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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Antenna's and Telescopes

Last weekend I carried out the planned work on my Cushcraft MA5B which was the swapping over of antenna masts. In the end I decided not to go with the telescopic mast as it seemed slightly flimsy compared to my 50 mm diameter tube so I ended up just carrying out some maintenance checks on the fixings and rotator.


The higher end of the HF bands have been unreliable on an evening for the past couple of weeks so I have been having a listen down on 40 meters as well as 80 meters where some activity has been found but nothing to write home about. I have been pleased with the performance on 40 meters from the vertical Hustler 6BTV since I re-sited it away from the trees. The Carolina Windom has also had some of my time as I decided to get the feed point higher up in the air from around 20 feet to 30 feet, which seems to be working out reasonably well on 80 meters.


Hopefully the conditions will be improved on the higher end of HF and I will be able to use the beam but for now its the vertical and off-center fed wire that is in use as I listen to the static crashes coming in with a few late night DXers down on 3.795 MHz.


The Yorkshire night sky's has been clear and full of stars this week so I keep taking time out to observe some inter-stellar wonders with last years Christmas present which is a pretty neat Celestron EQ114mm which I got from my family who are fast asleep tucked up in bed when I am engaging in these zany activities.

Best 73 and happy Ham'ing de M0YKS
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Home brew telescopic mast clamp
Just finished making a new clamp system to use with a telescopic mast.
I am planning to swap it over this coming weekend and it will be used for the Cushcraft MA5B.
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
CQ WW SSB Contest 2016
As usual I caught some of the Contest on video.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Counting Down For CQ World Wide DX 2016

4 Days To Go!

I am getting my amateur radio station ready to participate in this years CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest. 
The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

More info on CQ WW DX 2016

Last years CQ WW DX 2015, I finished with an England 16th position with a score of 50,050, the year before I was the 17th highest score in England. So its 15th highest scoring out of England to aim for or higher this coming weekend! Hopefully the antenna tweaks and new beam will give me what I need to succeed but most of all good band conditions are what I am hoping for. 

The Contest starts at  0000 UTC Saturday 29th     Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday 29th

Last years Certificate for M0YKS
Hope to catch you in the contest. 73. Good DX!
posted by Simon Davison @ 12:19 am   1 comments
Monday, October 03, 2016
Ham Radio Operator Blog Is 10 Years Old


I cant believe how ten years could pass by so quickly! I have enjoyed sharing my growth in amateur radio as I have gained experience over the past 10 years, it has been fantastic to have made many friends over the years through comments and emails. I just want to say THANKS to you ALL for stopping by and taking the time to check out my latest ham radio antics.

 Its truly amazing to see how many visitors that there has been to this blog from all over the world as well as how many hits some of the more popular posts like Delta loops, Satellite ops, and what HAM stands for have had.

I hope to continue with this blog, my main site and my YouTube channel for many years to come.

Once again thanks for stopping by at Ham Radio Operator dot Blog-spot dot Com.
        Best 73, happy DXing and see you on the bands soon.
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:28 pm   2 comments
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Living It Up With The Cushcraft MA5B


Its been just over a month since I installed my new antenna and what a difference it has made. I have the Cushcraft MA5B mounted on a home brew tripod with a short mast and HYGAIN CD45II rotator. The antenna set up is not as high in the sky as I would have hoped for, but nether the less it is working really well. I have made lots of good QSOs across the Atlantic when the band has not been very good, I have noticed that the vertical and Carolina Windom are miles apart from the reception quality of the MA5B. I keep hearing big signals on the beam and when I switch to the other antennas I can barely copy the same signal. I suppose I should have expected this from my many previous experiments with beams and verticals on vhf where I have worked satellites on 5 watts with my arrow or IOIo antenna and struggled to achieve any contact with a vertical. With the new antenna working so well on bands that are not as good as they could be, I can't wait until the conditions are cooking!
The new beam is what I have needed to fully utilize my equipment for a while and I am made up with the results so far. I have manged to tick off a few new countries of my worked all DXCC list which I started doing again when I advanced to my Class A licence back in January 2015. I am up to 90 so far and have a long way to go!  Under my last call 2E0HTS I worked 122 DXCC over 10 years, so I guess 90 DXCC in 18 months is almost going for it h.i.
 My favorite recent new one was Sergio - HP1RN (Panama) who was a 5/9 solid copy both ways on the new Cushcraft and FT1000MP Mark V Field.

HP1RN antenna array can be seen pictured below courtesy of QRZ.com. 73 Happy DX!



posted by Simon Davison @ 10:09 pm   0 comments
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Fully Recharged


This years summer holiday has been excellent as I enjoyed lots of family time at our holiday shack and also plenty of Van Camping in the DX Machine. I also managed some great ham radio contacts and got my Cushcraft Beam up at my QTH  which has made a big difference for me, its working well! Its come around quick as I am back to work next Tuesday but I have certainly made the most of my time off. The family have had a great time and we still have the bank holiday weekend to enjoy.

Best 73 and here are my latest contacts followed by some pictures I caught out and about on the Welsh Island of Anglesey and also the East Yorkshire coast during my summer tour.
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:25 pm   2 comments
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