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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
U.K Weather Continues To Improve
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Once again NOOA 15 gives a good look at what is happening around 17.50 utc

I have not been so active on the HF bands as I have been busy fabricating a tow hitch/bar for my Vehicle.This is not a problem as I am a fully qualified Welding and Fabrication Engineer, so I was what we say? Playing! I made two attachments one is a straight forward tow ball bracket and the other will allow the mounting of a 6BTV from Hustler.The new home brew Tow bracket will shortly be put to the test as I am picking up a new toy which is a Kawasaki 750 spectre US import this thursday on the motorcycle trailor I am borrowing.

The Antenna mount will get tested when I set up Portable Station in about a month at the annual Keighley Show. There I will errect the Six Band Trapped Vertical( Hustler 6BTV) and fix it to my Vehicle using the homebrew Bracket/Mast so expect to here more about the Keighley Show nearer the time.
As far as the new edition to my Motor Cycle Collection I am looking forward to playing around with a Custom bike this weekend I am a 750 Kawasaki fan as you may have noticed back in my archives where you can see my Kawasaki GPZ 750 as well as my Suzuki Bandit. ;-)

I enjoy Motor Cycles on an even parr with Ham Radio so dont be to hard on me when I occasionaly blog about Bikes.

73 see you soon
posted by Simon Davison @ 7:10 pm   0 comments
Sunday, July 29, 2007
NOOA 15 Sunday Night Pass Over My Part Of The Planet
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Hi Folks :-) I am happy to be able to say that we have been able to enjoy a rain free weekend with nice sunny intervals here at the QTH. Thankfully this has changed our moods too Happy, after a Terribly wet couple of months and I am pleased to say that after the bad weather all is well up on the Moor Tops of West Yorkshire.

Over the weekend Ive been listening on the bands, it hasn't been great but has had occasional DX openings especially on 20M with the odd strong Signals been heard from Indonesia and other DX countries.

I have been quite busy listening out for Weather satellites around 137.300mhz, 137.400mhz, 137.500mhz, 137.620mhz, 137.850mhz, & 137.912.5mhz. I have had some good results as we had some clear Sky's allowing better images of the different Countries of Europe possible. As you can see from the above image of tonights pass over my QTH I managed to receive signals on 137.500 mhz that were coming from NOAA 15.
NOAA 15 is just One of the many other weather monitoring and communication satellites available to experiment with the use of Radio equipment that Hams and SWLs can have fun with. I used my trusty surprisingly good listening big eared Yaesu Ft857 into the home brew vhf antenna, The rig is hooked up to the line in on the P.C sound card which is picked up by radio com 5.2 SAT-FAX decoder software, this set up keeps doing a fine job producing many excellent views from outta space.

The FT857 has really surprised me on how good of job it does whilst receiving these kind of Satellite signals. I operate the radio at very low output volume and set to FM not FMN.Further adjustments can be made using the audio in mixer on your P.C. It is important that to produce a clear image not to over do the vol level out of the rig into the sound card.

Quite a few people have commented on my Youtube videos about satellite receiving that the image quality is very good for the type of radio i am using it could be luck or maybe its not as difficult as you believe? ;-) I use just straight forward kit nothing to special. lol

That's all for now, have fun and if you want to Know more check out my Archives.

For those who Know already thanks for visiting 73!
posted by Simon Davison @ 7:01 pm   0 comments
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Dont Believe What The Weather Man Says!
This is an Image I received tonight on my Yaesu FT857 from NOAA 15


You cant always trust what the TV weather presenters say! So my advice is to do your own Weather monitoring with a little help from the NOAA weather satellites. It has been Sunny and warm today for the first time since I returned from my holiday in Ibiza, but looking at the above image I best keep my water proofs at close hand.
The Video below shows how I received this Image and also includes a special appearance from Dudley the wanna be Radio Ham Greyhound.

73, thanks for visiting, take care and please come back soon! Simon
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:28 pm   0 comments
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Views from My QTH (when its not raining)
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My home QTH is out on the Moor Tops in the County of Yorkshire, You may have seen on the World News channels that we have been getting a months rainfall every day for the last few weeks. I am fortunate to be high enough at 1000ft ASL to avoid any flooding! however the lightning has been striking very close to my antennas and I have to wear waterproof s and wellington boots an awful lot hi hi.

Looking North Looking South East toward Europe
Looking South West Towards South America & The Carribean
Looking West Toward North America
posted by Simon Davison @ 1:49 pm   7 comments
Map Of My Stations Radiated Signals Around The Globe


I have plenty of places left to get my signals to go too! The Map is just a guide of where I have made it to so far. A more detailed Map breaking down the individual Countries hopefully in a future post.
posted by Simon Davison @ 1:14 pm   2 comments
Friday, July 20, 2007

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Saturday, July 14, 2007
The Worlds No 1 Mobile Ham Station



I was watching some youtube videos when I came across some fellow Hams with the coolist mobile station I have ever seen.

Good film fellows! I liked it so much I decided to share. Enjoy!

73 Simon...

posted by Simon Davison @ 9:14 pm   0 comments
Back to blogging after a wonderful week away in Ibiza

Well as you can see it was lovely! I would like to praise all the people of Ibiza as we were very well looked after and had a great time. : ) I hope to return someday soon thankyou gracious!

Anyway I feel fully recharged and after having a week off Air I shall be listening around the bands to see whats happening out there? 73
posted by Simon Davison @ 8:55 pm   2 comments
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Radiocom 6.0 out now


Its The New version of what I have been using to decode Weather Satellites and all the other Digi Modes.

There is a Demo version available if you paste this link into google. :)

www bonito net

It looks good, I havent downloaded it yet as i am still playing around with Bonito Radcom 5.2.

73 have fun!
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:42 pm   3 comments
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Japanese to English Radio Talk courtesy of JN4VWH
Anyone Lucky enough to make QSO with Japan may find this useful

English --- [ Japanese ]
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Hello [Kon ni chi wa]
Good Morning [O ha yo u go za i ma su]
Good afternoon [Kon ni chi wa]
Good evening [Kon ban wa]
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Thank you for your Call
(Thank you [a ri ga to u] )
Your signal is 59
[ si gu na lu wa] five nine [de su]
(signal report) this word is frequently used in japanese
[ si gu na lu re po to wa] five nine [ de su]
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2E0HTS this is JN4VWH over.
2E0HTS [ko chi ra wa] JN4VWH [do zo].
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Back to you [O ka e si --- si ma su]
Over [do zo]
(Back to you over / [O ka e si --- si ma su] [do zo])
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2E0HTS from JN4VWH 73 good-bye over.
2E0HTS [ko chi ra wa] JN4VWH
[Seventy three] [sa yo u na ra do zo].
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Roger = receive = understand
[ryo u ka i]
Roger? = OK ?
[ ryo u ka i si ma si ta ka?] or [ ryo u ka i de su ka?]
(yes) Roger (=OK)
[ ryo u ka i si ma si ta] or [ ryo u ka i de su]
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How did you copy, (hear me…etc)
[ ryo u ka i de su ka?]
japanese [ ryo u ka i] means, all copy, understanding 100%.
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Repeat agin your QTH (your Call sign, your NAME,) please.

Your [ a na ta no] <---it is not necessary always in japanese
QTH[QTH],
Call sign[koh. lu. sa. i. n]
NAME[ na ma e]
Again [ mo u i chi do]
Please [ o ne ga i ---- si ma su]

Repeat again your QTH please.
[ QTH wo, mo u i chi do, o ne ga i si ma su]

Thanks to Nash JN4VWHfor providing this information....
posted by Simon Davison @ 2:05 pm   1 comments
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