Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 12th March 2009


Category: News

img_1416img_1414Tonight i see a spot on the cluster about a special call PG50MHZ. Propagation is only in the summer so lets check this out. 
I was very supriced about the signal i did recieve on my end 9+60db whoaa.. Nobody is that loud here on the S-meter only when you are up front at my door.
I checked the internet and got to the link There a lot of information about this call and why it’s online.
I did make some pictures and also a small video i will put online on youtube.


73 Marco Pe2mc

De Gebranty Tower with the Light in the middle 220m up that’s where PG50MHZ is transmitting.

Here the signal report from PG50MHZ

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 17th February 2009

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Category: Station ,Amature

PKW of Wire dipole.????
I did overthink this a lot. The wire dipole is easy to install but wires in the garden. Then my wife is complaining about the wires. She has a point it’s not very need. She likes to have it all on the roof and not in the garden. I was thinking and then i saw a PKW dipole. Should it be a dipole or a 2 elm beam. The Db gain you will get more is only 2dbd. So 4,5mtr boom and only 2dbd gain is not even worth the money. So for that the reason i did buy the one elment dipole. The PKW one elment dipole made in Italy. Italy hmmmm disign is normally not solid. Well lets give it a try. I bought the PKW for about 160 170 euro. I did install it a week later on the roof. It was in the first setup below the LP5.  But after a restyle of my antenna farm i did put the PKW on top. The antenna is now 1mtr higher from the roof and that should work a bit better. Font to side is about 10 till 20db you will notice this.  After just one year i worked almost 200 dxcc on one band.. Whoawwww. I have to say 40mtr is not quiet so a bit extra help is also very welcome.

The setup what i do use for 40mtr is really simple.

img_1277_640x480Tranciever IC7700
Alpha 99 (400watt)
PKW 1 elm dipole.

If you have a bit space on the roof i can only advise one thing. Don’t use a wire dipole just get yourself a one elm rotary dipole with a bit extra help. For DX is this the best to go on. To work Europa or local take a wire dipole. This will make a sorter lob.

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 29th January 2009

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Category: funny

txt-pe2mcJust today i was serving on the net. What i did see was really kewl to watch.
Take a look and see for yourself. On 20.00 uur the show of






Unique in IJsselstein on Teletekst

20.00 hours

20.39 hours


Best 73 Marco PE2MC

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 22nd January 2009

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Category: Station ,Amature

ftdx9000c-pixWe will begin the Enhancement upgrade for UK and EIRE owners of the Tdx9000 radios in January 26th 2009. European owners will be upgraded after the UK program has been completed.
Owners within the UK and Europe if not already done so should register their FTDX9000 model with Yaesu UK Ltd. Details of what information to send and where to send it are at the end of this announcement.
Owners outside the UK and Europe should contact their respective International Yaesu Dealer.

The PEP program involves upgrading the firmware in the Main CPU and DSP and replacement of a number of PCBs in the radio depending on the serial numbers of your radio.
The firmware addresses the following items:

DNR… superior SSB mode noise reduction
DNF…greater reduction of beat tones
AGC… attack time fine-tuned
Digital Filter… increased Sharp/Soft differentiation
SSB speech processor audio augmented
Higher Band Scope refresh rate
Faster CAT COMMAND communication
CW side tone clarity
Activate RTTY monitor while transmitting
Ringing during CW super narrow receiving

The board replacement includes the following boards:

Power Meter
Vertex Standard will provide all parts and labour for the FTDX9000 PEP at our expense. You will be able to determine that your radio has been updated by looking for the special PEP9000 label near the serial number on the back of the radio.
If your radio has this label all the updates are completed. Do not send it for updates.
Packing and packing materials are the owner’s responsibility.
Care in packing and the use of proper packaging materials is critical for safe shipment and the validity of any insurance claims. Please use the original packing materials. Be sure the packaging material are not damaged and that the radio is held securely in position inside the box. The front of the radio may need additional foam, soft cushion or padding. Place the radio inside a plastic wrapping or large bag to protect the paint.
Before shipping your radio, make a written record of your customized menu settings. You may also use the CF card to save and restore the old settings into the PEP9000 updated radio, (the menu order is different but restoring is now possible with the V5.08 or higher software). Please see the new PEP9000 Menu Mode List, posted in the FTdx9000 files section. ( The Radio will be set to the factory default settings when it is returned.
To request the FTdx9000 PERFORMANCE ENHANCMENT, please send an email to: and ensure you set the subject line to: FTDX9000 PEP Upgrade Program Request

And in your email include the following information:
1. Your name and callsign
2. Pick up & Shipping address
3. E-mail address
4. Telephone number (include the country code if outside UK)
5. Complete FTdx9000 Model (e.g. FTDX9000D, FTDX9000Contest or FTDX9000MP)
6: If CONTEST type please indicate if any options are installed (e.g. 2nd RX, DMU unit etc)
7:. Serial Number
8: Dealer and date purchased.

If you have any queires please contact
We will provide a confirmation email and scheduled date for the radio to be upgraded.

DO NOT ship your radio until you are requested to do so by email or telephone from Yaesu UK. Unscheduled shipments will cause confusion and delay in returning your radio.
The manufacturer’s warranty will continue from the original date of purchase (refer to your Warranty Card). In addition the Performance Enhancement parts and labour are warranted for 90 days from the return of your radio.
Any requested non-warranty repairs or damage would be made at owner’s expense.
Units will be carefully scheduled to minimize any backlog or time delays at the UK Repair centre. The project will only be offered for one year and will expire December 31, 2009.

Older information from end 2008 about the upgrade of the FT9000DX


FTdx-9000 PEP Update: The new EDSP Ver. 11.39. It has an important engineering change!

FTdx-9000 PEP (aka Mark 2) V/S Yaesu USA released now the new EDSP Software V.11.39( and Main CPU firmware V.05.09 (idem Vers. update 1/03/09) – The new EDSP V.11.39 software, has an important engineering change!!

Yeasu Europa…? The PEP 9000 Performance Enhancement Program is coming to UK and Europe soon. Keep watch on: Yaesu co. Uk website for announcement!

9000dENG: After 20 Nov, 2008, Yaesu USA released its PEP-9000 enhance ment program for all FTdx-9000 radios. This includes new firmware and replacement /modification of many many Boards: CNTL-UNIT, TX-UNIT, DSP-UNIT, SCP-UNIT, RX-1-UNIT, RX-2-UNIT (D/MP version), Power Meter. Vertex Standard will provide all parts and labor for the Enhancements at our expense. The radio updated with PEP9000 already provided many improvements. The Yaesu writhe an QST: “The Best of the Best Just Got Better” – …Never ending story… to be continued … 11.24..11.29..11.39..! From the 1st Jan, 2009 is started the PEP-2000 Version from the FT-2000 /2000D ! Link to: Download FTdx9000 Update 11.39 V/S Information (1/12/09) PDF (171KB)

1:- This procedure is only needed under the below conditions: • Must have the PEP9000 logo sticker on the radio below the serial number label. • Must have MAIN CUP Version 0505 or higher or DSP Version 11.24

While holding the [GEN]+[50]+[ENT] turn the radio ON, the Version is displayed in the 7 digits VFO A for 5 seconds

2:- If you have EDSP V11.29 in your FTdx9000, do not continue to use it. Please install the new EDSP V11.39. It has improved the RX/TX switching noise, and an important engineering change, no operational changes are included. If you have already installed the Main CPU software Ver. 0509 it is not necessary to update the CPU again (surce V/S Yaesu USA)
Ver. 11.39 (EDSP) implements improvements: • Improved TX/RX transfer noise and an important engineering change ( see Note 2) Also includes previous Ver. 11.29 updates: • DELAY characteristic of AGC close to analog AGC • AGC… attack time fine-tuned • DNR… superior SSB mode noise reduction • DNF…greater reduction of beat tones • Digital Filter… increased Sharp/Soft differentiation • SSB speech processor audio augmented • Faster CAT COMMAND communication • CW side tone clarity • Activate RTTY monitor while transmitting • Reduced Ringing during CW super narrow receive band width settings.
Ver. 0509 (MAIN) implements improvements (also includes previous Ver. 0508 upd): • Added MENU #036 CAT DATA INDICATOR. CAT data activity Indicator ENABLE/DISABLE (C/S button LED) • Added MENU #022 LEVEL INDICATOR. Values are now indicated on the VFD display for PITCH ·SPEED ·CONTOUR ·NOTCH ·DNR ·CW DELAY ·VOX DELAY (Press the [ENT] key to set the command to “ON” or “OFF”) • Added the CAT Command (CO) for APF, ON • CAT commands are changed.[FT0, FT1]: simplex/split (toggle) [FT2]: SIMPLEX [FT3]: SPLIT • Mu TUNE Bar display (above the main VFO) is improved (Menu 16, uTUNE option). The center indictor should disappear if the frequency is out of the amateur band.
3: – The software updates will work with PEP9000 all versions (AF, AS, EU, NA, OC, SA or all Countries) of the FTdx9000Contest, FTdx9000D and FTdx9000MP
4: – For uploading new EDSP Software using the RS-232C, DB9F to DB9F straight cable (CT-119 only for Main CPU)
5: – See the V/S Yaesu official documents for more detail instructions!!
6:-Here how the you know when the PEP upgrade is done. a Sticker should be on the side of the Tranciever
Power Meter

Vertex Standard will provide all parts and labour for the FTDX9000 PEP at our expense.
Yaesu UK Ltd is pleased to announce that the FTDX9000 PEP Upgrade program for UK and European dealers is about to start.

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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 13th January 2009

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Category: Station ,Amature

Icom has a new tranciever on the market. The IC7600../ It’s looks like a 756 but with the inside of a 7700. I really like to see how it’s going to preform. Will it be as good as the 7700 of 7800 line.

IC7600 7600 rear

The above photo illustrates the IC-7600 as presented at Tokyo HamFair 2008. The IC-7600 is a 100W-class HF/6m HF transceiver, utilizing Icom’s well-known and proven IF-DSP architecture and feature set. Note the large TFT display screen. More information will be provided as this radio becomes available.

In the photo below, it will be noted that the elimination of the moving-coil meter has freed up sufficient front-panel space to accommodate the IC-7600’s larger TFT display
IC-7600 and IC-756Pro3 front panels compared. Photo: L. Gentili, IØGEJ.


7600 in compaire with the 756


Salient Points:

  • 13.8V, 100W-class HF/6m transceiver
  • 4-pin DC power connector on rear panel
  • 3 roofing filters (Performance in DW reduced due to roofing filter width)
  • Dual Watch
  • +30 dBm IP3
  • Single USB port on front (USB thumb drive/keyboard, TBD)
  • Single USB port on rear (Rig Control)
  • RTTY/PSK31 Encode/decode
  • APF/TBF (Twin Bandpass Filter for Digital)
  • Separate RX-OUT and RX-IN antenna ports
    • allowing connection of external preselectors, multicouplers etc.
  • Transverter port
  • Audio controls similar to IC-7700
    • TBW
    • TX/RX audio control 
  • Spectrum Scope features identical to IC-7700
  • AM/CW auto tune
  • Items not fitted:
    • Digi-Sel

We have to wait and see when this transiever will be on the market.

!!UPDATE!! 14-3-2009 : (NOW at  Difona  .de ) They showed the IC7600 on the Radiomarket in Rosmalen. Prijs 3895,-
!!So the delivery from ICOM is on it’s way.!!


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Author: pe2mc

Posted on: 10th January 2009

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Category: Uncategorized

Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress

arne on September 24, 2007

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