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26/12. T/A QRSS3 on 500kHz.
G3KEV worked WE2XGR/2 on boxing day around 2157utc. Both stations using
QRSS3 on their respective 500kHz allocations.
14/12. RU6LA / G3KEV X-band
LF/MF. G3KEV on 502.57kHz worked RU6LA on 137.71kHz at 1920hrs. Both
stations using QRSS3.
13/12. New receiving loops. Jim
Moritz M0BMU has written a new article on 1m square receiving loops for 136 and
500kHz. Download from the Features
1/12. First SSB/CW 2-way T/A on
500k. Bob WE2XGR/6 worked Finbar GI4DPE first as a regular cw contact, then
Bob switched to ssb on 510kHz and continued the QSO. This is despite an ice
storm at Bob's QTH which deposited 1/4" of ice on his antenna resulting in
Bob's output power dropping to 500W. (Estimated ERP was 60-70W on
28/11. SAQ TX next week. There
will be a transmission with the Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz on December
6 2008 at 10:45 UTC. The reason for the extra transmission is the opening of a
new Alexanderson Institute at Campus Learning Centre in Varberg,
the near by city. We do not require any QSL-reports this time and will not
verify. Info from SM6NM.
22/11. Canada on 500kHz.
Industry Canada is to allow some "selected amateurs" to operate in the
504-509 kHz band with a maximum power of 20 W ERP and bandwidth up to 1 kHz.
The stations operating in this band would be technically operating under
Special Developmental Licenses, although they would all be radio amateurs.
Info from ARRL.
23/10. Malta on 136kHz. The
Malta Communication Authority have confirmed that Maltese amateurs will be
permitted to operate on the 136kHz band as from 1 January 2009 with 1 Watt
e.i.r.p. secondary allocation.
9/10. SAQ on air again. There
will be a transmission with the Alexanderson alternator on 17,2 kHz on
United Nations Day October 24th 2008 at 09:30 UTC. Start
up and tuning from about 09:00 UTC.
7/6. New low-signal mode.
MEPT_JT has been developed by K1JT and ZL1BPU. The program "WSPR" (Whisper)
generates and receives signals using structured messages, strong forward error
correction, and narrow-band 4-FSK modulation. Its principal design goal is
reliable copy at very low signal levels. In practice it works well at
signal-to-noise ratios down to -27 dB in a reference bandwidth of 2500Hz. The
Windows GUI version can be downloaded from the
29/3. LW TX up for grabs. Two
Redifon G142 transmitters with all ancilliaries are available free to anyone
who will collect from the Wirral. Contact me for info. Pictures here.
7/3. G3LDO works VO1NA on 500.
Last night Peter had a cross-band CW QSO with VO1NA, he was on 501.19kHz CW and
Joe was on 40m. Peter's signals peaked 439.
1/2. 500kHz NOVs extended - and more
power. Ofcom have stated that they intend to extend the 500kHz NOVs until
Feb 28th 2009. The current documents expire at the end of this month. New NOVs
will be sent out to all holders of the current one. The power limit under the
new NOV will be 0dBW erp, a 10dB increase. Full details
15/1. Belgium on 500kHz. Rik
Strobbe ON7YD reports that the UBA has received notice from BIPT (Belgian
Ofcom) that they can use the segment 501-504 kHz on a secondary basis, CW only
(all speeds, so including QRSS). Power limitation is 5 Watt
9/1. New 136 activity. Next
weekend Hans-Albrecht, DK8ND will be qrv again on 137.77kHz in qrss3 &
qrss10. It is a challenge to transmit from a little cottage with garden in
urban noise environment. He would be very grateful for any QRSS