Thursday, March 31, 2011

Programming the FT-817ND with FTBasicMMO

Last night my friend Svein LA1BNA brought me an Arrow II 2m/70cm satellite cross yagi and I plan to work some QSOs via AO-51. The FT-817ND manual has information on how to setup menu channels to make doppler shifts easy. I have used the FTBasicMMO software written by Bob G4HFQ to program the memory channels on my FT-857D and now I wanted to try it on the FT-817ND as well. The only problem was that I couldn't get the software to talk to the radio! I followed instructions closely and ended up writing Bob an e-mail to ask for his help. He replied quickly and after a few e-mails back and forth I found one of the pins in the connector of the CT-62 cable was bent. After fixing the pin it all worked like a charm!

Thanks to Bob for the quick response to my call for help!

I will report back when I've tried the satellite antenna. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Analysing CQ WW WPX Contest

During the CQ WW WPX SSB contest I managed 123 QSOs running 5 watt SSB. I used my Elecraft K3/10 @ 5w and a W3DZZ trap dipole and a vertical antenna. QTH was my local radio club. You can find all the details and watch my QSO map here. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see QSO data.

phpQW Log-Analysis  is provided by DLØQW,

Friday, March 25, 2011

CQ WW WPX Contest

I'm looking forward to the CQ WW WPX Contest this weekend. Unfortunately I'm also working Saturday morning and Sunday evening so this will be two busy days! I will be in the SOAB QRP category.

A couple of hours ago I was working a few stations from my car as LA1TPA/M. I used my Yaesu FT-857D at 5W and the ATAS-100 antenna and worked CT9 on 17m and two S5 stations and an E7 station on 20m.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ham Radio news on Kindle with Calibre

I have started to use Calibre ebook management to download Ham Radio RSS feeds and e-mail them to my Kindle after converting them to the right format. The Fetch News function does this automatically as long as Calibre is running. Currently I receive the Southgate ARC feed and the NRRL feed.

Please suggest interesting Ham RSS feeds!