November 20, 2014

AE5X (John)

Guinness record for most QSOs meets birthday celebration?

In early 2000, Juka OH2BR was recognized by Guinness Records for making the most QSO’s ever in a single year from a single location. He was operating as VP6BR on Pitcairn Island and accomplished that record of 56,239 QSO’s in only 3 months. Mark ON4WW is hoping to beat that record in 2016 by operating…

Posted at: November 20, 2014 09:08 PM

G3XBM (Roger)


As regular readers of this blog will know, I just love WSPR. It amazes me that such weak signals can be detected so well at such great distances using this mode. I am even more impressed that such a simple "stand alone" (no PC needed) beacon can be constructed.  My very simple, TINY little 10m W5OLF WSPR-AXE beacon has been copied all over the world now. It is truly TINY.

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Posted at: November 20, 2014 07:41 PM

Landing on a comet

One cannot help but be impressed by the space probe Rosetta to a comet and the subsequent landing of the Philae probe on the comet's surface.

This week I learned that one our friends was the Project Manager for this at Astrium back in the late 1990s. He is now retired but he was invited back for the landing. I hope they manage to get the lander moved to a better illuminated spot.

I was very impressed.

Posted at: November 20, 2014 07:31 PM

Arizona on 10m

Best 10m DX today,well so far, with the little 500mW WSPR-AXE beacon was WA7HL (8508km).  There is still a chance that I might get spotted in South America later, but somehow I doubt it.

Posted at: November 20, 2014 06:43 PM


VP8KF, Malvinas Is

John, G3VPW estará activo desde Stanley, Islas Malvinas como VP8KF del 20 de noviembre al 12 de diciembre 2014.

QRV de 10 a 80mts. Probablemente participe en el CQ WW Dx Cw conest en la banda de 40mts.

Estos días se encuentra activo como VP8KF / 100 conmemorando el 100 aniversario de la Battle of coronel

QSL vía G3VPW y LoTW. Los registros estarán en el Club Log.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 20, 2014 06:22 PM

VU4KV log online

19 noviembre 2014

El log online se ha activado en el Club Log y el primer conjunto de QSOs se han subido. No te preocupes si tus últimos QSOs no aparecen inmediatamente, debido a la conexión de Internet poco fiable, los logs han de ser enviado en un ferry cada día de Neil Island a Port Blair y, a veces puede llevar un día o dos para ser subido. Por favor repite contacto sólo si crees que tu Qso fue malo.

Gracias a Club Log y Michael G7VJR por el gran apoyo como siempre.

Teng en cuenta este correo electrónico para consultas del log - vamos a ver esos mensajes de correo electrónico sólo después de la expedición una vez que haya finalizado y el equipo haya vuelto a casa.

73 de Prasad VU2PTT para el equipo

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 20, 2014 05:56 PM

XT2AW activo desde Burkina Faso

Charles M0OXO / 20 noviembre 2014

Harald, DF2WO ya está activo como XT2AW desde Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Operará en modo holiday-style hasta el 2 de diciembre en Cw y Ssb.

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

Por favor, use OQRS para todas las peticiones de buro como sea posible.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 20, 2014 05:33 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Triple Play Special Event Day

As all Amateur Radio operators know, you never know what you're going to get on any given day. It might be a rag chew, or a DXpedition, a quick contest QSO or any number of other possibilities. As I headed out to the Jeep for my lunchtime QRP session, I didn't think I'd end up with three "Special Event" type of contacts.

The first was on 10 Meters - PW2BA. This was actually more of a DXpedtion type of QSO. A team of Brazilian operators have gone to this small island, which is IOTA SA-024, and which also has a lighthouse on it - ARLHS BRA-013.

Their signal was up and down with wild QSB. One moment they were 599, and 559 the next.  I was wondering if I should even try, using QRP. Throwing caution to the wind, I did and got an immediate response!

From 10 Meters, I wandered over to 12 Meters, where I worked W1AW/5 in Arkansas.  Not sure whether or not it was one of W1AW/XX stations that I already have in the log, I decided to engage the pileup (which was pretty big!). It took a bit of listening to figure out their listening pattern, but I finally did and busted through.

A quick tune through 15 Meters seemed to indicate a dead band.  I tuned from 21.000 MHz to 21.060 MHz, up and down about four times. Hearing no signs of life, I headed on down to 17 Meters.  There I heard W70.  I had no idea what it was, other than since it's a 1X1 call sign - that means Special Event station.  There wasn't a huge pileup and the operator was actually operating simplex.  I had to wait my turn for a bit. There were many stations calling, and I noticed the operator was trending towards working stations that were sending at a reasonable code speed.  The speed demons were being ignored, so it seemed. So I tweaked my code speed down a touch and threw out my call - success!

Coming back inside, I fired up the computer and QRZ'ed (new word!) W7O, and discovered that the Special Event station was commemorating the 40th anniversary of the launch of AMSAT OSCAR 7. Being a child of the Space Race, I was quite pleased to have worked them and will send out one of my brandy-new QSL cards, which I received yesterday from KB3IFH. Their QSL card (shown above) is a very classy design IMHO, one I will be proud to display.

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

Posted at: November 20, 2014 05:04 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Sunspots - Thursday Nov 20th 2014

Sunspot number has dropped back to 72 today. 10m propagation is forecast to be "good".  The 10m band has been open to the USA yet again this afternoon, but no great DX seen on the band for my little 500mW WSPR-AXE beacon today.

Posted at: November 20, 2014 04:02 PM


VP5/SM7EQL, Turks y Caicos Is.

Bengt SM7EQL estará activo desde Providenciales como VP5 / SM7EQL del 30 noviembre al 7 de diciembre 2014.

QRV en modo holiday -style, 20-10m CW solamente.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 20, 2014 03:44 PM

J6/SM7EQL, Sta Lucía Is.

Bengt SM7EQL estará activo desde Santa Lucía como J6 / SM7EQL del 8 al 17 de diciembre 2014.

QRV en estilo holiday-styles, 20-10m CW solamente.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 20, 2014 03:41 PM

TI9A, Coco Is. 2015

Dom 3Z9DX, y un importante grupo de operadores del Salón de la Fama MTP (Most Traveled Person) llevará adelante un proyecto junto con Jorge TI2HMJ y Jon K7CO para activar la Isla de Coco.

Fechas de activación son del 16 al 23 de febrero 2015.

TI9A no es sólo una Dxpediton, no es sólo un  DXCC de los más buscados ( # 26), no sólo es IOTA NA-012:
Estamos en estrecha colaboración con  los parques nacionales de Costa Rica , que se gestionan bajo el paraguas del  SINAC  (Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación), department of Costa Rica‘s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE).
 Durante los 7 días de estancia en la isla vamos a hacer reparaciones importantes del sistema de seguridad marítima de HF y VHF ubicado en Islas Cocos Isl.

  • Antenas de HF -Nuevas
  • Antenas VHF -Nuevas
  • Se instalarán radios HF marina -Nueva
  • Líneas eléctricas -Nuevas para todos los equipos de radio
  • Reparaciones -Varios alrededor de torres y estación de  HF marina
TI9A web

73´s, Luis EA1CS 

Posted at: November 20, 2014 04:17 AM

November 19, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

10m WSPR analysis by Bert PA1B

Bert PA1B has analysed my 500mW WSPR spots today, ignoring the many spots by local G4IKZ.   It shows the signal strengths (uV/m) implied by the S/N figures.  In many cases, much lower powers would have been enough to get "spotted".  Thank you Bert.  Of course, for some people, the noise floor limits the minimum signal that can be detected.
UPDATE 2200z:  The last USA spot of my 500mW was WG2Z (5600km) at 1724z. Just local G4IKZ (18km) since then.  Now QRT on 10m until after breakfast, but will stay on 472kHz overnight.

Posted at: November 19, 2014 10:43 PM


5H1KR, Zanzibar Is.

Vesa, OH1KR está actualmente activo de Zanzíbar como 5H1KR hasta 23 de noviembre 2014.

QRV al estilo holiday-style en bandas de HF.

QSL vía LoTW.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 19, 2014 10:41 PM

C6ADX y C6AYL, Bahamas Is.

Joe W8GEX como C6ADX y su esposa Janet W8CAA como C6AYL estarán en la isla de Exuma NA-001  entre el 23 de noviembre y el 3 de diciembre 2014.

QRV de 10 a 40mts en Ssb y Rtty Buscando el Pacífico en su línea gris de la noche.

QSL a sus respectivos indicativos.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 19, 2014 10:38 PM

Estado de las Qsl de PJ7PK

El primer paquete de Qsl ha sido enviado, las comenzaréis ha recibir en breve......

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 19, 2014 10:26 PM

G0LRD (David)

Antarctica with 50mW WSPR on 10m

I'm quite pleased with this particular spot:

2014-11-18 10:12 G0LRD 28.126124 -29 0 JO02ac 0.05 RI1ANR JB59mm 13659 176

This is my best WSPR 10m 'DX' so far with my Ultimate3 configured for 50mW at the antenna feed-point. My WSPR station status can be checked here.

RI1ANR spots my 50mW 10m WSPR signal in Antarctica

Posted at: November 19, 2014 08:23 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

G4HUP kits


John Mullin, G0TEV has pointed me to these kits, which include an add-on panoramic adaptor kit, suitable to tap into the IF output of many popular rigs like the FT817, IC706 and IC703. I had not seen these kits before John pointed me in their direction.

Posted at: November 19, 2014 05:10 PM

Sunspots - Nov 19th 2014

Conditions on 10m remain good here.

Sunspot number today had dropped back a bit to 92, but 10m conditions remain "good". Certainly the 10m DX WSPR spots from Australia confirm this. I am already being spotted in the USA very early today.

Posted at: November 19, 2014 01:28 PM

472kHz WSPR overnight - spotted in Germany

Overnight, I ran the MF WSPR station on 472kHz to the (short baseline) earth-electrode antenna. In all, 7 unique spots were received with my best DX (5mW ERP) being a -29dB S/N report from DL-SWL (701km) in JO52hp square. This is not my best DX ever on the band from this QTH, but I think it is the best DX with the very simple earth-electrode antenna system.

Posted at: November 19, 2014 01:25 PM

Australia on 10m 500mW

My TINY little "all in one" WSPR-AXE beacon was spotted at 1010z  by VK5MR (16144km) for my best DX report yet. At -23dB S/N this suggests I still had power in hand too.

I knew this would happen, and today it did. I remain very impressed that this TINY little WSPR beacon works so well. It seems incredible that such a TINY little unit works so well. Well done Jay W5OLF.

Posted at: November 19, 2014 01:17 PM

SV8CS (Spiros)

My first transmittion in 474 KHz

This evening  18/11/2014 at 20:42, I made my first transmittion in MF band, using WSPR-2 with Ultimate -3 transmitter (output 150 mW).
Antenna Marconi "T" type.
My signal was captured by SV8RV.

 2014-11-18 20:52  SV8CS  0.475706  -28  0  KM07js  0.1  SV8RV  KM07ks  7  90 
 2014-11-18 20:42  SV8CS  0.475706  -28  0  KM07js  0.1  SV8RV  KM07ks  7  90 

Posted at: November 19, 2014 11:43 AM

W2LJ (Larry)

Joy and Disappointment

Last night, our Technician Licensing class formally came to an end.  We held a VE Session which was at once extremely gratifying and at the same time, bittersweet.

It was a bit of a whirlwind evening for me, so I'm a bit shaky on the numbers. Of the 16 student we started with, about 10 showed up for exams last night.  Two couldn't make it due to doctor appointments and one get held up at work. What happened to the other three is beyond me. I had everyone's e-mail and was sending out regular announcements. These three individuals haven't come to class for the last couple of weeks.  There was no indication of a lack of interest, or lack of understanding the material - so maybe it's been personal issues.  Life happens, we all know that, and most people are reluctant to talk about their circumstances.

Everyone who turned out last night earned their Technician class licenses with the exception of two.  The two who missed, missed by very little - the bittersweet part.  Just about everyone who passed took a stab at the General, and one actually earned it.  That was very gratifying.

We have decided to hold another VE session this Saturday morning at 8:00 AM at the EOC.  The people who couldn't make it last night will get their opportunity. The people who missed get the chance to dust themselves off and give it another go.  And maybe some will return for a second crack at upgrading to General.

Everyone was invited to the monthly South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club meeting tonight. The real "Elmering", the real teaching starts now. It's one thing to help someone to get their license. It's another thing entirely to transform these newbie Hams into confident, knowledgeable, content and active Amateur Radio operators.

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

Posted at: November 19, 2014 09:14 AM

November 18, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz WSPR with the earth-electrode antenna

It is now 2050z. 10m has been dead for "real DX" since 1840z. I am still TXing on  10m but only being spotted by G4IKZ (18km).

At the same time I am on 472kHz WSPR both TX (5mW ERP) and RX. So far, 4 different stations have spotted me on 472kHz and I have spotted 7 different stations on RX. Best RX DX is DK7FC (669km). So far this evening the best spot of my 472kHz 5mW ERP is from G3WCB (101km).

Posted at: November 18, 2014 11:31 PM

2E0HTS (Simon)

Engineering and Electronics Class

ICE - Industrial Centre Of Excellence
One of the courses I am delivering at the College where I work comprises of Engineering and Electronics (ICE). The ICE students on this course are into their second year of having me as their tutor and so far they have developed skills in MIG, MMA and TIG Welding, Metal craft and Fabrication, Plasma arc cutting, Sheet metal and are currently focusing on Electronics. So far my students have built basic soldered circuits using boards, resistors, diodes, and LEDs, as well as Morse keys which work with buzzers. The students have also been learning about amateur radio and responded well to sending messages to each other in Morse on their home brew kits. Over the past few weeks they have come on very well with their soldering ability and have moved onto the final project which is a Digital FM receiver. The FM radio receivers are quite nice kits and it was very exciting when the first student to successfully complete the receiver had radio 1 coming in loud and clear earlier this morning.

Building A Multi Band Dipole
As I mentioned, I have been trying my best to promote amateur radio into the syllabus and have had a good response form the ICE students towards the hobby. In today's lesson the students finished assembling a home brew multi band dipole which had elements cut for 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m and the 2 meter band.

The students rigged the dipole up as a temporary installation about 2 meters above the ground, I had brought my antenna analyser allowing the students to check the elements were resonant on the dedicated bands, the rest was up to me. I hooked up my YAESU FT-817 which had been recently repaired with a new bnc socket fitted and two new PA finals, all courtesy of LAM Communications.
As soon as the little FT-817 was powered up we heard lots of stations coming in great up on 20 meters. We didn't have enough time to try all the bands so I concentrated on 20 meters and soon came across a Belgium  station calling CQ, I explained to my students that it would be unlikely that we would make the trip into Belgium using only 2 watts but I was determined to try and would have a good go! Amazingly I was heard on my first call /QRP and I was able to maintain a qso into Belgium for over 15 minutes using the antenna built by my students who were totally impressed by it all! I promised them I would take in my Cushcraft MA5B mini beam and a bit more power (FT-890) but that's only after they design and build a portable tilt over mast to support the antenna. Are target date for the completion of this project will be for National Science week March 2015 when we will hopefully be active on the bands from the college. 73

Posted at: November 18, 2014 10:45 PM


S79AC, Seychelles Is.

Eric OE4AAC estará activo en modo holiday-style como S79AC desde Mahe y Praslin Is. AF-024 del 17 de enero al 10 de febrero 2015.

QRV de 10 a 40mts en Cw.

Qsl vía OE4AAC, OQRS.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 18, 2014 07:44 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Last USA spot on 10m?

WG2Z (5600km) was spotting me at 1736z.   I am wondering if this will be the last 10m North American spot, or if the band will remain open longer.

When I go QRT on 10m later this evening I shall leave MF still running.

UPDATE 1935z:   Well WG2Z was the last spot but at 1840z, almost an hour after the above spot.

Posted at: November 18, 2014 07:36 PM

WSPRing MF and 10m simultaneously

Late this afternoon, I decided to try 472kHz WSPR (using the FT817, transverter and earth-electrode antenna (5mW ERP) and 28MHz WSPR (using the 500mW WSPR-AXE 500mW TX beacon) . All seems to be working with USA reports on 10m still, as well as G0LRD spotting me on LF and I am spotting G,PA and DL on 472kHz WSPR. Certainly MF is a great deal more productive than 6m was over 6 days of trying.

UPDATE 1710z:   a 472kHz report of -12dB S/N from G3XDV (61km) suggests he might just copy me on the same (short) earth-electrode antenna on 136kHz especially if I used QRSS30. I really must try a longer baseline earth-electrode antenna. The earth-electrode antenna definitely has directionality like a loop.

Posted at: November 18, 2014 05:18 PM


5X1XA, Uganda

Alan, G3XAQ está de nuevo activa dssde Kampala, Uganda como 5X1XA hasta el 3 de diciembre 2014.

PArticipará en el CQ WW DX CW Contest.

Qsl vía G3SWH y LoTW.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: November 18, 2014 04:37 PM