Saturday, December 21, 2013

EQSL from 5T0SP (Mauritania)

I have received this beautiful eQSL card from Mauritania. It is a new confirmed country for me. Now I have 85 for my eDX100 award.

The government of Mauritania was overthrown on 6 August 2008, in a military coup d'état led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. On 16 April 2009, General Aziz resigned from the military to run for president in the 19 July elections, which he won.
In Mauritania about 20% of the population live on less than US$1.25 per day.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

International Police Association from Martinique (TO4IPA)

I just made a QSO with TO4IPA (op. Henri) from Martinique on 20m SSB thanks to Enesto who sent me the spot.

TO4IPA -  FM5AM Paul,  FM5GI Jean Baptiste,  FM5CW Valere,  FM5CY Claude. - F6FLO Henri IPA team will work 18/04/2013 - 02/05/2013  of the city of St Pierre MARTINIQUE on SSB-CW-RTTY - PSK.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Expedition to YO-land: Which radio to take?

I am preparing an expedition to YO-la and am in doubt about which radio to carry with me. The three candidates are a Yaesu FT-897D, a Yaesu FT-857D and a Yaesu FT-817ND. Each one of them has its own advantages. The FT-897 is the most powerful, because it can give its full output of 100W with the YT-100 antenna tuner, and the FT-817ND is the lightest. The FT-857D is in between, being able to work at 60W with the SG-211 tuner. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

United States (KT4TN) from a public park

This is a video of a QSO I made about a year ago when I was in Monte de San Pedro, a public park in A Coruña.

I went there with my elder son Adi.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Belarus (EW7EW) on 20m

This is a video of a QSO with Belarus station EW7EW using my mobile whip tide to my car's front wing.

I was testing this setup for a trip to Astorga.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

50 years in amateur radio (S503EO)

This is a video of a QSO on 15m with Slovenian special event station S503EO. I was using my FT-897D trolley.

Milos (S53EO) celebrates his 50 years in amateur radio. Thanks for the QSO and congratulations!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Azores (CU7AA) on 15m

This is a video of a QSO with Azores on 15m.

This is my favourite band...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ireland on 20m from the park

This is yet another QSO from the Acea de Ama park using my Yaesu FT-857D with an SG-211 antenna tuner and a military whip antenna.

These are very nice tables, but they are seldom used. Maybe because they lie just beneath a high voltage power line.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Austria (OE1AFU) on 15m

This a video of a QSO with OE1AFU (Alex)in Vienna. I was in a public park near my home in Acea de Ama testing a new jumper cable in my light manpack transceiver.

My friend Robi, who has recently passed his test to become a licensed radio amateur, helped me prepare this cable, and was also recording this video.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

First tests with my FT-897D trolley

On this video you can see the first tests with my FT-897D trolley.

I was using a vise grip antenna mount on an iron bench with a collapsible military whip antenna.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My new radio trolley

Here is a picture of my new radio trolley, which I am preparing for the new award programme called Beaches On The Air (more info on
My father Juan (EA1AQ) has been helping me in this project.
It consists of a Yaesu FT-897D with an internal LDG YT-100 antenna tuner and a 10Ah LiFePO4 battery.
I am still working on the antenna mounts for HF and VHF-UHF. I am thinking of using a couple of mirror mounts (Nagoya RB-46).

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Alto das Valiñas (SOTA EA1/LU-025)

This is an old video, unpublished so far, that I recorded on Alto das Valiñas (SOTA EA1/LU-025).

By then, I didn't use the SOTAwatch cluster. The radio is anf FT-897 manpack with internal batteries and an FC-40 antenna tuner.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Yaesu manpack naked

On this video I test the Yaesu manpack in horizontal postition, outside the protective rucksack. In this configuration you can apreciate better how the manpack is made.

This video was made in early September 2012, immediately after I built the manpack in its current form, with a swiveling antenna mount. On the video you can also see my father (EA1AQ) and my younger son David, who was about to become one year old.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lithuania (LY1G) on 17m

On this video I make a QSO with Lithuanian station LY1G (Stasys) on 17m SSB from a bench in a public park in Acea de Ama.

Stasys has a ver impressive station, featuring a 3-element UltraBeam yagi and a 1KW amplifier.
I think he must be an active SOTA chaser, because I recall several QSOs with him when I was activating summits.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

RN6HCW from Alvedro airport (LCG)

This is a video recorded on 28 February 2012 from Alvedro airport. On this video I make a QSO with Russian station RN6HCW (op. Valery) on 20m SSB.

At the end of the video you can see the airport and Anca (YO8SOY) with my younger son David.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HF manpack radio tutorial

On this video I explain how my portable backpack HF radio works. I explain that radio set consists of a Yaesu FT-857D, an SGC SG-211 antenna tuner, a military whip antenna, and a 5Ah LiPo battery.

I show how the antenna tuner works and test it in a QSO with SU9VB in Egypt on 15m SSB.