Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 22nd April 2010

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IMG_3245Let me Introduce myself : Living in the village IJsselstein  My son was born on the 16th of august 2003. His name is Jimme. Later on, a baby girl was born on the 17th of november 2006. Her name is Elin.

I started with the radio hobby a long time ago. As a little boy my father teached me how to use a CB radio. Can you imagine that I could not believe that we spoke with Zwolle.. It always kept me going to do something with the radio hobby. So I started again in 1992 . After a period of 6 years I got the opportunity to get my license. At fist i kept the call PE3MCO. At that time it’s was already allowed to choose your call-sign. After using it for several years i changed the call to an easier suffix.  At thats now PE2MC.

Here my 2 kids  Jimme and Elin. This in order from left till right.


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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 2nd November 2014

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Again a new year has past by.  Ton Vermeulen one of the coordinators of this event ask me again if we like to participate again.
At first i needed to ask Thom PA9T if he was available to help out. His answer was straight forward YES  of course.

Again me and my friend PA9T Thom participate in the Jota Joti event at scouting Cliffort Reichtert te Lopik.
We made a lot of new friends on the band. And the 2 Element Steppir was working perfect.

Some Contacts we made during the event.


A lot of Young scouts made new fiends all over the world. Most of them where helped by Thom to make contacts on 2mtr with other Jota station. One youngster ask me if he could listen to the signals on HF. Amazing that he could here the USA. So far and with this kind of communication so close. Thom and i are looking back to a weekend that was perfect. See ya all next year in the Jota Joti event.

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73″ Marco PE2MC And Thom PA9T   sk  ( PE2MC/J)

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 21st June 2014

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Kelly ( N0VD) recieved in the mail two nice certs.  One for the SSB contest and one for the CW contest.

A good team of operators made the best what they could do that time. With troubles on 160mtr still a very nice score.


Thank you all. And i always say till the next!!  PE2MC



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Posted on: 21st March 2014

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HSB6__02502_zoomIn the years of contesting its always a problem to hook up a second Headphone.
Not many radio’s got a second headphone, so  that  other people can listen too.

Well there is a solution to deal with this. Make a headphone splitter box. Or you can buy a splitter box.


Even a complete website is devoted to a splitter box One word Wauw !!!
In the year i have become a buyer of the company and website is amazing me again and again.  A program cable 6 in 1 this i wrote in my resent post.  Handheld radio’s and that for prices you won’t believe.

Again got i think a nice tool for hamradio.  >>>>>  CLICK HERE <<<< .  The price just 4,75 dollar and shipping is free. WOOT WOOT!!!!!

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Posted on: 17th March 2014

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 – Ham Radio Assistance
Written by MARES Newsdesk
Monday, 17 March 2014 12:30
Message from the Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society (MARES)

The Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society (MARES/9M4CME) is calling all ham radios particularly in india, Indonesia, Sri Langka, Mauritius, Syechelles, Thailand to participate in the search and rescue of the missing aircraft, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER bearing registration 9M-MRO flight MH370.

The flight has gone missing from ATC radar at 1.21am local time 8 March 2014. SAR was initially done within the vicinity of South China Sea. However, new confirmed evidence revealed yesterday has shifted the SAR activities in the vicinity of Malacca Strait, Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. This ia a huge area to cover roughly 21,000 sq km. To date, SAR efforts have combined assets from at least 14 countries involving more than 50 aircrafts and 30 vessels making it the single largest SAR mission ever.

In light with the multinational effort taken and also so many rumours of the plane crashing or landing in islands within the SAR area, MARES is calling all ham stations, especially those from the countries within the search area, to participate in a daily reporting session. The objective is for ham stations to provide any sightings, info or evidence that might help the authorities to find the missing MH370. Details are as follows:

Daily Check-in and reporting session will be done at UTC1300hrs – 1500hrs at 14.250 MHz and 21.250 MHz (+- QRM)

Any urgent message beyond the specified DX session time shall be communicated via email to

All information and evidence obtained will be forwarded to the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysian National Security Council by MARES.

On behalf of Malaysia, MARES would like to thank in advance all participating stations for their time and effort in helping us to find the missing 9M-MRO / MH370. Let us all do our bit in this moment of crisis.

Please do spread this effort to stations and clubs you think might be helpful in our effort.

Thank you, 73
9W2FG on behalf of MARES

Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 16th March 2014

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The FTM-400DR

Resent i bought a new VHF/UHF mobile radio.  The reason that i was looking for a new VHF/UHF was because i sold my second Icom IC2820. .  Why would you say. Simple. I don’t have anything with Icom radio’s. It’s  just a flavor of taste and the most part i don’t like is the AUDIO. Icom got really big problems to make a clean audio signal. I had to modify to Microphone of the Icom IC2820 to get a better audio on D-star and to get more low on FM. I was getting close but it was not the audio that i want. In the many years i have tested radio’s there are two companies that are great with audio handling. Kenwood and Yaesu. Because my flavor went up to Yaesu i decided to look for the latest VHF/UHF radio from Yaesu.  At first i saw the FTM-350Ar. But companies where telling me that this radio is discontinued. So i had to look for another one.  I did have the FT7900 and FT8800. I just want to have something newer. And little more extra feature. Thinking over i saw two model’s . Icom IC-5100 and the FTM-400DR.  Asking  about those items. The answer was simple. Icom IC-5100 is not available for now, and i was skeptic again. One word AUDIO!!!  .  So i decided to give it a go to order the FTM-400DR.

Here a small review of the radio. Later on i will update this with my latest information.

– Menu of the FTM-400DR is nice ok  but cpu slow.
– Audio TX is perfect and in the menu you can set this to the level you want. ( Yeh a Yaesu audio again)
– Program is only possible with the SD card. ( not software is delivered by Yaesu kinda strange?)
– I had to order software from RT systems to program the radio via the SD card. ( That works if you follow the correct procedure) What i do with the program cable?
– The front display can only be hook up to the bracket. There is no option to connect this on the main radio unit.
– Yaesu is delivering a long cable so you can place the radio and front unit on any spot you like.
– On the Microphone you can set the short cut buttons. Perfect and nice feature when you are mobile.

Later on more!!!




The FTM-400DR is the first mobile introduced to be a fully compatable radio partner for use on the YAESU System Fusion Dual Mode system.  Compared to other digital modulation schemes within FDMA, C4FM has excellent communication quality (BER: Bit Error Rate characteristics). C4FM is the standard method for professional communication devices in FDMA, and is therefore considered to be the main stream digital communication mode in the future.  Download our “Digital Communications Guide for Amateur Radio Operators” available on our web site that explains more about this efficient and reliable digital mode.

The FTM-400DR operates in three (3) Digital modes and an (1) Analog mode to suit your needs. This feature packed radio is our first Digital Mobile equipped with our new Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function that instantly detects the received signal mode. The AMS function enables stress-free operation and eliminates the need to manually switch between communication modes.
·V/D Mode   (Voice/Data simultaneous communication mode)
The digital voice signal is transmitted in one half of the band width. Simultaneously the other half of the 12.5 kHz band width channel is used for error correction of the voice signal and other data. By incorporating powerful error correction technology developed for professional communication devices, effective error correction codes provide the advantage of fewer interruptions to conversations. The Clear Voice technology developed for the C4FM FDMA Digital mode provides the ideal balance of error correction and sound quality.
·Voice FR mode   (Voice Full Rate Mode)
This mode uses the full 12.5 kHz bandwidth to transmit digital voice data. The increased amount of voice data permits high quality voice communication, providing superb sound quality for a “rag chew” with friends.
·Data FR mode   (High Speed Data Communication Mode)
This high-speed data communication mode uses the full 12.5 kHz bandwidth for data communication. The transceiver automatically switches to Data FR mode when transmitting snapshot pictures, and can be used to transmit large quantities of data at high speed.
·Analog FM mode
Analog FM is effective when weak signal strength causes audio drop out in the digital mode, and enables communication up to the borderline of the noise level. Also the use of established Yaesu low power circuit designs provides greater efficiency than the digital modes.  This is the typical FM mode used by most typical non-digital handhelds and VHF/UHF mobiles.
Digital and Analog FM Capable
There is no to lose communications with friends who have not yet chosen to transistion to Digital. The FTM-400DR performs perfectly well using both Analog FM and C4FM Digital.Compact Packaging
Case Size:
Radio Unit 5.5″(W) x 1.6″(H) x 4.9″(D) w/o Fan
Controller 5.5″(W) x 2.8″(H) x 0.8″(D) (140 x 72 x 20mm) w/o Knob

Approx. 2.64 lbs with Radio Unit, Controller, Control Cable

Big Beautiful Display
Enjoy the easy of operation that comes from the FTM-400 big 3.5-inch full color and its touch panel operation. The icon symbols, multi-function key display and pop-up messages are all displayed in high-resolution color thanks to the full-color, high luminance TFT liquid crystal screen. The settings and status of the wireless devices are displayed in an easy-to-understand format. You can perform various operations simply and easily by gently touching the screen.

Screen options include:
– Band Scope Screen
– Altitude Screen
– APRS® Screen
– Smart Navigation Screen
– Frequency Direct Input Screen
– Clock / Timer Screen

Rugged Powerful Transmitter
Transmitter RF Power Output: 50 W / 20 W / 5 W. Modulation Type: F1D, F2D, F3E: Variable Reactance Modulation, F7W: 4FSK (C4FM)

High Audio Output Power
Loud 3 Watt Audio Outputs with the internal speaker. 8 Watt output using Optional External Speaker (MLS-200-M10)

Frequency Range
108 – 137 MHz (Air Band)
137 – 174 MHz (144 MHz HAM)
174 – 400 MHz (GEN1)
400 – 480 MHz (430 MHz HAM)
480 – 999.99 MHz (GEN2) Cellular Blocked (North American model)
144 – 146 MHz or 144 – 148 MHz
430 – 440 MHz or 430 – 450 MHz

APRS® Included
1200/9600bps APRS® (Automatic Packet Reporting System) Data communication capability included.

Cross-band Capable
The FTM-400DR is cross-band capable when in Analog mode; a very important feature for emergency situations, etc.

GPS Included
Built-in GPS receiver and antenna provides location, time, direction and APRS® information. A GPS Logging Function is included. External GPS devices can be connected.

Hands-free Operation
Law abiding (where required) Hands-free operation is available by using the optional wireless Bluetooth® unit and headset. Optional Bluetooth® unit (BU-2) and Headset (BH-2A) are required.

Snapshot Function (Image Data Transmission)
Simply connect an MH-85A11U (option) microphone with camera. Press the microphone shutter button to take snapshots, and then the image data can be displayed on the screen, and easily sent to other C4FM FDMA digital transceivers.

Image data which was sent from a group member is displayed on the full-color screen. This image data also retains a time record and the GPS location data of the snapshot. It is easy to navigate to that pictured location by using back track function. In addition, you can observe on the screen, whether or not transmitted data was successfully received by the member station. The snapshot image or received data is stored in a high capacity micro SD card. You can recall and send that image data from the SD card anytime. The pictures and data files may be easily viewed and edited by using a personal computer.

* Micro SD card (not included) is required for the Snapshot function

Digital Group Monitor (GM) Function
The digital GM function automatically checks whether members registered to a group are within the communication range, and displays information such as the distance and orientation for each call sign on the screen. This useful function not only enables you to see which friends are within communication range, it also permits you to see at a glance where all group members are located. Additionally, this function can be used to send messages and image data between group members. The Digital Group Monitor applies to direct communications between members; it is not applicable through a repeater.

This is valuable feature for public service group activites, Search & Rescue operations, and any number of other uses limited only by your imagination!

Smart Navigation Function
Real-time navigation function enables location checking at any time. In digital V/D mode, information such as position data is transmitted together with voice signals so the distance and direction to the other stations can be displayed in real-time while communicating with them.

Backtrack Function
The Backtrack Function enables navigation to a registered location at the touch of a button. When hiking or camping, simply register your starting point or campsite before departure, and the distance and orientation from the current location are displayed on the screen.

This is valuable feature for Search & Rescue operations as well as casual hiking and camping.

Voice Guide and Recording Function
Optional Voice Guide Unit (FVS-2) announces your current operating frequency, band change and APRS® messages. You can record up to 5 minutes of received signals, or continuously record the last 30 seconds of received audio.

Other Useful Features
– Real-time Band Scope with uninterrupted RX audio
– 500 Memory Channels for each A(Main) band and B(Sub) band
– Storage of the Memory channels and personal settings on an inserted micro SD card
– By using a micro SD card, it is easy to copy and transfer the radio data to other compatible radios
– Versatile Scanning Receiver for Monitoring Enthusiasts (VFO Scan, Memory Scan, etc)
– Analog and Digital Clock
– Timer function: Event timer with Lap or count down functions

* The Bluetooth® name and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such trademarks by Yaesu Co., Ltd. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

* APRS® is a registered trademark of Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 6th March 2014

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It this a dream. Is it real. Yes. These days there are many spots to control remote.

Here some comment from the website.

  • Remote Ham Radio was founded by Ray Higgins (W2RE) and Lee Imber (WW2DX) in 2012. Before RHR Ray and Lee owned and operated Hudson Valley towers, Inc. a tower and antenna installation and service company that built and maintained over 75 tower and antenna installations in the Northeastern United States. In the commercial sector we have done contract work for government agencies NASA and The Department of Homeland Security.Ray W2RE has years of experience building, maintaining and designing winning contest stations. Lee WW2DX has experience in design, development and engineering new leading edge network and infrastructure technology. Their team of experience has brought Station Remote to the next level.The proprietary web console was designed and developed by the RHR team, WW1X and WW2DX to provide the best remote ham experience in the world. There is simply nothing like it. Countless hours of coding, testing, design and experimentation has produced one of the most elegant operating experiences in the world.
To get into the website you need to setup an account.  The setup fee is 99 Dollar .. and you will be up in the air in minutes.

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Posted on: 6th March 2014

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Lot of people think internet is the new communication way. Hamradio is old, grey and not something we use these days.
On my last post you saw that even youngster did get there license. So old?  Now way. Hamradio is still going and it looks like more and more people find there way to get there License.

Hamradio Operators see the internet as a feature . And it brings people closer. But without power Hamradio is still alive. And the Internet is down.

Feature to use with hamdradio we all know.

– Cluster
– Online log
– Webcam
– Livelog
– Website
– mobile apps

A good friend of mine made a great feature on his own website. A live log that we also used during the dxpedition 10-10-2010. And if it’s not enough a live webcam with a small delay of 30 sec.

Just check it out.


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Posted on: 4th March 2014

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fotoAs i was looking to find me the correct program cable i discoverd a item on
This program cable includes 6 program cables in one?  Yes you read it correct. 6 cables in one.

6-in-1 USB Programming Cable for Kenwood / HYT / Mag A8 / GP88S / ICOM / YAES – Black / Baofeng
The package comes in a box. Inside i find 6 adapters. 1 USB Bridge cable and a CD.

If tested it on my UV-5R and it worked. Price amazing. 11.48 USD incl postage. The normal price for a program cable is always around 30 euro per cable.
So i thought i need to share this information.

Have fun!

Model N/A
Quantity 1
Color Black
Material Plastic housing
Features USB male connector, easy to use
Specification Comes with 6 connection cables for different brands.
Application Suitable for Kenwood, YAESU VX168 / VX160, MOTO GP88S / GP2000 / GP3688, Magone A8, HYT TC500 / TC600 / TC700, Icom F21 / IC2720 / F26 walkie talkie.
Packing List 1 x Connection cable for Kenwood (8cm)
  1 x Connection cable for HYT (8cm)
  1 x Connection cable for MOTO (8cm)
  1 x Connection cable for A8 (8cm)
  1 x Connection cable for YEASU (8cm)
  1 x Connection cable for ICOM (8cm)
  1 x USB PC connection cable (92cm)
  1 x CDCD Content:
Dimensions: 40.75 in x 0.83 in x 0.47 in (103.5 cm x 2.1 cm x 1.2 cm) Weight: 2.50 oz (71 g)

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Posted on: 1st March 2014

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In the beginning of 2013 i did met S52RU Romeo Rabic.  I started kinda strange.
Romeo saw my website and me how i made this. He liked the format and became interested for the website of IG9Y.

We discuss idea’s and later on we started to build the website. Helped him setting up plugins and told him some good idea’s
Later on Romeo finisched the job.
We kept in contact true internet and our first eye ball qso would be Friedrichhafen in Germany.

The well know centence . “We are no longer strangers but people who have never met”

Together with my collegue Robert PD2UTA we went to the Hamradio Amateurfunk Ausstellung in Germany.
There we did meet up a lot of Hamradio friend from all over the world. And of course the Eye ball qso with Romeo S52RU.

Also Peter PD1RP joined the party later on. And we had a big laugh and a small beer 🙂


And now it’s time to meet up again. First it will be Friedrichhafen in Germany. And later this year with the team of IG9Y.
Also Peter PD1RP has joined the team.

The group is still looking for good operators. So if you like to join send a email to Romeo S52RU. Or go to


be one of IG9Y team members (Lampedusa island)

See you in the CQWW SSB Contest 2014

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Posted on: 27th February 2014

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x1p-dmA few weeks ago i ask a collegue ham if i can use his X1P from Hystera.
This to see if i like DMR and it is something for me. It’s ofcourse new and not many Dutch hams are online.

But in the next few weeks more and more operators are getting a DMR radio.
So that triggert me and i decided to buy a Hystera X1P Handheld radio.

I like to looks and the small body of the handheld. It’s even smaller then my Iphone 5 🙂

I already register on the website
You get a Id number that you need to program into the handheld. Otherwise identification will be wrong.

To find software for the Hytera i need to go to  They have software online. And even the firmware update for the Hystera Handheld.

The first contacts where nice and the audio from the DMR handheld is much better then Dstar. An upgrade on the codec helpt improving the audio performance.
Specifications of the Hystera X1P

Frequency Range
UHF1: 400-470MHz; UHF2:450-520MHz; UHF3: 350-400MHz
UHF5: 806-941MHz*; VHF: 136-174MHz
Channel Capacity
Channel Spacing
Operating Voltage
7.4V (rated)
(5-5-90 Duty Cycle, High TX Power)
Digital: about 10 Hours (1100mAh Li-ion battery)
Digital: about 12 Hours (1400mAh Li-ion battery)
Digital: about 15 Hours (1800mAh Li-ion battery)
Battery Life
(5-5-90 Duty Cycle, High TX Power)
High-capacity 2000mAh Li-Ion Battery
Digital: about 10 Hours (1100mAh Li-ion battery)
Digital: about 12 Hours (1400mAh Li-ion battery)
Digital: about 15 Hours (1800mAh Li-ion battery)
Frequency Stability
Antenna Impedance
Dimensions (H×W×D)
(with standard battery, without antenna))
119.5 X 57 X 21mm (1100mAh Li-ion battery)
119.5 X 57 X 23mm (1400mAh Li-ion battery)
119.5 X 57 X 26mm (1800mAh Li-ion battery)
Weight (with antenna & standard battery)
about 240g (1100mAh Li-ion battery)
about 260g (1400mAh Li-ion battery)
about 280g (1800mAh Li-ion battery)
LCD Display 160 x 128 pixels, 65536 colors 1.8 inch, 4 rows
RF Power Output
VHF High Power: 5W
VHF Low Power: 1W
UHF1/UHF2/UHF3 High Power: 4W,
UHF1/UHF2/UHF3/UH5 Low Power: 1W
UHF5 High Power: 3W (806-870MHz), 2.5W
FM Modulation
11K0F3E @ 12.5KHz
14K0F3E @ 20KHz
16K0F3E @ 25KHz
4FSK Digital Modulation
12.5kHz Data Only: 7K60FXD
12.5kHz Data & Voice: 7K60FXW
Conducted/Radiated Emission
Modulation Limiting
±2.5KHz @ 12.5KHz
±4.0KHz @ 20KHz
±5.0KHz @ 25KHz
FM Noise
40dB @ 12.5KHz
43dB @ 20KHz
45dB @ 25KHz
Adjacent Channel Power
60dB @ 12.5KHz; 70dB @ 20/25KHz
Audio Response
+1 ~ -3dB
Audio Distortion
Digital Vocoder Type
Digital Protocol
ETSI-TS102 361-1, 2&3
0.3μV (12dB SINAD)
0.22μV (Typical) (12dB SINAD)
0.4μV (20dB SINAD)
0.3μV /BER5%
60dB @ 12.5KHz / 70dB @ 20&25KHz
60dB @ 12.5KHz / 70dB @ 20&25KHz
70dB @ 12.5/20/25KHz
65dB @ 12.5/20/25KHz
Spurious Response Rejection
70dB @ 12.5/20/25KHz
70dB @ 12.5/20/25KHz
40dB @ 12.5KHz
43dB @ 20KHz
45dB @ 25KHz
Rated Audio Power Output
Rated Audio Distortion
Audio Response
+1 ~ -3dB
Conducted Spurious Emission
< -57dBm
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature
-30℃ ~ +60℃
Storage Temperature
-40℃ ~ +85℃
IEC 61000-4-2 (level 4)
±8kV (contact)
±15kV (air)
American Military Standard
Dust & Water Intrusion
IP67 Standard
Per MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G Standard
Shock & Vibration
Per MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G Standard
TTFF (Time To First Fix) Cold Start
<1 minute
TTFF (Time To First Fix) Hot Start
<10 seconds
Horizontal Accuracy
<10 meters



here the size of the Handheld and the size of a Iphone 🙂

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