorme gasto,  ha hecho que los gestores del IOTA hayan revisado Berkner Island en la lista. En los últimos años ha habido informes certificados de la comunidad científica que Berkner Island es un bloque de hielo alto y que no habría ninguna parte de tierra asomando si no hubiera hielo. Esto parece haber reunido la suficiente credibilidad de los cartógrafos y de comunidad científica cuya opinión está más que argumentada. Ante esta información confirma que el hielo  no cumple con las reglas de calificación de IOTA como una isla válida para su gestión.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 22, 2014 07:56 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

TI3/AB4AW - 10m WSPR

This station TI3/AB4AW (8752km) in Costa Rica, Central America  was spotted on 10m WSPR several times this afternoon running 5W.   It remains to be seen if he copies my 500mW too.

Posted at: October 22, 2014 06:29 PM

EA1CS

CE0Y / PG5M, Pascua Is.

Gerben PG5M / vía Twitter 22 octubre 2014

Isla de Pascua (SA001) de 23 a 28 nov 2014. Esta será una operación en modo holiday-style. En breve daré más detalles de la actividad.

Puedes hacer uso del OQRS para confirmar las Qsl


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 22, 2014 05:41 PM

Estado de las Qsl de VK9NT 2014

Allan VK2CA

Las Qsl han llegado de la imprenta, Gennady UX5UO ha hecho un gran trabajo.Comenzaremos a contestar las solicitudes de OQRS directas y las recibidas por correo y las OQRS buro. Recuerda que 2$ no son suficientes para cubrir un envió por avión desde Australia.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 22, 2014 04:40 PM

VK9/G7VJR, Norfolk Is.

Michael G7VJR

Estaré QRV desde Norfolk Is. del 26 de diciembre 2014 al  2 de enero 2015, solamente en Cw con un Elecraft K3 y 100wtts.

Qsl vía M0OXO y LOTW


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 22, 2014 04:38 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

10m WSPR - power dropped

In the last 30 minutes I have dropped my power on 10m WSPR to 500mW. I am still being spotted in the USA. At 2W it was far too easy.

Posted at: October 22, 2014 04:25 PM

10m is in excellent shape yet again

Yet again, 10m is excellent with plenty of DX about. Lots of USA stations being spotted and spotting me. Also spotting and being spotted on Reunion Is and in South America. Another good F2 day on the band with plenty of Europeans too.
Busy on 10m WSPR this afternoon

Posted at: October 22, 2014 03:37 PM

Sunspots today

The sunspot count today is 120 (very good, but with blackouts) and 20-30MHz propagation "excellent". 10m is certainly in good shape yet again.

Posted at: October 22, 2014 03:30 PM

KA3DRR (Scot)

Amateur Radio To Orbit The Moon

Amateur Radio is going to orbit the moon after hitching a ride aboard a Chinese Long March 3C launch vehicle. Expected orbit insertion is 28 October and LX0OHB-4M payload is fully integrated. Vehicle launch is scheduled on 23 October.

Space exploration and Amateur Radio is a perfect marriage of everything that is best about our hobby. And, it is truly exciting to see our passion decried as a technological relic, continuing to push the boundaries of the last frontier. Best results to one and all.

73 from the shackadelic near the beach.

Reference:
http://www.arrl.org/news/4m-moon-orbiter-carrying-ham-radio-payload-to-launch-on-october-23

Posted at: October 22, 2014 02:14 AM

K2DSL (David)

2014 JARTS RTTY Contest Summary

This past weekend was the JARTS RTTY contest which is fun as the exchange is the age of the person – 00 for YLs, 99 for Multis and the actual age for everyone else. I had very little time to operate so it was a combined total time of about 7 hours on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday night I worked a couple 10m contacts so I was hopeful the band would have activity over the weekend. On 80m I called CQ for a bit and after being spotted it was nice for a couple EU stations to call me.  I ended Friday with 82 Qs and 8,044 points.

On Saturday I operated a short time in the morning and a short time in the early afternoon and then a very short time late in the evening. I only worked just over 100 contacts on Satuday for an ending count of 187 Qs & 49,140 pts.

Sunday was the same thing with a short time in the morning, a brief early afternoon session and 30 mins at the end of the contest. It gave me a total of 317 Qs and 122,400 points which is one of my lowest JARTS totals but given the short amount of time I had to operate I can’t complain.

Both during the contest and via email after I had multiple operators thank me for spotting them when I worked them on another band. Even HZ1PS in Saudi Arabia sent me a message during our 2nd band QSO during a pileup he had going.

With the contest exchange being age, I threw out the 00′s and 99′s and multiple contacts with the same call and ended up with 230 different calls worked. The youngest age sent was  24 by 2 operators and the oldest age sent was 85 by one operator.  The average age of those 230 operators was 58.5 years. The median age (middle value of all stations worked) was 60  and the mode (most common age reported) was 52.

Even with the short time available to be on the air, I was able to log 53 DXCC entities including Israel, Turkey, Crete and Saudi Arabia on 10m.

N1MM+ score summary:

 Band    QSOs     Pts  DXCC   Areas
  3.5      23      49     3      10
    7      43      91     4      13
   14     115     295    35      13
   21      92     241    34      10
   28      44     124    24       7
Total     317     800   100      53

Score : 122,400

Here’s a map produced using ADIF2MAP (click to enlarge):

2014_JARTS_Map

 

Thanks for all the contacts!
K2DSL

Posted at: October 22, 2014 01:23 AM

October 21, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz ERPs

Something seems wrong to me in that the difference between reports I give and I get on 472kHz WSPR suggests either my ERP is higher than I think or the ERPs stated by some others is lower than they think.  I am pretty sure my ERP is about right give or take a few dB "experimental error".  I am able to measure antenna current, I know the actual antenna height and can calculate the effective height. If anything, I believe my ERP is over-stated as my losses are pretty high.  I suppose my reports of others may be a few dB down because of the poor-ish sensitivity of my FT817 at 472-479kHz?

UPDATE 1740z:  I have been on 472kHz WSPR for just over 1 hour now. Just the usual early evening reporters with some very decent reports from G3WCB (101km) and G8LCO (58km) amongst others.   As always, PA3ABK/2 (306km) is putting in a big signal again this evening from across the North Sea. 

UPDATE 1752z:  Just been spotted in Wales by GW0EZY (251km) at -25dB S/N.

Posted at: October 21, 2014 08:51 PM

Genesis Q5 1W QRP kit from Australia

http://genesisradio.com.au/Q5/q5_1.jpg
A trawl of the internet earlier found this kit, a 1W QRP transmitter for any band from 3.5MHz to 14MHz. It is available for S19.95 (US Dollars) + S9 (US Dollars) shipped anywhere worldwide. That seems pretty good value. Also on the website are SDR transceivers.

I last showed this particular kit on my blog 5 years ago.

See http://www.genesisradio.com.au/Q5/ for more details including how to order the various kits. Details on the page include parts lists, schematics and building details.

The are some pretty good SDR transceivers on this site.

Posted at: October 21, 2014 07:01 PM

Day off amateur radio operating

As I had my U3AC course on Human Evolution in Cambridge , I have decided not to be active on amateur radio today.  I may go on 472kHz WSPR this evening. 10m WSPR, even at 500mW, is becoming quite easy of late with good DX to be had with no real effort.  Even on 472kHz my genuine 5mW ERP has spanned over 1000km already.

I am beginning to feel like I need a whole new challenge,  but I just wish I felt better inside: my remaining stroke systems are getting me down.

Posted at: October 21, 2014 06:44 PM