Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ready for PACC

At february 9-10 the Dutch PACC Contest is scheduled. It's the main contest that our club PI4VAD is active. So the last couple of weeks we're trying to get ready for this 24 hour contest.
All the antennas are checked and tested. We have put up a new 2x20 meter dipole for 80m and 160m band operation. If the weather will help us this upcoming weekend we hope to put up a second beam for 10m, 15m and 20m band.
This is the first year that 160m band is allowed in the PACC Contest.

The last few days I've been testing and setting up the hardware and software for logging and internet access. We don't have any DSL or Cable internet access at our club station so we're gonna use some UMTS/HSDPA wireless internet access.
For logging we use N1MM Logger. The N1MM Logger is a freeware program designed to do contest logging and some general logging. It is not a general logging program with award tracking etc. but is mainly a contest logging program. So that's why it workes great for us!

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Live stream

At the moment I'm testing a live audio and video stream from my shack.
It will not be online all the time but I'll try to put it up and running when I'm in my shack and the radio is switched on.
Due to the size of the video stream its hard to read the frequency but you can check that on the left menu.


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Monday, January 21, 2008

Migrants saved by Italian Ham

location map (c) Goofle MapsA Ukrainian family of six, lightly clothed and in some cases barefoot, has been rescued after illegally trying to cross the Alps into Switzerland.
The family of asylum seekers, which included four children, had got lost near Monte Lema in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino. Some suffered severe frostbite.
According to the Ticino police, the family was saved by the fact they were carrying a walkie-talkie.
Their appeals for help in English were picked up by an Italian amateur radio enthusiast, who alerted the police in Ticino on Sunday.
The Ukrainians, a mother of 47, her 21-year-old son, and four other children between the ages of nine and 15, were found in the late afternoon and taken to safety by helicopter.
Three were suffering from frostbite. None are in a life threatening condition, but the nine year old is at risk of having a foot amputated.

Source: swissinfo.ch

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New QSL cards arrived

Today and last friday I received three more direct QSL cards.
So, thanks to Rodrigo CT1BXT who got me Mozambique confirmed:
C91R
Manolis HP2ECP sent me his QSL card as well direct. I hope to log him as well MM:
HP2ECP
Adolfo EA7TV confirmed Ilha de Culatra, EU-145 with his nice QSL card:
CT/EA7TV/P
Via the bureau I got the QSL cards from OM8A and LZ3FN. I hope the rest will follow soon!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

4S7NE and 5L2MS QSL cards arrived

Today I received the direct QSL card from Nelson, 4S7NE.
4S7NE
Thanks Nelson!

A few days ago the QSL card from the Liberia 2007 DX-pedition came in via the bureau:
5L2MS

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