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

https://qrz.com/db/CR1FF

See also the others Lighthouse`s activated by NRA
http://www.nra.pt/

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:
"FT8"
"T10"
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


UPDATE:
(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!!!