October 30, 2014

SV8RX (George)

150 degrees…

TROMELIN

Tromelin team is flying to destination right now. For me, it is the dxpedition of the year, as it is one of the four DXCC countries I have missed. It is obvious that I am very excited writing down these lines. FT4TA will be active till the 10th of November. So we’ll have plenty of time to play and enjoy the pile-ups. For now, we are just warming up the engines bearing 150 degrees….Good luck old men!

Posted at: October 30, 2014 06:44 AM

EA1CS

Debemos volcarnos !!!!

Luis EA1CS / 29 octubre 2014

Las grandes operaciones que se están llevando a cabo durante este año acompañadas de las buenas condx de propagación me están haciendo disfrutar y recordar con mi Butternut los inicios cuando andaba a la caza de un país nuevo, aunque los pileup están siendo enormes,  con paciencia se logra trabajar todo lo que se mueve y mucho es gracias a los esfuerzos de los operadores de la Dxpedition. Después de aquellos primeros años,  llegó la época de "recesión" ( vaya frase) era complicado incluso escuchar alguna señal en 15 y por descontado en 10mts.



Llevamos varios años con unas condiciones de propagación buenas y por momentos extraordinarias que hacen que los ratos de radio y de Dx sean prósperos......

Animados por el punto del ciclo solar en el que nos encontramos se han proyectado con paciencia y mucho tesón 4 grandes operaciones, una de ellas a punto de comenzar a la hora de escribir este articulo FT4TA (8)......las otras tres VK0EK Heard Is (6) 2015, Navassa K1N(1) 2015 y Bouvet (3) Dxpedition 2016 son proyectos que sobretodo en el caso de VK0EK y K1N van tomando forma, no sin mucho trabajo y elaboración.

Excepticisno y sorpresa generó el anunció de Mark ON4WW para llevar a cabo el proyecto  de Bouvet, no sólo por el aspecto económico,  también por ser  una operación para mi de lo mas complicada en los últimos años al tratarse de un sólo hombre, el reto de Mark es enorme, desde aquí parece atractivo y lo es......pero  3 meses de operación para una sola persona se me antoja muy arriesgada bajo el punto de vista personal ( por poner un ejemplo la mayoría de las grandes Dxpedition llevan un médico).....


¿ No creéis que es el momento de volcarse en estos 4 proyectos o al menos en alguno de ellos?


Los 4 países están entre los 10 mas buscados......  tal vez merezca la pena que la comunidad Dx haga el mayor de los esfuerzos con estos GRANDES PROYECTOS, seria una pena que alguno de ellos se CANCELARA por falta de financiación, no suele pasar, cuando los grandes equipos preparan un proyecto así, saben en un tanto por ciento elevado que se cumplirá el objetivo económico, eso si siempre con una contribución importante de cada miembro del equipo.

Pensar que una buena manera de volcarnos con el proyecto, también sería ser respetuosos en los enormes pile up que nos esperan, se ahorraría mucho tiempo por ambos bandos ( GUERRA PERDIDA) y que comenzarán en la tarde de mañana jueves cuando FT4TA se ponga en el aire. Los operadores que llevan meses e incluso años esperando el permiso de entrada a estas islas nos lo agradecerían con creces, SEGURO, ellos nos lo intentarán poner lo más fácil posible, con sus planes de operación. ¿ Merece la pena pasarse horas llamando en un split de 20khz el primer día? ¿ Es mejor esperar a que afloje? No se yo lo tengo muy claro y me ha ido muy bien. Lo que importa no es trabajarlo el primer día ( aunque alguno vacilará de ello) lo importante es TRABAJARLO.

Tenemos que ser realistas cuando el ciclo solar decaiga todo será diferente y las condx de propagación nos lo van a hacer pasar mal a los seguidores del IOTA y DXCC , los proyectos de grandes Dxpeditions irán a menos lógicamente desanimados por el miedo a no cumplir con el objetivo de Qso y difícilmente tendremos la oportunidad de escuchar  cuatro TOP 10 en menos de 1 año y medio, COMO VA A SUCEDER AHORA.



Por lo tanto disfrutemos del momento ahora y cuando vayan llegando, de la propagación y de estos grandes equipos de operadores que nos dan la oportunidad de sumar un nuevo DXCC a nuestra lista, DE UNA MANERA U OTRA  ( o ambas) DEBEMOS VOLCARNOS CON ELLOS.

Esperemos que todos estos proyectos lleguen a buen puerto, será bueno para todos y las posiciones en las listas de los mas buscados cambiarán si los objetivos en cuanto a comunicados se cumplen. Iremos viendo como evolucionan y seguiremos sus pasos viviendo los cambios que pueda haber, que esperemos sean siempre positivos.


En el margen derecho del blog tenéis el acceso a cada una de ellas. Suerte, respeto y al toro

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 30, 2014 06:05 AM

October 29, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

30m WSPR transceiver kit

By now, you probably realise that I just love WSPR. With quite simple equipment it is possible to be decoded across the planet consistently with real QRP power levels.   I am always on the look-out for new ideas, although until my health improves I am not in a position to build too much myself. See http://www.knology.net/~gmarcus/WSPR/wspr_v4.pdf for an example of a complete 30m WSPR transceiver.

This is NOT a new circuit  - it has been around for some years - and it still needs a PC for the WSPR software. Some TX-only WSPR beacons use microprocessors to generate the WSPR TX messages, thereby freeing up the PC and consuming little power overall. Some sync to GPS to avoid timing issues too.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 09:22 PM

QSYed to 472kHz WSPR

For some reason the WSPR4 software stopped working late this afternoon. I decided to restart it but on 472kHz with 5mW ERP instead of with 500mW on 28.1246MHz. As yet, I am being spotted by the 472kHz WSPR stations that have already spotted me before and I am seeing stations I have spotted before.  Now I have my shack back I shall leave the 472kHz WSPR running overnight.

UPDATE 1852z:   Best DX so far this evening, on 472kHz WSPR RX, is F1AFJ (607km).  I expect this will be exceeded later.

UPDATE 1940z:   Best DX on 472kHz WSPR RX this evening so far is now DH5RAE (995km). My 5mW ERP on MF has reached PA3ABK/2 (306km) this evening.

UPDATE 1945z:  A single TX burst on 472kHz WSPR with just 5mW ERP  gets me typically 2 to 4 spots per transmission, which is not too bad I reckon.

UPDATE 2000z: I should really try a bit on 137kHz WSPR from this QTH.  This QTH is quiet and I should be able to hear WSPR from the nearer Europeans and there is an outside chance of being copied by a few semi-locals. I really need a longer baseline earth-electrode system though and the 137kHz transverter needs a rebuild and my health is not really up to these tasks.

UPDATE 2100z:  LA3EQ (769km) running 2mW ERP has been spotted 3 times so far this evening on 472kHz WSPR.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 09:02 PM

EA1CS

ZK3E y ZK3Q a pocas horas de QRT

28 octubre 2014

 "Hemos decidido no montar las verticales de 160m, no hay espacio para sus radiales en el patio, por lo tanto, la única opción sería con el mástil de 18m hacer radiales resonantes. En cualquier caso, el vendaval tropical con fuerte lluvia que se aproxima hace que jugar con el mástil de 18m sea peligroso. 

Se han hecho varias pruebas en 6mts con la amable asistencia de FK8CP, pero la antena y el tiempo limitado no permite una operación eficiente. Lo siento por aquellos que se sientan decepcionados. Nos acercamos al final de nuestra actividad ZK3. Tenemos más de 25k contactos.

Haremos QRT el Jueves por la tarde hora local. Por desgracia perturbaciones magnéticas han hecho que el paso corto con Europa fuera mal la mayor parte del tiempo en las bandas altas. Estamos acostumbrados a aparecer en 10 y 12m con regularidad, pero la mayor parte de las señales de la UE están llegando sólo por el paso largo entre 17.30 -18.30Z.

 No podemos usar simultáneamente 10 y 12 metros, por lo general estamos comenzando en 10 pasando luego a 12m. Estamos pidiendo amablemente a las estaciones NA / SA que se abstengan de llamar, cuando estamos pidiendo Europa. Tenemos señales de 40dB sobre señales de la UE. El miércoles vamos a prestar más atención a 17m, 20m. Nos vemos en el pile up ".

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 29, 2014 06:01 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

This never gets old!

I was able to head out to the car at lunch time for a shorter than usual QRP break. Work has been a bit busy lately, so today I only got about 30 minutes of free time, about 1/2 my usual lunch break.  15 Meters seemed to be hopping today. There were lots of loud, clear signals.  I worked W1AW/7 in Wyoming (again) and tried to break through the morass surrounding W1AW/KP2 with no success. I didn't want to linger and spend my entire break trying to bust through that wall.

Knowing I had limited time while at the same time noting that conditions seemed to be so nice, I decided to head on down to the lower part of the band to give calling CQ a try, for a change.  Much to my delight, I was answered almost immediately by Laci DL5JLC, who gave me a 599 signal report. Laci was running 100 Watts from a Kenwood TS-590 to a 3 element beam up around 35 feet. Laci reported that it was clear in eastern Germany (his QTH is near Chemnitz), but was around 44F (7C), while we were experiencing a relative balmy 65F (18C) here in NJ, with cloudy skies. We ended up having a pleasant 14 minute "rag chew" which was very, very nice as well as very, very satisfying. Laci proved to be a most gracious and welcoming QSO partner.

 Courtesy of DL5JLC and QRZ

No matter how long I do this, Amateur Radio in general and QRP in particular just never get old for me. It fascinates me to no end that only 5 Watts of RF energy can traverse the globe some 4,000 miles and can sustain reliable communications over that distance. Yes, I know that Laci's 3 elements at 10 Meters was the major part in making that a reality - but it still seems so very cool to me that QSOs like this can happen at all.

What a great way to spend lunch time!

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

Posted at: October 29, 2014 04:18 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

10m results with 500mW out

Just 500mW seems quite enough to get plenty of 10m WSPR spots. The table below shows just recent spots. The actual power from the antenna is probably 1-2dB less than 500mW because of cable losses.
Recent 10m WSPR spots running 500mW from rig.
 
UPDATE 1520z: So far today on 10m, with 500mW, I have received 174 reports and the day is far from over.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 04:15 PM

EA1CS

VK9XSP Team

De izq. a dcha: SP3CYY, SP3GEM, SP9FOW, SP6FXY, SP6EQZ, SP6IXF, SP2EBG, SP2GKS



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 29, 2014 03:19 PM

K1N Navassa Dxpedition nueva web y operadores



29 octubre 2014

Nos complace anunciar que la nueva web de Navassa Dxpedition 2015 está en marcha. Se puede encontrar en www.navassadx.com

Además, es oficial ... nuestro distintivo de llamada será K1N. 

Los miembros del equipo son: AA7JV, KØIR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, KT4TTT, N2OO, N2TU, N4GRN, N6MZ, NA5U, NM1Y, WØGJ, W6IZT, WB9Z. 

Vamos a actualizar la web con frecuencia a medida que haya más información disponible. Estamos trabajando muy de cerca con el USFWS y estamos contentos con su actitud de "podemos hacerlo". Debemos tener fechas concretas en breve, pero el equipo ha despejado sus agendas para estar disponible para la operación de partida dos semanas a finales de enero de 2015. 

La recaudación de fondos ha comenzado. Si puedes, te animamos a apoyar financieramente el proyecto.

73,

for the DXpedition team
Bob K4UEE, Glenn WØGJ, Mike NA5U


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 29, 2014 02:48 PM

TX5W busca estación piloto

Entre el 5 y el 11 de enero 2015 Wayne KK6BT estará activo desde Raivavae Is en las islas Australes como TX5W ( click )

En DXW se comenta:

Wayne está dispuesto a escuchar a alguien del norte de Europa que pueda estar interesado ​​en ser una de las estaciones piloto para él durante la actividad TX5W. Es muy consciente de que esta parte del mundo todavía necesita FO / A y su objetivo principal es trabajar tantos radioaficionados del norte de Europa como sea posible. Ponte en contacto con Wayne en:  wewill747@gmail.com

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 29, 2014 01:02 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

USA copying my 500mW 10m WSPR before lunch

WG2Z (5600km) was the first USA station to copy my QRP 10m WSPR signal at 1152z this morning. 500mW is again quite enough to span the Atlantic Ocean on 10m WSPR. Today looks like being another good day on the 10m band.

I may try JT65 or JT9-1 for some 2-way QSOs on 10m.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 12:54 PM

EA1CS

La Qsl de FR/F5MNW


Guy estuvo en la isla Reunión los meses de abril / mayo 2014

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 29, 2014 12:52 PM

PD0AC (Hans van Rijsse)

Baofeng BF-A5

It appears that the Baofeng BF-666S / 777S / 888S series got a successor: the BF-A5. I spotted the radio earlier, but didn’t care because I assumed that it was the same radio with different looks. That might not be … Continue reading

Posted at: October 29, 2014 12:15 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Kaboom!

Most of you have undoubtedly heard by now that the Antares rocket, launched from NASA's Wallops Island Launch Facility in Virginia, blew up 6 seconds after lift off.


Unfortunately, the rocket was carrying various OSCAR satellites, specifically the GOMX-2 and RACE CubeSats.  Fortunately, it appears that no ground personnel were injured or killed by the mishap.

According to the ARRL:

"The 2U GMX-2 CubeSat was intended to test a de-orbit system designed by Aalborg University in Denmark. Karl Klaus Laursen, OZ2KK, is listed as the “responsible operator” on International Amateur Radio Union frequency coordination documents. The Amateur Radio payload proposed using a 9.6 k MSK data downlink on 437.250 MHz. Also on board was an optical communications experiment from the National University of Singapore. The mission also hoped to flight qualify a new high-speed UHF transceiver and SDR receiver built by an Aalborg University team.

The Radiometer Atmospheric Cubesat Experiment (RACE) CubeSat was a joint project between The Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL) at the University of Texas-Austin and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). It carried a 183 GHz radiometer, a new science instrument designed by JPL. The primary objective of the RACE mission was to collect atmospheric water vapor measurements. The spacecraft was equipped to transmit using GMSK at 38.4 k and CW telemetry on a downlink frequency of 437.525MHz, as coordinated with the IARU. TSL’s Edgar Glenn Lightsey, KE5DDG, was listed in the IARU coordination documents as the responsible operator."

The Antares rocket is a design of the Orbital Space Sciences group. It was on a re-supply mission to the International Space Station and had 5000 pounds of cargo as well as more than two dozen satellites on board. Mankind has been launching payloads into earth orbit for 57 years now. This just goes to show, that as much as this is "rocket science" - that stuff still happens.

On a related note, I was able to visually witness a very nice pass of the ISS this Monday evening.  It was about a 60 or 70 degree pass just around local sunset.  The ISS was very bright and showed up on the horizon right on cue. Wonderful how that works, isn't it?  As I watched it fly overhead, just over the waxing crescent moon, I was reminded of the many passes of RS10/11 and RS12/13 in the 90s. I used to work those LEOs a lot, and had many pleasurable contacts over them.

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

Posted at: October 29, 2014 12:07 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Sunspots and 10m conditions

Sunspot number has drifted down to 138 (still good) and daytime 10m conditions are forecast to be "fair".

I am using 500mW WSPR on 10m and am having no problems getting plenty of spots. Best DX so far this morning is 4X1RF (3519km) who gave my -12dB S/N.  I expect the band to open to the USA shortly.

UPDATE 1052z: Best 10m WSPR DX on RX here (so far) is HS0ZKM (9485km).

Posted at: October 29, 2014 10:53 AM

2E0HTS (Simon)

Early Riser


Its half term at the College where I work so I am off for the week, my youngest daughter Martha has been wide awake since 6 am so I thought I might get up out of bed and show her some early morning DX. 20 meters was not open yet and 80 meters was closing down, however up on 40 meters things were happing and I worked W3DIY loud and clear 5/8.






I was running my FT-1000mp into my Hustler vertical and received a nice report from Rick who was booming in.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 07:39 AM

Sad News



I just read the sad news that G4ILO Julian Moss has passed away after a long illness, I will always remember the banter and encouraging comments Julian always left for me on many of my blog posts. He will be truly missed by many and our thoughts are with his wife and family.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 07:36 AM

K0NR (Bob)

The Completely Updated Incomplete List of Ham Radio iPhone Apps

iphonesIt is about time I updated one of my more popular posts about my favorite ham radio apps on the iPhone and IPad. As usual, I will focus on free or low cost (less than $5) apps that I am actively using. Some apps have just disappeared from iTunes and new ones have emerged. While this list is completely updated, it is still incomplete, because there are so many apps to choose from.

 

From the Simple Utility Category:

Ham I Am (Author: Storke Brothers, Cost: Free) A handy app that covers some basic amateur radio reference material (Phonetic alphabet, Q Signals, Ham Jargon, Morse Code, RST System, etc.) Although I find the name to be silly, I like the app!
Maidenhead Converter (Author: Donald Hays, Cost: Free) Handy app that displays your grid locator, uses maps and does lat/lon to grid locator conversions.
HamClock (Author: Ben Sinclair, Cost: $0.99) A simple app that displays UTC time and local time. This one reads out to the second.

 

There are quite a few good apps for looking up amateur radio callsigns:

CallBook (Author: Dog Park Software, Cost: $1.99) Simple ham radio callbook lookup with map display.

Call Sign Lookup (Author: Technivations, Cost: $0.99) Another simple ham radio callsign lookup with map display.

 

There are a few repeater directory apps out there and my favorite is:

RepeaterBook (Author: ZBM2 Software, Cost: Free) This app is tied to the RepeaterBook.com web site, works well and is usually up to date.

 

For a mobile logbook (and other tools):

HamLog (Author: Pignology, Cost: $0.99) This app is much more than a logbook because it has a bunch of handy tools including UTC Clock, Callsign Lookup, Prefix list, Band Plans, Grid Calculator, Solar Data, SOTA Watch, Q Signals and much more.

 

To track propagation reports, both HF and VHF:

WaveGuide (Author: Rockwell Schrock, Cost: $2.99) This is an excellent tool for determining HF and VHF propagation conditions at the touch of a finger.

 

If you are an EchoLink user, then you’ll want this app:

EchoLink (Author: Synergenics, Cost: Free) The EchoLink app for the iPhone.

 

There are quite a few APRS apps out there. I tend to use this one because my needs are pretty simple….just track me, baby!

Ham Tracker (Author: Kram, Cost: $2.99) APRS app, works well, uses external maps such as Google and aprs.fi. “Share” feature allows you to send an SMS or email with your location information.

 

Satellite tracking is another useful app for a smartphone:

Space Station Lite (Author: Craig Vosburgh, Cost: Free) A free satellite tracking app for just the International Space Station. It has annoying ads but its free.

ProSat Satellite Tracker (Author: Craig Vosburgh, Cost: $9.99) This app is by the same author as ISS Lite, but is the full-featured “pro” version. Although it is a pricey compared to other apps, I recommend it.

 

For Summits On The Air (SOTA) activity, there are a few apps:

Pocket SOTA (Author: Pignology, Cost: $0.99) A good app for finding SOTA summits, checking spots and accessing other information.

SOTA Goat (Author: Rockwell Schrock, Cost: $4.99) This is a great app for SOTA activity. It works better when offline than Pocket SOTA (which often happens when you are activating a summit).

 

For ham radio license training, I like the HamRadioSchool.com apps. (OK, I am biased here as I contribute to that web site.)

HamRadioSchool Technician (Author: Peak Programming, Cost: $2.99) There are a lot of Technician practice exams out there but this is the best one, especially if you use the HamRadioSchool.com license book.

HamRadioSchool General (Author: Peak Programming, Cost: $2.99) This is the General class practice exam, especially good for use with the HamRadioSchool.com book.

 

Morse Code is always a fun area for software apps:

Morse-It (Author: Francis Bonnin, Cost: $0.99) This app decodes and sends Morse audio. There are fancier apps out there but this one does a lot for $1.

 

Well, that’s my list. Any other suggestions?

– Bob K0NR

The post The Completely Updated Incomplete List of Ham Radio iPhone Apps appeared first on The KØNR Radio Site.

Posted at: October 29, 2014 03:37 AM

October 28, 2014

2E0HTS (Simon)

Download - 2e0hts CQ WW DX Zone Check List




Just in case you wanted a copy, I made this years CQWW Zones check-list available to download or share.



Posted at: October 28, 2014 08:43 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

QRT for the night

At 1822z I had to go QRT as my shack is being used as a nursery. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow. I finished on 10m with 500mW. Normally, I QSY down to 630m around this time. Slowly but surely the number of stations spotting me is increasing on 630m (472kHz) WSPR. I have still to calculate the all-time 472kHz WSPR spots from this QTH. Best DX report is just over 1000km (LA4ANA) with 5mW ERP. On RX the best DX is EA and I. At the moment I am lucky that this QTH is electrically quiet on RX on 472kHz WSPR.  It is actually better than the old QTH. Of course, this could change overnight.

Posted at: October 28, 2014 07:14 PM

EA1CS

La Qsl de VK9NT 2014





Allan VK2CA comenta vía Twitter que todas las solicitudes recibidas de forma directa y por OQRS han sido procesadas , en breve comenzaremos a recibir la Qsl de Norflok Island VK9NT 2014.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 28, 2014 06:50 PM

HC8/G8OFQ, Galápagos Is.



Geoff, G8OFQ vuelve a las islas Galápagos, donde ya estuvo en agosto / septiembre de 2013.

Trabajará como voluntario para el Parque Nacional Galápagos, en el Centro de Crianza de Tortugas Gigantes, en la isla Isabela, Geoff volverá a operar como HC8 / G8OFQ del 1 de julio al 30 de setiembre 2015.

QRV en su tiempo libre de 6 a 160mts.

 QSL vía HA3JB.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 28, 2014 06:44 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

500mW on 10m

A few minutes ago I turned the WSPR power back to 500mW, 5 spots from the first transmission with 3 of the 5 being spots from the USA and Canada. Yet again, 500mW seems quite enough on 10m. Very few extra stations spot me with higher power: just better reports on the whole with 2W.

Posted at: October 28, 2014 03:54 PM

Sunspots

Sunspot number today is a respectable 138 but daytime 10m conditions are described as just "fair". Nonetheless, 10m is again wide open with very strong 10m WSPR signals from the USA. Right now conditions on 10m are very nice. In previous sunspot cycle peaks we may have seen 6m F2 propagation but with the current state of play, this is unlikely.

Posted at: October 28, 2014 03:36 PM

EA1CS

XT2AW, Burkina Faso

Charles M0OXO / 28 octubre 2014

Harald, DF2WO (también-D44TWO) volverá a estar activo como XT2AW desde Uagadugú, Burkina Faso del 17 de noviembre al 2 de diciembre 2014.

QRV en CW y SSB.

QSL vía M0OXO OQRS preferentemente. Por favor no envíes tus tarjetas a través del buro, no se exigen y no pueden llegar aquí.

Por favor, utiliza  OQRS para todas las peticiones incluídas las del buro.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 28, 2014 02:14 PM

ZK3E y ZK3Q, pequeña galería de fotos



Aunque no se trata de nada espectacular, SP3ES( ZK3S) ha añadido alguna foto a la web de la operación.....



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: October 28, 2014 02:05 PM

G4VXE (Tim)

Exciting news for 70MHz FM enthusiasts: Wouxun and TYT mobile offerings on the way

Interesting news that I've picked up over the last couple of days is that both Wouxun and TYT will be offering a version of their quadbander mobiles which will include 70MHz.

In the case of the Wouxun KG-UV950PL you lose 28MHz, which makes good sense to me, giving you 50/70/144/432MHz. Although 28MHz is a great mobile band, - FM only is maybe a bit restricted. Martin Lynch & Sons' website carries a link to the new rig, which is not yet available - but hopefully not far off. There's talk of 50W output on 70MHz.

I have it on good authority that the TYT TH-9800 will also be available in a configuration which includes 68-88MHz. In the case of the TH-9800, this is at the expense of the 50MHz band - so you would have 28/70/144/432MHz. The TYT version will hopefully be in the UK from mid-December.

All of this sounds good for 70MHz FM activity - particularly being packaged with other bands - whereas PMR boxes used for the band tend to be big and don't do anything else for you (albeit they are the right price!)

I wonder if we'll see triband 70/144/432MHz mobile antennas available?

Posted at: October 28, 2014 01:18 PM

K2DSL (David)

2014 CQ WW SSB Contest

Conditions were excellent for the 2014 CQ WW SSB contest this past weekend.  Starting Friday night at 8pm, I got on the air and worked some stations but not much. In total for the evening I logged just 35 contacts and it was the only time I was on 40m. I saw 10m stations being spotted in the cluster but I wasn’t hearing any when I listed on the band. It was well after dark and 10m usually won’t be open anyway.

Saturday morning I got on and worked stations on 15m and 20m before checking 10m and finding it open. When it’s open, it’s the best place to be and stations all migrated to 10m. There were stations on from the bottom of the phone band at 28.300 to 29.100.  In the late afternoon, I moved the hexbeam to the west and worked the following exciting, for me at least, sequence of stations on 10m:

VK9LM – Lord Howe (new DXCC)
VK2GGC – Australia
KL7RA – Alaska
KH7XX – Hawaii
ZL2AL – New Zealand
6 JA stations
AH2R – Guam
Some more JAs
AH0BT – Mariana

I was off the air at 7pm to head out for a Halloween party with my wife and friends.  Saturday ended with 396 Qs in the log and 88 different DXCCs which is 1 DXCC worked every 4.5 Qs.

On Sunday morning I slept in a little (late night at the Halloween party!) but 10m was still hopping when I got on the air. Though I worked stations on 15m & 20m, I spent most of my time on 10m where again a large portion of the 10m phone band was active with stations.  One station in England that was calling CQ asked me how the frequency was and I told him he’s 20+ so it wouldn’t matter what was around him but it was indeed a clear frequency. He replied he’s just running 100w into a dipole. When the band is open, the band is open.

I needed to stop operating at 3:30pm ET which is 4.5 hours before the end of the contest. it was hard to turn the radio off knowing there were more stations/entities that could be worked. I ended up logging 617 Qs and added 10 more entities on Sunday for a total of 98 DXCCs logged. Probably if I was aware, I would have gone DXCC hunting for 2 more entities to have logged DXCC in a weekend.

Here’s a map of the stations worked generated using ADIF2MAP (click to enlarge):

2014_CQ_WW_SSB_Map

Here’s my N1MM score summary:

 Band    QSOs     Pts    ZN   DXCC
    7       8      19     5      7
   14      94     264    17     53
   21     182     527    22     69
   28     333     976    25     85
Total     617    1786    69    214

Score : 505,438

Worked 28 of the 40 CQ zones. The top worked DXCCs logged were Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and France. Though I worked just 8 stations on 40m, 2 of them I worked on all 4 bands I operated. There were 23 stations worked on 3 bands. There were 498 unique callsigns in the log.

Terrific weekend on the air!

K2DSL

Posted at: October 28, 2014 12:19 AM