Antenna’s are up!

Last fridaynight after a good Italian meal and a few glasses of nice wine it happend: I’ve temporarely overwon my fear of heights and climbed on our roof to put up the antenna!
First I’ve mounted my Diamond V2000A for 6m, 2m and 70 cm.
After a few local QSO’s I heard there were extremely good conditions on HF. Hmmm, still no antenna for HF….

One more glass of wine and there I went up again to put up my open dipole in an inverted L-shape. A few hours later I was on the air on 20m, 40m etc.
Still need to do a lot of work to the shack, but with the antenna’s up I think we can say: PA1JIM is on the air again!

Hope to hear you on the bands soon!

New callsign

Agentschap TelecomToday when I arrived at home, there it was: the letter with the confirmation of my F-license. I immediately logon the site of Agentschap Telecom (the Dutch Authority who hands out the licenses) and requested my new callsign: PA1JIM !

From now on this website will be also available under the domain: http://www.pa8e.nl

Passed!

examsLadies and gentlemen, we’ve got him! I’ve passed for my F-license exam!! Still need to wait for the official answers. Thirteen wrong answers when I was allowed to make 15 wrong. So I think I’m in the save zone. Whow, very big big big relief!
Now I have to choose my callsign. I think it’s gonna be PA1JIM.

Rwanda DXpedition

SouthGateThe multi-national DXpedition team scheduled to be active as 9X0R this coming weekend between March 16-27th, has added another operator to their team. The new operator is Benard, F9IE.

The 9X0R team plans to have at least 3 stations on the air on the following suggested frequencies:

CW – 1824, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024

SSB – 1845, 3795, 7065, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495

RTTY – 7035, 10140, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz

QSL via EA5RM.

For more info on the DXpedition, please visit their Web page at: http://www.9x0r.com

Source: SouthGateARC

Logging software

A few years ago I was looking for some good logging software. Because I use a Mac I couldn’t use Ham Radio DeLuxe or some other Windows logging software. Some Googling around brought me to MacLogger DX from DogParkSoftware.MacLogger DX did it a few years for me. It has all kind of cool features in it, like integrated qrz.com-queries, rig-control and all of that nice stuff. But one thing really bothers me: it is s-l-o-w. And because I’ve got a pretty fast Intel Mac, I want my apps to be fast and snappy! MacLoggerDX isn’t. And something else is bothering me lately: there seems to be no development at all at DogParkSoftware to improve the performance or the looks of the app (could use a little update too). I’ve bought a license to it, so I expect the programmer updates the application once in a while to make it up to date.

So that is why I was looking for something else on the Mac logger software market. Then a colleague of mine (who knows I’m a HAM) pointed out some new software called Aether LogBook. I’ve read their webpage and looked at the screen shots. It seems to be really nice modern software! It even seems it can use my former rig control cables and interfaces (expensive!!). So I’m gonna give it a try some of these days. Very curious if it outruns MacLoggerDX indeed…If there are any HAM’s out there with experience with this software, please leave me a comment!

Tonight another night of class

examsTonight I’ll have another class in my course for the ultimate F-license! The exam is approaching fast. The 16th of april I’ll do my tricks at the exam! Last year was my first try. Sadly I failed the exam with only one wrong answer too many. I’m studying pretty hard now to pass this time!