Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 4th February 2012

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Finally as of today I’ve got a full house on HK0NA.
It took me a while to work all slots from 10 till 40mtr.
The longest time to get HK0NA was 15mtr rtty. This took me over 2 hours to work them.
But I’m more then happy with the results as of today.

Still the Dxpedition is online. Try to work them. The big guns are not hunting anymore 🙂

Great Dxpediton even when things go wrong. We are all human and can make a mistake.

 

 

PE2MC has worked HK0NA on 20 out of 29 band slots

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 27th January 2012

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X-flare on its way . SW spectrum radio blackout over the Americas.Note that the polar regions are still recovering from the proton storm.

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 21st January 2012

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It’s real everyday. On the HF bands there are many operators who like to comment to each other. Many F words are used.
What is it these days with hamradio. Is there still any respect to each other. Or is it because of the modern world where  in all day. Aren’t we happy anymore?
The  DX-peditions are using most of the time split operation. How come everybody still call simplex?.  I really can’t imagion that a hamradio operator doesn’t have a computer.
Some of the radio operators refused to use a computer. But still don’t they have ears. Or is this hobby become one of a kind. Did that, Done that, Never do it again.

What is the fun to jam the Dx-pedition. What is the point of doeing this. Helping the Dx-pedition people?. Or is it because people are frustrated that they can’t work the Dx-pedition.
I really have no idea. Please if you do tell me. Maybe i will understand.

On internet there are many dx cluster. To find information about a Dx-pedition it very easy to find. Most of them have website online with details and frequenties where they operate.
All are into the Code of Conduct. Is it then still the operator at the Dx-pedition that can’t handle the pile up. Or is us that are making qrm all the time.

Let consider to take a look at yourself and find out why did i become a Hamradio operator? What is the purpose to be a Ham operator. To have fun?. Or to complain all the time at each other.

Please people. Lets have fun and enjoy the hobby for as many years as we can do. And respect people all time.

The Code of Conduct. >>link<<

I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station’s call sign before calling.
I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
I will always send my full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.

73″ And thanks for reading this post.

Marco PE2MC

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 26th December 2011

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23-12-2011 10:00 AM

At Christmas you will get presents. I did get a present from my steppir. As always i do turn on the radio. Connect all the wires to the lightning box.
What I saw was a bit high swr on 10mtr when I keyed the radio. I retracted the steppir several times and still the same problem.

The step by step what I did check.

– First check the cable wires. (Ok)
– Measure the motor on the lightning box (Ok) 18ohm
– Measure the motors on the connector of the steppir (Ok) 18ohm
– Feld with my finger it the chips are getting hot when power up and the elements stretch out (Ok)
– Listen to the motors out of the window and discover a strange sound. (Fail)
– On the roof and (retracted the elements) Tap on the elements and heard the copper wire (Fail)

Ok I found the problem or our high swr on the steppir beam.
I did take of the steppir motor and took it inside for a recheck. When I opened the box I say the problem. A broken black shaft (Fail)

The results shows that also a black shaft can break. I did send an email to steppir and they can back with this answer.
Till may +/- 2008 the black shaft where made from another plastic. After that they changed the black shaft again in new material.

The new material still didn’t fail according to their mail. I checked rechecked and I can’t see any different between the new and old black shaft.
I did send Steppir again a email to ask the question about the new shaft. They send me a picture from the factory. Now i know that there is a new shaft.

    

It took me 2,5 hours to replace the shaft. I had some spare shafts. Vine in UK send me those for free. If I didn’t have those shafts I would have been waiting to get new ones.

Merry Christmas all. (this was my present for this year)

 

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Posted on: 14th October 2011

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First JOTA in Oudewater
jota11-partiallogoJOTA?! For our club an unspecified term. JOTA stands for Jamboree on the Air. After many years of Scouting it passed every year Oudewater, it will be action this weekend (15-16 October) wich is first held at our club!  

jota-toren

What is Jota?
The JOTA is an international Scouting activity, which for many years held the third weekend of October. For the JOTA are many Scout Associations around the world together pioneered large towers of up to 25 meters high! Together with the local amateur radio antennas and masts fitted with transmitters. This allows the children, accompanied by the radio amateurs, radio links with Scout groups around the world!

How come?
Because of a renovation in Lopik the scouting group Cliffort Reichert could not proceed with the JOTA or JOTI. Thefore in  the very last minute the Jorisgroep in Oudewater could take over the JOTA Papers. They where very suprised with this oppertunity.

For who?
The JOTA is organized for all branches on Saturday running game, and for anyone who is curious about what exactly is going on! Young and old, everyone is welcome! Come watch, valued! The equipment will be installed early in the morning and we go through to Sunday, early afternoon.

So, starting next Saturday morning, Saturday game for all branches and for anyone who wants to come and see or transmit true the air 🙂

Here the Qsl card that will be send out. Tnx for the nice qso’s on all band. Team PE2LZ,PA9T,PE2MC   for the Joris scoutinggroup te Oudewater. 2011.

 

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 9th September 2011

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There is a lot of information on they internet about Interference.

Many amature got the same problem from Electronic gear.

Such as, Plasma tv’s, Power supply’s. Halogeen name it and it’s there.

There are a few things on the market to see if we can eliminate those interference problems.

We all know MFJ 1025 or the MFJ1026 Noise canceling products. There is also a POP Noise canceler from PA0POP, And timewave got a ANC4

All products work almost the same way.  you got a TX and RX and active Noise antenna input.

 

To have the best option you need an active antenna outside. The internal whip is not covering all the signal that are not wanted. So we had to build an active antenna.

On the club we made a small group of people who are interested in building the active antenna. In that way the cost will stay low and we can learn from each other.

Here is my design what i build. I still need to test is outside to see what is does.

 

I also wrote a articile about he MFJ1026 and uploaded a small video on Youtube.   click here  >>   MFJ1026 test results

 

 

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Posted on: 7th August 2011

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I just arrived back from the holliday. It’s now a week that i’m back home and chasing dx again.
During the week i’ve worked St0R 18 times. Also ZD8D and Ty1KS are in the log.
During the transmission everything was ok. The installation looks normal. After i’ve worked a a few dx i did listen and updated my log.
But what happend all of a sudden. Then the power went down. All dark in just a few seconds.
I did go to the power fuse and enabled the power again. Everything looks normal. I did check the power cords and all seems to be ok.
i did siwtch on the Amplifier again and also this was working fine again. Output ok. No idea what the problem was.
Well until last night. The power went down again for the second time.
I switched on the power fuse again and tested the installation. Now i had a hugh failure. The Grid of my Alpha9500 was high and siwtched of in protect mode.

That is not a good sign. I’ve called a friend and told him the story. Oh he said bad luck you have a Grid flashover.
I’ve ask him what do ya mean. It means your tube is gone.

Normal a tube would live for over 20.000 hours. Mine just broke down in 2 years time. Is it normal or just bad luck.

I’ve searched on the internet. And found prices of the tube. 1300 dollar for a new 3xc1500 at Rfconcepts.
Lucky i did get good infomation to get the tube for a much better price. Lets hope the Amplifier will be online again very soon.

16 august 2011. A small update

Today we recieved the Tubes. Very nice new tubes bu DK3EE. They are not the 3cx1500 but the 3cpx1500 tube . Much better in quality. Ok this morning i had time to change the tube in the Almpifier. After that i tested the Amp on the 1kw dummy load.  Again without a good result. High grid and direct in the protect mode. I was allready in contact with Rfconcepts. They told me a complete differend story. They where sure i had a arc in the grid circuit. I could not believe this because the 220v in the netherlands is very stable. In fact they where correct that its not the tube. So we both have to look futher to see what the problem is. Tobecontinued.

20 september 2011. Update 2

I did recieve on the 20th  the controlboard back from Alpha. They repaired a few components on the control board. At first i wanted to test the Amplifier with the orginal tube. At first everything looked ok. But after 4 hours my power breaker went down. All in the dark. Hmmm . After a few time i opent the power breaker. The contacts where complete black. So i replaced it 2 times. First i did try a B16 and later on a B25. 25 amp could go true.  Both the power breakers could not hold the line.  It was kinda late and needed to get some sleep. Lets wait till tommorow if i can come up with a plane.

     

21 september 2011 (Next)

And i did. At first i changed the tube of the Amplifier. I replaced the 3CX1500 Eimac for a 3CPX1500 Eimac. I really had the idea it was a flashover after all. I took a power cord and  did switch the Amplifier on to a complete seperate power breaker. It’s now 5 hours later and still the Amplifier is online and the power breaker stays online.

My conclusion. The Amplifier did get a Flashover in the tube.  My power breakers could not hold the line and switched off after a few hours.  The falshover caused a power surge on the controlboard that needed to be repaired.

To obtain maximum life from an 8877:

Do not cycle the heater excessively
Do not run more than 50 mA peak grid current
Do not exceed 150 mA grid current even for very brief periods
Do not apply HV or draw cathode current unless the heater has been within the factory specified range for 3 full minutes. If you start the heater very slow you need a
longerwarm-up time.
Never run the tube when heater voltage is too low. Doing so will poison the cathode

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Posted on: 28th July 2011

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28 july 2011

I just came back from my holliday of Kos island. I knew that South Suddan would be on the air just 2 days before i went back home.
I thought i will work it . But i can say it hard to work those guys. The south part of EU is stronger then we are here up north.
The longest time i had to try was today on 17mtr SSB. He was working by number then NA then SA i had to wait wait and still wait.
Finally he was calling EU again and then propagation went down. What a bummer.
After 2,5 hours i had a qso and im in the log on 17mtr SSB. Finally!!!
I have to wait if i will be in the log. This log is before my qso on 17mtr SSB.

29 July 2011

I worked a few slots more. But again the pile is hugh. 20mtr rtty finally and 17mtr ssb in cfm in the log. Then i saw a spot from PE5T that he was listening to St0R on 6mtr.
I thought well lets try out if i can hear him aswell. I could hear him with an s5 with some qsb. On the cluster the spotted beacon. So the beacon was on to see if there is any propagation at all on 6. On the website of St0R is een phone number. You can SMS the report and locator if you hear St0R on 6mtr. I did and after 2 minutes they turned of the beacon and where opperation the station in SSB. After a few minutes i could work them. Very nice to have a qso on that band. Later on they where in CW but the propatation was going down again. I could not get in contact so had to let that go.
In the evening SSB on 40mtr. What a pile up they had. I took me 4 hours to get the qso. And lucky i looked this morning i am in the log.

But is my new DXCC 305 on HF.

121.286 QSO in STØR Database.
27.994 Unique Callsigns. 176 DXCC. 40 CQ Zones.
First QSO at 22/07/2011 @ 15:36  |  Last QSO at 10/08/2011 @ 07:01
Callsign:  
QSO of PE2MC:
 
6
10
12
15
17
20
30
40
80
160
CW
SSB
 
RTTY
CW: 6 SSB: 7 RTTY: 7    TOTAL: 20
923165 searches.
Search applet by EA2RY (c) 2011. Created for the DXfriends.com Expeditions

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Author: pe2mc


Posted on: 9th July 2011

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I’t been a year later. Again the family and i are going to EU038. I will tryed to be qrv as many times as possible.
Bands i used 40 / 20-6mtr SSB and RTTY.

All will be +/- 10 KHZ if it is busy.

Bandplan 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6
SSB x x 7.070 ( 165 US) 0 14.150 18.140 21.275 24.940 28.450 50.140
Rtty x x 7.035 0 14.082 18.102 21.082 24.922 28.082 50.600

40m 7.070 7.035
7.165 (USA)

This was the plan. We arrived with the family at 12.30 in the afternoon. We did miss a boat because we where only 5 minutes to late.
So we waited for another hour to take the next.
As we arrived my father in law told me that the flagpole was gone. He always makes jokes so i did not believe him at the first place. The i saw it for myself and this time he was right.

 
Hmmm another bump to take. I saw a ladder and took this from the store. Arround the place there where a lot of trees. So climbing on the ladder and see if i can put the antenne in the tree. On the first day i put the antenne in a tree arround 4 a 5mtr high. I was not stisfied enough  so the next day i saw a much better spot.  I disabled the antenna again and put i higher in the next tree.

 

Ok that is fixed letts go inside to setup the gear. i unpacked the stuff and put this on the cabinet. I discover a major problem. I forgot the power cord of my TS2000. Whoaaaaaaaaa. Think Think what can i do to fix this. In the house i found some electric wires. As i opent the TS200o i was wondering if i could solder the wires to the power connector. And yes it was easy to fix also this problem. Lucky i did bring my soldering iron with me.

  

On the second day of the operation a major problem did happen. My laptop with virtual windows did crash. I had to rebuild it again and fix some software programs. On een wireless open network i good download some software tools. You had to see me with my bike and laptop.  Because of this i did loose my complete log from the first 2 days. What a bummer it was. So if anyone got some details please upload them to Eqsl of send me the details via de email. I would more then happy to Qsl.

 

73 marco pe2mc/p ameland isl Eu038

 

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Posted on: 27th May 2011

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DX trip 2011 Faeroer Islands(Skælingur)

the next trip is to a small island the Faroer with the prefix OY. The Faroer is between the Shetlands and Iceland. Hans PA0VHA, Steef PA2A and Wim PA2AM are qrv from 22-05-2011 till 03-06-2011. all HF bands in CW and RTTY, also qrv on 6m and 4m and Wim PA2AM is also qrv via satelliet AO-51. QSL via home call.

we have a very beautiful house on the Island Streymoy in the place Skaelingur with 11 citizens and many sheeps hi  with many space for antennas,

the equipment:

2 x Elecraft K-3 and K-2

1 x Kenwood TS-850 and TS-590

1 x Icom IC-9100

3 x Acom 1000

1 transverter ME4-t for 4m

 

They are on air. So check the cluster.

Some direct links

http://www.pa2am.nl/
http://www.euronet.nl/users/vernhout/faeroer/Fotos.html

 

 

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