Saturday, February 23, 2013

Watch New CubeSat Launch Feb 25

Watch live video of UK STRaND-1 CubeSat launch
The UK smartphone amateur radio satelliteSTRaND-1 is expected to launch from India on Monday, Feb. 25 at 12:25 UT you can follow the launch on Twitter or watch live video.

STRaND-1 and other
ham radio CubeSats are planned to launch on the ISRO PSLV-C20 rocket into a 785 km orbit.

STRaND-1 carries an amateur radio 9600 bps AX.25 packet radio downlink on 437.568 MHz. It is hoping to be the first ever satellite to carry a smartphone into space and also be the first satellite to use a part produced using a
3D printer.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

10 Meter Band Report

 February 14, 2013           
Tony Dixon G4CJC

And yet again a dreary week but a sparkling weekend. The weather was bad and I had to travel so not much time for me on Ten Metres.
Good DX about, ZK3T (Tokelau Is), 3B8/HB9ARY (Pointe aux Sables), 6W/F6IRS/P (Senegal), 5X8C (Uganda) who just about gets top dog for the week, certainly for the weekend.

It seems that there is a good radio path to Malaysia judging by the number of contributions this week.
A first report from Zamri, 9W2NMX. Tuesday he worked SP8AWL 5/8, 9W2YND 5/7, 9W2KJW 4/0 and heard IW2HAJ 5/9, 9W2GEO 5/3 and 9M2AIA 5/0.
Excellent, do let us know who else you work and what your equipment is. And another first Mohd, 9M2AIS, worked JA3TJW 5/8 and JK6IMF 5/9 on Monday. On Wednesday he worked BD7IS 5/9, OK3EE 5/7 and 9W2KJW 5/8 and heard VU2DK 5/7. He is obviously delighted because he comments, “I'm very happy because I got my first time contact with OK3. I’m using a homebrew antenna dipole 30feet from the ground.”

If you have any photos of the antenna send them to me. And thanks for the report. On Monday, Sallehan, 9W2SBD, worked I4LEC 5/9, YO9FTN 599 ( PSK 31), US1US 5/9, UR4QQF 5/9, UV5EEO 5/9, UR5UO 5/9, UA3RKK 5/9, RV4CC 5/9, S57S 5/9 and JK6IMF 5/9.
He says, “I worked 10 station in 1 hour on QRP.. My Lucky day for me.. "Malaysia Boleh””

 Zaki, 9M2ZAK (just love that call) worked RW3PK, 599 long path on Tuesday. On Saturday last weekend he says “Feb 9-10, 2013 - I managed to joint my 1st digital mode contest in CQWPX RTTY 2013 contest as SOSB 10M low power category. Wkd 66 QSOs & 47 different prefixes world wide!”
That’s pretty damn good.

From Andy M0HLT comes this report. “Hi Tony, it's been a while since I last posted, but away working again, also I have not really heard too much at weekends, although there always seems to be a early morning openings to eastern Russia / Europe.
Also the Hy gain Triband vertical is full of water, even though I have brought shares in self amalgamating tape!!! So it's come down and been replaced with a Sirio 4000 7/8 wave mobile (cut for 10metres) whip on a relevant angle bracket with a so239 mounting, first call after installing a couple of weeks ago was into the Dominican with a 5/5 report. More info read here

Monday, February 4, 2013

Salah Tafsir Dan Salah Faham Dalam Radio Amatur

“Check Net” – Ini  satu lagi istilah yang tidak tepat penulis tidak tahu bagaimana ianya diujudkan. Sepatutnya “Check In The Net” Contohnya “Have you check in… the 2 meter Net?” Kalau istilah “Check Net” ini di terjemahkan ianya membawa maksud kita Check Network mungkin ada kerosakan pada Network berkenaan…mungkin ayat nya berbunyi begini. “Tolong Check Network saya……..” sila baca di sini...