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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Once Again, Big VK Signals Into The DX Mobile

My mobile amateur radio set up has been doing a fine job as usual. For the second week in a row solar activity on the 20m band has continued to provide some fantastic openings into VK and I have heard many stations coming in really well early in the morning.

Today at around 7.10 utc I heard VK1MA - Matt from Canberra, Australia.  I had recently worked VK1MA just last week whilst mobile and this morning it was very nice to get another opportunity to test my YAESU FT-857 and MALDOL HFC -20 mono band antenna pictured below. My signal report from Matt this time was 5/6, he was a good 5/9 solid copy into the DX Machine...

I had a quick browse back through my blog and noticed I worked VK1MA back in March so I guess the 10500 miles between our antenna is almost a regular path for good two way communications on the move! 73
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
20M Is Wide Open

A great drive in to work this morning as I heard lots of VK stations from down under booming through on 20m.

One station - VK1MA heard me calling him and came back to my mobile call with a good report into the shack of Matt - VK1MA

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Sunday, September 20, 2015
XW-2(CAS-3) Satellites

Nine New Chinese Amateur Satellites 
If you haven't heard already you will be pleased to hear that over the weekend on Saturday China launched their new Chang Zheng 6 (CZ-6) Rocket and successfully deployed 9, XW-2/CAS-3 Amateur Radio Satellites into orbit.

Operational Information 

Current Position Of CAMSAT- XW-2/CAS-3 Satellites

More info via AMSAT UK
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Saturday, September 12, 2015
M0YKS Satellite Array

Beaming to the North with my 5 element 145MHz Yagi and 15 Element X Beam 432 - 437 MHz.

This weekend I shall try catch a few "birds" with my FT-847 Satellite setup. Hopefully I might even get some weather images from NOAA 18 and 19 to post as well as a QSO via one of the amateur satellites. In the meantime as we say in Yorkshire, "have a good un".
73 and let's hope that the HF bands will start to pick up again!
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Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Starting School

This week my oldest daughter Elsie started school full time and as you can see she is making a good impression already. We are so proud of her obtaining an award certificate for being nice to her brand new classmates and teacher. Well done Elsie!

As for radio.... I have been active from my mobile on the usual 20m band but conditions have been flat due to a geomagnetic storm which is still going on. Back in my shack where it is coming close to bedtime I have just worked LZ215KF on 40m. I was operating with my FT1000mp MKV and Carolina Windom antenna, My power was around 100 watts and I received a 5/9+20 signal report. However right now at 23.30 local time the bands are almost completely closed down from 80m upwards with just the odd station coming in here and there. Hopefully the space weather will get back to normal as we approach Autumn and at least the LF and lower HF bands should stay open into the late night allowing me to have a few qso's here and there when the family have all settled down.  73 Happy Ham-ing!

posted by Simon Davison @ 11:33 p.m.   2 comments
Friday, September 04, 2015
BBC Weather Man - Paul Hudson

This week whilst enjoying a lunchtime snack outside in the fresh air I saw a guy walking by whom I recognised immediately as local BBC weather presenter Paul Hudson.
Paul was just about to be filmed making a new season of Inside Out which will be aired on BBC 1 this coming monday.
I had a sudden burst of excitement when I saw what was going on and of course I told Paul Hudson that I was a follower of the weather not only from the BBC but via NOAA satellites received in real time using my amateur radio equipment.

Here is a screen capture of Paul in action whilst broadcasting from the BBC television centre.

This one features Paul Hudson - BBC Weather Presenter in Keighley West Yorkshire and yours truly Simon Davison M0YKS Amateur Radio Satellite Weather chaser!

Below are a couple of of previously received satellite images from NOAA 19 using my 5 element yagi, satellite controller and FT-847 YAESU transceiver.

Other news. The 20m band has started to show signs of improvement since the recent disturbance caused by a large solar storm as I have managed some nice QSO's from my mobile station whilst carrying out my daily commute. My FT-857 and Maldol Antenna are still doing a terrific job and the reports I have been getting back from many stations have all been positive.  I worked into CYPRUS one evening last week whilst driving home and spoke with 5B station who said I my signal was very strong for a mobile. Yesterday I heard a VK Station booming in 5/9 + but had reached my workplace and was out of time so I had to be happy with hearing him rather than working back to his distant location on this occasion.  As we draw toward Autumn it will be interesting to see what DX will be available both mobile and back in the shack. 73 Happy DXing
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
I have got myself a new radio buddy
I didn't quite get his call?
posted by Simon Davison @ 2:14 p.m.   0 comments
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