August 21, 2014

F5IRO (Freddy)

Bunker Hillman

Située sur la commune de Colleville-Montgoméry, cette suite de fortifications allemandes "Hillman" nom donné par les anglais, était un poste stratégique et comme dans toutes ces constructions, un poste de commandement avec ses transmissions... un peu d'histoire: "À partir de 1942, au sud de la Commune, les Allemands ont construit un site fortifé de 18 emplacements bétonnés souterrains

Posted at: August 21, 2014 05:53 AM

Bulletin du REF

Le bulletin hebdomadaire du REF. lien

Posted at: August 21, 2014 05:53 AM

August 20, 2014

EA1CS

4W/G3ZEM, Timor del Este

Tim M0URX / 20 agosto 2014

Bob 5B4AGN planea estar QRV desde Timor-Leste como 4W / G3ZEM del 8 al 20 de octubre 2014. Un hombre sólo en tienda de campaña, por lo que no es exactamente una operación 5 estrellas. 

La ubicación estará en la costa norte de Timor-Leste, operando con un Elecraft K3 y KPA 500 ​​combinado con un HF9V para HF y una spider pole de 18mts para 160 / 80m. 

Con suerte estaré QRV en las 9 bandas, pero con énfasis hacia LF si las condiciones lo permiten.La operación será principalmente CW. 

QSL directa a través M0URX.

Para buro utilice M0URX OQRS. (No se necesita que enviéis vuestras Qsl por el buro)

73 Bob, 5B4AGN

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 11:07 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Spoiling the natural environment, or not?

The beautiful Kingsbridge Estuary
The petition to NOT allow water skiing in the Kingsbridge Estuary is gathering momentum. The last time I looked there were 851 supporters of the "no" vote. If you want to support the campaign, then go to the link and vote. The more people who support the "no" campaign, the better chances we have of preventing this precious habitat and SSSI being ruined forever.

UPDATE 2015z:  856 votes now.  Keep voting!

Posted at: August 20, 2014 10:47 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Neat photo found on Facebook


This is an aerial view of the summit of Mt. Prospect, which is up in the Adirondacks right beside Lake George. I usually operate in the QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint from up there. It's not a SOTA peak, but the view is fantastic!

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

Posted at: August 20, 2014 10:47 PM

EA1CS

Vídeo del desembarco en Mellish Reef, VK9MT



Así fue la llegada a Mellish Reef y la configuración del campamento, estaciones y alguna antena....... ( TNX VK9MT Web).

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 10:47 PM

VK9EX y VK9EC...OQRS y Paypal

Los operadores de VK9EC y VK9EX


20 agosto 2014

Ahora, el OQRS está completamente operativo. Si detectas algún problema al intentar enviar dinero por PayPal, por favor inténtalo de nuevo. El problema ha sido corregido.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 10:37 PM

La salida de RI0X, AS-064 RETRASADA

El equipo que hoy tendría que haber partido rumbo Karaginsky Is. ha retrasado su salida:

20/08/2014
Nuestra salida se retrasa hasta mañana por la mañana hora local. Seguimos en el aire con nuestros indicativos / 0. Después de salir de Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky vamos a utilizar los indicativos / mm.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 10:30 PM

5E7R, Marruecos..... en camino



David EB7DX / Twitter 20 agosto - 18.45z
Mañana nos vemos en las bandas ( click )

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 09:43 PM

El ébola hace cambiar los planes.....

OK6DJ, OK1FCJ y OK1FPS estarán activos desde Sint Eustatius como PJ5/OK6DJ , PJ5/OK1FCJ , PJ5/OK1FPS y PJ5/OL8R entre el 21 de septiembre y el 3 de octubre 2014.

QRV en bandas de HF.

QSL via OK6DJ.

Nota: esta expedición es un cambio de planes debido al inesperado desarrollo de la enfermedad de Ébola en África occidental. El equipo originalmente iba a estar activo desde Togo, un país vecino en esa región. La actividad desde 5V7 ahora se llevará a cabo en 2015.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 09:32 PM

4W/PE7T y 4W/N1YC, Timor del Este

Wibert PE7T y James 9V1YC, están actualmente activos desde Timor del Este como 4W / PE7T y 4W / N1YC hasta el 26 de agosto 2014.

QRV del 10 a 80mts en Cw y Ssb.

QSL:

  •  4W / PE7T vía PE7T, LoTW.
  •  4W / N1YC vía W5UE, LoTW.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 20, 2014 09:27 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Back on 472kHz WSPR

After a brief foray on 6m WSPR, I have returned to 472kHz WSPR now. Antenna current is higher than last night (on the V2000 and halo with strapped feeders) and the only difference is the weather. I assumes the ground is wetter. So far, the usual stations although PA3TKF (286km) was a new station to spot earlier, bringing me up to 20 unique spots this summer. Again, I am sure that I should be able to copy lots more stations and they spot me too.

Posted at: August 20, 2014 08:22 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Change of heart

Kind of.

I have been approached (privately) by several people, asking me to reconsider yanking my blog from AmateurRadio.com.

Matt W1MST and I have come up with a solution where SOME of my posts will be mirrored there. I will determine which ones, and I will add a "AmateurRadio.com" tag to the selected posts so that he, or his software will know which can be used. (This should NOT be one of them.  If this appears there, then we have some work to do.)

The ones that I feel are not worthy of enough "general interest" will not be posted there. So please check here from time to time, as there will undoubtedly be more content here than there. Particularly posts dedicated strictly to QRP and anything that I deem to be possibly too "annoying", as it was so adroitly put to me by the original quibbler(s).

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very list.

Posted at: August 20, 2014 05:26 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

2m WSPR

As I knew G3ZJO and G0LRD were both active on 2m WSPR this morning, I ventured onto 144.492MHz USB dial on 2m. I was immediately rewarded with a spot of G3ZJO (79km). During the morning G0LRD (25km) has spotted me multiple times and I have spotted Eddie, G3ZJO, three times now. Interestingly, Eddies signal was accompanied by up to 6 aircraft Doppler shifted signals. His signal decoded far fewer times than he was visible.
G3ZJO (79km) non-decoding 2m WSPR signals with lots of aircraft Doppler.
In the UK and Europe 144.492MHz USB dial is the frequency of choice, NOT the frequency recommended.  I believe some in Europe have birdie problems on the recommended frequency.

Posted at: August 20, 2014 01:48 PM

IZ1CRR (Maury)

Send messages and pics to Mars

The first opportunity for the people of Earth to send personal messages and pictures to Mars by radio transmission! 

Beam Me celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first mission to Mars—NASA’s Mariner 4 launched on 28 November 1964. All Beam Me messages will be sent together by radio—at the speed of light—as a global shout-out from Earth to Mars on 28 November 2014.
Send as many messages as you like. With each message sent, you’ll receive a beautiful, downloadable certificate authenticating your participation in this historic event. 
Join in—it’s fun, it’s inspiring, it’s futuristic, and all messages help fund space research, education, and exploration!

Posted at: August 20, 2014 10:46 AM

M0KHZ (Kevin)

Die Handykosten nachhaltig senken

Aus dem alltäglichen Leben lässt sich das Smartphone oder Handy heutzutage bei keinem mehr wegdenken. Immerhin ist es das Ziel, zu jeder Tageszeit und Nachtzeit überall und immer erreichbar zu sein. Umso schwieriger ist es, sich selbst einzuschätzen, wie der eigene Verbrauch eigentlich aussieht, zumeist erwartet den Nutzer aber am Ende des Monats eine relativ hohe Rechnung. Es ist also das Ziel, die Kosten für die Handynutzung dauerhaft und effizient zu senken, genau dafür gibt es einige Tipps.

Den passenden Anbieter wählen – Prepaid oder Vertrag
Ausschlaggebend ist vor allem der richtige Mobilfunkanbieter mit dem passenden Tarif, wenn es darum geht, einen Handyvertrag mit dem Nutzerverhalten abzustimmen. So sollte also beherzigt werden, was für ein Smartphone-Nutzer man wirklich ist, um danach im Internet neue Tarife zu suchen und zu vergleichen. Ein Anbieterwechsel ist einfacher, als es die meisten vermuten würden. Auch ein gratis Vergleichsrechner aus dem Netz kann optimale Hilfe leisten, um die passenden Konditionen herauszufiltern. Alternative helfen kostenlose SIM Karten Angebote auf Prepaidbasis weiter, um das passende Netz bei sich in der Umgebung zu testen. Zu den beliebtesten kostenlosen Prepaid Sim Karten Angebote gehört zum einen die O2 Freikarte und zum anderen die Vodafone Freikarte. Beide Netzanbieter haben eine sehr gute Netzabdeckung in Deutschland, so dass ausgiebig getestet werden kann.

Richtige Einschätzung des eigenen Telefonverhaltens
Bevor die Entscheidung für einen neuen Handyvertrag gefällt wird, sollte noch ein kurzer Blick auf eine aktuelle Rechnung geworfen werden, um Vergleiche anzustellen und zu kalkulieren. Es ist interessant, in welche Netze telefoniert wird oder wie viele SMS im Monat geschrieben werden. Genauso sollte man sich Einblick darüber verschaffen, wie viele Daten aus dem Internet heruntergeladen wurden, um das Gesamte zu betrachten.

Ansprechende Tarife mit Flatrate nutzen
Ein enormes Einsparpotenzial bietet sich zum Beispiel mit so genannten Flatratetarifen, die mittlerweile von den meisten Mobilfunkanbietern offeriert werden. So ist es möglich, eine gewisse Anzahl an freien SMS oder Freiminuten zum Telefonieren, bzw. zum Surfen in Anspruch zu nehmen. Sind zum Beispiel 100 Freiminuten oder 100 SMS gratis, sollte man zuerst in Erfahrung bringen, wie viel man im Monat nutzt. Ähnlich sieht es mit der so genannten Internet Flatrate aus. Es ist also möglich, unbegrenzt im Internet zu surfen, ab einer gewissen Datenübertragungsrate wird allerdings die Geschwindigkeit der Übertragung heruntergesetzt. Sowohl Leute, die sehr wenig telefonieren oder im Internet surfen, als auch jene, die ständig an der Strippe hängen oder im Netz surfen, gibt den passenden Flatrate Tarif. Eine günstige Allnet Flat gibt es schon bei Yourfone.de, wie das Bild unten zeigt.
Yourfone

Bandbreite für das Datenvolumen
Möchte man mit dem Smartphone so oft wie möglich im Internet mobil surfen können, sollte Wert auf eine uneingeschränkte Nutzung gelegt werden. Es ist unangenehm, sich mit einer sehr geringen Bandbreite herumschlagen zu müssen, denn so laden sich die Daten umso langsamer, was nicht unbedingt Spaß macht. Weiß man von sich selbst, dass man gerne mit dem Smartphone online Spiele nutzt oder Multimedia-Anwendungen bevorzugt, sollte man sich auf Dauer den passenden Tarif mit dem entsprechenden Datenvolumen aussuchen. Zudem ist es empfehlenswert, auf möglichst kurze Laufzeiten zu achten. Für so manchen ist auch der so genannte Prepaid Tarif mit Guthaben die ideale Wahl.

Der Beitrag über günstige Flatrates für Telefon und Internet könnte Sie auch interessieren:
http://www.m0khz.com/ratgeber/guenstige-flatrates-fuer-telefon-und-internet

Posted at: August 20, 2014 08:47 AM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Beam 80m chez Ultra Beam

Ultra Beam concurrent direct de SteppIR, avec ses antennes motorisées, vient de sortir trois nouveaux modèles pour la bande des 80m. Deux dipôles, soit en version longueur 17m ou 22m ou la deux éléments: boom 9m de long, éléments de 20m pour un poids de 70 kg. lien

Posted at: August 20, 2014 09:44 AM

HB9OAE (Maico)

Dopo 17 giorni in ospedale ...

 
 
Purtroppo è vero , le persone migliori sono quelle che
restano vicino anche nei momenti peggiori.

Posted at: August 20, 2014 09:36 AM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Un tatouage éphémère qui recharge votre smartphone avec votre sueur

"Et si vous pouviez recharger votre smartphone simplement en le touchant ? Aux Etats-Unis, une équipe de scientifiques de la University of California de San Diego a mis au point un concept de tatouage temporaire qui vous permet de recharger vos appareils électriques simplement... grâce à votre sueur ! ..." suite

Posted at: August 20, 2014 09:35 AM

2E0HTS (Simon)

This Years Summer Break Started With A Bang!


My summer leave from work did not start so well as I was knocked off my motorcycle on the way home from work back in July. I survived with a few aches, knocks, bumps and bruises but never the less was fortunate not to get too seriously injured. The bike however was a right off! A real shame as I have looked after my Suzuki Bandit for 12 years and it was an absolute minter.


As you can imagine I have been feeling stiff, sore and fed up with myself and my usual happy holidays was not quite as happy as it should. With this in mind my better half told me to go out and buy something cool to get my mind off of things, so I took her advice and came back with a new vehicle. I chose something that would benefit the family as well as myself and with this in mind I got a Ford Transit Van. The reason why I chose the Transit was because its a good size of vehicle to be able to convert into a day van/tourer and the Transit van has a good reputation for reliability as well as economy with a 2.0 litre turbo charged diesel engine.

TRANSIT Van Conversion work commences
 The conversion so far has gone well with a flying start thanks to my old CB pal Kevin aka "Tom Thumb" whom I first met on the CB back in 1981. Kevin has always been a good friend and he has been helping me out since my motorcycle spill. He is a gas engineer by trade and a dab hand at too many things to list, he also has a fully converted Transit which is very nice indeed. With his help we made an immediate start on my new van which involved ripping out the original board and racking, replacing it with acoustic sound proof cork, fresh timber and some warm carpet.


Sound proofed as well as insulated before the sheets go down.


A nice base to start things off with!


Insulation and sound proofing into the sides which will keep things warm and snug in the back.


Elsie is well impressed with her new "camper" so much she was so keen to help, under strict supervision with the scissors of course.


Kevin putting in a good days work as he finishes laying the carpet, very nice indeed Thanks buddy!


My turn now, I grabbed a bargain from ebay which was the seats pictured below for my beautiful girls Elsie and Martha, which I fitted with the assistance of my welding equipment and workshop skills.


Finally, well until the next stage. I fitted my YAESU FT-857 Transceiver using the separation kit and home-brew bracket out of my Toyota which is now My YL Louise's new wheels of steel.


 A close up of the dash mounted mobile YAESU radio in my new van.


 Off we go on our travels in our new DX Machine keeping reasonably local for now and yes I am feeling a lot happier and my injuries - stiff neck, back and a bashed knee are getting better day by day thanks to the physiotherapy sessions arranged by my motorcycle insurance broker,who  is doing a good job for me so far.


 The view isn't too bad either!


 Happy days are ahead for sure for all of us as we all enjoy our new vehicle and the rest of the summer holiday.


So far the performance from the Ham radio DX Machine has been good as I have made some good radio qso's from the newly installed equipment. I made a video below showing the Ham equipment working and it also shows the antenna set-up that I am using with my FT-857.



The next stage of work on the van will be getting the side panels out and some nice privacy tinted glass in which will enable a better view in the back. I am also on with designing a pair of rear benches which will incorporate storage area and also be able to change into a bed. Stay tuned for more.... & best 73 as usual!

Posted at: August 20, 2014 01:00 AM

August 19, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

Different 472kHz antenna

Since about 1838z I have been using the strapped feeders to my triband VHF/UHF vertical and halo as my 472kHz antenna.
472kHz WSPR unique spots (of me) so far this summer
Antenna is higher than the Par triband HF antenna with strapped feeder but the antenna current is about the same. If the effective height is a bit higher (it should be) then ERP should be higher too. Initial results suggest in some directions it is down on the earth-electrode antenna but I do seem to be getting more spots at each transmission than on the earth-electrode or Par antennas. G4VJF(151km) is a totally new reporter tonight bringing the number of spots of my 472kHz WSPR this summer up to 16 now.
UPDATE 2032z:   29 active stations on 472kHz this evening.

UPDATE 2044z:   Now 34 active stations on 472kHz.

UPDATE 2055z:   Currently getting about 4 spots per transmission on 472kHz.

UPDATE 2145z:   Now 38 active stations on 472kHz. Will leave 472kHz WSPR running through the night to see how latest (compromise) antenna performs.

Posted at: August 19, 2014 11:47 PM

IQ2RD

“La guerra mondiale delle radio “

Andrea Borgnino su RADIO 3 parla del “jamming”,strumento antico ma tecnologia ancora efficace ai nostri giorni ,per censurare l’informazione radiofonica che non ha confini geografici .

Posted at: August 19, 2014 09:17 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Ol' Sol slowing down?

Looks like we're headed directly for a period of minimal solar activity:



And here's a related article from the Helsinki Times:

http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/themes/themes/science-and-technology/11590-hundred-year-period-of-increased-solar-activity-coming-to-end.html

The video was brought to my attention by Don K2DSV.  IF the hypothesis of the video is correct, lower ionospheric activity would be the least of our worries.

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

Posted at: August 19, 2014 08:29 PM

EA1CS

RI0X, AS-064, mañana rumbo Karaginskiy



RI0X Team / 19 agosto 2014

El equipo ha llegado a Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Todo los equipos y material ya está a bordo. El barco partirá hacia la ciudad de Ossora mañana, el viaje durará aproximadamente tres días. Ellos estarán activos como RI0X / mm durante el viaje El plan es partir hacia la isla Karaginskiy el mismo día que lleguen a Ossora.

PS: en este momento tienen una modesta estación desplegada frente a la orilla del mar,  pronto seréis capaces de oír a los chicos en el aire usando sus propios indicativos.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 19, 2014 08:02 PM

Las Qsl´s de VP2ERM




Frank K3TRM estuvo activo desde Anguilla del 19 de julio al 3 de agosto 2014. Esta mañana ha encargado las Qsl a Gennady UX5UO, las muestras son las que vemos en este artículo.



73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: August 19, 2014 05:56 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Sunspots today

Sunspot numbers are down a bit at 92 (disturbed) and 20-30MHz forecast is just "fair". I think it is unlikely we'll see F2 propagation on 10m today, but you never know on 10m.

Yet again, there seem to be few stations at F2 ranges active on 10m WSPR today. At the time of writing (1302z) there are 32 stations active worldwide on 10m WSPR. FR1GZ is on and he is at classic F2 range.

Posted at: August 19, 2014 03:05 PM

W2LJ (Larry)

Getting there

As opposed to probably a majority of you, I am SO far behind the times from a technological point of view.  I still do a majority of my logging with paper and pencil before I manually enter the information to my logging software.

When it comes to QRP Sprints or the Fox Hunts, most of my compatriots use N1MM or some such program.  Again, I still use paper and pencil. I feel that I am lucky to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Operating a radio and trying to computer log simultaneously during a Sprint or a Hunt used to send shivers up and down my spine.

But I am getting better.  As long as I am not furiously trying to keep up with a pileup of QSOs in the midst of a frenzy during a Sprint or a Hunt, I have trained myself to log and operate at the same time (See? You CAN teach old dogs new tricks!). I recently purchased a small keyboard for my Nexus 7, so that I can log during casual portable ops without the need for pencil and paper. It cost me all of 8 smackers on eBay.


That's Ham Log that I keep on there, which in and of itself is a great piece of logging software for Android. The problem was that it's always been a pain in the butt to use the Nexus touchpad keyboard, which caused me to "one-finger" type, and slowed me down, holding me back.  So for the longest time, I was doing the same thing - logging on paper and entering the data later, at my leisure (which makes no sense). This "tactile feel" keyboard brings a lot of familiarity and works a whole lot better for me, and now I am actually able to use the Nexus 7 for logging in real time (sometimes).  I know that it's pathetic, but while I am able to use this setup for general QSOing, the melee of contests or Fox Hunts drives me back to the security of "old technology".

I guess the next step will be to install the KX3 Companion app.  Boy, that will be like Star Trek for me!

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

Posted at: August 19, 2014 01:23 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz WSPR - more on the earth-electrode antenna

Overnight I continued using the earth-electrode antenna on 472kHz. I don't think it is any better than the short Marconi, but it certainly works pretty well, even with a short baseline of less than 15m.
Unique 472kHz WSPR spots this summer on TX
The number of unique spots of my 472kHz WSPR signal has now reached 15 and I have spotted 19 unique stations with my best DX being DH5RAE (995km) using the earth-electrode antenna last night.
Unique 472kHz WSPR spots this summer on RX
The earth-electrode antenna seems far more directional. Several stations orthogonal to the system did NOT copy me (or me them) overnight.

Posted at: August 19, 2014 11:16 AM

F5IRO (Freddy)

Keyboard LED's

Voici un logiciel très utile qui devrait solutionner certains d'entre-vous. En effet nombre de PC portables d'aujourd'hui ne sont plus équipés d'indicateurs lumineux sur le clavier, afin de savoir si vous êtes en majuscules....ce petit soft gratuit va remplacer ce manque avec une petite icône dans votre barre des tâches. Merci à F8LDX pour l'info . lien

Posted at: August 19, 2014 10:27 AM