Thursday, 6 June 2013

Es season on 6M

The last few months I publish no messages on my blog. This does not mean that there is nothing happened to the radio hobby.
Occasionally I busy with my Iler20 project from time to time. But very often I read a book or do other activities at home during my leisure time.
Now the Es season has started on 6M my rig is regularly standbye and my dipole hangs on the balcony.
For me the season is started on May 14.

In this overview below you see the qso's I made ​​until June 3.


73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The resistors are mounted, Iler20 project

Last weekend I started, after reading the manual several times, with soldering the resistors on the PCB.

All 51 resistors are mounted, except P3, the AF control.

The next step are the capacitors. I'm lucky that I didn't continue directly with it.
Today I got a email from Javier,EA3GCY, the developer of this kit. In this email he write that it's better to use 12 pF for the capacitors C15 to C19, instead of 22pF. With the value of 22pF the IF bandwidth is below 2KHz. Properly to small for SSB.

Thanks for this advice Javier!


73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Monday, 18 February 2013

Preparing Iler20 transceiver project.

Last weekend, 9 and 10 February, I participated in the PACC contest.
For many years I'm operator by PA6W, in Tiel. Under this call we participate in the MOST class. This time with 5 operators, normal 7. Given the number of QSO's for us it has been a very successful contest.

I'm also busy with the preparations for the Iler20 project.

I have found in the "junk box" a nice new box.

For tuning, I search for a "Ventier Dial", such a knob I have also on my 20 Howes transceiver. On Ebay I found a supplier in the USA. Saturday the knob was delivered by postmen.

Last week I had the opportunity to buy an EndFed 10/20/40 for a reasonable price. This EndFed made ​​by PAR Electronics in the USA.
The first results are promising. Nice reception at 40M. On 20M it need some help from the internal tuner, my 5 watts CW signal heard by a skimmer station in the USA and Canada. At 10M it was quite good and I could, with a output of 20 watts, work 3 stations, with CW, from the USA.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Iler20M transceiver kit building

Yesterday afternoon, the postman delivered the long-awaited package from Spain.
A large envelope containing the components for the Iler20 20M ssb transceiver to build.

I start with the description carefully and try next week to start with soldering. Check my blog frequently to follow this Iler20 project.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Monday, 28 January 2013

QRV on 2M

It's a few months ago I wrote an article on my blog. I'm still busy with my work, read books and do some household chores. Gradually there will be more time for the hobby and hopefully the weather will be better to do something with antennas on the balcony.

In December 2012, I have the Yaesu FT7800 put on the shack table and after some problems to connect my PC, the new repeaters on 1 January 2013 programmed in my set. Installing a virtual com-port remains a painstaking task.
Late last year I received a Moxon beam for 2M as a gift from a good friend. This antenna is build from scrap and the he gave it with the message "try this one". I searching for my photo tripod. Unfortunately, I didn't found. I'm afraid that it ends in the wrong container during my move to here.

At a local hardware store they had a tripod with construction lamp in offer, I bought this one and put together. The construction lamp neatly packed behind. Then I mounted the Moxon in top and put it in the living room with an unobstructed view through the balcony. It was too cold to go to the balcony. The SWR is on the high side. Probably because the antenna is inside and not in "free" space. In spite of this I was able to make some QSO. The "new" repeater PI3UTR is no problem, the antenna is horizontally polarized.
The snow is gone, now a higher temperature, then I can go out on the balcony for experiments.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Monday, 1 October 2012

Op stap met de Nederlandse Vuurtoren Vereniging (NVV).

Al weer ruim 10 jaar ben ik lid van deze vereniging. Een vereniging van mensen die vuurtorens en/of lichtschepen als hun passie hebben. Voor mij is deze passie ontstaan tijdens de meerdere vakanties, die ik in mijn kindertijd, op Vlieland heb gehad.

De vereniging bestaat dit jaar 20 jaar. In dit jaar zijn er meerdere jubileumactiviteiten geweest, o.a. een reis naar noord Duitsland. De boottocht van 29 september j.l. was de afsluiting van het jubileumjaar.

Zaterdagochtend, 29 september, meerde we rond de klok van 10:00 af bij het muziekgebouw achter het centraal station van Amsterdam. De tocht ging als eerste naar het Vuurtoreneiland. Dit eiland voor de kust van Durgerdam heeft in het verleden deel uitgemaakt van de “Stelling van Amsterdam”. Op dit eilandje staat een lichtopstand en een huisje. Uit de begin tijd zijn de nog half ondergrondse bunkers. De gids van Staatsbosbeheer vertelde o.a. dat deze nooit in de praktijk zijn gebruikt. Nu wonen er een paar mensen die het eilandje onderhouden en worden er theatervoorstellingen in de open lucht gegeven. Via een lange dam is het eiland met de vaste wal verbonden. Een groot hek blokkeert de toegang vanaf het vaste land.

Het eiland is voor € 1,00 te koop.
De nieuwe eigenaar moet vervolgens voor miljoenen restaureren.

Weer terug op de boot waren ging we richting Marken waar we dicht bij de vuurtoren zouden gaan liggen om van alle hoeken foto’s te kunnen nemen. Dit gebeurde ook inderdaad en door de zon die zich veelvuldig liet zien, in combinatie met mooie wolkpartijen, konden er mooie foto’s worden gemaakt. Op een bepaald moment ging de boot dichter naar de wal toe om als verassing aan te meren. We kregen de gelegenheid om aan wal te gaan en de vuurtoren rondom te fotograferen. Een gelegenheid die niet zo vaak wordt geboden om deze vuurtoren van zo dichtbij te bezoeken. 10 leden werden, door de bewoners, gelukkig gemaakt met een korte kijk aan de binnenkant van deze vuurtoren.

Tijdens de boottocht kwam ik erachter dat er meerdere collega’s met mij deze passie delen. Een ontmoeting met een collega buiten kantoor.

Een mooie toch met prachtig (foto) weer en mooie luchten. Voor een zaterdag was het vroeg opstaan voor mij, het was het waard!

Vriendelijke groet, Tjeerd G. Gaasbeek

Monday, 3 September 2012

Dipole for 6 meters.

Looking back on this weekend, it was the one with various activities.

Saturday to the construction market for materials to make up for the jobs ...
Result: a new shelf in the bathroom.

On this Saturday, I also installed a dipole for 6 meters on the balcony. Some weeks ago there were made 2 mounting points. Cord for the suspension of the construction already bought in the construction market.
According to the internal meter of the FT817nd transceiver the SWR is good.

This Es season is nearly at the end and therefore is the chance to hear signals or to make a qso very nil.
I called Bert, PA1B, to make a sked for a signal on 6. This went very difficult about this short distance. Reason not clear.
Then Cees, PA0CKV, in Tiel called. This contact was also very laborious, distance 25 km.

So slowly I went doubt to the functioning of the dipole, despite the good SWR. Cees told me that he hears almost every day LX0SIX on 50.021. I turn my FT817nd on that frequency and heard this beacon. Over a few hours, with different strengths, this beacon is for me almost constantly audible. Antenna works!

Later in the evening there was suddenly EG4ANA from IN80AS square. A special station that used a disused channel 2 antenna. With much effort I worked this station. My output 5 watts SSB.
The antenna works!

Today (Monday) I hear the beacon ON0SIX regularly.

Unfortunately of the Es season, I will have to wait until next year.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ