Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 1st June 2012

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If you like to connect with a reflector on Dstar we know the usual way.

Unlink

YOUR:         U
RPT1: PI1UTR B
RPT2: PI1UTR G

Link to a new reflector

YOUR: DCS007 (x)
RPT1: PI1UTR B
RPT2: PI1UTR G

Linking to a reflector is done in the way above.

Resent i did hear that connecting to a reflector can also be done with DTMF.
As D-star is very new there is not much info on the internet about it.
Lucky i found some info on a few UK site about linking with DTMF.

Example:

DTMF commands

0 = Link Status
# = Unlink
*36A = Link to Dplus Reflector 36A
D502 = Link to DCS005B (UK National DCS Reflector)
D513 = Link to DCS005M (Midland DCS Reflector)

It’s still in the testing fase. But if you like to try it working on the dutch repeater Pi1UTR.
I have no idea if this works on any other repeater.

Another question is how does it work on my IC-E92D.

Just program it on the DTMF memmories. There are 10 places.
When you key the TX then press the number to send the DTMF code.

Example:

CHN01: *D701*

Press TX and hold it. Then press 1. Your IC92D will send *D701* as a tone slot to the repeater.
If the repeater know this DTMF code it will connect to the reflector you like to hear.

Ofcourse there are many  more dtmf tone slots. Look on http://www.xreflector.net/neu3/

Module
Group
Links
(Total: 35)
DTMF
YourCall
A
World Wide
D701
DCS007AL
B
Nederland
21
D702
DCS007BL
C
Nederland-Noord
D703
DCS007CL
D
Nederland-Midden
D704
DCS007DL
E
Nederland-Zuid
D705
DCS007EL
F
Friesland
1
D706
DCS007FL
G
Groningen
D707
DCS007GL
H
Noord Holland
D708
DCS007HL
I
Zuid Holland
D709
DCS007IL
J
Flevoland
9
D710
DCS007JL
K
Drenthe
D711
DCS007KL
L
Limburg
D712
DCS007LL
M
Gelderland
D713
DCS007ML
N
Noord Brabant
D714
DCS007NL
O
Overijssel
D715
DCS007OL
P
Zeeland
D716
DCS007PL
Q
DARES
D717
DCS007QL
R
Antillen
D718
DCS007RL
S
Aruba
D719
DCS007SL
T
Techniek
D720
DCS007TL
U
Utrecht
4
D721
DCS007UL
V
DWGN
D722
DCS007VL
X
Holland-Praag
D724
DCS007XL
Z
ECHO NL
D726
DCS007ZL

Just another 2 centof my knowledge .

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 23rd May 2012

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Is Digital voice better then Analog that is the question?.

Digital voice is better in a way that error correction is applied in the system.  Now days we have the D-star network and connection to distance overseas is no problem anymore.
With internet as a helping hand the distance on VHf/UHF is no issue you can connect to any dirrection.

But what if we don’t have internet and only a point to point. What will work better. Ofcourse i had to find out.

In two different ways me and 2 other hams setup a sked with a point to point connection.
Analog to Analog and DV to DV.

Here is the outcome of the results with a distance of 3.5km.

We both used a setup inside the building and a hamradio station on the otherside of the village with a base setup.

– Analoge you need 25 watt with a external antenna to make a normal qso without to much noise.
– With DV you need only 5watt and a porto with the orginal antenna.

With DV the signal is even without any noise.

just another 2cents of my knowledge

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 20th May 2012

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As a Dx hunter on HF it’s kinda strange to be a youngster again on D-star.

What a details you need to learn to see what is all happening on that kinda medium.
First i bought a IC92D porto.  I allready have a 2/70cm and HF tranciever so to have overkill with tranciever is not needed.

A porto is very mobile and can be taken with very easy to work or other places.

Ok where do you start. You need to register yourself on a repeater website. I’ve done that on PI1UTR.NL . After the registration i needed to send a copy of license.
Two days later i recieved a email that my account was ready to go.

The next step is getting the setting correct on the repeater and load a correct icf file to my IC92D. After changing the call and message i’ve updated my porto.
Everything was working but i did see on thing missing. I was not vissible on the reflectors. I’ve asked a few people but they could not tell me why. I’ve waited for two days. Maybe this has to update on the reflectors. Johan PA3GER remebered that a setting had to be done to get yourself vissible on the reflectors.

If found this explanation on http://ircddb.net/live-vis.html

**** HOW TO SET ****

VIS ON
“VIS ON” means “visibility on”. In this mode, detailed information about your transmissions (e.g. time, length and TX message) are shown in the “Live Log” and in the “LastHeard” list. This information is available on the Internet, and can therefore be processed automatically by other systems. If someone sees this as somewhat problematic, he or she might not want to enable this option.

“VIS ON” can be activated in a very simple way. Put “VIS___ON” in the YOURCALL field of your transceiver and press PTT once on a repeater which is connected to the ircDDB network. After that put something different in YOURCALL, e.g. “CQCQCQ__”. The setting “VIS___ON” will be stored permanently on the network. You only have to do this procedure once. You can check if this procedure worked by looking at the “Live Log” web page: http://ircddb.net/live.htm. Your call sign should appear from now on if you press PTT.

Example: local repeater DB0DF, module B

YourCall: VIS___ON
RPT1: DB0DF__B
RPT2: DB0DF__G

The character _ must be exchanged with a space character.

VIS OFF
“VIS OFF” means “visibility off”. In this mode, only the call sign of the repeater where you pushed PTT the last time is stored internally in the IRCDDB system. This is necessary for call sign routing to work properly. This information is only shared with other repeaters and is not visible on the Internet.
In the “Live Log” and “LastHeard” lists, your call sign will be masked, both in the MyCall field of your own transmissions and in transmissions made by others who might have used your call sign in UrCall. Your TX message will also be masked.

“VIS OFF” can be activated in a very simple way. Put “VIS__OFF” in the YOURCALL field of your transceiver and press PTT once on a repeater which is connected to the ircDDB network. After that put something different in YOURCALL, e.g. “CQCQCQ__”. The setting “VIS__OFF” will be stored permanently on the network. You only have to do this procedure once. You can check if this procedure worked by looking at the “Live Log” web page: http://ircddb.net/live.htm. Your call sign should not appear any longer from now on if you press PTT.

Example: local repeater DB0DF, module B

YourCall: VIS__OFF
RPT1: DB0DF__B
RPT2: DB0DF__G

The character _ must be exchanged with a space character.

Default setting: VIS OFF
The default setting is “VIS OFF” for all users. You have to enable visibility with the command “VIS ON” (see above) in order to appear on the “Live Log”. If you want to keep the default setting “VIS OFF”, you don’t have to do anything.

You can switch from “VIS ON” to “VIS OFF” and vice versa at any time.

 

Just another 2 cents on my knowledge

 

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 18th May 2012

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Every new dxcc i’m sending direct. Bureau is taking a lot time to get the card. Also every dxpedition cost a lot of money. So a small donation and a fee for the return of the qsl is that normal for me to do it.
In what kinda other are doeing it is up to them. Im a dx hunter and ofcourse i like to have the qsl as fast as it can confirmed. If this cost me a small amound on dollars i have to deal with that.

Today i have recieved a very very nice qsl card. FW0NAR was hard to catch. With my ears almost in the tranciever i managed to get a qso on 30mtr. Propagation was not good.

Thank to HA0NAR and his xyl i’ve got a new dxcc confirmed. Number 311 🙂 🙂

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Posted on: 6th May 2012

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Chasing again Dx. That is the way i like HF.  Working as many slots from any dxpedition.
It not to prove myself against another. But im having fun to reach the highest score for myself.
Also the 3 modes i like to work. SSB, CW and RTTY.
From the first moment 7O6T was starting even i had no chance to work it on 20mtr. What a pile up.
In one word asume. Also the Rtty pile is so hugh that working 7o6t will take you hours.

A most wanted dxcc is getting a pile up thats for sure.
5th of may i worked 7O6T on 30 and 40mtr. But people where spotting that they went qrt. I always say Work first Worry later.

And lucky this became later for real 🙂

The final goal also for this Dxpedition is the Full house option. the 14th of may we reached this status.

No rtty on 30m and 40mtr has been done. So there are no more slots to work.

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 6th May 2012

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What is it with Dxpedition these days. Why are people tuning, calling, making qrm on top of a dxpedition.

I think most people are asking the same question again and again.
It can be:

– No ham operating practice
– No internet
– Don’t watch a cluster to see whats on that qrg
– Not listen on the qrg
– Jamming because they don’t have the gear to work it
– No hamspirit

I really have no idea why people payed so much money to be a ham operator and then jamming a dxpedition. It that the way to play with a hobby.

Many articles are written on the internet i think is not helping at all.
I think the fault is beening made to the first steps of the exam. Nobody gets any Ham operating practice after they pass there exam.

If you get your driving license did you get only 40 question in multiple choice? NO!!!

Just my 2 cent to see where the problems starts.

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 21st March 2012

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We talked long about it.
But ultimately  yesterday was the day that Ab PA5ABW paid a visit in the shack of PE2MC.
The purpose see the hamshack and equipment. And after that making some cw qso’s.

If first we went looking for A35YZ. Which turned out to hear on SSB 17mtr  and CW 20mtr later on.

It is both Ab and me succeeded to work A35YZ on 17mtr SSB. For 20mtr something went wrong in the log. We were both convinced that Ab has made the Qso. Only the Log the day later is showing the QSO 17mtr SSB only.

Here a small movie that Ab a qso makes later in the day. Expanded word necessary CW magazine told over and over again.

PA5ABW making a CW qso

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Posted on: 19th March 2012

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After chasing PJ7PT I finally have reached a Full house again.

No goal is there for 6mtr 80mtr or 160mtr. I don’t have the gear for that.

2 people on the island made the best of it.  And qso they have made 41904 are huge.

 

Tnx for the great opportunity

 

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Posted on: 5th March 2012

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There are a few people that are having problem with the noise of the Alpha9500 blower.
If you have guarantee just mail Alpha ( RFconcepts) and you will get a new blower.
But if the warranty is over mabe this tutorial will help ya solve the problem.

 

The first step 1:
Put your Linear on its side of so you can reach the bottom of the amplifier. You will see 2 plates with a lot of screws. Remove them all and take the blower out of the Amplifier.The blower is connected with a simple plug and play connector.

The second Step 2: ( Picture numbers are in front of each explanation)
– 1: we are ready to dissemble the blower parts.
– 2: remove the ring
– 3+4 : Then remove the two screws of the Blower. Turn the blower counter clockwise to loosen the screws.
– 5+6 : Now the blower housing can be removed. Use a big screwdriver to remove the house from the tape.
– 7+8: Then remove the two big screws from the motor.
– 10: Then remove the small round plate from the axle of the motor.

– 11: Now the tricky parts comes. Push with two fingers the locking pin to remove it.
– 12: Then remove the 2 rings that are below the locking pin on the axle of the motor.
– 13+14: Now you can remove the coil of the motor and start to lubricate the axle of the motor with Teflon oil.

– Before you reassemble all the parts just turn the coil on the axle as many times as you like, to see if the coil will turn easily on the axle.
– Reassemble all parts in reverse order. Before closing the small round plate, lubricate it with a little Teflon inside. Each time the blower turns, it will lubricate itself.

 

73″ all hope this will help ya out with the noise of the Alpha 9500 blower.

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Posted on: 9th February 2012

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The way of qsl cards is changing. Normal I will send the qsl card direct with a SAE and some dollars for the return of postage.
Now days the system Qqrs is getting he way into Hamradio.
They only thing you need to do are Request your card and pay the amount of fee to cover the postage.

The payment can be done via pay pal or bank transfer. Pay pal is a very secure system.

There are websites that provide the Qqrs on the hand of the database uploaded file. Clublog.org is a very good example of this.
In this way a lot of traffic to the qsl managers are much lower then it supposed to be.

A dxpedition doesn’t need your qsl. The only thing they need is the information and a small amount of donation to cover the postage.

The Dxpeditons that supported this Qqrs system for the last few weeks

– C21HA
– VP6T
– TN2T
– HK0NA

I hope many more Dxpeditions will follow this kind of way. Much faster easier and saver to get your qsl card.

 

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