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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To All!

Thanks for all of the fantastic comments, advice, ideas and encouragement as well as all of the emails sent during the year. Thank you to All at Planet Ham. Thank you to all Stations worked and all QSLs received, hope to do it all over again in 2009. And finally Thank you All for visiting Ham radio operator.blogspot.com and reading my blog posts as well as putting up with the many radio video's h.i!

Have a great Christmas holiday and all the best for the new year!
posted by Simon Davison @ 8:41 pm   2 comments
Monday, December 15, 2008
Mobile DX into New Zealand

After hearing Al, ZL1BD most mornings for the last couple of months it gave me great pleasure to make QSO with Al this morning on my work bound journey.
ZL1BD AL was a real 5/9 into Baildon Moor when I heard him calling CQ at around 8.15 utc, I gave him a shout back using my Yaesu FT-857, Maldol HMC-20 antenna and 50watts. Al, ZL1BD came straight back to me and gave me a 5/6 report and also remembered me from our previous QSO from around 18 months ago. Al had remembered that I was near by to some relatives he had here in yorkshire U.K. and knows my home area quite well.
I can now rest easily regarding the FT-857s performance as it seems to be working very well making good DX contacts from my Toyota Lucida Estima.
I Hope to work more early morning DX openings during the winter months.
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:31 am   0 comments
Saturday, December 13, 2008
OH2FFY/Mobile pile up on 20m
The WX is very wet here in Yorkshire at the moment so I decided to make the most of the situation by playing some radio. I worked some stations via the Earth orbiting VO-52 Satellite, OM3VAN, HA6NM, DL3JIN and MW0BBU all on the same pass which lasted around 10 Min's. I then had a listen around 20m and noticed that the noise levels were very low allowing weak signals to be heard. I heard some European stations working Australia, and the US Virgin Islands the pile ups were quite crazy, it reminded me back to the day I heard a US station once say it sounded like "Wild Dogs in a meat shop". A good way to sum up a lot of the mad pile ups you here when those rare or interesting stations are spotted and discovered on the Ham bands.

Picture of OH2FFY/Mobile
It was around 11.30 utc when I came across OH2FFY Greg working mobile on 14.187 mhz with a signal of 5/7 - 5/9 with QSB and lots of QRM (Mad Dogs h.i). I listened for over half an hour and realised that we had already made contact with each other via the Internets Youtube site, so I gave him a shout and we exchanged reports. Greg had made a half wave mono band antenna and sent me a message on one of my Ham Radio Youtube videos . It was great to get the chance to work Greg on his home brew antenna and Yaesu FT-747 from his mobile. Thanks Greg hope to hear you again and see you on Youtube.
posted by Simon Davison @ 12:43 pm   4 comments
Friday, December 12, 2008
New Country In the Log

Last night whilst tuning around 40M I managed to work some good DX into Senegal, West Africa which is a new Country for me. I was running 50W from the FT-767GX with a G5RV type Dipole when I heard a pile up around 7.092mhz, the voices stoped calling and I was able to hear the DX station 6W2SC.

6W2SC(Peter) was coming through up to Baildon Moor N.Yorks quite well with a 5/8 signal report received at my station. I worked Peter with a little patience form his good self, which he had as other stations were insistent on calling over me. h.i I still managed to make the qso despite the heavy QRM back to him sending a 5/5 2E0HTS signal.
Its a nice bonus working a new one and lets hope propagation is improving at last!
Thanks from myself to Peter 6W2SC for making it possible to add a next DXCC in the old log as well as the speedy eQSL confirmation ;-)
posted by Simon Davison @ 5:58 pm   2 comments
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Ham Radio Weather Watch
With the WX (weather) bringing snow flurries to the UK, this weeks radio activity has been spent once again in listening mode. Both the FT-767GX & FT-847 have been in operation receiving signals on HF and VHF in combinations of weather Fax's as well as satellite weather imagery.
The snow was around 6 inches/30 centimeters at its peak which was on Thursday and is still present today (Saturday) despite the suns rays trying to melt it.

As usual the best satellite images came fro NOOA 17 using Radio Com 5.2 to decode and satscape to track.

This image shows the clear sky over the UK, but looking at the approaching weather front that is in the Atlantic we better enjoy it while it lasts! RX using IOIo beam & FT-847

Here was the scene earlier on in the week, I guess I wont be riding the Kwacker for a while. h.i


The Snow did bring some good openings on Tuesday on 2m ssb during the contest as I worked some good Scottish DX using 50W on the home brew IOIo beam. Thanks to GM4PPT dick, GM6JNJ David and all the others worked during the evening.
I am very pleased with the little IOIo beams performance on 2M SSB and will be listening out for any good DX!

Hope to catch you all on HF or VHF, 73 TNX for all of your comments!
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:40 am   2 comments
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