New amateur in town: KF5SLN

Adam CurryOnly a few weeks he is officially a HAM amateur, Adam Curry, of the No Agenda podcast! Passed for his technician license recently, a few weeks later for his general and already he is studying for his extra in December 2012!

Adam totally took a dive in Echolink and setup a conference server (EchoNode 3373), which is already turn out to be a cozy place for ‘random HAM dudes’. Somewhere this days Continue reading “New amateur in town: KF5SLN”

CW Zen

I don’t think this free eBook needs a plug, but because I like it so much I want to mention it on this blog. Not much going on in hobby land at the moment. I try every night 15 minutes of morse practise, but even that often fails. Therefor my progress on CW is slowly as ever. But then again: hey! It’s a hobby, right?! As additional training I often listen to CW-podcast of AI4QR when I bike to work. According to the book of Carlo Consoli, IK0YGJ, it’s a good way to train your mind for the sounds.

At the moment I’m 4 CW lessons from finishing the course. I should be able to do some QSO’s on the bands soon (well that’s subjective in my case HI).

APRS-game for Scouting

aprs.fiYesterday I helped my friend Karel, PE2KDK. Karel developed a game based on APRS. Basically you need 2 or more teams for this game. Every team has a team captain. The team itself is in the field and the team captain is at Basecamp. The position of the team is known in Basecamp because one person in the team wears a helmet with a handheld and a bluetooth GPS-mouse in it. In Basecamp we have a APRS-configuration consisting of a Kenwood TM-D700 with a Diamond X200N to pick up the APRS-signals of the handhelds. This is relayed thru a laptop running UIview so the teams are visible on aprs.fi.

In the ‘battlefield’ there are several command posts. These are populated with older scouts. The challenge for every team is to be the first at every command post. The team captain has to look at aprs.fi and talk his/her team to the command posts (every team has also a ‘voice’ hand held to stay in contact to their team captain on Basecamp).

The hard part is: every team can only talk for 2 minutes and then the other team captain gets to coach his/her team for 2 minutes. So effectively every team is ‘unguided’ for a few minutes before they can speak to their team captain again.

Of course this game is really nice for Scouting (for which it was created in the first place). The outdoor element, navigation, team effort, coaching, there are a lot of things you can learn of this game.Besides the bad weather it was a great day and the kids love “The Radio Game” as they call it!

Ham Radio NOW | K5ND

I read K5ND, Jim’s blog for a while now. Jim (K5ND, not me) is an excellent writer and knows how to give Ham radio good PR! Sometimes I comment on his posts and he always replies very friendly. So funny to watch Jim in a video report of Hamvention in Dayton together with N9JA, Ray from Icom. Suddenly you see and hear a voice (I’ve listened to Jim’s podcasts), a face (pictures on his blog) and facial expression come together into one person.

Please watch the video interview (from 17:01 Jim is on) for a view minutes and hear what great things Boy Scouts of America and Icom are doing for Ham radio!

PACC-2012 evaluated score

PACCCallsign: PA1JIM

Category: SINGLE-OP, ALL, LOW, SSB

Band     Qso    Cancelled  Dup  Point  Penalty  Mult        Score
160M       0            0         0      0        0          0
80M      44             0         0     44       0          12
40M      39             3         0     36       3          15
20M      43             1         0     42       1          19
15M      13             0         0     13       0          6
10M       2              0         0     2         0          1
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141           4         0    137      4          53         7049

CQ WW SSB 2010

CQwwWPXLast weekend I participated in the CQ WW SSB 2010 contest at our clubstation. First timer for a 48 hour contest. While preparing I decided not to work the full 48 hours. Earlier this year I participated in the PACC-contest for 24 hours and I found that exhausting enough. So I did want to start on saterday morning around 5:00 UTC until 22:00 UTC and return on sunday around 6:00 UTC untill 16:00 UTC. That left sunday evening for breaking up the gear. Everything worked as planned, kind of… We were active from the clubstation with two hams. We had build up 2 seats and there where 4 antenna’s operationable. A 10-15-20 beam, a 80m dipole, a 40m dipole (which hung too low) and a 20m dipole (which hung waaay to low). We swapped seats every once in a while to use the beam for 15m and 20m. 15m and 20m where the bands this weekend. I was able to work a few really far calls and added 19 new DXCC-entities to my log. In total I worked 295 QSO’s. Not too much, but I blame it to the bad antenna conditions (at least for multiple operators).

We really need to get up more monoband dipoles and get them up high! Problem is there are enough high trees around our clubstation but almost none possibilities to climb them. I think we need to figure out how to get the antennas up. For the PACC next year we want to try a multi-multi-station for the first time. So that is gonna need some serious preparations!