Monday, May 30, 2011

Portuguese afternoon....

Late the afternoon today the band suprise many stations.
2xEs QSOs for 2-3 hours and a new one for me: CU1EZ. (must be a first ever)
Later I miss PJ2 and HI3 but lets hope for the next days....
On 4m the only signal was CT1FFU with 59+....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yet Another "magic" Day on Radios....

One more day waiting for the Big Bang on 2m ..... Nothing heard so far....

But in the other hand 6m and 4m was just fine....

and the 4m band....




The ODX was the EI8IQ  (3.229 Km)....!!!


Hope to work  you  soon on 2m Es...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

4m (and 6m) GREAT opening today...!!!

......the great signal of IK4WTU on video....

Pass also ON, OK, S5, 9A, I, LX, OM, G, GW, GM

Above is the map of 70 MHZ 



And here a picture of 6m Es..


...and the comments   Hi Hi

TNX all for QSOs....and see you soon on 2m Es.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Aegean R T T Y Contest


The 2nd Aegean RTTY Contest is taking place at May 21-22.

Is the only HF Greek Contest.

We hope to see you on our screens...!!!!





More info  HERE

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

17-5-2011 6m activity....

Today was a strange 6m openingat afternoon...
Everything goes crazy... Unstable signals, inband video and multi direction Es clouds....
Now at the end of the day i count 288 QSOs mostly from Balcan area and Ukraine. Some QSOs also made from OK, DL, SP lands.....

A big thank you for those who support me on DXC.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Another interesting day on 6m....

With very unstable conditions and many inband videos for about 4 hours. 

I0JX/b was audible all  afternoon but no so many Italians active.  

Was a pipeline propagation between Rhodes isl. and Roma area......

Saturday, May 7, 2011

TS-2000 new look....!!! ( how to make it with 6 Euros)


After my Kenwood TS-2000 blown the display lamps ( it was only 3 of 6 blown)  I decide to make the "Cool Blue LED modification" by my own without purcase the high priced kit from Internet.  

At this point I have to say that Ham Radio is SHARING of infromation and no BUSSINESS.  The cost for the "kit" is 35 USD and the whole modification it cost me only 6 Euro as the LEDs and resistors cost. (about 9 USD)

Here is the modification:

When you open the radio cover removing the 10 screws remove the upper screws that they keep the panel in place. Lose some the lower two screws and gently leave the panel to come upsidedown in front of you.
In that position free the ribbon from radio side carefully..!!!

Remove the two plugs at the left side to be seperated from the radio body.
Now you can have the front panel free to work...


Now carefully remove all knobs from the face of control panel starting with Dial knob....



and then the smaller ones...


...now you can lose the clips tha hold the plastic surface of control panel on the metal frame-base....
Four screws hold the display on the metal frame.  Free the display and prepare for the soldering work on it...




Six small lamps is used by the Kenwood to give the illumintion to display. With a small cutter carefully cut the legs of this lamps and take them out of the holes. Remove also the 3 SMD resistors ....



I use  3 resistors of 150 ohm (Brown-Green-Brown) for the LED polarization. Prepare the LEDs cuting their legs and leaving 4mm for the soldering point. Be carefull with polarization. The anode goes to te resistor side.
Finish first with resistors soldering and then make the LEDs soldering. Use soldering iron that is for SMD work.
The area you work is sensitive due to small components but is easy if you know how to do it.


A closer view with components on ....


Don't be harry at this phase. Double check the LED polarity. Take your time. Any mistake will put you back at the beggining again....  After the soldering work is time to reassemble the parts again... Put the display back and tight the 4 scews that hold it on metal base.... Check if is enough space between LED legs an metal...any shortcut is....unwanted  hi hi...


Put all back carefully....
Put the ribbon cable and two plugs on place and reassemble the front panel on the radio body. Double optical check at any step...!!!  Do not push too much the ribbon cable. !!!
Put all knobs on their place and close the radio again puting back the 10 screws.


You are finished.....  NOW is the time of trouth....

Plug your radio on 12 volts and turn it ON....!!!
and....   V  O  I  L  A....












Here is  how my radio looks after the modification that cost me only 6 Euros....!!!   and no 35 USD....!!!

If you want to try it, is on your own risk. 

73s de SV5BYR




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

6m wide open to Europe and Ukraine this afternoon....





My first real opening this year on 6m....
Many Italians and Ukranians....

Monday, May 2, 2011

First 6m Es QSO this year....!!!



IZ5FCC  copied 559 this afternoon....

hope his is lucky.....hi hi

5-9 Report Ham Magazine vol 113 on-line....




The new issue is on-line with 1 day delay....

Don't forget to join  

 AEGEAN   R T T Y   Contest 

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21 & 22 of May.....!!!