Ham Radio

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Mobiling

Despite the constant downpours of rain that we have been experiencing, as arranged from the previous weekend Barry - 2E0OOC fellow Ham and good friend was waiting for me as I returned home Sunday evening. He had recently changed his vehicle to a Toyota Estima which was the same as mine so I had offered to install his radio equipment for him as I had already established the best way to do the job. 2E0OOC 's rig and antenna's are also the same as what I use in the mobile which are: Yaesu FT-857 Rig & Maldol HFC Antenna's.
After around 90 minutes the Rig was mounted in the dash fed direct to the vehicle battery and I had fitted two antenna mounts (HF & VHF) to the rear of the vehicle. Barry was mobile once again and I was slightly weathered and rained on but satisfied with the result.
All in all a good evenings work!

I also have had the pleasure of working BARD member and fellow YouTuber M0OGY - Dave from North Lincs. This time we have worked each other mobile to mobile on three occasions over the last week.
Dave and I have caught each other on 2M FM around 17.03 local time during our journeys back home from work. M0OGY/M - Dave comes through well (5/6 - 5/9) as I am driving up the top of the moors at around 1000ft ASL.
I am not sure of the exact distance to Dave in Lincolnshire, but it is at least 70 - 80 miles East of my location.

I am always impressed with the mobile side of amateur radio both on HF and VHF, hope to work some more of you mobile stations "mobile to mobile" soon.
posted by Simon Davison @ 8:47 pm   0 comments
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Bancroft Mill Activation - Mills On The Air
This Sunday the 17th of May we will be active alongside the rest of the CRAG Members at Bancroft Mill , Barnoldswick, Lancashire.
The Craven Radio Amateur Group will be operating from the Steam powered mill which will be running with the steam engine fully powered up.
Listen out for the CRAG call sign – MX0BCQ/A operating on most of the HF bands as well as VHF. The WAB square at the steam powered mill is SD84 which will be up for grabs during the activation. We will be on air from around 10.00 utc and the event will be all available to the general public.
Louise – M3TLL and I, will be taking some pictures in between playing radio as well as learning about steam powered mills and weaving. It should be a great day out as I used to be the Maintenance Engineer during the 80s working in a still existent local Baildon Steam Powered Mill. I will tell you more about Sundays event when it happens and hope to work some of you on the day.
posted by Simon Davison @ 7:33 pm   6 comments
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
20M DX Band
Solar activity was favourable last night and I was fortunate with my timing as I tuned across 20m to find VK3MO putting out a CQ call. I was straight back to Melbourne, Australia with a 5/9 report from Ian – VK3MO. Earlier around 22.30 utc also on 20m I made another QSO with CO6LC located in Cuba exchanging 5/7 reports. The band did seem to be quite stable with plenty of good DX openings, I heard The British Virgin Islands as well as lots of Stateside some of which were loud 5/9 signals. The only problem I encountered was the clock ticking away and at Midnight (local time) I had to pull the plug to catch some shut eye ready for work in the morning.

I was running the Yaesu FT-767GX, Heil Gold line Mic and 50Watts into the Vertical Delta Loop cut for 20M. This homebrew antenna is still outperforming the Doublet and Hustler 99% of the time, I recommend trying one found in my earlier post on the. 20M home brew Delta Loop

I also got the chance to set up the Arrow Satellite antenna and use the two hand held rigs to work some Stations during the AO-51 pass that took place. It was fun but windy and very cold despite the lovely sunset, typically the kind of WX which limited the Satellite Ham fun to just the single outdoor session. (With a quick retreat indoors and a hot cup of Coffee)
posted by Simon Davison @ 8:08 pm   0 comments
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
144MHz UKAC
During last nights 144MHz UKAC I worked 27 Stations the furthest being G4RRA, at a distance of 371 miles. Claimed points: 4013
Multiplier: 11 DXCC: 2
Overall score: 44143

G4WFR/P IO91DA
G8BUN IO93EQ
G3YJR IO93FJ
G1HLT IO93JD
G0TAL IO93DR
M6AXL/P IO93BV
M0XLT IO83WX
G4DEZ JO03AE
MX0SRA/P IO93AF
GM4PPT IO75SK
MM0GPZ/P IO85SK
G3SDC/A IO92FM
G8CUL IO91JO
G0KPW JO02RF
M0NUT IO91IN
M0COP/P IO82NN
2E0DOD IO93AF
G4CPA IO93AV
M1PAC IO93AU
G0XDI IO91RQ
M1DDD IO93AE
G3ZVW IO80MS
M0YJT/P IO92EN
G4RRA IO80BS
G3UUV IO81WK
G4GSB IO82XM
2E0XLG/p IO83WV

Equipment used: Yaesu FT-847, 50 watts. Antenna – IOIo home made 1 element/loop.

The Contest started off quiet at first but livened up after ½ an hour or so. Lots of QSB was present throughout the full 2 ½ hours but I still managed to do quite well calling CQ as well as a lot of hunting up and down the band.
Somewhere around the ½ way mark Louise – M3TLL presented me with some freshly made and deliciously still warm jam dumplings which went down very well. Thanks goes to all Stations worked and see you all in the 144MHz UKAC next month.
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:27 pm   2 comments
Friday, May 01, 2009
Aeronautical Mobile On 20M

Tonight at 16.52 utc I worked my first Aeronautical Mobile Ham Station. I was listening around on 20m when I heard NQ4I/AM - Rick 5/9+20 on 14.192 usb. I gave Rick a call just before the pile up kicked in and Rick- NQ4I/AM returned back giving me a 5/9+10 signal report. During the QSO Ricks Aircraft was at 40,000 feet somewhere between England and Ireland, flying over the sea. NQ4I/ Aeronautical Mobile told me they had a 9 hour flight ahead and were heading for California via Greenland and Canada. May be some of you guys will catch him on 20M?
posted by Simon Davison @ 6:29 pm   2 comments
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