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Sunday, October 26, 2008
2008 CQ World Wide Contest, Thought's and Report's by 2E0HTS
CQ World Wide Contest
Every year I look forward to using my HF Ham Radio Station during the World Wide CQ Contest. CQ WW is where World Wide participation makes it possible to work new DX locations and rare activations brought to life by enthusiastic radio amateurs from all nations spread around the globe. The Contest lasts all weekend, 48 hours in total.

This year's Contest brought some new Countries and call signs into the humble 2E0HTS station. In total I worked 15 Zones and 64 different Countries without trying too hard. I managed 131 different QSO's in between the constant searching up and down the bands, compared to most Station's I was only playing h.i Some Station's make Thousands of QSO's as we Ham's Know already! ;-)

I really enjoyed giving a few points away during the Contest and it was nice hearing some of the regular Contest Station's as well as the new ones of course!

One big Thank you to All Station's worked!

I did manage to get some of the World Wide CQ Contest on video later on in the Contest. Watch the video to see for yourself, the splatter and pile ups at my QTH using my Yaesu FT-767GX, Home brewed Delta Loop, G5RV and Hustler Vertical.
CQ WW VIDEO



Here is my Log created by Winlog32 and converted for the internet by Louise M3TLL. Thanks to Louise for putting up with the roar of HF all weekend as well as all the encouragement and support. ;-)

Callsign- Date- Time- Band- Power- Report- Zone- Country
VA2ZM 25/10/2008 1617 14 50 59 2 Canada
N2IC 25/10/2008 1351 21 50 59 4 U.S.A.
K5TR 25/10/2008 1432 21 50 59 4 U.S.A.
VA3SK 25/10/2008 1457 14 50 59 4 Canada
VE3RM 25/10/2008 1613 14 50 59 4 Canada
CK3AT 25/10/2008 1854 14 50 59 4 Canada
VA3DX 25/10/2008 1857 14 50 59 4 Canada
W9RE 26/10/2008 1604 21 50 59 4 U.S.A.
K8AZ 26/10/2008 1609 21 50 59 4 U.S.A.
K1LZ 25/10/2008 1031 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
KY2ZM 25/10/2008 1043 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1TTT 25/10/2008 1314 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1KP 25/10/2008 1338 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
N4T 25/10/2008 1414 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
WE3C 25/10/2008 1416 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
VY2ZM 25/10/2008 1418 21 50 59 5 Canada
VO1TA 25/10/2008 1420 21 50 59 5 Canada
K3LR 25/10/2008 1422 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1DG 25/10/2008 1607 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
KC1XX 25/10/2008 1611 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
VO1MP 25/10/2008 1615 14 50 59 5 Canada
W3LPL 25/10/2008 1628 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
KQ2M 25/10/2008 1630 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K3CR 25/10/2008 1719 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K3NA 25/10/2008 1900 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1IM 25/10/2008 1907 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
N3RS 25/10/2008 1910 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K5ZD 25/10/2008 1926 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1RX 25/10/2008 2038 7 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1TTT 25/10/2008 2040 7 50 59 5 U.S.A.
N1SV 25/10/2008 2042 7 50 59 5 U.S.A.
VY2ZM 26/10/2008 1114 14 50 59 5 Canada
W4RM 26/10/2008 1333 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
WA3EKL 26/10/2008 1337 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
AJ3G 26/10/2008 1349 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
AA1K 26/10/2008 1353 21 50 59 5 U.S.A.
W2GB 26/10/2008 1620 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K3WW 26/10/2008 1630 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
N2RM 26/10/2008 1848 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
K1RX 26/10/2008 1850 14 50 59 5 U.S.A.
VP2E 25/10/2008 1051 14 50 59 8 Anguilla
6Y1V 25/10/2008 1317 21 50 59 8 Jamaica
VP5T 25/10/2008 1342 21 50 59 8 Turks & Caicos Is
HI3T 25/10/2008 1400 21 50 59 8 Dominican Republic
V48M 25/10/2008 1623 14 50 59 8 St. Kitts and Nevis
TO5DX 26/10/2008 1345 18 50 59 8 St Barthelemy
KP2M 26/10/2008 1853 14 50 59 8 U.S. Virgin Is
9YD 25/10/2008 1017 14 50 59 9 Trinidad & Tobago
9Y4D 25/10/2008 1946 14 50 59 9 Trinidad & Tobago
PJ2T 25/10/2008 1951 14 50 59 9 Netherlands Antilles
FY55KE 26/10/2008 1329 21 50 59 9 French Guiana
YV4A 26/10/2008 1855 14 50 59 9 Venezuela
9Y4LDK 26/10/2008 1950 14 50 59 9 Trinidad & Tobago
HC2SA 25/10/2008 1957 14 50 59 10 Ecuador
OA3WW 25/10/2008 2008 14 50 59 10 Peru
ZY7C 25/10/2008 1024 14 50 59 11 Brazil
ZW5R 25/10/2008 2005 14 50 59 11 Brazil
ZX5J 26/10/2008 1148 21 50 59 11 Brazil
LP1H 25/10/2008 1439 21 50 59 13 Argentina
LU7MCJ 25/10/2008 1442 21 50 59 13 Argentina
LT1F 25/10/2008 1444 21 50 59 13 Argentina
LR2F 25/10/2008 1448 21 50 59 13 Argentina
CT8K 25/10/2008 1010 14 50 59 14 Azores
EE7X 25/10/2008 1014 14 50 59 14 Spain
AO5B 25/10/2008 1033 14 50 59 14 Spain
EE2W 25/10/2008 1141 21 50 59 14 Spain
MW0JRX 25/10/2008 1509 3.5 50 59 14 Wales
OO6U 25/10/2008 1511 3.5 50 59 14 Belgium
DL3KZA 25/10/2008 1513 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
PA0IJM 25/10/2008 1514 3.5 50 59 14 Netherlands
OT5A 25/10/2008 1518 3.5 50 59 14 Belgium
PA3EWP 25/10/2008 1520 3.5 50 59 14 Netherlands
DF0HQ 25/10/2008 1522 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
GI0KOW 25/10/2008 1524 3.5 50 59 14 Northern Ireland
GM0B 25/10/2008 1525 3.5 50 59 14 Scotland
PI4ZI 25/10/2008 1527 3.5 50 59 14 Netherlands
EA4KD 25/10/2008 1534 14 50 59 14 Spain
TM9R 25/10/2008 1920 7 50 59 14 France
EB1WW 25/10/2008 2035 7 50 59 14 Spain
5Q1A 25/10/2008 2048 3.5 50 59 14 Denmark
DR1A 25/10/2008 2049 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
LX7I 25/10/2008 2052 3.5 50 59 14 Luxembourg
DK1QH 25/10/2008 2055 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
TM7F 25/10/2008 2056 3.5 50 59 14 France
DR2W 25/10/2008 2058 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
DL6EZ 25/10/2008 2100 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
DL1QQ 25/10/2008 2101 3.5 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
TM2B 25/10/2008 2108 3.5 50 59 14 France
CT1DIZ 26/10/2008 1111 14 50 59 14 Portugal
CTDIZ 26/10/2008 1612 14 50 59 14 Portugal
EA3RR 26/10/2008 1622 14 50 59 14 Spain
EA3DUM 26/10/2008 1624 14 50 59 14 Spain
AO7T 26/10/2008 1625 14 50 59 14 Spain
HB0/HB9AO 26/10/2008 1900 7 50 59 14 Liechtenstein
LN3Z 26/10/2008 1908 3.5 50 59 14 Norway
LA4FPA 26/10/2008 1944 144 50 59 14 Norway
DL1YAL 26/10/2008 1944 144 50 59 14 Federal Republic of Germany
OG1M 25/10/2008 1010 14 50 59 15 Finland
OK1OUE 25/10/2008 1011 14 50 59 15 Czech Republic
9A5W 25/10/2008 1139 21 50 59 15 Croatia
OK1BN 25/10/2008 1530 3.5 50 59 15 Czech Republic
4O3A 25/10/2008 1536 14 50 59 15 Montenegro
IZ6FXP 25/10/2008 2028 7 50 59 15 Italy
YL3FT 25/10/2008 2106 3.5 50 59 15 Latvia
YU1EL 26/10/2008 1033 21 50 59 15 Serbia
OH4XX 26/10/2008 1112 14 50 59 15 Finland
IZ2FOS 26/10/2008 1904 7 50 59 15 Italy
RK3DZB 25/10/2008 955 21 50 59 16 European Russia
UZ2M 25/10/2008 1000 21 50 59 16 Ukraine
RT6A 25/10/2008 1105 14 50 59 16 European Russia
RT6A 26/10/2008 1038 21 50 59 16 European Russia
RA3CM 26/10/2008 1113 14 50 59 16 European Russia
UT2II 26/10/2008 1902 7 50 59 16 Ukraine
EV1R 26/10/2008 1909 3.5 50 59 16 Belarus
UP2L 25/10/2008 1042 14 50 59 17 Kazakstan
YR1C 25/10/2008 956 21 50 59 20 Romania
LZ9W 25/10/2008 1137 21 50 59 20 Bulgaria
J42T 25/10/2008 1144 21 50 59 20 Greece
SV9CVY 25/10/2008 1153 21 50 59 20 Crete
LZ9W 25/10/2008 2026 7 50 59 20 Bulgaria
5B4AII 26/10/2008 1027 21 50 59 20 Cyprus
P33W 26/10/2008 1035 21 50 59 20 Cyprus
SV9CVY 26/10/2008 1040 21 50 59 20 Crete
SX5P 26/10/2008 1042 21 50 59 20 Dodecanese Is
CQ9K 25/10/2008 1141 21 50 59 33 Madeira
3V8BB 25/10/2008 1555 14 50 59 33 Tunisia
CQ3T 25/10/2008 1614 14 50 59 33 Madeira
AO8A 25/10/2008 1715 14 50 59 33 Canary Is
AO8A 25/10/2008 2033 7 50 59 33 Canary Is
CN4P 26/10/2008 1615 14 50 59 33 Morocco
D4C 26/10/2008 1202 21 50 59 35 Cape Verde Is

Gonna be giving Our ears a rest for the moment and catching some serious Z's.

73
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:09 pm   4 comments
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
NA1SS over Europe at 10.11utc

Today's SSTV transmission received from NA1SS at 10.11utc with a 5/9+40 signal at 2E0HTS Simon's QTH.

I also heard Richard call out and I managed to get into the ISS and Richard came back, but it was very quick as half of Europe was calling at the same time.
Hopefully I will get a better QSO next time. Thanks Richard and all at ARISS.
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:18 am   0 comments
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Inside ISS at 10.28utc RX by 2E0HTS Earth Station
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:34 am   2 comments
ISS at 08.53 UTC over France and Spain
This mornings SSTVs transmission whilst passing France and Spains border.
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:58 am   0 comments
Saturday, October 18, 2008
NA1SS Making Multiple Contacts Over Europe
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:13 pm   0 comments
NA1SS Working Multiple Contacts and Sending SSTV Images Of The Earth

We have all been reading about the latest radio activity on board the ISS and many of us have been following the passes of the ISS, whilst waiting in anticipation to see if we can hear any interesting transmissions from the other side of the Ionosphere.

Today I got lucky and managed to not only receive a couple of Earth Shots from space, I also heard Richard Garriot (W5KWQ) working multiple contacts across Europe under the International Space Stations call sign, NA1SS.



Here MMSSTV Software is decoding the received ISS transmission

A closer look at the received image of N.West Europe

An image of the Atlantic

Satscape Screen shot of the position of the ISS as it moves away.

I used Yaesu the FT-847, the home brew IOIo beam, GS 250 rotator and MMSSTV to decode the images whilst tracking the ISS with Satscape. Incidentally I recently un-installed the Java version of Satscape and reverted to the previous version, as I found the Java version slowed down my connection speed an awful lot?
My Computer is now running back at its normal speed (Broadband Connection) with the earlier Satscape program.

I will be listening out for the ISS as well as the usual bands, have a nice weekend.

73
posted by Simon Davison @ 3:34 pm   0 comments
Thursday, October 16, 2008
20M PSK31 QSO N3TEE and 2E0HTS On Sched
The past few days have seen some good openings on HF for me especially on 20M, with QSOs being made from my Mobile Station as well as from inside the Shack.

Shawn N3TEE from Newark in the USA and myself 2E0HTS, have been exchanging emails ever since Shawn commented on one of my videos. We have been trying to make QSO on 20 and 40M over the last couple of evenings and tonight using PSK31 we finaly made the QSO!

Shawn N3TEE came through quite loud at times 57-599 running an Icom Rig but there was slight QSB. Nether the less, we managed a 10 min QSO and can now exchange QSL.
N3TEE Shawn

Click to Enlarge, Shawn N3TEE's Lap Top p.c screen in RX with myself 2E0HTS coming through in The USA.

Click to Enlarge,Simon 2E0HTS's Screen with Shawn N3TEE coming in loud and clear. I used my FT-767, Nomic Rigblaster, 3800Dual Core Computer,40-50 Watts through a Full wave Delta LOOP Vertically polarised.


The Actual Transmission received and transmitted at N3TEE's QTH
2E0HTS 2E0HTS 2E0HTS DE N3TEE N3TEE N3TEE K

Callsign> de 2E0HTS 2E0HTS pse k

N3TEE N3TEE de 2E0HTS 2E0HTS pse k Qe |

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2E0HTS DE N3TEE

Hi Simon how are you finally made it.. HI HI

I like this mode your about a 559 559 559

BTU 2E0HTS DE N3TEE BK

N3TEE n3TEE de 2E0HTS 2E0HTS

Hello Shawn, it is great to hear you in psk loud and clea et you about a 55 report at the moment how do you copy BTU N3TEE de 2E0HTS kt ott


I copy 100 %,

Thanks for the come back..

You might want to try WSJT software

It is very good for very weak signals

But not qso's only contacts.

Here is my brag file.

16 Oct 2008 19:14:29z

2E0HTS 2E0HTS DE N3TEE N3TEE

Your RST: 559 559 559 My Name: Shawn Shawn My QTH: Newark, Delaware, USA Grid Locator: FM29do

The equipment is as follows: Rig: ICOM-706MKIIG RF Power: 25 watts Antenna: 40m Homebrew Ground Plane up 10 ft/3m Computer: Laptop/HP Pavilion AMD Turion64 Interface: Buck Rascal Software: Digipan 2.0

Operator:

Created in the Netherlands, born in the USA Age: 39 Year Old Ham Since: September 1997

QSL via Bureau, LOTW or Direct (See www.QRZ.com

2E0HTS 2E0HTS DE N3TEE N3TEE BK

N3TEE N3TEE de 2E0HTS eiE0HTS

Ok Shawn great copy your re7-599

I'm running PSK31 Deluxe vX ou just townloaded it last night it seemyytod so far.

P at autgite to work you I will be pe otinoeblog entry regarding our QuO o

I am using - oeed FT-767 and 50 e Watts into a home brew DEts eop for 20 G NAND moaete.a…IL

Ok Sha eG2 e U

Lx3TEE de 2E0HTS kuh p ER






Ok Simom,

I am starting to loose your signal I send you a screen capture of this qso.

But we made the contact!!

The other day had a contact with north dakoda

I was -24 Db below the noise when he received my signal on JT65

Great software.

BTU 2E0HTS DE N3TEE BK

N3TmQt ose,oawfa bittn ÙSB on tt e

T . But I got most of it e o

O3nd your eiSL cnra

! Please email bour address IIlo

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My sU e-- rA pow r 0, t-a e =PSK31 DelubiV4.0

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E a Loop, 6BTV, G5RV, IOIo, locator = IO93CU and web www.ham=ediooperator.blogspot.compi r ToeiE de 2E0HTS Ke e (be


I am looseing your signal not very good cpy now.

I will email you.

BTU 2E0HTS DE N3TEE BK

N3TEE N3TEE de 2E0HTS 2uTS

Tegrnuewn TNX for th qSO it is a pleasure AI hope we make it agn soon

73 all the best and tnx ag

Ne£TEE d l2E0HTS SC e i.e.,i.e. E



Thanks again Simon I get out your blog.

73 2E0HTS DE N3TEE Have a nice Day and thank you for the nice QSO SK

CWID: de N3TEE

Bye Bye Î wn Good ONE ne3TEE de 2E0HT

Tnx to Shawn and everyone else I have been working using PSK31 Deluxe v4.0 and listen out for 2E0HTS in the very near future on the PSK bands.
posted by Simon Davison @ 8:38 pm   4 comments
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Shack Activity
Latest Satellite confirmed QSL cards<As usual the radio's have been in use during the evenings after a days work and I have been working various Bands and Modes making some good QSOs.

I also made a number of QSO's into the USA via Echolink. During one of the QSO's I tried to arrange a PSK sched with N3TEE-Shawn, but with one or two QSB issues we still have to make the QSO. Echolink can be a very useful tool for arranging radio contacts with DX Stations.

I also received two nice QSL Cards sent direct to me confirming Satellite Contacts from AO-51 and VO-52. The Cards were from IK3VZS-Vinicio and EA3AGH-Jose, Thanks Guys my QSL cards have been posted and should be with you soon!

With the propagation offering some reasonable evening openings and my Amateur satellite addiction still maintaining a good hold over my radio operations, I had to get back on HF and give my FT-767 a good airing off.h.i.
So I have tried to do what us Men are not supposed to be able too do which is multi-tasking. I did this in the form of sending PSK on HF via the FT-767, and at the same time I tracked and worked a few Satellites . It worked out well with the one Microphone to work with in my hand, whilst using my Nomic Rig blaster in a semi automatic mode interfaced to my P.C. ( How many of us Hams have tried returning with an over holding the wrong microphone? h.i Me for one!

Here is the Waterfall in full flow as I receive lots of big signals from around the Globe using WinPSKse.
Here My most recent log entry's are showing various methods of making QSOs with some nice DX being worked at the same time.
click on Log to Enlarge WinLog32
Thanks to all of you that have been emailing me telling me about your Satellite antenna's, Home brew projects and general radio news. Please continue to communicate with myself, all emails, information, advice and idea's are appreciated.

73
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:04 pm   0 comments
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ham Radio Poems by M3TLL (Louise)
Ham Radio HF

There's a voice inside the static
And it's calling out CQ
CQ DX is anyone there?
He wants to speak to you

You've set up your antenna
You're receiving loud and clear
You're going to call out to the voice
That you can loudly hear

You shout out your callsign
He says he can hear you fine
Receiving you above the noise
Your signal's 5 and 9

You exchange all of your info
Find out what you want to know
Say 73s and 88s
QSL via the bureau


Ham Radio 2 Metres

There's a voice on 145.500
He's calling out CQ
CQ DX is anyone there?

No.


For more non-radio related poetry and articles visit Louise's Helium site here or maybe if you're lucky you'll catch her on air some day.
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:32 pm   2 comments
Sunday, October 05, 2008
New Hardware Installation Gives Improved Performance
Computers have been running many amateur radio programs since the birth of the P.C. I have always tried to keep reasonably up to date with most software and recently decided to give my Intel Dual Core 3800 some new hardware which was to be some more Ram memory and a HD Graphics adaptor.

I compared the required hardware on the net where I got a good insight into the specifications available as well as the costs. Once I new what I wanted, I set off to my local shop and came away with both. 1 gig of ram memory(DDR) this was to compliment the existing memory, now doubling up to give 2 gigabytes of ram memory.
The graphics adaptor is a NVDIA 9600 GT 512 Megabytes HD card, I fitted it and with both items installed correctly the computer should give excellent performance.

With the new hardware installed i decided to back up my logs/data and then I formatted the C: drive completely wiping it clean ready for a fresh install.

The re-installation takes some time but is well worth it once all software/drivers are updated giving fast and reliable performance for a long time, whilst running all my favorite radio programs.

Here the mother board is exposed displaying the dual core processor(3800), the creative sound card used for all radio software and the ram hidden under the harnesses.

The NVIDIA GT 9600 512MB Card before the installation.
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:08 pm   2 comments
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