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 tocht 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

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

First qso's from my new desk.

Last Monday the desks for the radio corner and home brew corner are assembled and put on the right place in my apartment.

Yesterday I thought that there would be a Dutch contest on 6M and had therefore set-up my rig + antenna. After a few minutes I heard Es signals and made over a period of 1.5 hours 5 qso's. This qso's made with ssb/cw and only 5 watts output into a 1/4 wave antenna on the balcony, approximately 13 meters above street level.
I worked:
Spain 2 times, Baleares 1 time, Italy 1 time and Portugal. This last country is a new one for me.

Regarding the Dutch contest I have been mistaken. This is next week on Tuesday, August 14.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Monday, 16 July 2012

First 6M qso's from JO22NB

Last Saturday I built up my 6 meter station for the first time. This means the mobile 1/4 whip on the balcony, put on a metal table and the coax connected to my FT817nd.
The balcony is about 13 meters above street level

With 5 watts SSB I worked with YL2IP & IS0BSR/P. 2 qso's about 1400 km away from JO22NB.

Not bad for the first qso's from this new location.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Greetings from Nieuwegein

Hello reader,

This is my first message from the city of Nieuwegein. I moved begin May to this city, close to my work in Utrecht.

In the future you will read more about my activities. First I have to set-up my household.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Friday, 9 March 2012

APRS and DXCC with QRP

Since I have a TNC, see earlier post, I am QRV with APRS. Mainly on 144,800 as a digipeater for a part of the Betuwe. Despite this I notice a black hole on the A15 highway along Tiel. This by altitude.

Meanwhile I have also some rides with APRS in the car. First I had the interval of the beacon at 3 minutes, which I have now been reduced to 2 minutes. This is pretty close, depending on the available digipeaters.

Last week I received the QSL of my contact with JY5HX. With this card I have confirmed 54 countries with QRP power.

The next time I will do almost nothing to the hobby.
About 2 months well I leave this house, I'm looking for another.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Saturday, 18 February 2012

APRS from my car

A few weeks ago I was thinking about an old wish to do anything with APRS from the mobile. I have this working from home and in my opinion it’s static

Searching on the internet for a tracker, I came through ebay on the following APRS tracker + GPS receiver inside.

I ordered and within a week it was neatly delivered. The idea was to use it in combination with the ICOM IC-228H. I bought a serial 1:1 cable and cut one plug. On this side I soldered a 8-pin microphone plug, what a hassle.
From the beginning it worked almost equal. Reception is not yet fully functional, with a C of 4.7nF in the audio line it would also be good to go.

Today I planned a trip. First to Hillegom. Then via Leiden to The Hague. From there, via Rotterdam to Tiel.
My trip.
On my way to Hillegom I used only 5 watts, more was not possible from the cigarette lighter. In Hillegom I received a battery that is ideally suited for this purpose. The full power of the set can be use without problems.

I will not be qrv with APRS every time I drive my care. This will be incidental.


73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Saturday, 28 January 2012

New DXCC with QRP

Last week I was qrv, for a few days, from the village of Zuidlaren. My set-up was the Yaesu FT817nd and a ZEPP for 30M.
This antenna is on the top floor and when I'm there I span the last few meters via the window on the top floor to the end of the garden behind the house.

Conditions where reasonable and I work different station on 30, 17 and 10M.
On this last band I made a nice qso with JY5HX. I heard him calling in cw with the remarks that he listening 2 up. After a few tries he came back for my qrp signal, it was easy to work him. I worked Jordan several times but until now not with qrp. Today I send a qsl direct a hope to receive his confirmation. Via email he told me that I'm in his log.

On the photo you see the Norcal keyer. It works fine for a automatic CQ from the memory.


I toke this photo with my mobile phone.

I also tried to contact PE4BAS on 70cm via a repeater but this was not really success full.

73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ

Monday, 16 January 2012

New DXCC via buro

This is my first publication for this year. Reason? I'm busy with work and with my hobbies happens not to much.

In early December I received a large envelope from the institute where I had followed the course "medical terminology". The exam for this was in October, I successfully completed and received the diploma.
The exam was multiple choices. Despite this I had to wait almost 2 months for the results.

Last Wednesday I was at the local club meeting and received some qsl's.
The qsl of UK/JI2MED confirmed the country Uzbekistan for me.
This country was already confirmed via LOTW. But I prefer a paper card.






73, Tjeerd (Gose) - PA3GNZ