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Sunday, November 26, 2006
Radio Licence Course
Portable at The STAR CENTRE















The Last couple of weeks The YL M3TLL Louise and Myself have been running a training course at the works QTH The STAR CENTRE,this is where the Ham Station is based down at Keighley College.
The picture above shows the Communcation Centre where the rigs are in company with computer technology.To the right is a 6/2/70 tri-band Beam parrallel to an Oscar 437 30 element XSat-Beam.Below a view across the mars landscape to a Science Pod and Rocket, and bottom right shows an image recieved from NOAA 12.






The Cushcraft MA5B mini beam for HF operation
We also use a Hustler 6BTV and a Carolina Windom160







We have been Teaching some Air Training Corps Cadets.The Air Cadets are from Bradford and are 44F squadron A.T.C. We have worked with other squadrons and some have become Licenced Amatuers. This Course covers theory and practical tasks followed by an Examination so hopefully these cadets will achieve the Foundation licence


We will be both on Air with the Cadets on Monday evenings 7-9PM

here is a picture of me and my lovely YL Louise M3TLL.

This weeks session Louise is operating CW so the Cadets will have to decode and then resend.

I am taking my FT890 a PSU and a Hombrew Dipole for 20m so they can adjust the length for the best SWR,and also use an ATU.








This Weeks Radio Report

Ive had some good Contacts from the mobile operating on 20m and 15m through to USA and lots of Europe.Also herd big signals from VK and ZL early mornings whilst driving to work.

I havent worked so many Stations from the home QTH, but when on i have had the best results on 40m in the evenings.

I am pleased to report lots of QSL cards via the buro have been coming in, one was from Energia Russion space Station, another from BOGATA in Columbia, and many from across Europe also cards from SWLs. So many thanks to all QSLers and eQSLrs.

73 and happy blogging
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
New Antenna Courtesy of the 2006 BARNSLEY HAMRADIO RALLY


On Sunday Morning myself and the YL headed down the M1 to Barnsley South Yorkshire.It was the 2006 Barnsley Ham Radio Rally and i was on the lookout for another mobile Antenna.I already own quite a few tryed and tested beautys which include Maldol 80m,40m,20m,mono-banders a Maldol multibander 40m,15m,10m,6m,2m & 70cms.A mono-band 6M,10m,2m,and a Tri-band 6m,2m,70cms from Watson.
This mission was to obtain a 15m-21mhz mobile Antenna,after a tour round the stalls i ended up at the Lam Communications stall where Lee the owner offered me a Comet 15m mobile Antenna.
I was really after Maldol but i decided to try the comet and after the friendly discount i was quite happy with the purchase.
I installed the Antenna to my second HF mount which is fed through a 2Way Antenna Switch in my DX machine (RAV4 TOYOTA powered FT100).
On the return journey back up North to my QTH i was recieving good signals from the Blueridge Mountain in the USA,also South America, and I had a QSO with a 5/9+ signal both ways with SV9GPV (Greece)despite the Band conditions been poor.
Im looking forward to working on 15m more regulary from the mobile so HAMS AND SWLs listen up!
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:50 pm   2 comments
Saturday, November 04, 2006
2006 WWW CQ Contest


A few Stations from this years World Wide CQ Contest. I was operating on the FT847 Earth Station From Yaesu.The Antenna's i used were Hustler 6btv on 21mhz,and on 14mhz i was expermenting between the Hustler and a Hombrew 20m Dipole, which was horizontal in an L configaration.It is 33ft in total length and is made from good quality 3mm multi strand copper wire which is sleeved.The Antenna is resonant across the 20m band so i run direct from the 2 way switch i use to change between the Hustler and the Homebrew 20m Dipole,i was extremley surprised with the Dipole's excellent performance i managed 14 Zones and 8 new countries.

Here are some DXCC Worked on 21mhz using the Hustler 6BTV and 50W.

6W1RY Senagal,PR2A Brazil,3V6T Tunisia,CX5BW Uruguay,FY5KE French Guiana,K9BGL USA,V26B Antigua and Barbuda,VC3R Canada,ZS9X South Africa,8R1EA Guyana all worked and many others.

DXCC Worked on 14mhz using a combination of Hustler and Hombrew 20m Dipole

KC1XX USA,7S2E Sweden,UU7J Ukraine,VE2IM Canada,SX5P Dodecanese Is, all worked along with many others on the Hombrew Dipole and 50W on 14mhz.

FM/K9NW Martinique,P49Y Aruba,WP2Z U.S.Virgin Is,8P2K Barbados,YV4A Venezuela,9Y4NZ Trinidad & Tobago,CU2/OH1VR Azores, just a few of the many Stations i worked on 20M using the Hustler 6BTV and 50W on 14mhz.

On 80M i worked a couple of stations.

OT6A Belgium,CN2R Morocco and CT3YA Madeira on 3.5mhz using the G5RV which is about 25ft up.The Shack is situated on top of the edge of a very steep drop off on a nice hill known as Baildon Moor, my QTH is just about 1000ft above sea level.

I have had a fairley unactive week on the bands on an evening this week but have been operating mobile on the morning drive to work,i worked a few stations around Europe and i have herd activity on 20m from ZL and VK so who knows who's next H.I.
IF your a HAM maybe you will be on my next video! if your a blogger thanks for logging on to this blog. 73 to all
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:40 pm   0 comments
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