quarta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2017

Finally received the MFJ-1204

Hello everyone!
After a 2 month adventure with customs and 25 € of taxes I finally received the MFJ-1204 USB TO RIG INTERFACE.

In the next few days I'll conect to my Kenwood and test it.
This time and the next reviews will be on video.

Stay tune !!!!

73 of CT8ABY

quinta-feira, 7 de setembro de 2017

CME Impact

CME Impact / Geomagnetic Storm Warning

For more info please visit http://www.solarham.net/

At my work on military comms i fell the blackout yesterday and for next days the effects will be filed

terça-feira, 22 de agosto de 2017

ILLW 2017 - CR1FF

My participation in ILLW was at the Ferraria Lighthouse on the Island of S. Miguel, Azores with the call sign CR1FF.

Despite poor propagation conditions, some good phone contacts, FT8 digital modes and most CWs were still made.
I hope to return to attend this event again next years.

73 de CT8ABY

segunda-feira, 14 de agosto de 2017

ILLW 2017 on Azores Island

Under responsability of Núcleo de Radioamadores da Armada, a team of it's members under leadership of  CT8ABY Pedro, is going to put the station CR1FF (Farol da Ferraria) on the air for ILLW 2017 (19/20 Aug)

We expect to work CW and SSB


See also the others Lighthouse`s activated by NRA

LOTW TQSL was updated today.

LOTW TQSL was updated today.
onfig.xml version 11.1 has been released.
This is an update release containing additions made since the release of config.xml 10.5
The changes in config.xml 11.1 are:
In the Modes enumeration following approval and realease of ADIF v3.0.6 on 13 August 2017, added entries for:
In the Satellite enumeration, added an entry for:
"LO90": LilacSat-OSCAR 90 (LilacSat-1)
In TQSL's station location specification wizard :
Added a combination of ITU Zone 50 & WAZ 26 for DXCC® Entity 318 (China)

Happy uploads to all FT8 users.

73 de CT8ABY

PSKReporter DOWN

PSKReporter.Info website has been down for several days
The Hamspots.net website is still up but it collects info from PSKReporter.Info and other sites.   Hamspots.net presents the info in an easy to use format useful to folks pursuing DX, looking for a specific country, state, etc.
While Hamspots.net is still up and running, its info is not nearly as complete without the feed from PSKReporter.

PSKReporter is a fantastic tool hope that came back online fast.

Stay tune.

73 de CT8ABY

(PSKReporter Forum) It seems that the system ran out of disk -- I'm trying to do some 
cleanup to get things moving again.... 

sexta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2017

MFJ-9232 QRP Loop Tuner Review

I would like to share my experience whit the MFJ-9232 QRP Loop Tuner .

When I received my MFJ-9232 it came packaged in a waterproof vinyl bag with 55 feet of 18 wire and about10 ring slugs but no instruction manual (you have to dowload from the MFJ website).

There is no frame to suport the wire so i pickup some PVC and build a frame to suport the loop.
I started out with a loop to 20M but the results were low. Pick some RG coax that was laing around and make a fine loop to 20M and boom, signals came from the radio right a way.
With a loop antenna you do not use an antenna tuner, instead you adjust the antenna’s capacitance through adjustable capacitors, the best is using the method described in the manual of peaking the signal.

Since my Yaesu was stolen from my car i had to test whit my trusty radio an old TS-520 whit the lowest power i can get (field qrp tests need to be on old no money to buy new radio and a new baby is coming).

A new digital mode emerge FT8 and was wen i dicided to give a try and manage to get 5 QSO`s on just 15minutes. Fantastic.

All my 20M, FT8 contacts are going to bee whit this antenna no outher.

This is a good start to loop antenas, low price and you test and build your loop for your favorite band.
If you decide to give a try on 40M be awere that it is going to be a realy big loop.
I would buy outher kit like this one just for the experience of " building " my own antennas, its easy to buy a ready to go antenna but where is the fun on that!!!

quinta-feira, 22 de junho de 2017

No more QRP

I am very sad!!!!
This week I went shopping and when I got back to my car the police were waiting for me to report that I had been robbed.
They took my FT-857 damaged a window and took my wallet with just documents.

sexta-feira, 16 de junho de 2017

MFJ-9232 Review

Hello everyone, just arrive today on the mail a fantastic product from MFJ to review.
The QRP Loop Antenna MFJ-9232.

Next few days i am going to dive in on this antenna and i will make a full review of it.
Stay tuned.

73, CT8ABY-Pedro Almeida

quarta-feira, 7 de junho de 2017


I have ben full of work so no ham radio on the last days.
Radio only at work (military) !
Today i received on the mail my HAREC certificat .
I am very happy.
Now i need to get a new radio my old TS-520 does not have all what i need.


quinta-feira, 25 de maio de 2017

General exam

Today was the day i went to make my general exam.
Result? .... Pass !!!! Fantastic.
New callsign CT8ABY hope to hear you on the bands.

73 to all

sexta-feira, 19 de maio de 2017

10M JT65 - 20 MAI 2017

Hello everyone.
One more station scored today on 10m
TxmtrRcvrBandModeDistanceTime (UTC)
PY2BTFCS8ABY10mJT657047 km18:00:29


10M is not dead 


Hello everyone! Until I can ascend to category 1 (CT8)I keep listening daily on JT65. Here's my last 24 hours of SWL.

quinta-feira, 18 de maio de 2017

10M Opening

Hello everyone thanks again for visiting my blog.
Due to my work i have been a little away from the hobbie
but every once in a while i always get some time.
Yesterday i turned on my Kenwood TS-520 and started to listen
to the bands in digital modes.

Which was not for my surprise i heard JT65 stations on 10M.

Tryed to work Brazil and also made a local QSO.

I realy love the 10M band.

see you next time!!!
73 de CS8ABY