• Featured Image[Article 255]Trip to Newcastle

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    In the weekend of the 16th of February I made a one-day trip with my YL to Newcastle, using the ferry of DFDS (Danish Seaways), in this case the King of Scandinavia. After an inquiry at the service desk and a ‘ok’ from the captain, I prepared to use the FT-817 on the stern. First a qso on the repeater of Amsterdam on 70cm: PI2ASD. Strong, clear signals from the repeater and a nice qso with PA3CNT.

    On the upper stern post, there was a abandoned (probably due to the bad weather) terrace. I used it to make some nice /MM contacts on HF. Unfortunately, due to QRM from my laptop via the USB cable to my microHAM USB 3, I had to stop the experiment with WinLink. And RFI made my 817 TX and stop with a couple of milliseconds. Back to the drawing board and use some rigid toroids on the USB cable!

    On the way back, I overheard a qso between two British hams on 2m in FM. I successfully managed to enter the conversation and spoke to Sid (MøZID) and Derek (sorry, lost your call there!).

    Half an hour or so later, I tried again (assuring the new LiPo battery pack for the 817 from Windcamp was still okay). This time I tried a cq on 144.300 in single sideband. And voilá, MøTLX, David, answered my call soon after. With only 4 Watts (according to the specs) and by now a distance of about 50 (!) nautical miles. Very nice indeed!



  • [Article 234]Jamboree On The Air 2013

    For a few months I have been thinking about participating in the JOTA/JOTI event of the Dutch Scouting (Scouting Nederland). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to write an e-mail to the national coordination centre of the JOTA/JOTI. Due to pure coincidence, they managed to find a group in Harmelen, only a 25 minutes ride from Gouda. The group was eagerly searching for a radio amateur. And they got one! Armed with a load of equipment, I got in the car to the Scouting group Willem-Alexander. They had already built a very nice scaffold of around 25′. It was a very busy, crowded and fun weekend and we made a lot of contacts both on 2 meter FM/SSB within the Netherlands and on HF with numerous stations.

    The setup: TS-590S, FT-897D, the Asus eeePC and some other stuff.

     

    The 4 elements quad for the 2 meter band on the scaffold doing a very fine job.
    The 4 elements quad for the 2 meter band on the scaffold doing a very fine job in combination with a rotor.
    The FD-4 making HF possible.
    The FD-4 making HF possible.

     



  • [Article 211]BrunchFox / ARDF event N.R.V.

    For the N.R.V. (Dutch Fox-hunt Organization) and the ARDF community ZCV Keistad, we organized a nice event in the center of the Netherlands, near the town of Lage Vuursche. The fox hunt consisted of two foxes, which had to be searched by car, followed by a ARDF on foot. Of course, we did some DX on several bands too, using the HyEndFed antenna.

     

    The antenna.
    The antenna at the meeting point.
    The fox hunters sign up for the hunt.
    The fox hunters sign up for the hunt.
    The directional antennas for use in the ARDF fox hunt, on foot.
    Working again on the 897D.
    Working again on the 897D.
    The RandstadVos trying to look impressive with the 897D.


  • [Article 195]Charlie Quebec Field Weekend

    Another short post concerning a nice field weekend organized by the Charlie Quebec DX Group. Throughout the day, the weather was great, but in the evenings the temperature dropped fast and huge condensation threatened the equipment. Fortunately, my new case for the FT-897 and accessories protected the stuff quite good 😉

    Overall a fine two days!

     

    PE1MR/p - because looking intently makes you cool.
    PE1MR/p – because looking intently makes you cool.
    In the field - two tables and two mad radio amateurs.
    In the field – two tables and two mad radio amateurs.
    A single malt to warm up in the cold, wet evenings.
    A single malt to warm up in the cold, wet evenings.
    FT-897 in new 'portable' (not quite) case.
    FT-897 in new ‘portable’ (not quite) case.
    The Moxon for 10-12-15-17
    The Moxon for 10-12-15-17
    The always-present NorthStar on petrol: shed some light on our equipment.
    The always-present NorthStar on petrol: shed some light on our equipment.

     

     



  • [Article 227]Whisky Oscar Field Day

    In the same weekend as the two radio fox hunts from the RandstadVos, on Saturday the 7th of September the Whisky Oscar DX Group using the call PI4WO organized a field day in which I participated as they needed more fully licensed radio amateurs 😉 Some very nice DX contacts were made: Asiatic Russia, near the Bering Sea, China, Japan and some other distant countries.

    TRX: Kenwood TS-590S @ 100W.
    ANT: Fritzel FD-4 for 10, 15, 17, 20, 40, 80 meter band (even a decent SWR <1.1 on 6 meter band!) // Solarcon IMAX 2000 vertical antenna for 10,11 and 12 meter band.

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    Setting up the equipment.
    Marco, just got his license and looking at the equipment in his famous pose.

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    The setup: Fritzel FD-4, HyEndFedAntenne by PA3EKE and some other wire antennas.

     

     



  • [Article 145]Almost two years have passed… PE1MR in the field again.

    As I have neglected this blog for too long, some pictures made during the weekend of the 6th, 7th and 8th of September 2013. Still waiting for the pictures of the Whisky Oscar Fieldday on the 7th of September. Update 22/10/2013 – finally got them!

    RandstadVos (Randstad Radio Fox Hunt) –  HAM radio field setup

    TRX: FT-897D with internal PSU, powered by a 220V power generator.
    ANT: Fritzel FD-4 for 10, 15, 17, 20, 40, 80 meter band (even a decent SWR <1.1 on 6 meter band!) // Solarcon Antron 99 vertical antenna for 10 and 12 meter band.

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    6th of September – During the radio fox hunt on the 6th of September near the town of Bodegraven some decent DX contacts were made on the 10 meter and 20 meter band. The A-99 was towering at 24 meter coil height.
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    The 1:6 balun of the FD-4 not ideally between the branches.
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    For the 2 meter and 70 cm band, we used a Diamond X30 on a short stacking mast.
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    8th of September – PE1MR/p during a radio fox hunt (ARDF) in the town of Zoetermeer, Western Netherlands. The A-99 at 15 meter coil height.