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Saturday, June 30, 2007
eQSL Show with audio from MM0LSB/p


Here are some of my more colourful and interesting eQSL cards that I have received. Maybe there is one from You! Thanks to all Stations and SWLs that have sent eQSL cards to Me..........

You can watch the show whilst listening to MM0LSB/portable have a chat with Myself, I hope you enjoy and thanks for visiting this blog 73.....Simon
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:27 pm   2 comments
My Recent QSOs Made On PSK 14.070.00 MHZ
please click on log to enlarge


As you can see I have been playing PSK with 3 new countries worked and added to my ever growing DX countries list which is currently at 124 different Countries Worked in the last three years of the programme winlog 32 log that I am currently running.

New DX added are FG5LA from Guadeloupe, TG9AHM from Guatemala and J69DS from St. Lucia.

I have dis-connected my Rigblaster Nomic Interface from the FT-847, and I swapped the jumper setting around to work in the good old FT-767 gx. The FT-767 gx is My original Rig and I have decided that it would make more sense to have it permanently wired up for digi and data mode use, as the good old switches and buttons can be adjusted much more easily than the more modern menu driven rigs.

This is much easier for audio input adjustment/fine tune.

I have been running 30Watts into the home brew 20M dipole with terrific results, I can also operate through my already connected Maldol multi band vertical which covers 40M 15M 10M 6M 2M and 70CMs.

In the meantime the other rigs are available for voice operations with my other antennas and equipment..

See you on my P.C screen via PSK Mode 73...............
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:01 pm   0 comments
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Decoding PSK and Digi modes using a Ipaq pocket P.C


Update on where to find the software
My YL came across this software via the net: put PocketDigi into google and it will take you to the site where We downloaded it from. It seems to be working fine and I have been playing around with it for a few days without any problems. Infact I am extremely Impressed!!!!!
posted by Simon Davison @ 12:28 pm   2 comments
Monday, June 25, 2007
Short Skip and Long Skip on HF Bands
The WX is strange but the Bands are even stranger. Here are my recent logged QSOs, as you can see I have worked short and long skip on 20M, 17M, 12M and 10M.
click on log to enlarge
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:19 pm   2 comments
Extreme Weather Brings Down The G5RV

Wow that was what the YL and myself both said earlier today as we walked down on the Glen. The usual trickle of the stream had turned into a white water torrent, in fact it was rather frightening so we observed with caution. It is what we say here in Yorkshire as "sods law" as we are both on holiday and had intended a camping expedition with a bit of portable operation. So we both decided that a day indoors playing radio would be the best thing to do on this wet and windy wild day. On returning to the home QTH i saw my motor cycle looking wet and exposed as the waterproof cover had blown off and was at the other end of the garden. I inspected the Antennas they were all in good shape so it was time to try for some QSOs, it was just at that moment that my mast that supports the 20M dipole and home brew collinear was blowing about as if it were a mobile Antenna, nether the less it was holding up with the other verticals. Unfortunately my G5RV was getting a good battering from the trees and eventually gave up the fight at one of the flexible fixing points, so i was out in the wind and rain tidying up 102feet of hard drawn enameled copper. I shall be re fixing it back up as soon as this wind and rain settles down, it could be tomorrow so i guess 80M is out for now. Luckily I can operate on all bands 40M upwards so I am not too upset with the fallen G5RV it is mainly 40M and 80M where it gets used and I have my Maldol vertical which has just put a reasonable signal to PA1LS on 40M.
I hope you all have still got your Antennas undamaged by these extreme weather storms and hope to work your station soon. 73 Simon
posted by Simon Davison @ 3:18 pm   3 comments
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Unusual Conditions Across The Bands
This week has been very unusual for myself as i have had some good QSO's on the HF bands that I don't regularly get to operate on. I have had QSO's on 10M SSB and also 10M FM where I spoke with a local station 2E0KEI Keith who is only across the valley local to Me, via a repeater HB9HR in the Swiss Alps. I have also made QSO with HB9ICG Peka on the same repeater which is on 29.660 MHZ FM, this was a real pleasure for me and I experimented between My Maldol multi band vertical, Hustler 6btv and G5RV. To My surprise the G5RV out performed the other antenna's which is kind of annoying when you consider the cost of these fancy Verticals that usually are superior.
I decided to try 10M SSB on my old FT767 which is coupled up to a home brew 20M dipole and the Maldol multi bander covering 40,15,10,6,2 & 70cms. I had good results into The Netherlands with QSO's made with PD2BA Ben, PA7JWC Janwllem, PA1K Bert and also DR80AMA Mark, DL2MRK Manni who were strong signals from The Federal Republic of Germany.
I headed down the Bands and came across F8AFC Ronan on 12M who was virtually an end stopping signal. Also on 12M I had the pleasure of a 35 minuet long solid 5/9 copy with Stefano IW0CZC who was just outside of Rome, Thanks Guys!! its a long time since such good signals were coming through on 12M.

This all happened Wednesday evening from 1800 to 2000 utc, I heard stations on 15M and 17M and obviously 20M, 40M and 80M were the usual busy bands with lots of activity.

Yesterday I also had a lovely surprise, I was required to work in the STAR Centre to play radio with 25 Students who were all aged 9, it was a day devoted to Radio Com's as we had sponsorship from Link Telecom, a mobile phone company who have sponsored 3 days of Radio Com's and space science subjects which my colleagues delivered as I operated the Radio equipment in front of the young students, who all found it very exciting. I made some good QSO's but it was in the morning and conditions were fairly quiet, the Lady from Link Telecom appeared in the shack to see what Ham radio was all about and how the young students took too it. It was perfect timing because lucky Me stumbled across VU2JOS/P OE operator Jose from India just as she entered the shack and I managed a good 5 minuet contact with a 5/8 report. I was quite excited myself as i have only worked India 3 times in the past and the last time I did it was the summer of 2005.

I also got to leave my usual job in Fabrication and Welding at the College last Friday as well, some other students aged 18-21 who are on a Public Services course which means they may become Police, Medical, Military or Fire Fighters E.T.C needed Radio Com's experience so yet again I was let loose in the STAR Centre Radio shack.
We made many contacts on 20M and they got to operate PMR Radio's and communicated between themselves. I received feedback from Their Course Tutor saying that they expected it to be boring but actually really enjoyed it all and found Ham Radio fascinating. Who knows we might have some new blood getting Licenced, Its always good to hear that the sessions are interesting and enjoyable and I always have fun as well.

It seems that after all the effort I put into getting the College to spend the cash on the Radio equipment Two and a half years a go, it is finally paying off with more and more people actually passing through the STAR Centre Radio Communication Centre at Keighley College.

Louise M3TLL my lovey YL was also using the facility last night with a group of Beavers who will become Cubs then go on to be Scouts. Lets hope it continues to attract interest to people who don't know of Ham radio.

73 and once again thanks for visiting my blog.....Simon
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:01 pm   2 comments
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Playing Around On 2M SSTV mode whilst Rag Chewing On 70CM

This Evening I spent a couple of hours working Ham Station and friend Phil M1PAC on 144.500mhz SSTV mode and at the same time we had a good old rag chew on 433.725mhz.
Phil sent me some great images and I returned with some of my new pictures, at the same time Louise captured it all on her phone cam so thats the video above. Thanks louise : }



I enjoy the SSTV mode and I intend to continue experimenting around with Computers and digi modes for Radio use, and fortunately I seem to be getting the hang of most of the modes /operations so far.

The bands in general have not been so great in my QTH over the last 10 days so thankfully SSTV and PSK have kept me occupied. I am looking forward to better propagation and a few new countries to add to the list which is slowly getting bigger.

I sent some of my new QSL cards off direct to: VP8LP Bob, ZP8VAO Amado, GD0BCJ Paul, LU3MCJ Emilio and HR2DMR Don all worked in the last fortnight on 20M. So I guess the conditions have not been quite so bad after all? It just seems a bit unreliable propagation for those of us who can mainly get on after a days work in the hope of some DX activity.

I hope the Ionisphere is smiling over you! thanks for visiting 73
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:25 pm   8 comments
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Weather Satellite Images from NOOA 17
I like to receive images from some of the many Satellites that are constantly orbiting our planet. In this case the images are courtesy of a weather monitoring Satellite known as NOOA 17 which is a low level orbiting Satellite. Some of the images are very clear showing the ground and clouds from Space, the clarity depends on the quality of the received signal to my FT857 radio which is interfaced to my home computer. Once a signal is received i use the software that i mentioned previously on this blog which is radcom 5.2 by Bonito to decode the signal to produce images.
I watch where the Satellite are positioned on my computer with the Satscape Satellite tracking program which not only gives real time positioning it also tells you what frequency and direction the various satellites are at.

Here are some images i have received click on them to enlarge.


This is the image that i receive in the Video below

Her is my station in action receiving a signal from NOOA 17 and producing the above image



Thanks for visiting. 73 Simon
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:09 pm   3 comments
Sunday, June 03, 2007
2E to 2M on tour in Scotland
Hi folks,Ive just returned from touring around the Highlands of Scotland and managed to clock up a total of 850 miles whilst taking in some impressive and spectacular scenery.
Before you ask yes i was active as 2M0HTS/M which is the Scotish prefix.I had many QSO on 40m mobile and 20m mobile,thanks to all stations worked.

It was nice to operate from these fantastic locations whilst travelling around here is a picture of my mobile station along side Loch Ness


If you are planning to visit Scotland and its Highlands or are interested in seeing Scotland, here is a collection of images you may enjoy not really radio but still very nice pictures!


Ive had some good feedback about my new QSL cards so listen out for me and you can get one.Drop me a line/comment to arrange a sked on the bands. 73 thanks for reading.
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:42 am   2 comments
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