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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Engineering and Electronics Class

ICE - Industrial Centre Of Excellence
One of the courses I am delivering at the College where I work comprises of Engineering and Electronics (ICE). The ICE students on this course are into their second year of having me as their tutor and so far they have developed skills in MIG, MMA and TIG Welding, Metal craft and Fabrication, Plasma arc cutting, Sheet metal and are currently focusing on Electronics. So far my students have built basic soldered circuits using boards, resistors, diodes, and LEDs, as well as Morse keys which work with buzzers. The students have also been learning about amateur radio and responded well to sending messages to each other in Morse on their home brew kits. Over the past few weeks they have come on very well with their soldering ability and have moved onto the final project which is a Digital FM receiver. The FM radio receivers are quite nice kits and it was very exciting when the first student to successfully complete the receiver had radio 1 coming in loud and clear earlier this morning.

Building A Multi Band Dipole
As I mentioned, I have been trying my best to promote amateur radio into the syllabus and have had a good response form the ICE students towards the hobby. In today's lesson the students finished assembling a home brew multi band dipole which had elements cut for 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m and the 2 meter band.


The students rigged the dipole up as a temporary installation about 2 meters above the ground, I had brought my antenna analyser allowing the students to check the elements were resonant on the dedicated bands, the rest was up to me. I hooked up my YAESU FT-817 which had been recently repaired with a new bnc socket fitted and two new PA finals, all courtesy of LAM Communications.
As soon as the little FT-817 was powered up we heard lots of stations coming in great up on 20 meters. We didn't have enough time to try all the bands so I concentrated on 20 meters and soon came across a Belgium  station calling CQ, I explained to my students that it would be unlikely that we would make the trip into Belgium using only 2 watts but I was determined to try and would have a good go! Amazingly I was heard on my first call /QRP and I was able to maintain a qso into Belgium for over 15 minutes using the antenna built by my students who were totally impressed by it all! I promised them I would take in my Cushcraft MA5B mini beam and a bit more power (FT-890) but that's only after they design and build a portable tilt over mast to support the antenna. Are target date for the completion of this project will be for National Science week March 2015 when we will hopefully be active on the bands from the college. 73
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Update's To The 2E0HTS Ham Radio Main Site

I added another way of viewing my Ham Radio Main Site's Guest Book by creating a second book simply entitled "View The 2E0HTS Guest Book," both books can easily accessed and are pictured below. They are available for anyone including non Hams and can be found attached to the front page of my Ham Radio Main Site



Its early days but so far I have received a good response, Thank You! To all who have dropped by and left a comment and name. Don't forget to sign and say hello! Best 73 de Simon 2E0HTS.
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:35 pm   0 comments
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Sad News


I just read the sad news that G4ILO Julian Moss has passed away after a long illness, I will always remember the banter and encouraging comments Julian always left for me on many of my blog posts. He will be truly missed by many and our thoughts are with his wife and family.
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Early Riser

Its half term at the College where I work so I am off for the week, my youngest daughter Martha has been wide awake since 6 am so I thought I might get up out of bed and show her some early morning DX. 20 meters was not open yet and 80 meters was closing down, however up on 40 meters things were happing and I worked W3DIY loud and clear 5/8.






I was running my FT-1000mp into my Hustler vertical and received a nice report from Rick who was booming in.
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Monday, October 27, 2014
CQ World Wide DX Contest 2014

The CQ World Wide DX is my favourite contest it is the best way to work lots of DX from all around the world on the HF bands. This year I had lots of fun as did one of my Daughters Elsie, I let her join in with her own DX Zone chart to fill in each time I worked a zone. This proved to be a good idea, she really enjoyed it and kept asking me to get another! This was the best encouragement that any Ham dad could ask for during any contest h.i.
As a single low power operator I had a real blast and ended up working into 21 different zones which included 46 different Countries logged by the time the contest had ended.

The 21 Zones I managed were worked on 10 and 15 meters, I also made QSO,s on 20, 40 and 80 meters toward the end of the contest. Conditions were reasonable throughout the entire 48 hour contest, I have known even better conditions in past contests but I am more than happy with the performance of my main amateur radio station during this CQ WW (2014). I worked 21 zones back in 2011 when I had recently moved to this location. My previous high score before that was up at my holiday shack on the Moors which was 18 Zones. I am very happy with 21 this time but need to try a bit harder next year and get a few more!

The 46 Countries I worked in this years WW CQ DX Contest Include:
1.European Russia, 2.Canary Is, 3.Italy, 4.Cyprus, 5.Germany, 6.Hungary, 7.Kuwait, 8.Switzerland,
9.United State, 10.China, 11.Croatia, 12.Venezuela, 13.Brazil, 14.Spain, 15.Turkey, 16..Argentina,
17.Morocco, 18.Madagascar, 19.Ascension Is, 20.Madeira, 21.Nicaragua, 22.Canada, 23.Aruba,
24.Finland, 25.Asiatic Russia, 26.Kazakhstan, 27.Georgia, 28.Belarus, 29.Romania, 30.Israel,
31.Barbados, 32.French Guiana, 33.Iceland, 34.Alaska, 35.Colombia, 36.Curacao,
37.Turks & Caicos Is, 38.Cuba, 39.Bulgaria, 40.Serbia, 41.Hungary, 42.Croatia, 43.Czech Republic,
44.Belgium, 45.France, 46.Ireland. (Only 290 more to go! lol)
I am looking forward to next years CQ WW already I definitely enjoyed myself this year!

Here's Another Thank You aimed at All who have visited my ham radio site and signed the Guest book! Best 73 de 2e0hts Simon & Family.

http://2e0hts-hamradio.weebly.com/

Last but by no means the least! Happy anniversary to my loving partner Louise - M3TLL for putting up with me for another year making it 9 years and still going strong!
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:43 pm   2 comments
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Download - 2e0hts CQ WW DX Zone Check List



Just in case you wanted a copy, I made this years CQWW Zones check-list available to download or share.



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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Working Into ZL4AA From My DX Machine
A nice start to the working day as I drove my DX Machine I worked special event station ZL1AA.
ZL1AA was celebrating 90 years since they first worked into the UK. Follow the link to read the full story.  ZL1AA came in well at around 7.15 utc up on the 20m band with a 5/9+ signal to my FT-857, I received a 5/9 report back!
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Mobile Again!

Its been almost 3 months since I got injured on my Motorcycle and I am almost back to my usual self. My torn quadriceps is on the mend and is becoming less painful day by day. I am enjoying being back at work and I am also pleased to be able to continue my latest DX-Machine project which is coming on strong!
I have been active on HF from my new van on 20, 15 and 10 meters where I have had many successful QSO's into VK, USA and throughout Europe. The YAESU FT-857 and my old Maldol mono bander's are still performing well for me, I have yet to experiment with the other bands which I am well equipped for with antenna's such as the large Hustler mobile antenna with loading coils for 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters as well as the rest of my trusty Maldol's.

I have produced a part 2 video of my "DX-Machine" which shows the latest installations and improvements to the van such as its passenger privacy tinted windows, stainless steel bling, lots of carpet, some joinery work and some very comfortable home made beds/seats. See the latest mods and also some big signals from Japan up on the 15 meter band in the video below.



Other news: I recently paid a visit to my old radio club Keighley Amateur Radio Society KARS) . I had decided that now that my family is established and doing just great, it would be nice to be able to renew my membership and become a member of the club again. I also took the plunge and finally booked the advanced amateur radio exam to sit in January. It was great to catch up with some old friends at the radio club and I was made very welcome by the new Club Chairman and Committee, I am looking forward to my next trip up there.
Well that's about all for now, I hope to catch some of you on the bands from my "DX Machine" or perhaps my comfy armchair in my shack soon. Until my next post 73 and Thanks!
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:59 pm   3 comments
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