Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Breamo: The best SOTA activation so far
The day was special and the lace as well. The summit, which only has 1 point, turned out to be my best SOTA activation to date.
IZ2LRT/QRPp: 0.9 Watts
Before this QSO I had never heard of QRPp and later I realized it means lower power than QRP, with power outputs up to 1 Watt máximum. On this video, IZ2LRT is using only 0.9W. Outstanding!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Pico Ribón II (EA1 LU-028)
As you can see, it was a very productive activation. Overall, I am very satisfied with the performance of my manpack.
Special thanks to HA7UG, DL3JPN, and all the other colleagues who are always ready to help with an activation.
United States from the summit of Formigueiros (EA1/LU-002)
The weather was good but it was starting to get colder, and this was a really good QSO. Just in time before the camcorder's battery died.
Pico Ribón (EA1/LU-028): Part I
The car left us very close to the summit, but the last 300m were very hard, because of the snow and the weight of the backpack radio (some 9kg overall). As you can see from the elevation profile, the final ascent had slopes of up to 40%. This also made it virtually impossible to stop for a rest until the summit was reached.
While on the way I was in contact by radio with EA1AQ, who stayed in the car. Although it was not necessary, we used the R5 repeater frequency because it also gave us the opportunity to keep in contact with other hams in the region.
To be continued...
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Slovenia on 40m (S51MA)
On my second attempt I focused on the 40m band because propagation was still terrible on higher bands. This QSO with Slovenian station S51MA shows that the short whip is also usable on that lower band with the FC-40 antenna tuner.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Scotland from the peak of Formigueiros
It was my second QSO from the peak of Formigueiros (SOTA ref. EA1/LU-002).
First QSO from Formigueiros (OE6ECG)
Mike (Michael in German) told me he has also been a SOTA activator in Austria, but mainly on VHF and UHF. This QSO was a very good start.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Formigueiros: Google Earth track
When you look at the elevation profile, it seems that we made some 2.5 extra kilometres because we walked to the summit of Teso das Papoulas before we found our way to Formigueiros.
Another thing that surprised me is the total ascent of nearly 500m.
Formigueiros Revenge: Part 1
As if it were not enough, we climbed another peak first (Teso das Papoulas) from which we saw the access to Formigueiros that we had missed when we passed by.
I was accompanied by my colleague Robi, with whom I exchanged backpacks from time to time to share the effort.
Monday, December 20, 2010
DL9KU on 40m from EA1/CR-010
As you can see it was already getting dark, but this was my fourth QSO, which is the minimum necessary for a valid activation.
According to his QRz.com entry, DL9Ku is a great expeditioner, with operations from numerous places all around the word including South Africa, New Zealand and Antartica.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
EA5CC from Cedeira (EA1/CR-010)
I was standing by while EA1AQ and EA1LQ made the QSO from Alto do Anxelio, and then I made the QSO myself.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Summit to summit from Cedeira (EA1/CR-010)
EA1AQ and EA1LQ were at a different peak not very far away called Alto do Anxelio (SOTA ref. EA1/CR-020) which I had already activated in the past with the help of José Luis (EA1HNP).
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Transylvania (YO6OAF) on 15m
Miercurea-Ciuc is the county seat of Harghita County, Romania. It lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania. The town is situated in the Olt River valley.
Miercurea-Ciuc was captured by Hungary between 1940 and 1944 as a result of the Second Vienna Diktat. In 1944, the Soviet Red Army captured the town. It became part of Romania again in 1945, a move confirmed by the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947. Between 1952-1960, the town was part of the Magyar Autonomous Region, later named the Mureş-Magyar Autonomous Region between 1960-1968. In 1968, Miercurea-Ciuc became the county seat of Harghita.
In the post-WWII period, the town was industrialized; among other projects, a tractor factory, a textile factory and, in the 1960s, a beer factory were built here. The Ciuc Beer products have gained an increasing popularity in Romania.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
United States from the summit of Pradairo (1029m)
That day I was accompanied by Ernesto (EA1LQ), who is currently the leading SOTA activator in Spain. As you can see from my GPS at the beginning of the video, we were operating from the summit, at an altitude of 1029m.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Yaesu FT-857D manpack: Pedestrian mobile
The battery I am using is home made from 11 rechargeable C-size NiMh batteries in series, for a nominal voltage of 13.2V and 4000mAh.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Another QSO with IK0TRV
The antenna I am currently using is 2.9m long and should be slightly more efficient thant the shorter 2.4m whip that I used before.
EA1LQ/P: From Pradairo to Monte Cassino
The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four battles during World War II, fought by the Allies with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome.
In the beginning of 1944, the western half of the Winter Line was being anchored by Germans holding the Rapido, Liri and Garigliano valleys and certain surrounding peaks and ridges, together known as the Gustav Line. The Germans had not occupied the historic hilltop abbey of Monte Cassino, founded in AD 524 by Benedict of Nursia and which dominated the town of Cassino and the entrances to the Liri and Rapido valleys, although they manned defensive positions set into the steep slopes below the abbey walls.
On 15 February, the monastery, high on a peak overlooking the town of Cassino, was destroyed by 1,400 tons of bombs dropped by American bombers. The bombing was based on the fear that the abbey was being used as a lookout post for the German defenders (this position evolved over time to admit that German soldiers were not garrisoned there but that the risk of the monastery becoming occupied justified the action).
Two days after the bombing, German paratroopers took up positions in the ruins; the destruction caused by the bombing and the resulting jagged wasteland of rubble gave troops improved protection from air and artillery attack making it a more viable defensive position. From 17 January to 18 May, the Gustav defences were assaulted four times by Allied troops. For the last of these the Allies gathered 20 divisions for a major assault along a twenty mile front and drove the German defenders from their positions but at a high cost.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Canary Islands (EA8CBC) from Pradairo - EA1/LU-031
We started with the 20m band because we could not hear any stations on higher bands. The efficiency of the 2.9m antenna is not very high on that band but at least on this case propagation was more important than radiated power.
EA1LQ/P from Pradairo (EA1/LU-031)
Ernesto is currently the leading SOTA activator not only in EA1, but also in the whole of Spain, with 13 summits and 38 points, followed by EE1URO with 4 activations and 26 points.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The recording was made with Anca's photo camera, and she also made the QSO herself.
I was testing my new backpack project based on a Yaesu FT-857D.
Monday, December 6, 2010
The last picture was taken in his woods by his motion activated wildlife camera. It is mama bear with her 3 cubs.
Formigueiros 4: Calling CQ
The best from this video is the view from the peak.
EC1CW - EA1LQ: Lithuania (LY2PX)
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 560,190 (850,324 together with Vilnius County) as of 2010.
The city was first mentioned in written sources in 1323, when the Letters of Grand Duke Gediminas were sent to German cities inviting German members of the Jewish community to settle in the capital city, as well as to Pope John XXII. These letters contain the first unambiguous reference to Vilnius as the capital; Old Trakai Castle had been the earlier seat of the court of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. According to legend, Gediminas dreamt of an iron wolf howling on a hilltop and consulted a pagan priest for its interpretation. He was told: "What is destined for the ruler and the State of Lithuania, is thus: the Iron Wolf represents a castle and a city which will be established by you on this site.
Ukraine from Torres de Arneiro (UR7EP)
On this video I make a QSO with Yuri from Ukraine on 15m SSB using my Yaesu manpack with a 2.9m whip anttena.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The operation took place between 8 and 18 November 2010 from Somone, about 80 km south of Dakar "Le Calao" (http://www.le-calao.com/).
The operators were Jo (DL4MAQ), Matt (DL5MFL), and Sven (DF9MV). The QSL-Manager is Fredy DE0MST (mor ederails on http://www.qrz.com/). These guys really know how how to choose their activations!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Formigueiros 3: Final ascent
Here you can also see Anca (YO8SOY) carrying the radio and greeting fellow radio amateurs.
Formigueiros (EA1/LU-002): Part 2
After checking the way up and down we decided it was safer to go backwards to a slightly wider point and turn the car around over there. I was driving while Anca was giving me directions from outside.
After turning the car around, we decided to walk to the summit. As you can see, we were much happier now, but there was a long way to go...
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Formigueiros (EA1/LU-002): Part 1
Anca (YO8SOY), who was recording the video, did not realize the seriousness of the situation until she got off the car and saw the cliff... At this point the SOTA activation was the least important thing. Now the only objective was to get back home safe.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Nice eQSL from M0WGI
I think I remember this QSO because I don't have so many on that band, and Steve had a distictive Asiatic accent. If I remenber right, I was in the car park by the Torre de Hercules on a very stormy day, and I was using a mobile D-Original DX-UHV antenna. EA1AQ was in his car with another mobile antenna similar to the Outbacker.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
My fourth QSO from Chao da Poza (DL3JPN)
The fourth QSO is always a happy QSO because that is the minimum required for a valid SOTA activation, and everything is easier after that.
DL3JPN (Steffen) is an avid SOTA chaser that has worked more than 5,000 activator to date, acording to data on http://sotadata.org.uk.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Another QSO with the Czech Republic (OK2LDH)
Ludvik has already sent me a nice QSL card with a picture of the city of Olomouc. Olomouc (Czech pronunciation: [ˈolomou̯ts]) is a city in Moravia, in the east of the Czech Republic. The city is located on the Morava river and is the ecclesiastical metropolis of Moravia.
During teh Second World War most of the town's German residents sided with the Nazis and the German-run town council renamed the main square after Adolf Hitler. The Czech residents changed the name again after the town was liberated. When the retreating German army passed through Olomouc in the final weeks of the war they opened fire on the town's old astronomical clock, leaving only a few pieces (that can now be seen in the local museum). The one that can be seen today is a 1950s reconstruction and features a procession of proletarians rather than saints.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sultanate of Oman (A43ND/40)
The station was operated by Sami (A41OP) and the recording was made by Eric (EA1HTJ, ex EB1DNP).
In November 2010, The United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) listed Oman as the most-improved nation in last 40 years from among 135 countries worldwide.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Another Czech station from Chao da Poza (OK5RK)
I am looking forward to my next activation where I will have a chance to test my new slightly longer 2.9m whip.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Testing the FT-897D manpack
The QSO we were listening to was so long that we didn't have a chance of making a call...
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Onother QSO with the Czech Republic from Chao da Poza
Liberec is a city in the Czech Republic. Located on the Lusatian Neisse and surrounded by the Jizera Mountains and Ještěd-Kozákov Ridge, it is the fifth-largest city in the Czech Republic.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Canada from Punta Fiateira Rear Lighthouse (VO1TX)
Christopher has been a licensed Radio Amateur since April 19, 2000 and he volunteers as a Certified District Emergency Coordinator( ARES) for The Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.
Monday, November 1, 2010
After my QSOs in SSB I tried CW for some minutes but I didn't have as much luck, probably because I had not announced that mode of operation in the SOTAwatch alert system. I didn't have much time either because we had to leave for Madrid.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Activating Chao da Poza II (EA1GIB)
The summit has an altitude of 1405m and an associated score of 6 points.
Chao da Poza (EA1/LU-010)
I was using my FT-897 with a 2.4m whip and an FC-40 automatic antenna tuner. The video was recorded by Anca (YO8SOY).
Saturday, October 30, 2010
OK2JUA (Czech Republic): SOTA Ref. EA1/LU-010
The weather was wonderful. Clear sky and a very nice temperature at 1400 metres of altiture.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Claudio has been Licensed Ham since February 1984: from 1984 to 1993, resident in the province of Bergamo and from 1994 to present, resident in the province of Milano.
United States (W2AJI) on 20m
Mike has been associated with the wire industry for over 39 years, involved in the production of conductors from copper and copper alloys, and currently is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Wheeler Industrial Corporation. Station equipment at W2AJI includes a Ten Tec Orion II with MC 60 microphone, Yaesu FT 1000MP Mark V with a MD-200 microphone, W2IHY EQPlus, and modified W2IHY noise gate, driving a Command Technologies HF 2500 or Alpha 76CA. Tower number 1 holds a five element 20 meter monoband yagi with a 44 foot boom at 75 feet. Tower number 2 holds a six element tri-band yagi with a 24 foot boom at 50 feet. Bases of the towers are 1025 feet asl. 20 meter SSB is the main mode of operation.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Canada (VE3UUH) on 15m SSB
Bob has been licensed since 1992. He enjoys chasing the DX or a quality rag chew. He is a hobby musician. He plays the guitar, mostly rock, blues, Indie music. He also enjoys fishing, cottage life, life in general. He invites one and all to check out his music site at www.myspace.com/robcalver warning his music is not for the faint of heart!!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Morocco by night on 20m SSB (CN8ZG)
Salé (Berber: Sla / Sala, Arabic: سلا; from the Berber word asla, meaning "rock") is the twin city to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Today it is home to approximately 500,000 people, mostly impoverished factory workers. It was once a self-contained, self-ruled Republic with international scope, situated on the mouth of the Bou Regreg river on the Atlantic coast.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Germany on 15m with my FT-897 manpack (DK1MHW)
Today I received his eQSL as well. I hope he enjoys this video.
The trees in the background are laurel trees. Laurus nobilis is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub reaching 10–18 metres (33–59 ft) tall, native to the Mediterranean region.
Bay Laurel is the source of the bay leaves, which are used for their flavour in cooking. It was also the source of the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, and therefore the expression of "resting on one's laurels". A wreath of bay laurels was given as the prize at the Pythian Games because the games were in honor of Apollo, and the laurel was one of his symbols ever since his unsuccessful pursuit of Daphne. In the Bible, the sweet-bay is often an emblem of prosperity and fame. In Christianity, it symbolizes the Resurrection of Christ and the triumph of Humanity thereby. It is also the source of the word baccalaureate (laurel berry), and of poet laureate.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Zrenjanin radioclub (YU7AOP)
The radio club at Zrenjanin was established in May 1933, and was active from 1933 to 1941, but there was no activity during WWII. In 1949 amateur communication started to be more popular, so in 1951 the first radio station on short wave was aired for the first time. Its callsign was YU1ARO which is later substituted with YU1AOP. As of today both YU7AOP and YT7P are in use.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Activating SOTA EA1/CR-028 (Monte Francoi)
We made five QSOs each on the 20-, 17- and 15-metre bands, with countries such as Italy, Germany, Greece and Israel.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
South Africa (ZS1AX)
The recording finished early because the camcorder run out of storage space.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Canary Islands on 12m (EA8CQW)
Tenerife is known internationally as the "Island of Eternal Spring" (Isla de la Eterna Primavera). The island, being on a latitude of the Sahara Desert, enjoys a warm climate year-round with an average of 20° - 22°C in the winter and 26° - 28°C in the summer and high sunshine totals. The moderate climate of Tenerife is controlled to a great extent by the tradewinds, whose humidity, principally, is condensed over the north and northeast of the island, creating cloud banks that range between 600 and 1,800 meters in height. The cold sea currents of the Canary Islands, also have a cooling effect on the coasts and its beaches and the topography of the landscape plays a role in climatic differences on the island with its many valleys.
Crete on 12m (SV9GPV)
Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (circa 2700–1420 BCE), the first advanced civilization in Europe. The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century through the work of the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. Will Durant referred to it as "the first link in the European chain." The early inhabitants of Crete settled as early as 128,000 BC, during the Middle Paleolithic age. However it was not until 5000 BC that the first signs of advanced agriculture appeared, marking the beginning of the civilization.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Moscow on 15m (RK3BU)
Alex has made a very interesting adaptation of a Yaesu FT-897 to accommodate 11 D-Size batteries.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Italy with the Clansman PRC-320
The contact was valid for the Italian Castles Award with reference SV133. I checked it out and it corresponds to the Castle of Ortovero, a municipality in the province of Savona, region of Liguria.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Dominican Republic: The country no. 71 (HI8LAM)
The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two countries. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,442 square kilometres (18,704 sq mi) and an estimated 10 million people.
Christopher Columbus arrived on Hispaniola on December 5, 1492, during the first of his four voyages to America. He claimed the island for Spain and named it La Española. In 1496 Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher's brother, built the city of Santo Domingo, Europe's first permanent settlement in the "New World". The Spaniards created a plantation economy on the island. The colony was the springboard for the further Spanish conquest of America and for decades the headquarters of Spanish power in the hemisphere. Christopher was buried in Santo Domingo upon his death in 1506.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Activating Torre de Hercules lighthouse (SPA-276)
The Tower of Hercules (Galician and Spanish: Torre de Hércules) is an ancient Roman lighthouse on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the centre of A Coruña, Galicia, in north-western Spain. The name of the town that hosts the lighthouse Corunna is said to be derived from the Latin columna, meaning "column". Until the 20th century, the tower itself was known as the "Farum Brigantium". The Latin word farum is derived from the Greek pharos for the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The structure is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and overlooks the North Atlantic coast of Spain. The structure, almost 1900 years old and rehabilitated in 1791, is the oldest Roman lighthouse still used as a lighthouse.
The Tower of Hercules is a National Monument of Spain, and since June, 27 2009 the Tower of Hercules is also considered an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second tallest lighthouse in Spain, after the Faro de Chipiona.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Activating Punta Fiateira Rear lighthouse (SPA 293)
It is called Punta Fiateira Rear and together with its Front counterpart (380m away) is used to indicate the entrance in the port of A Coruña.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Eastern Sovereign Base Area, Cyprus (ZC4ESB)
The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia are two UK-administered areas on the island of Cyprus that comprise the Sovereign Base Areas military bases of the United Kingdom. The bases were retained by the UK following the granting of independence and the eventual transition of Cyprus from a crown colony to an independent sovereign state. The United Kingdom demanded and succeeded in continuing to occupy a portion of Cyprus in the form of military bases because of the strategic location of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of UK interests.
The bases are split into Akrotiri (Greek: Ακρωτήρι; Turkish: Agrotur, along with Episkopi Garrison, is part of an area known as the Western Sovereign Base Area or WSBA) and Dhekelia (Greek: Δεκέλεια; Turkish: Dikelya, along with Ayios Nikolaos, is part of the Eastern Sovereign Base Area or ESBA).
Friday, August 27, 2010
EA1/YO8SOY: QSO with YO8OW
She was very happy to have the opportunity to make a QSO with the trainer of the Radioclub Suceava, in her home town.
Propagation towards South America was not as good as before, but the conditions between Romania and Spain were excellent. The fact that Adi Zait (YO8OW) was running a kilowatt into a yagi beam also helped...
On this video I am celebrating the successful QSOs with our third operator Adi.
As you can see, he was also very happy for the QSOs...
Romania on 15m (YO8OW and YO8SXX)
Adi is a friend and it was great to be able to hear him so well in A Coruña. You can also hear another fellow ham from Suceava named Radu (YO8SXX).
On this video I went home and tuned him on my FT-990 with a Butternut HF6V antenna. It was only a couple of minutes from the car park to the home shack.
Great signal on the FT-990 as well.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I have made several QSOs with this Ukranian station in the past, always with good reports.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I made this QSO on my summer QTH with 20W and a short whip antenna, whereas he had 300W and a yagi beam.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Another English QSO from Alto do Anxelio
After that we wanted to try some digital modes but we discovered tha my manpacks CAT port was already occupied by the antenna tuner, so we had to leave it for another occasion.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
On the first picture I was using the radio on VHF, and I made QSOs with Ernesto (EA1LQ) and Julio (EA1UP). I also tried the radio pedestrian mobile around the Breamo monastery.
As you can see, my second operator was preparing the HF whip antenna, a 2.4m whip of the Clansman series.
Later I also tried a 4m whip to see if I could get better results with Ernersto, but the truth is that things did not improve much. This summit is not very high, and there are lots of trees all around.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I was using a 2.4m whip of British military origin.
Alto do Anxelio (EA1/CR-020): G0VOF
This summit is worth two points for the SOTA awards.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I was using the 2.4m whip with my Yaesu manpack's internal antenna tuner.
Monte do Anxelio (EA1/CR-020): G3RMD
You can also hear EA5HJO calling. After seeing the videos I noticed that he called several times. I hope I can make the QSO with him next time.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The effort paid off because this is not an easy DXCC entity to work, and despite the fact that I have worked Moldovan stations in the past, I still don't have that country confirmed for my eDX award.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Ptolemaida (Greek: Πτολεμαΐδα, Ptolemaïda, Katharevousa: Πτολεμαΐς, Ptolemaïs) is a city in Northern Greece. It lies in the prefecture of Kozani, which is part of the periphery of West Macedonia. It is known for its coal (lignite) mines and its power stations.
According to archaeologists, the Ptolemaida region has been occupied since 6000 BCE. Prehistoric jewelry found in Ptolemaida. Archaeologists, in November 2005, discovered the remains of two farming villages dating back to the Neolithic period. A press report notes that such farming villages were trading centres and had a "developed knowledge of metalworking".
A golden necklace dating to roughly 4500 BCE was discovered on February 16, 2006. Associated Press reporter Costas Kantouris describes the item as a "flat, roughly ring-shaped [which] probably had religious significance and would have been worn on a necklace by a prominent member of society."
Lately in the lake Zazari near Ptolemaida there were found 16 houses that belong in the Neolithic era due to archaaeologists. These houses were in the lake and were exposed because of the decreased water level of the lake. That particular small settlement gives information about the society and the people in the Neolithic era.
Striving for the fourth QSO from Monte de Oural
But after the timely intervention of Ernesto (EA1LQ) we managed to save the day with a couple of QSOs on 20m with nearby colleagues. This is me in QSO with EA1PX and EA1UP.
And this is José Luis (EA1HNP) working the same stations with the assistance of his second operator Luca.
With our four QSOs on the log we were able to return home with another valid activation, and a lot of excuses to give for being late...
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Portugal on 20m with the FT-897 manpack
I still don't have Portugal validly confirmed on eQSL so these are potential new countries for my eDX diploma.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
EA1FAU: The SOTA-chaser
Marcos has been there to make the QSO on every expedition so I think he will be soon on the SOTA Chaser Roll of Honour.
Portugal (CR6M) on 20m
I made this QSO last Thursday in preparation for the activation of Monte de Oural. As you can see on the video, I am not using the 2.4m whip this time but a longer 4m whip.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Second QSO from Oural: EA1GIB on 17m
We were already using the 4m whip from the East German army, which should be a great improvement as comparad to the shorter whip.
Monte de Oural: EA1/CR-018
It was a 2m FM QSO with Ernesto (EA1LQ), who is always there to help with the activations. We had already contacted him on our way to the summit, so he was standing by on our usual 2m frequency.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Germany on 17m (DL5XAT)
That day I was also using several solar panels making a total of 37W. When I started operating the batteries were completely empty and at the end of the day they were full. I even disconnected the panels at some point because I was afraid they would overcharge the beteries.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
My fourth QSO from Pendella (France - F/G4CAF)
I my case the weather was becoming very ugly, as you will see on the video, so I decided to move to the HF bands in order to get my desired fourth QSO, and this is what I found:
A nice QSO with Dave, who was operating as F/G4CAF from Cerizay, on the Atlantic coast of France. Thank you dave for the cherished fourth.
Cerizay is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.
The name Cerizay probably originated during the closing centuries of the Roman occupation. During the Middle Ages the old town centre was situated beside a feudal castle. The last two towers of the castle, along with its 12th century chapel, were destroyed when the present (rather flamboyant) church was constructed in 1890.
The automotive coachbuilder firm Heuliez has its main production plant on the outskirts of the town. They have been involved in the production of various niche models for French car manufacturers. The firm currently construct the roof module for the Peugeot 206CC and build the Vauxhall/Opel Tigra Twin Top.
Some eQSLs for my collection
I also made QSOs on that band with Denmark (5P1DX), Germany (DL1JEK) and Scotland (MM0TFU), and some others on 10m (Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands), 12m (France) and 15m (Italy), using a 4m whip with the Yaesu FC-40 antenna tuner.
I also received another nice eQSL from Brazilian station PY2VM (operator: Carlos) for a QSO on the 17m band.
I also made a QSO this evening on the 15m band with a German amateur who was on holiday in Goiania, Brazil. I was on the car park of a German supermarket (Lidl) where I bought some NiMH rechargeable batteries.
Monday, August 2, 2010
More SOTA contacts in 2m FM
Ernesto (EA1LQ) was joking about the fact that his summit (Cova da Serpe, EA1/LU-046) was worth 4 points, double as ours, because it was above 800m of height (ours was little over 730).
On this other video I make contact with José Luis (EA1HNP), who was activating Breamo (EA1/CR-035).
He asked us about where we would have lunch and how long we would stay...
My first SOTA activation (Pendella)
On the video you can also see EA1AQ. We both made QSOs with Ernesto (EA1LQ) who was activating SOTA reference EA1/LU-046.
Friday, July 30, 2010
SOTA Activation: Cova da Serpe (Snake's Cave)
Ernesto has sent me some pictures of the material he has been preparing for his expedition, where he intends to use two dipoles for the 20m and 40m bands. On the first picture you can see the dipole junction he has prepared for this expedition and on the second picture you can see the mast and mount he will use to elevate the centre of the dipole.
The SOTA programme does not allow contacts from motor vehicles or the use of fossile fuels as a source of power for the rigs, which adds to the challenge of getting to the summits.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Switzerland on 12m with the FT-897 manpack
On this video the ATU box is painted all black because I was not convinced by the finish of the paint I used for the camo version.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
AO7ISH with the FT-897D manpack
This day I was testing a 13W briefcase solar generator from the Chinese manufacturer Topsolar. In following videos I will show some tests with the two additional panels, making a total of 37W.
Breisach is a town with approximately 16,500 inhabitants, situated along the Rhine in the Rhine Valley, in the district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, about halfway between Freiburg and Colmar—20 kilometers away from each—and about 60 kilometers north of Basel near Kaiserstuhl. A bridge leads over the Rhine to Neuf-Brisach, Alsace.
Its name is Celtic and means breakwater. The root Breis can also be found in the French word briser meaning to break. The hill, on which Breisach came into existence was—at least when there was a flood—in the middle of the Rhine until the Rhine was straightened by the engineer Johann Gottfried Tulla in the 19th century, thus breaking its surge.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Getting ready for SOTA
We are approaching 1 August, the day the Summits On The Air (SOTA) programme will start in EA1 (Spain - North West). There are nearly 200 references in four regions that will be valid from next Sunday, 1 August, and other regions that will follow shortly (hopefully).
I plan on going to EA1/CR-002 (Pendella) and be active on 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m and 6m as propagation conditions permit, both on SSB and CW. You may check the HFpack calling frequencies:
I may also try some 2m FM frequencies in order to be in contact with other activators and the fellows back home, such as 145375.
Friday, July 23, 2010
70th Anniversary of the clandestine crossings from Bretagne to England (TM70TC)
The callsign commemorates the 70th anniversary of the clandestine crossings from the French Bretagne into England.
After the call of 18 June, 1940, many men from the island of Sein departed, from June 26, on boats to the English coast of Cornwall to continue the fight against totalitarianism. One of those boats took the same route 70 years later.
Ham radio from Finistère (ED REF-29) wanted to join in this tribute and remember the work in the dark and danger of all radio operators in the Resistance to ensure contact between London and the internal forces. Many of them were arrested and lost their lives.
For this reason, on land, the special callsign TM70TC was active from 26 June to 10 July. At sea, MM station on board the Coronasia will be active during the journey into Cornwall with callsign TM70SN.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
CW with an FT-897D Solar
This is a great rig for CW, with its internal keyer and DBF filter. The CW paddle is made in Romania by a fellow radio amateur.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Carary Islands on 6m (EA8AQV)
It took me until the end of the QSO to copy his complete callsign. However, in the recording you can gear it clearly from the beginning. This is probably due to ambient noise. I think that some kind of headset would help.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Canary Islands (EA8CEQ)
I promised him I would post this video to show how well his signals arrive in A Coruña.
FT-897D Solar - Faro de Cacilhas (CR5FC)
In this video we were operating an FT-897D with a 13W solar generator that helped extend the duration of the internal batteries. The power was 20W and the antenna was a 2.4m whip.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Solar powered FT-897D
- 2.4m whip
- FC-40 antenna tuner
- Internal batteries
- 13W suitcase solar generator
On this video I make a QSO with English station M0UOO/P (Richard) operating from the beach in Southampton.
The solar generator produced just enough energy to keep the battery's charge. I also had it connected to the radio for 15 minutes after I had finished operating (with the radio switched off) so I think that the batteries were fuller at the end of the day than when I started.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yaesu FT-897D Camo
I will probably end up painting evarything black, but I will use another type of black paint (water based) that has a less shiny finish than this one, and also dries faster.
The stripes are typically vertical on the head, neck, forequarters, and main body, with horizontal stripes at the rear and on the legs of the animal. The "zebra crossing" is named after the zebra's black and white stripes.
It has been suggested that the stripes serve as visual cues and identification. With each striping pattern unique to each individual, zebras can recognize one another by their stripes.
Others believe that the stripes act as a camouflage mechanism. This is accomplished in several ways. First, the vertical striping helps the zebra hide in grass. While seeming absurd at first glance, considering that grass is neither white nor black, it is supposed to be effective against the zebra's main predator, the lion, which is color blind. Theoretically, a zebra standing still in tall grass may not be noticed at all by a lion. Additionally, since zebras are herd animals, the stripes may help to confuse predators - a number of zebras standing or moving close together may appear as one large animal, making it more difficult for the lion to pick out any single zebra to attack. A herd of zebras scattering to avoid a predator will also represent to that predator a confused mass of vertical stripes travelling in multiple directions, making it difficult for the predator to track an individual visually as it separates from its herdmates, although biologists have never observed lions appearing confused by zebra stripes.
A more recent theory, supported by experiment, posits that the disruptive colouration is also an effective means of confusing the visual system of the blood-sucking tsetse fly. Alternative theories include that the stripes coincide with fat patterning beneath the skin, serving as a thermoregulatory mechanism for the zebra, and that wounds sustained disrupt the striping pattern to clearly indicate the fitness of the animal to potential mates.
DO1KRT always has a good signal, even when propagation is not good. This was probably the second QSO I had made with this station in the past month.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Operation as AN1CW
My first QSO was on the 20m band with German station DL6SDI/P, who was operating from his father's (DL5PR, SK) QTH in Altenkirchen, near Cologne. Dieter was using an IC706Mk2 with a 3-element tri-band beam.
Today I also made a QSO with Portuguese station CT1EHI (operator: Marcos) from Faro. I don't have this country confirmed on eQSL yet, but I think I'll have to wait because Marcos doesn't use the system very much. It is funny that after 70 countries confirmed I still haven't got Portugal.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Melilla was a Phoenician and later Punic establishment under the name of Rusadir. Later it became a part of the Roman province of Mauretania Tingitana. As centuries passed, it went through Vandal, Byzantine and Hispano-Visigothic hands. The political history is similar to that of towns in the region of the Moroccan Rif and southern Spain. Local rule passed through Amazigh, Phoenician, Punic, Roman, Ummayyad, Idrisid, Hammudid, Almoravid, Almohad, Marinid, and then Wattasid rulers. Melilla was part of the Kingdom of Fez when The Catholic Monarchs (Spanish: los Reyes Católicos) Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon requested Juan Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, known as Guzmán el Bueno, the 3rd Duke of Medina Sidonia to take the city.
The duke sent Pedro Estopiñán who conquered the city virtually without a fight in 1497, a few years after (1492) Castile had taken control of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, the last remnant of Al-Andalus.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
On the pic you can see the aluminum box painted with white multipurpose primer. I haven't decided yet the colour of the final paint. The main candidates are olive green, black, o a combination of both.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Worked All Continents (WAC) certificate
In recognition of international two-way amateur radio communication, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) issues Worked-All-Continents certificates to amateur radio stations of the world.
Qualification for the WAC award is based on an examination by the International Secretariat, or a member-society, of the IARU of QSL cards that the applicant has received from other amateur stations in each of the six continental areas of the world. All contacts must be made from the same country or separate territory within the same continental area of the world.