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Monday, November 26, 2012
EasyPal On 80M

The past few evenings have been quiet up on the usual HF bands so I decided to have have a play around with EasyPal down on 80M. Here are a couple of nice quality images that I received with my FT-1000 transceiver hooked up to my PC.

                                       Received by 2E0HTS, transmitted from the amateur station G0MJD
                     

G0MJD


Received by 2E0HTS, transmitted from the amateur station DB2HS




I did manage a nice QSO into Jan Mayen earlier tonight when I worked JX9JKA on 40m. Signal reports were up at 5/9 both ways with some strong QSB thrown in! I have worked JX9JKA Svein before up on 20m, I was pleased to catch him this time in a pile up on 40m with my Windom antenna.


 73 Happy DX

posted by Simon Davison @ 10:25 pm   2 comments
Saturday, November 10, 2012
JA4FHE Via Long Path


I awoke nice and early as usual and came across a big signal on 17m this morning where I managed to work into Iwakuni City, Japan. The 17m band was in good shape as I received a 5/7 report back from Aki - JA4FHE who was 5/9+10 at my end. Once again I made the QSO via the long path using my CobWeb antenna and Ft1000 MKV. It was a pleasure to meet Aki for the first time and I hope to work him again soon hopefully on a different band. 73 happy DX!
posted by Simon Davison @ 9:17 am   0 comments
Friday, November 09, 2012
Long Path To VK6 Whilst Mobile

Earlier today on my journey to work I found time to scan through the 20M band on my mobile Ham Station where I heard signals coming in well from both Japan and Australia.
As usual my trusty FT-100 rig which is still going strong in its 7th year of mobile operation was doing a great job for me. I put just one call back to VK6ANC where I was heard and managed to get a 5/7 signal report via the long path. I was hearing VK6ANC from Perth loud with his excellent station (seen in previous post). His signal was up at a 5/9+10dB in strength at a total distance of  around 15512 miles away from my mobile Toyota FT-100/MALDOL HFC-20 combo.

I plan to strip the mono band Maldol antenna and mount over the weekend so I can clean everything up. I am thinking of renewing the grounding strap. The road dirt and grime combined with Yorkshire WX can clog things up and corrode connections. I like to carry out regular maintenance to ensure the continued excellent performance of the little YAESU FT-100 and MALDOL Mono band antenna continues.  I always enjoy operating the winter propagation a lot and I am active as 2E0HTS/M from around 08.00 - 08.30 utc most mornings during the week, I hope to work some more of you soon!  In the meantime I am now sat comfortable back in the shack and about to check in on the bands. 73 have a great weekend!.

posted by Simon Davison @ 10:26 pm   0 comments
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