Thursday, July 24, 2014

Club meetings...

Ham friends comes at SZ5RDS club station and having good time...


Meetings are every Wednesday 
and after 20:00 local time.
All are welcome....!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SV5/IZ8IYX at Rhodes...

My friend and Chief editor of DxCoffee Pasquale IZ8IYX, spend his holidays at Rhodes island. 

At special club meeting today Pasquale have the chance to operate from club station of Dodecanese Radio Amateurs Association making big pileups.

At free of operation time we talk about the cooperation of our people and maybe the next months to have a surprise to our friends around the globe. 


Operating under heavy pileup...

"Souma" just before going on-air with me and president SV5KKE...

From left to right: Konstantinos, SV5BYR, IZ8IYX, SV5KKE, SV5FRW









Friday, July 11, 2014

4m and 6m today....

4m opening....

6m opening (over 4 hours)....

Short skip to Patras and Salonika on 6m give the chance to 
exchange a ..."kalispera" with my friends there....

On videos below my CQs at SV3DCX and SV3FUP stations.

video


video

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fun with my friends...


video

Here is what my friend Trygve LA6UOA seen and listen at his FT-857 when he is at home back Norway...
The video is taken July 3 on a good 6m opening to Scandinavia. Unfortunately Trygve's radio has a damage to transmitter and we have no QSO.

NO PROBLEM...!!!

We make few eyeball QSOs here on Rhodes island  where my friend and his wife spend their holidays the last year....!!!!

Souvenir exchanges...

With the president of DRAA Manos SV5KKE..

Using club's rig to get in touch with home...

With family at my 2nd QTH...

At my shack at 2nd QTH...

At club station for BBQ again with SV5KKE, SV5FRW, SV5DZZ and me with lot of "souma"...




 See you next year...!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AEGEAN VHF Contest 2014...


This weekend we run the Greek VHF Contest. 
The AEGEAN VHF Contest for 13th time.

More here

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SV5BYR - SV5KKR servers out of service...

Unfortunately the conflict between NO-IP.ORG and MICROSOFT not solved so all my servers running under sv5byr.no-ip.org domain is out of service from last night. SV5BYR-7 DX Cluster, my SDR servers (HF and VHF) as the RemoteHams FT-817 of SV5KKR, not working. 

I decide to leave out  of service all servers except DX Cluster 
when the no-ip.org returns. 
Will be on service again at Autumn.

 http://pihomeserver.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/step7-1.png


For your info here is the statement of NO-IP.ORG

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Finally 2m Es...

Even with 4 QSOs it's an 2m ES  the 1st for this year at SV5. 

Lets hope for a big one next weekend on "AEGEAN VHF Contest".

All starts with 4m strong opening and the high MUF to central Europe. 
Was matter of time to be an 2m Es....!!!

4m QSOS from KM36vc

DX Maps ES opening

2m Es QSOs
 
QSO map with 9A2SB

Monday, June 9, 2014

JA to SV5 multi Es...


A nice opening also this morning to Japan with a multi Es....


Some screens of procedure...





I count 4 "waves" of 20-35 min from top to top and manage to work 28 Japanese stations.... In the mean time I made about 60 QSOs with Ukrainian stations most of them for first time.  

One explanation:  Sometimes I put several QSOs, worked on my frequency, at DX cluster. That's not a way to advertise my QSOs, but to keep the propagation maps up to date and help other to point on the Es cloud from their area showing the path. Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Great Es ...but....

4m QSOs map...

6m QSOs map...

6m opening map...

Mixed 6m and 4m opening map...

4m opening map...


Unfortunately no 2m opening and today.... 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

J43VHF...


J43VHF/B using my remote station at south Rhodes (KM36VC).
Both beacons comes clear and loud.




Nice experience and great page for the Greek Radioamateurs...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

It's mine after 38 years...!!!

As young boy every night I dreamed a "Green Radio" to hear all that voices that they comes from the sea. The very first time when I saw it in a big boat at Karpathos island I fall in love with it and for many years I was looking to find it cheap to buy it. Just to listen the Chanel 16 in the shack. The prices all those year staying high and the sell places far from me to pay the shipping. A day, surfing to E-bay I find it to the German E-bay but the guy says no Shipping to Greece. 

The price was affordable and my dream so closed. I hit a bid and few days later I won...!!! My good friend Frank (DL8YHR) says (after my question) "No Problem" to send it the seller to him at Germany. A week later my box it travels from Germany to Rhodes with UPS. Thanks again Frank for you time and expenses. Few days before the box arrives and the baby comes out to the Greek light. Seller says that "the speaker is not working but you can hear something from headphone if you wish".  

So, I opened the cache and go directly to AF AMP. Some shorts with a speaker shows alive the PA IC, and then I focusing to the electrolytic capacitors. An 4700 μF refused to work and a brand new take its place. The warm bass sound of this radio comes out  making me smile...!!! 

My SAILOR RT144 VHF Marine Radiotelephone its back to life and now listen all ship and Coast Guard reports in all Eastern Mediterranean sea. Yesterday I was listening for a half hour the Port-Said canal control at Egypt with Q5.


Monday, May 5, 2014

A real Es...


Sporadic E season it starts with lot of promises...

Monday, April 28, 2014

6m Es 2nd opening...


Today was the 2nd Es opening on 6m.
 Greetings for good Es season to all my 6m friends...!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ICOM IC-725 panadapter mod...

Last couple of months SV5PFC (Markos) ask me to make the modification that I promise to him, hoping to renew his radio totally. I've seen lot of similar ideas to Internet about several radios but no one for IC-725. Reading the manual I've seen thaT the IF it's on 70.450 MHz. Ahhaaa... this on the range that a RTL-SDR can tune so a tap point founded very quick reading the service manual this time.... The radio bottom cover must remove and if you search carefully comparing the next fotos you 'll spot the tap point easily. Q15 is the component you looking for...If you check your junk into the shack a ceramic 4.7 pF or near value will be around. Add capacitor in series for DC block.  I use the same antenna cable that comes with USB stick, cutting the exact dimension and making a direct soldering without using a connector on radio chassis. A ferrite bead before the connector of dongle's antenna is a must and maybe you can glue the plastic USB cover on the top of radio.

Here is the procedure in photos:









Then turn on radio and start SDR Console V2
and tune on 70.450 MHz


Now is time to enjoy your old radio as a new SDR radio
as shown at next video at SV5PFC's shack...



Modification is on your own risk
This is just a purpose with my very bad English...

73s Mike
SV5BYR


Monday, April 7, 2014

1st Es 6m opening this year...


3 QSOs with Italian stations opens the season for 6m Es...


Monday, March 31, 2014

WPX and ..Ham education.

It's amazing how fast the young people learn. 

Last weekend my youngest son ask me: ..."what to do to be an Radio Amateur and communicate with other people around the globe ???". Usually, the kids of radio amateurs are staying away of radios and all that "noises" that get "familiar" very early at their life. They use the Ham shack as ...playground using dad's spare computers and solving (mostly) software issues.
 Well, my kid for some reason get anxious with communications and I had a opportunity to have a good start. I confused a little (after dozens of Ham students I've prepare for exams at SV5 land) but soon I found the time and place to start. WPX weekend and at our shack ofcourse

First object the International phonetic code. 

 A small ASUS netbook running the Logger32, a short briefing how the log works (he got already some tricks looking me all those years  ...hi hi), lightweight headphones and the ...Game Rules.


As you hear the DX station you try to get his call and write it down the log correct. If you are not sure just check dad's screen... 

The very first 3 hours of Saturday was real pain for him but he didn't give up. Every letter was a question and every answer from dad, a smile of success for him... We forgot almost to eat, but early the afternoon we leave Americans and get a big walk away from screens and QRM... Just before the grey line we get back in shack and we have some exotic calls down the log. 330 QSOs at first day for dad it's OK...  about 25 complete calls for him and a lot of complains about the speed of speech from me and the others...

At Sunday Konstantinos wake me up early the morning... A new day and a new challenge for him... JA start’s come strong at clear of QRN and QRM  10m band. The Japanese accent of English is not helps the kid but he try harder...
It looks to recognize all letters and numbers even few of that its not "compatible" with international phonetic code as "Sugar", "Baker", "Zanzibar" etc... Anyway the secret it's the first letter and he focus on that. Sunday was a real joy for him playing this strange game. He ask me tons of questions about signal fading, the mixed signals, distorted voices, reports and exchange and all that's .."very common" for all of us. 
Late the afternoon of Sunday this strange game (but beautiful as he said) ends and I’m sure that the next days, months,  maybe years I have to find more attractive ways to free his fantasy about Ham Radio. 

All next must be a game for him.  
As is anyway...!



Friday, March 21, 2014

Last night's activity...

Nice signals from South America with TransEquatorial Propagation. 
Last 2 weeks lot of stations comes with nice signlas to Mediterannean sea...  

Here is the QSO of ZP5SNA and SV1PMR ....


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

New kid on the ...blog !!!


My youngest son  Konstantinos try his first kit from Ebay....



A nice clock for our shack....


Next effort asked to be a radio receiver....!!!