Saturday, 21 August 2010

Cash Machine


Is this Windows 98 on a cash machine? This was at Barrow Asda.

Monday, 16 August 2010

WSPR Report

7.04011
VK6BN
OF88ac
14696
10.1402
W4AEJ
EM60sm
6885
10.14021
W3HH
EL89vb
6736
10.14023
KC0BMF
EN31be
6461
10.1402
AK4T
EM74vb
6451
10.14021
N8NM
EN82hp
5727
10.14021
AJ4FA
FM17tq
5669
10.14021
W3CSW
FM19kd
5605
10.14021
K1JT
FN20qi
5356
21.09611
4X1RF
KM72ls
3814

My furthest WSPR reports this week

Thursday, 12 August 2010

PSK Reporter

I installed the latest version of Ham Radio Deluxe (Version 5) and tried PSK Reporter.
There was a problem with my USB CI-V cable to the IC-7000, Windows 7 doesn't like it and as soon as I tried to change frequency using Ham Radio Deluxe, there was a Blue Screen Of Death. It seems that this happens sometimes when using USB adaptors which are based on the Prolific chip, the other sort which have FTDI chips in aren't as bad.
Digital Master 780 still works without a CI-V connection to the rig, it just doesn't know what frequency it's on.
After leaving Digital Master on for a while on 14.070, receiving PSK31 signals, I had 100 received stations and 25 countries. I put a few CQ calls out myself and some stations received me (I saw them through the PSK Reporter site, as well as having one Russian station actually reply to me over the air).

I like these 'automatic' modes, they might not be proper contacts but you still need to be able to transmit some kind of a radio signal for anybody to be able to receive you so I think it's still proper radio. You don't need loads of power just to be louder than the person you're trying to shout over the top of to work that DX station.

Friday, 6 August 2010

WSPR top 10s

This week's furthest reports:
Freq
Call
Grid Km
14.09707

9V1AL
OJ11vh 10985
14.09712
VU2LID
MJ88lm 8601
10.14021
W3HH
EL89vb 6736
14.09714
N0UR
EN33iu 6216
14.09711
AI4WV
FM05 6010
14.0971
WA4OSS
FM05rt 5952
18.10615
AB4SF
FM17el 5764
14.09711
NB3N
FM19ki 5589
14.09708
WA3DNM
FM29fw 5445
14.09711
K1JT
FN20qi 5356

This week's nearest reports:
Freq
Call Grid Km
28.12615
MW0GRJ IO83kf 97
14.09714
G0MJS IO93br 97
14.09713
G4YTM IO93gl 134
14.09711
G6LUG IO93sr 185
14.09707
G0IMX IO92ao 186
14.09709
GI6ISW IO64sl 215
14.09713
GW6PXW IO81gq 269
14.09712
GW0UHO IO81hq 269
14.09713
GW3TYI IO81ao 283
28.12611
G4IKZ JO02af 301

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Yarlside



Yarlside (SOTA G/NP-019) which I activated today. Even though it's over 600m, it's one of the worse hills to get out from because it's behind other higher North Pennine hills in the direction that most people are.
Used the FT-817 into a mobile antenna (half wave) on 2m FM and SSB.

The view south with Baugh Fell NP-012 in front, Aye Gill Pike NP-023 in the middle distance and Great Coum NP-011 in the background. I walked up from the main road at Cautley. There is an Orange phone mast at Cautley but once at the top, there is also 3G mobile coverage from 3. Not many hills of that height have decent phone coverage at the top, but this one might be better just because it's screened from anywhere else so no co-channel interference from other cells.

A better 70cms

Now that the data on 440.4125 has gone off in Barrow, I've got a better 70cm band. It used to be strong enough to cause problems on my Icom IC-7000 at home with it appearing at various frequencies in the top half of the amateur band. This was a problem when I was trying to hear D-Star signals which are in the 438 - 440 MHz area.
There are strong local signals in the 453 and 456 MHz bands but these don't cause any problems as they are only on-site business radio users so using a bit less power.