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Saturday, April 11, 2015
DX Machine Gets Antenna Upgrade

I recently mounted a second antenna on my DX Machine which allows operation on the VHF/UHF bands as well as the HF bands without having to change over antennas. My Yaesu FT-857 has been doing a great job whilst out and about on HF, it is very nice being able to check the VHF/UHF bands from time to time when I fancy a change. 73 happy DXing!
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Sunday, April 05, 2015
Very YL Antenna Crew
Out in the garden enjoying the Easter sunshine with my daughters we plan our next antenna installation together. The plan could involve a full wave 80 meter Delta loop..... More to follow. Happy Easter!
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Friday, April 03, 2015
Delta Loop
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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
Best Advert I have Seen Yet!
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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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