December 18, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

10m - 500mW WSPR beacon spotted by ZS6A and 4L1QX

Best DX this afternoon with the 500mW WSPR beacon is ZS6A (9195km) at 1540z. My report was -22dB S/N, suggesting 100mW may have been enough. There are lot of USA stations spotting me but none from South America so far.

UPDATE 1735z:  Was spotted early this afternoon in Batumi, Georgia (on the Black Sea coast) by 4L1QX (3299km). No great distance, but my first spot from Georgia I think.

UPDATE 1742z:  The last transatlantic (USA/Canada) WSPR spot of my 500mW beacon was nearly an hour ago by KD6RF (7547km). This looks like being the last stateside spot today at 1656z. As he was an hour after the other last spot, this may not be the very latest. I shall have to wait and see.

UPDATE 1820z:  Still lots of USA spots coming through. The evening is young yet.

UPDATE 2220z:   As the band has now closed for DX, I have gone QRT on 10m WSPR. My PC (used for 472kHz WSPR with the FT817) decided to close WSPR4 around 1610z and I have just restarted it. I am now getting and giving WSPR spots on MF again.

Posted at: December 18, 2014 10:40 PM

M3PHP (Peter)

Russian ARISS team members activated SSTV from the International Space Station

Today the Russian ARISS team members activated SSTV from the International Space Station, using the replacement Kenwood D710 transceiver located in the Russian Service Module, which has an output of around 5w which was more than enough for receiving stunning images from the station.

15:59z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

15:59z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

 

Transmissions started at 14:00z but due to other commitments I missed that pass however picked up the next one at 16:00z using the ICOM IC-910, Wimo X-Quad (2m) with a G-5500 rotator at 16ft and MMSSTV for decoding – I was decoding stunning PD180 images at times the signal was S9+20db without preamps.

The next pass at 17:34z again produced nice images although with some fading however received two images the latter being received down to 1 degree elevation and the signal was still S3-5 with some fading till I completely lost it.

17:34z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

17:34z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

 

17:41z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

17:41z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

The next pass at 19:16z produced the nicest image I had received all afternoon with little fading and improved slant control within MMSSTV.

 

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19:16z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

 

The final image of the day was received at 20:49z which concluded the the days worth of SSTV pictures from space, it was great to see something different from the ISS and I certainly enjoyed chasing each pass.

20:49z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

20:49z on the 18/12/2014 SSTV image from the ISS

The ISS should be repeating this again on Saturday based on the information from Amsat-UK,

 

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Posted at: December 18, 2014 10:23 PM

EA1CS

Vídeo preparativos EP6T, parte 2



TNX EP6T web

El logo de la Dxpedition figura en mi blog visítalo para más detalles.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 06:55 PM

La Qsl de VP2VGG



Kevin K6TOP y Robert W6RWC estuvieron activos activos durante el ARRL 10mts contest ( antes y después también).

La idea fue la del año pasado alternar la actividad durante el concurso en Cw y Ssb. Hemos conseguido excelentes resultados con relación al 2013.

Qsl vía LOTW o directa W6RWC.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 06:36 PM

YC9GCC, OC-150

Ary YC9GCC es residente en la isla Sunbawa, OC-150. Lo podemos encontrar principalmente en 15 y 40mts en Ssb a diferentes horas del día.

Qsl vía HA3JB.




73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 06:29 PM

T8CW, Palau

Como viene siendo habitual los últimos años por estas fechas, Ryosei, JH0IXE estará activo desde Palau como T8CW del 25 de diciembre 2014 al 4 de enero 2015.

QRV principalmente en Rtty, Psk31 y Jt65a.

QSL via JA0FOX.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 06:24 PM

Algunas fotos de Niue E6XG























A la espera de poder mostraros la Qsl con la que Haru JA1XGI confirmará sus contactos de Niue os dejo algunas fotos......... Por cierto Haru visitará Vanuatu el próximo año.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 06:19 PM

YJ0XG; Vanuatu

Haru, JA1XGI planea estar activo desde Port Vila, Vanuatu como YJ0XG durante mediados de abril 2015.

QRV en bandas de HF, en Cw, Ssb y Rtty.

QSL via JA1XGI.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 06:17 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

472kHz WSPR - daytime

Currently I am spotting PA0O (440km), PA3ABK/2 (306km) and G8VDQ (93km) and I am being spotted by G0LRD (25km) all on 472kHz WSPR in daylight using my earth-electrode antenna and 5mW ERP on TX.
472kHz daytime WSPR

Posted at: December 18, 2014 01:11 PM

Sunspots and 10m

Today's sunspot number is a respectable 154 and 10m propagation is expected to be "good". Already, my 500mW 10m WSPR-AXE-CW beacon (from Jay,W5OLF) is being spotted around Europe, but no further as yet. Best DX report this morning is UR/SWL56 at 2283km. I expect 10m to open to the USA and Canada very shortly.

From today here, the evenings start to get a little lighter again - the change is about a minute a day at first - although mornings get darker until early January. It remains to be seen if 10m stays open slightly longer in the early evenings.

I much prefer lighter evenings!

UPDATE 1232z:  The first USA spot of the day was at 1220z from WG2Z (5600km).

Posted at: December 18, 2014 12:32 PM

EA1CS

VQ9XR....pirata

Robert N7XR/VQ9XR comenta:
Un pirata ha estado utilizando mi indicativo en 17mts/Rtty, mientras yo operaba en otra banda. Si no estás en el log probablemente te hayan engañado.

NOTA:
El log online en Clublog de Robert como VQ9XR se ha reducido a 138 contactos cuando tenía varios miles. Esperemos que se resuelva el problema para poder comprobar los contactos antes de enviar las Qsl y ver que no hemos sido engañados.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 12:24 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

6m overnight - nothing at all!

Despite being spot on frequency and time last night, I spotted no-one and no-one spotted me on 6m WSPR, which was disappointing.

I have now QSYed to 472kHz where despite just 5mW ERP and using earth-electrodes as my "antenna" I am spotting others and being spotted myself.

I really should give up on 6m WSPR at this time of the year, as it is a dead loss.

Posted at: December 18, 2014 11:50 AM

EA1CS

Cabecera navideña



De sobra son conocidos y aquí se han mencionado, los proyectos de Tony EC7ZK con Qsl y logos de grandes Dxpeditions. Por eso es un placer recibir este regalo de Navidad para mi blog la cabecera con detalle navideño.

No os olvidéis que el logo de la web de Tony con sus trabajos lo tenéis en mi blog, no olvides visitarlo.

Una vez más Gracias Tony......

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 18, 2014 11:14 AM

December 17, 2014

EA1CS

H44MS, Salomón Is.



ADXO / 17 diciembre 2014

Bernard DL2GAC volverá a operar desde las islas Salomón como H44MS del 1 de febrero al 30 de abril 2015.

QRV de 6 a 80mts en Ssb.

Qsl vía DL2GAC buro o directa.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 08:52 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Last 10m WSPR USA spot today

KE6BID (5295km) was the last USA station to spot my 500mW 10m beacon today at 1716z. It seems the band, which has been open every afternoon for months now to the USA, is closing earlier as the days get shorter. In the spring it will be a battle between falling sunspots and lengthening days. I suspect we'll still have decent 10m propagation for a year or so yet. By 2016 though, the best chances of USA stations will be by multi-hop Es in May, June and July. I could be very wrong.

Posted at: December 17, 2014 08:17 PM

EA1CS

EC5AN y Hambuy nos felicitan las Fiestas



Son de esos detalles que "presta" mucho recibir. Me gusta la felicitación navideña de Juanma. Un gran trabajo lleno de detalles radiofónicos y simpatia, tan carente a veces en nuestros días. 

Esta obra de arte, que encabeza la web de Hambuy,  es el resultado del trabajo de la XYL de Juanma, Mairela Villar, encargada del departamento de marketing y publicidad de Hambuy

Gracias y buen trabajo Mairela........

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 07:32 PM

V31LA, Belice

George KB7UFS se encuentra en Sarteneja Village, Corozal District, Belice.

Voy a pasar aquí los meses de invierno y me podréis encontrar en todas las bandas de HF como V31LA.

Qsl vía KB7UFS.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 06:45 PM

N2OO/P, NA-111

El conocido Qsl manager y expedicionario Robert N2OO se encuentra activo desde hoy 17 de diciembre como N2OO/P, NA-111. Se le ha podido escuchar con buenas señales en 17mts/Cw.

Se desconoce por el momento la duración de la actividad.....

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 06:38 PM

G3XBM (Roger)

Antarctica - on 10m WSPR again

RI1ANR (13676km) in Antarctica (JB59mm) spotted my 500mW 10m WSPR beacon this afternoon. This is my best DX today so far.

I guess it is nearly mid-summer now down there - endless daylight down on the snow and ice. No doubt it is still very cold though.

Posted at: December 17, 2014 06:00 PM

6m WSPR - all I need now are some spots!

Having corrected my frequency setting error - I blame my stroke and muddled brain (!) - and reset my PC to internet time (after the Virgin Media broadband worked again), I am now on frequency and accurate time on 6m.  Just looking for some spots now! No luck as yet.

UPDATE 1640z:  Completely separate from my 6m WSPR kit (PC and FT817), I am on 10m WSPR TX running 500mW from my WSPR-AXE-CW beacon designed by W5OLF.  Plenty of spots from the USA already on 10m WSPR.

UPDATE 1704z:  Still no luck, so far, on 6m, but I shall be on all night, ever hopeful.  At least there is some activity from the UK from IO92 square which should be in range via aircraft reflection.   Maybe I'll get lucky.  At least I should now be on frequency and time.

Posted at: December 17, 2014 05:07 PM

Sunrise and sunset calculator


 See http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html .

If you are like me, you want to know when the sun rises and sets locally. This calculator may be what you need. Here, near Cambridge, the nights start to get lighter from this coming Thursday (Dec 18th) although it is not until Jan 10th until the mornings start to get lighter.

I much prefer light evenings.
 

Posted at: December 17, 2014 03:56 PM

Intermittent internet and no phones this morning

For the 3rd (or 4th?) time this year we have had problems in our area (not the house) with our Virgin Media cable services. Normally it is fast and reliable.  Today our phones did not work and our broadband was intermittent. All seems to be fixed now, thank goodness.

When these basic services fail you realise just how dependent on them you have become. Amongst other things, I could not sync to internet time. Minor really, but it prevented my 6m WSPRing. Now sync'd the PC to internet time, but still having no luck on 6m WSPR.

Posted at: December 17, 2014 03:55 PM

EA1CS

YC8UTI, OC-209

Adhi YB3MM en el reflector IOTA / 17 diciembre 2014

Iwan YC8UTI está muy activo en 15mts/Cw desde su home base station en la isla Karakelong, North Celebes, OC-209. Pide a todos los que solicitéis su Qsl vía OQRS que le enviéis también la Qsl en papel vía buro.

Vuestras Qsl son necesarias para Iwan por que le gusta coleccionarlas y las necesita para actualizar su licencia a clase YB ( extra).



A Iwan se le puede también escuchar en algún momento activo como YC8UTI/P, desde algunas de estas islas:

  • Kabaruan Island (OC-209),
  • Salibabu Island (OC-209),
  • Sara'a Besar Island (OC-209)
  • Sara'a Kecil Part II (OC-209)

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 03:25 PM

Estado de las Qsl de YB8XM/P, OC-070


Shu JN6RZM / 16 diciembre 2014

Después de volver a imprmir Qsl para confirmar YB8V OC-157, Joppy ha mandado imprimir más Qsl de su operación YB8XM/P OC-070, Seram Is. y Saparua Is.


Podrás conseguir a trvés de OQRS unicamente la Qsl de Saparua Is, no así la de Seram Is. Para esta si quieres envíanos los datos de los Qso y 2$ a través de Paypal.

No estoy seguro de que se impriman más Qsl para las operaciones de OC-271 Babar Is y OC-249 Wanar Is.


73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 11:47 AM

VP5/VE3OC, Turks y Caicos



Voy a visitar la isla de Providenciales en las Islas Turks y Caicos del 19 al 26 de diciembre, 2014. 
Además de Radio también me dedicaré a hacer buceo, por lo que la operación se puede catalogar como holiday-style.

 Mi equipo estará formado por un Icom IC-7000, antena Buddiepole, batería de iones de litio para uso portátil en la playa y los acantilados.

Voy a confirmar QSO vía LoTW y directa ... NO buro por favor.

73´s, Luis EA1CS

Posted at: December 17, 2014 11:40 AM

G3XBM (Roger)

6m - I had the setting wrong

One reason for my lack of 6m WSPR spots (other than lack of activity) was that I had the wrong USB dial frequency set (now corrected). I had set 400Hz too low. Hopefully I am now on the correct frequency and might see something!

Posted at: December 17, 2014 11:16 AM

Sunspots

Sunspot number today is a healthy 169 and 10m is forecast to be "good" daytime.Already, I am getting plenty of EU WSPR spots of my 10m 500mW WSPR beacon, probably via F-layer back-scatter.

Posted at: December 17, 2014 11:00 AM

W2LJ (Larry)

It was a two fur night

in last night's 40 Meter QRP Fox Hunt.

We had two excellent Foxes, Jim N0UR in MN and Chris W0EP in MS.  I heard Jim right off at the beginning of the hunt, and I think I was either the second or third Hound to nab a pelt. Chris took a bit more effort. I was hearing him fine - 569 in fact and getting stronger. But call as I might, I was not being heard.

Finally, it dawned on me to switch antennas. I had worked Jim so easily on the 88' EDZ that it seemed natural to use the same for Chris. When I switched over to the HF9V, Chris was a little weaker on receive, but within three calls I had him in my log. It turns out that I hadn't read the Fox announcement close enough. If I had paid attention, I would have read that Chris was using a vertical last night.  If I had switched antennas earlier, I might have had logged him earlier - but who knows?


Once again, a lesson that propagation is not always reciprocal. Just because I heard Chris louder with my wire didn't mean that he was hearing me as well as I was hearing him. Obviously, the results show that he heard me better using an antenna upon which he was not quite as loud to me.

Lesson learned - don't ignore any arrows in your quiver. Use them all, even if it seems like it shouldn't work.

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

Posted at: December 17, 2014 10:02 AM

IZ1CRR (Maury)

JT65 December eQSL gallery

Gadget Google - Diaporama Picasa Albums Web - http://www.liens-du-vin.ch/picasa-gadget-script.htm

Posted at: December 17, 2014 09:38 AM

December 16, 2014

G3XBM (Roger)

10m transceivers

Looking on the internet, there is a wide selection of 10m (28-29.7MHz) transceivers available. Many can be extended (illegally in the UK) to cover CB frequencies.

As an example, the Alinco DR135 is available for £144.99. I am sure shopping around will show that lower prices are possible. This rig was available (special offer) for less than £100 recently. At one time, single band 10m rigs were illegal in the UK. This is no longer the case and these rigs can be a low cost way of getting on this most interesting band.

Posted at: December 16, 2014 11:41 PM