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Friday, March 13, 2015
Mobile DX Into VK1

I was pleased to hear the 20m band wide open this morning as I drove to work. I came across Matt - VK1MA calling CQ at around about 8.15 utc coming in loud and clear 5/9+  whilst driving over the moor tops. I put out a call back from my mobile FT-857 and was heard first shout by VK1MA who gave me a 5/6 - 5/8 signal report. I was pleased with the good report as I only run 70-80 watts into my mono band Maldol antenna from the Yaesu 857. I couple of months back I opened up the hidden menu in the FT-857 and backed off a few of the default audio settings, I also added a bit of top end to my modulation. The /M radio reports that I have been receiving since the adjustments regarding my signal and audio quality have been very positive and I have been working lots of Stations whilst /M, enjoying it very much indeed. 73 Hope to work you on the bands soon!  Keep HF Mobiling!
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Update To Main Site - Live Satellite Tracking


I just added a new page to my main ham radio site which can be found on the Live Satellite Tracking page. The new page can be accessed via the ISS SSTV button as seen in the above screenshot and contains SSTV images received from the ISS at my qth. Its still work in progress and I would be very happy to add any of your own SSTV images from ISS that you have received in the past or present. 
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Monday, February 23, 2015
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Video: Slow-scan Television (SSTV) From ISS - RS0ISS

As mentioned in my previous post, here is the video of my FT-847 Satellite set up receiving images from Russian Cosmonauts on board the International Space Station

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SSTV From ISS - 3rd Pass Of The Day

I managed to catch a 3rd ISS pass and again collected another RS0ISS SSTV Image.

The ISS will continue sending SSTV images until tomorrow if you fancy having a go yourself. I will be QRT for the next pass as I watch Scooby D with my Daughters.

BTW I caught the last ISS pass on video which I shall be uploading later. Best 73!

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Second SSTV Transmission From RS0ISS Received at My Ground Station

Another pass from the International Space Station allowed me to catch a second SSTV image as seen below.

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RS0ISS SSTV Reception 14.15 utc

A successfully received image from space using my FT-847 and satellite array

 Using MMSSTV software I received images directly from the International Space Station as it passed over my region a few minutes ago.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
DX MACHINE Mobile On The West Coast

Today was a good day! I decided to take the family to the sea side for a little adventure. We left Yorkshire and headed west into the neighbouring county of Lancashire ending up on the west coast at Cleveleys which is very close by to the world famous Blackpool. As we arrived it was the peak of high tide and the waves were splashing nicely over the sea wall. I fired up my Coleman petrol stove and made a warming brew to compliment the stash of sandwiches Louise had knocked up before we set off. Even Dudley our trusty hound had his lunch by the sea side and a fun time was had by all.

As well as having a superb view ahead the view behind wasn't bad either, in fact it was perfect I could see a playground/park directly behind the van which the kids would enjoy for 30 minutes. I decided I would take a look at 20m whilst the family were playing where I heard a lot of contest stations coming in strong to my mobile station. I have recently reinstalled my YAESU FT-857 after finding some of the hidden menu settings to be incorrectly set which I carefully set up in my shack to my preferred settings which have been working out pretty well over the past few weeks of testing with the Maldol mono band antennas.
I made some QSOs with non contest stations which was quite tricky as the band was almost full up of contest stations. I also got some of the 20 meter band activity on video as seen above where I make a QSO into HA land. 73 have a good Sunday!

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Friday, February 20, 2015
New Ham Radio Video's Out - HF/LF Antenna Comparison Tests & NOAA 19 Satellite Weather Reception

Reception of todays weather image directly from NOAA 19 Satellite. 
I am running some different software to decode the image called WXtoImg. Satellite tracking software is gpredict. Radio is YAESU FT- 847. Antenna 5 Element Yagi YAESU G-5500 elevation and rotation controller.   

Late Night Activity
It was another late night back in the shack of M0YKS. The family are all tucked up cosy in bed fast asleep as I take a listen up and down the HF & LF bands in the hope of hearing some rare and distant stations.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Guest Book Tribute & Thanks!

Just a quick Thank You to all of you for passing by and supporting this Blog as well as my Ham Radio Main Site and a special thanks pictured above as a tribute to the first 20 entries to my main site visitors guest book.

Its half term at my local college which has allowed me to enjoy time with the family as well as play some day time radio. I have been enjoying calling CQ and will try my best to continue airing the new call whenever its possible especially throughout the next few days.  This week you will be able to catch me on HF as M0YKS throughout the day as well as most evenings operating from the shack from around about 22.00 utc. Also some daytime activity is planned as M0YKS/M from my HF mobile " DX Machine" as seen below now running a couple of extra watts... 73!

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