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Sunday, July 03, 2016
New fun Contest - South America Sprint - July the 23rd - 21.00 utc
Attention all radio hams and short wave listener's. Watch out for a brand new 2hr contest coming your way this month courtesy of the South America Sprint group. Please read the message below if you haven't already been invited. It sounds like it could be lots of fun and I will be active during it. Best 73.

We would like to invite you to the SA Sprint Contest.

This is a new contest organized by several South American amateur radio clubs and groups.

The contest is only two hours long, the rules are really straightforward and we have included the QSO/QSY rule to make it really fun.

You can see the full rules at: www.sa-sprint.com/rules

Several logging programs have included support for our contest: www.sa-sprint.com/software

The contest will take place on July 23rd, 2016. From 2100 to 23 UTC, on SSB and CW (40 and 20 meters).

Everyone can contact everyone for QSO points credit. Mults are SA prefixes.

Please feel free to tell your friends about the SA Sprint.

There is a Club/Group competition too!

We look forward to seeing you on the bands.

Vy 73,

SA Sprint Contest

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Monday, June 13, 2016
My Current Antenna Setup

Just incase you you don't subscribe to my Ham Radio YouTube Channel here is my latest video showing my antenna setup at my home QTH. 73, tnx and see you again soon.
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:56 pm   0 comments
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Always use the ham code lol

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Operating The DX Late Shift

The bands are opening up after dark and M0YKS is operating the DX late shift! Listen out for me on 20m and 40m and maybe 80m after 20.00 utc (once the kids are sleeping).
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:44 am   1 comments
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Beware of the YLs

It was fun for all the family as we spent the weekend at our holiday shack up on the Yorkshire moor tops. As you can see my daughters are growing up fast and it won't be long before my shack has  YL voices booming out across the airwaves.

I made some good Qso on 20m using my old FT-767GX and hustler 6btv and suprisingly I caught some troposphere lift as 2m simplex was alive and kicking on my old FT-2600M.

Back at work now but the spring bank holidays are only 8 more work days away! 73 happy DX
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Playing around with my homebrew 40m Delta Loop

I moved the 40m delta loop over the weekend and managed to get it higher up in the air by an extra 5 meters. I have been checking it out across the bands and so far it seems hopeful with QSOs into the Azores on 40m as well as Iceland and I just worked Puerto Rico up on 20m.

CU2CO - Paulo, Signal Report 5/9. Band 40 meters.

TF8KY - Keli, Signal Report 5/9. Band 40 meters.

KP4DKE - Peter, Signal Report 5/7. Band 20 meters.

I will be experimenting throughout the week with the delta loop where I will check it out against the other antennas which are Hustler 6BTV, Cobwebb and Carolina Windom 80. I hope to be about in the shack this week after 20.00 utc on the HF bands so keep your ears on standby. 73,   Happy DXing!
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:36 pm   0 comments
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Once again it's time to catch the band's wide open
It has been a while since the conditions have been any good during my usual HAM radio operating time which is normally when the kids are in bed fast asleep. However the past week or so has been very good, I have had some excellent DX contacts on the 17m, 20m and 40m bands where reports have been 5/9+.

I got to talk to Mike - W2YP as I made my supper using my dining room shack which is currently hooked up to my trusty old YAESU FT-890 and homebrew 20m Delta loop, as mentioned in the video below. The qso was a solid 5/9 pipeline quality across the atlantic with both stations on less than 100 watts.

Sunday Eve 21.50 utc: Another night of good conditions.
I just worked into ARUBA up on 14.168 MHz with another 5/9 signal both ways from P45A Jean Pierre, this time I was in my main shack running the FT-1000MK V and 40m Quad loop that I recently made.

Lets hope the good conditions and big DX signals are here for a while or a few more evenings at the very least, you can be sure I will be listening out tomorrow night with my fingers crossed.
 73 Happy DX
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