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Station setup in the cottage

April 29th, 2012 | Posted by m0lcm in General - (0 Comments)

IMG_6884When this photo was taken, clockwise from the back left, HF station 1, on 40m, HF2 on 80m, HF3 on 30m CW, Data station on 15m and HF4 on 20m.

GS3PYE/P Antennas (at distance)

April 29th, 2012 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (0 Comments)

Here is a picture of the GS3PYE/P antennas from one of the small hills next to the cottage, open in full size for better viewing…

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VHF Setup

April 29th, 2012 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (5 Comments)

So we are now on the island and as usual the weather is very good!  Just look at the sky in the below photo of the VHF antennas!

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Left is the 60ft mast of Flossie with a 2m 17 element Tonna on top, and a 60cm dish for 10GHz under.  To the right is the 4m 7 element YU7EF EF0407 beam on the top of the 40ft trailer mast and a 6m 6 element YU7EF EF0606  element below.  All are fed with Ecoflex-15.

 

Next is the 2m station consisting of an Icom IC-910 and above the M1BXF data interface for JT modes or similar.  We are also QRV for voice and CW.

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Also run by the 2m op is the 10GHz station of which most is at the top of the 60ft mast of Flossie.  the driver is an FT-817.  Under the FT-817 is the CW keyer/beacon and above the Softrock to monitor the IF for 2m.

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6m and 4m are run from the same operator. 6m on the left is an Icom IC-756pro3, the white box is the M1BXF data interface for JT modes. To the of the Icom is the Flex-1500 which is the IF for 4m with the transverter and 300w PA in the box above the rotator controller to the right of the Flex-1500.  To the right of those boxes is the 48v PSU (on the bottom) for the 4m PA, above the M1BXF SOMR box (to combine/split audio/mic between 6m & 4m) then an M1BXF voice keyer above that.

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And then come the amps… Smile  Left of the 2 is the Yaesu Quadra for 6m and the right is a Sagra-600 for 2m.  Both easily produce UK legal output.

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First morning in Scotland

April 28th, 2012 | Posted by m0lcm in General - (1 Comments)

I write this as we travel up the A82, wonderful scenery and great company – definitely a good start to the week!

The day dawned bright and sunny – blue skies with scattered cloud, and a brisk 7 degrees celsius as we travel along the shores of Loch Lomond on the way to the ferry port at Oban.

We’ll be doing a last shopping trip in Oban for perishables and then catching the ferry across to Mull.

As we are a larger group this year some of us decided to stay at a Travel Lodge and about half the group stayed at Gavin M1BXF’s parents last night – thanks again to their wonderful hospitality!

And the DXpedition is underway…

April 27th, 2012 | Posted by m0lcm in General - (0 Comments)

We are on our way from Cambridge to Dumbarton!

You can see the progress of the team on APRS.fi:

Rob M0VFC is driving Gavin M1BXF and Pete 2E0SQL
Bob G1SAA is driving Mark M0MJH and Steve M1ACB
Phil M0DEG is driving Lawrence M0LCM, John G4BAO and Steve G8CRB
Flossie G3PYE is being driven by Colin G4ERO and Terry G3VFC
Geoff G0DDX and Linda G0TPX are driving Neil G4HUN

Dom M0BLF and Martin G3ZAY will be heading up later

10GHz sked list so far (v3)

April 26th, 2012 | Posted by G4BAO in General - (0 Comments)

Some of these are pretty ambitious but if you don’t try you don’t work people!

all times local time (UTC+1)

Frequency 10368.120MHz

1 minute periods, GS3PYE/P transmits even minutes

talkback 144.175 and KST)

Saturday April 28th

2000 – 2030 GM4ISM  > IO85ar 155km

Sunday April 29th

1000 –1030  G4CBW  > IO83ub 434km

Monday April 30th

1830 –1900  (G4ALY > IO70vl)? TBA 663km

1900- 1930  GW4DGU/P > IO71NX 491km

1930-2000  GM0USI/P  > IO75UR 136km

2000- 2030 G4PBP >IO82wo 490km

2030 – 2100 G4ALY > IO70vl)? TBA 663km

 

Tuesday 1st May

1300-1330 GI0GDP > TBA?  ?km

10GHz sked list so far

April 26th, 2012 | Posted by G4BAO in General - (0 Comments)

Some of these are pretty ambitious but if you don’t try you don’t work people!

all times local time (UTC+1)

Frequency 10368.120MHz

1 minute periods, GS3PYE/P transmits even minutes

talkback 144.175 and KST)

Saturday April 28th

2000 – 2030 GM4ISM  > IO85ar 155km

 

Monday April 30th

1830 –1900  (G4ALY > IO70vl)? TBA 663km

1900- 1930  GW4DGU/P > IO71NX 491km

1930-2000  GM0USI/P  > IO75UR 136km

2000- 2030 G4PBP >IO82wo 490km

2030 – 2100 G4ALY > IO70vl)? TBA 663km

 

Tuesday 1st May

1300-1330 GI0GDP > TBA?  ?km

10GHz skeds, don’t all rush at once!

April 26th, 2012 | Posted by G4BAO in General - (0 Comments)

Last chance to make a sked with us before we go may be during the drive up tomorrow. Note that we may be able to rely on KST, the internet, or phone from Mull but I don’t know for certain until we get there, so if you want to be certain of
working us on 10GHz, email me with a day and time soon.
john@…

I seem to have missed some emails from Alan GM0USI who so far is the only one who’s given us a firm date and time for a sked. That will be Monday at 1930 on
10368.120.
73
John
G4BAO

Camb-Hams on ICQ Podcast

April 24th, 2012 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (0 Comments)

Martin Butler (M1MRB) and Colin Butler (M6BOY) produce a great podcast for radio hams and for some time the Camb-Hams have been talking with them regarding an interview which Lawrence M0LCM, Dominic M0BLF and Gavin M1BXF managed to have a few weeks back.  The podcast has just been released S05E09; http://goo.gl/NgL7K

VHF Operating Frequencies

April 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (0 Comments)

We have never done schedules before as we are very adhoc in our operation which is very open to what we want to do on the day and how the HF bands are going, plus my (M1BXF) fishing schedule Smile  The general VHF operating schedule will be starting around 6pm on Saturday, all day Sunday then mornings and evenings during the week, or when there is a scheduled contact or an opening, fingers crossed.

Our preferred frequencies (all +- QRM) and modes are;

SSB:

Band MHz Power/Elements
6m 50.215 400w / 6
4m 70.210 160w / 7
2m 144.325 400w / 17

We may transmit a CW beacon on the above frequencies when no scheduled contacts are being made.

Data:

Band MHz Mode(s) Period Power/Elements
6m 50.235 JT6m/ISCAT 2nd 400w / 6
4m 70.230 JT6m/ISCAT 2nd 160w / 7
2m 144.375 FSK441 2nd 400w / 17

Other data modes on request. The 6m and 4m antennas will both be on the same mast and therefore must point in the same direction.

Reflectors wise we will be monitoring ON4KST. We will (subject to abuse) have an IRC chat running on dx.camb-hams.com and we can be emailed skeds2012@camb-hams.com.