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Posted on: 5th December 2009

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Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the indipendence of Chile, the Radio Club de Concepcion will operate
as XR9JA from the Chilean Navy Base “Arturo Prat” on Greenwich Island,
South Shetlands (AN-010) on 10-25 January 2010. The operators will be Dago/CE5COX, Carlos/CE6UFF, Luis/XQ5CIE and Didier/F6DXE.
They plan to operate on all bands SSB, CW and PSK31, plus Satellite AO-51. QSL via CE5JA, direct or bureau.

xr9ja  Antartica Antartica2

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 27th November 2009

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fk8cpThis morning i turned on the radio. First checked the sunspots and A and K index. The numbers are telling me that it could be a hard day to work DX.

Sunspots = 0
Solar flux = 75
A- index = 6
K- Index = 2

Propagation today on the 27th of november is not very good.
I first checked the cluster what’s happing. A31A spotted nothing. VK9XX 10mtr nothing.hmmmmm finnaly i did see a spot for FK8CP on 40mtr. At first i thought no go. Voaprop is telling me this . It’s software so do not trust it total hihi.
I’f checked 40mtr and heard FK8CP very low. I had to put all my filters in place to pull him out of the noise. Lucky i can play with that kind of DSP setting in the rig.
He was working from 162 till 163 split up. And the highest point i gave a shot. After a few calls he heard me whoaaaaaa. A new Dxcc on 40mtr.. Really great.
So even when the sunpots are low the condition are maybe not what you should expect.

I always say work first worry later hihi

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 25th November 2009

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We know the expedition is on.
Ofcourse time and propagation must be there to get a team. Today must be the lucky day.

Band 20mtr was open and we heard TX3A. It took me arround 30 till 45 min to work the guys.
The split they where using was huge.. 15 till 50 up. So the change that they hear ya is below zero hihi.
Still i was not sure if i worked them but  just checked the log. Lucky me..

TX3A Log Search result for: PE2MC

Callsign 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6

Total of 1 QSO with PE2MC
There are 31401 QSOs in the Database
Last QSOs in the Database: 2013 UTC 24 November 2009
Please note that the last RTTY QSO in the database is 0736 UTC 24 November 2009

The search took 0.001 seconds

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 20th November 2009

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9J3A is a call issued to Niko, S53A. This is his second acctivity from Zambia. Date:   25. – 30. November 2009 +/- few days, mostly in the CQWW CW DX Contest, but some after and prior to CQWW Contest operation is also possible.

He will operate from the rainforest, under the tent, with generator. There’s no electricity, neither Cell-phone signal.  It could be very dangerous, a lot of poisonous insects, snakes, crocodiles, wild pigs or even lions can visit your tent in the middle of the night. All you can do from your side is to help him by not to call 9J3A on his transmit frequency. He will always be listening UP! Try to listen to the operators rhythm. Short calls, only once per 1 QSO period will normaly do. There are hundreds callers each time, so some waiting time is normal. Niko is an excellent CW operator, one of the best I met.

  Niko building the Spiderbeam NIKO4 9j3a0101

QSL cards goes to S57S  (not S53A, not S57A)

Aleksander Zagar,  Golisce 132,  SI-1281 SLOVENIA

I will send QSL Cards also via QSL Buro, but on the request only!  I still prefer Direct, because we have some other info-material to put in the letter too.

Self-adhesive (Pull&seal type) envelope (if you can find some) would be much desired. Don’t forget to put your address on.

About the money for Direct mail:  Up to 2$ or 1 IRC  (NEW one with expire date 31. 12. 2013) for direct mail or 3$ or more for AIR Mail. I will NOT accept old IRC’s. All cards with no green stamp or those with old IRC-s will be send back via the BURO. That’s the new IRC I’m talking about. 

The QSL cards was printed in Russia, by UA6HPR QSL print service and we are more than satisfied by his work and quality.


You can look at his web:

I hope you will enjoy this QSL card as much as was I prepering and distibuting it now. Paper cards are still well alive and welcome!

73, Aleksander, S57S


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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 12th November 2009

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DX trip will start 08 November 2009, till 18 December 2009 – 6 weeks around the world (literally) with amateur radio.

The team includes 6 operators, 4 HF stations. They planed to operate from 6 different DXCC countries, as follows

From To DXCC QTH Callsigns
08 Nov 10 Nov K USA near Los Angeles AI4CA/6 (IK1PMR), K2LEO/6 (PA3LEO), W6/PA0BWL, W6/DJ7JC
11 Nov 18 Nov 5W Western Samoa near Apia (OC-097) 5W0AP (IK1PMR), 5W0CF (PA3LEO), 5W0WL (PA0BWL), 5W0IW (DJ5IW), 5W0JC (DJ7JC)
19 Nov 01 Dec A3 Tonga Tongatapu Island (OC-049) A31A (CQWW CW and group call), A31MR (IK1PMR), A31LEO (PA3LEO), A31WL (PA0BWL), A31SN (OE2SNL), A31IW (DJ5IW), A31JC (DJ7JC)
02 Dec 05 Dec ZL New Zealand Waiheke Island (OC-201) ZL/IK1PMR, ZL/PA3LEO, ZL/PA0BWL, ZL/OE2SNL, ZL/DJ5IW, ZL/DJ7JC
05 Dec 12 Dec E5 South Cook Rarotonga (OC-013) E51PMR, E51LEO, E51BWL, E51SNL, E51XIW, E51NAA
15 Dec 17 Dec 9V Singapore   9V1/IK1PMR, 9V1/PA3LEO, 9V1/PA0BWL, 9V1/DJ7JC


Western Samoa (5W) – OC-097
Samoa (5W) is located in the South Pacific, and it is a stopover for New Zealand flights from Los Angeles to Tonga.


The international airport is located near Apia (shown on the map). Our QTH is on the North coast.

Tonga (A3) OC-049 – A31A assigned special call
Tonga is the only kingdom in the Pacific. The first European to visit Tonga was the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who named the island “Amsterdam”.


Tonga has its own distinctive culture, its capital city (Nuku Alofa) offers reasonble comfort and possibilities, and can be easily reached by air from Los Angeles and Auckland (NZ).

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Posted on: 29th October 2009

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Still FT5GA is active ( now Qrt). And the new expedition is on AIR ( Also Qrt of Earh quakes). it’s really great again a new dxcc goal. Bert PE2KY called me to tell 3D20CR is active on 17mtr. I forgot to answer him bad luck propagation gone 3D20CR gone. Well what can we do. We have day shifts all week 🙁 . I came up with a idea. Let we change the begin time of my working hours. No one did complain so i could try to work the expedition !!!yes!!!. The first day monday 6 oktober i did hear the station but the signals where to low. Hmm maybe tommorow. I came out of bed and put everthing in place so i can hit and run. At 5.20 i good hear 3D20CR comming up.Will this be my lucky day. Finnaly at 5.55 UTC i worked them on 17mtr. DXCC 290 in the pocket. I checked the cluster and saw they where active also on 20mtr. If i can hear them i can work them. And lucky me wi worked them also on 20mtr. Tuesday my lucky day in the week 😛 😛 😛


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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 27th August 2009

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The New Rig is now here..!!!!
In first week of August my new rig should be in the netherlands. I told the company i will believe it when i see it. As we all know the FT9000D has to be pre ordered or else you won’t get the rig. First week of August nothing yet.. You will see it will be here when i’m on holliday on PJ4. And guess what the last week of my holliday the rig was finnaly arrived.

We came back on the 23th of August. My good friend Bert PE2KY has picked up my new rig and also his. On Monday i was tired and Bert was not at home yet.. grrrr wait wait i can’t i need my rig!!! hihi.. Thuesday i went at 4 o’clock local time to Bert place and took home my new rig. Whoawww what a weight and when i took it out of the box.. Whoawww what a buttons. RTFM must be done first.
After putting all the cables in the radio we made a few contacts. People are telling me that the audio is very clear and sounds like a rock.

We of course had some problems during the installation. 1st the remote microham USB3 sends all my audio to the tranciever and it went click click click.. we found the problem and fixed this. 2th the Alpha 87a never never use band data.. My audio was crab and not working ok. It took me 2,5 hours to discover that this was the main problem of my crap audio. It’s  because of the ground problem i made via de band data connector. RTFM and saw i had to use the TX,grnd cinch connector..

If you need any info please let me know i will help if i can.. (take a look with my new made pictures.)

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Posted on: 16th August 2009


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Hip Hip Hoereeeee.. Jimme is now 6 Years. We have to celebrate his birthday on the island Bonaire. Most of the time he has to celebrate his birthday on a holliday. When shool is closed he has 4 weeks of before it starts again. AT this time he has his birthday. His first Birthday present is a PSP. He got this allready before we took of with the plane.

Today we celebrate his birthday with a self made cake of cookies and candy’s …. hoereee hoereee.. Jimme is now Six !!!!!

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Hoereeeeeeeeee Jimme recieved mail today 20 august 2009

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Here a short movie we made in de morning everybody just woke up. He is unpacking his present we bought in kralendijk. He allready saw the present at that time but when he didn’t look i took another one . So the second present was a surprise.

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Posted on: 24th June 2009

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On the 19th of june i did put my radio on first thing in the morning. I checked the cluster and did see the spots from zk2v. Maybe i have to check this.. After turning the beam i did here him.. I took me 20min to work him but finnaly we have a new dxcc 285 is in the log.

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Tnx Chris for the good job and hope many more to come.

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Posted on: 9th May 2009

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Combination Bandpass Filter for people with little space. Price indicate 288 dollar over 130 euro!

– NEW 419B Model



A reintroduction of a product first featured in 1994, Model 419B is a six position bandpass transceiving filter for HF services. Constructed in an I.C.E. standard heavy case measuring (HWD) 31/2″ X 71/2″ X 8″, Model 419A standard model features the popular six Amateur Radio frequency bands 160, 80/75, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meters in a manual or auto-switching circuit.

Individual twin tuned circuit bandpass sections are mounted to the copper chassis with all connections soldered and joined with copper strap lines, switched with double pole individually scaled RF relays. Band selection is done from the front panel directly by the operator with the main knob control or by automated means derived by ground closure to the 8-pin DIN connector on the rear panel surface. Switching time 11 milliseconds, voltage requirements 12VDC negative ground at about 100ma supplied to rear panel through coaxial DC connector. Power rating 200W ICS. Unit defaults to pass all signals directly through when power is turned off from front panel. LED indicators show active band selected in either manual or auto mode. New features in the “B” model include DC fuse, AC or “dirty” DC capable to make Unit operable in harsh locations. Weight 5 pounds.

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