Sunday, December 13, 2009

A9 Kingdom of Bahrain qrv on 4m band !!

Dave EI3IO reports

In a major spectrum consultation exercise launched by the Bahraini telecommunications regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), seeks comments inter alia on whether all or parts of the band 69.95 - 70.5 MHz should be offered to the amateur service in Bahrain for propagation experiments. The consultation document (which also seeks comments on 500 kHz and 5 MHz) can be downloaded from

A new National Frequency Plan has also been published which allocates the band 50-50.5 MHz to the amateur service on a national primary basis and 50.5 - 52 MHz to the amateur service on a national secondary basis. New arrangements are also included for 136 kHz, 1.8 MHz 7 MHz and 430 MHz.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Denis SV8RV just send me a very interesting email

His station works with a powerful PC as a monitoring station in cw CQWW CONTEST.
It uses the latest technology QS1R receiver who is scheduled to act as receiver to 7 bands of HF Simultaneously and decodes 96 KHZ in each band the same time. Everything emits CQ recorded and passed on the petition and the

Statistical reports you can see here.

In the attached picture you can see that the system enough to use both at around 1400 decoders ie as if we were 1400 operators and looking for us.

Take the statistics very carefully. The statistical analysis of the reports should be made at the end of the contest. It all of course they are made thanks to the innovative software VE3NEA (skimmer server)

73 de SV8RV

NO COMMENTS........ !!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

ON Belgium on 4m band


The Council of the BIPT decided in accordance with Article 13 of the Act of June 13, 2005 on electronic communications, to authorize all holders of a Avergunning Radio amateurs (HAREC) to the frequency 69.950 MHz on a secondary basis Using a power of 10 W EIRP and a maximum bandwidth of 10 kHz. Radio Amateurs who wish to perform experiments at this frequency, are required for this first the Institute to report by letter or by e-mail address This Decision shall enter into force on the day it is published (Ed. 19 Nov. 2009).

Saturday, November 7, 2009

LA Norway now qrv on 4m band !!

Bo 0Z2M reports @

As of 5 November 2009 Norway has added 70 MHz to the radio amateur bands in Norway, Svalbard, Bear Island, Jan Mayen, Bouvet Island, Peter I Island and the Norwegian land areas on Antarctica.

Frequency spans: 70,0625-70,0875 MHz, 70,1375-70,1875 MHz, 70,2625-70,3125 MHz, 70,3625-70,3875 MHz and 70,4125-70,4625 MHz. Power limit is 100 W.

Great news !!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The youngest radio amateurs in Greece !!

12 years old Anna and 13 years old Nick are the youngest radio amateurs in Greece.

Great news and well done Spiros (SV8CS) and George (SV8RX) !!!

I wish both many great qso !!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New one # 321 ! TX3A in the log !

Just worked on 30m cw TX3A.
A new one for me.
Nice to see my worked dxcc countries at number 321
Good luck all
73 de SV2DCD Leonidas

OH Finland now qrv on 4m band !!

Great news from

Bo,OZ2M writes

As of today Ficora, the Finnish regulator, has granted access to the 4 m band in Finland

Frequency slots: 70,000-70,175 MHz and 70,225 - 70,300 MHz. Maximum power is 25 W, 30 W or 100 W depending on location and license class.

Transmission is not permitted:

- within Lieksa, lomants, Joensuu, Kontiolahti, Polvijärvi, Juuka, Nurmes, Valtimo, Kuhmo, Hyrynsalmi, Suomussalmi, Ristijärvi och Sotkamo municipalities

- transmission less than 50 km from the boarder to Russia is only permitted with the antenna main loop pointing away from 0°-180°

- maximum transmission power is limited to 25 W when distance to the Norwegian and Swedish boarders are less than 50 km

Only locators KP53 & KP54 can't be QRV.

Great news for the 70mhz band operators !!!

Good luck with this challenge

73 de SV2DCD Leo

The Dawn of a New Era.YAESU FTDX5000MP

Monday, November 2, 2009

Analog switch-off for Digital switchover TV and what this means for an amateur radio station !!

Good friend Bo,OZ2M reports today


Then came the final night when the analog TV transmitters were closed. I was very
wonder what it would mean for me since I live only 3 km in a direct line
from Gladsaxe transmitter on channel 4th

It meant something then? YES it did!

Before I had the intermodulation between P3 at 93.9 MHz and the sideband noise of
K4. It has now disappeared. Overall, 6-10 dB improvement and dust the floor is now
almost fell. Directly at the transmitter is improving even better though
I do not have any measurements of it.

So the transition from analog TV to digital TV appears to be an unconditional
success here in Herlev.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

XR0Y on the air and in the log

The XR0Y team is on the air.Victoria SV2KBS and the other members of the team started this morning on 40m ssb.Good 59 copy here in NW Greece.Worked on 7.083 8kcs up from their tx qrg 7.075

Now waiting badly for TX3A Chesterfield Islands.This would be a new one for me !

Good luck all

73 de SV2DCD Leonidas

Monday, October 26, 2009


The CQWW DX SSB contest is over.I was active for about 16 hours on category
SINGLE OPERATOR 40M/(A) HP.My result is 1334 qso's 36 cq zones and 133 dxcc countries with
a total score of 376,701.
The wx conditions during the weekend were very bad.Sometimes the rain static was s9
making a lot of trouble to copy any weak station.The propagation was in good shape.
Some good dx stations in the log from central and south america,africa,hawai (KH7XS)
and pacific (3D2KJ).
I lost zone 1 KL7RA.Very hard to copy due qrm.Also zones 36,37 and 39.
My working conditions
Antenna OPTIBEAM OB12-4 (2EL on 40m)
Antenna RX 4
Rig Yaesu FT2000

CU all in the next one

Friday, October 2, 2009

Some DX in the log after a long time

In the last two weeks my logbook seems to get some DX again after a long time.
FT5GA,TX5SPA,3D20CR,XV3RRC are some good ones and there are more to come (i hope) like TX5SPM,K4M,XR0Y,TX3A.
10m band seems to give as the oportunity to work some dx during the afternoon with Africa and South America.I have heard a couple of times the Z21ANB,3B8MS beacons,worked FT5GA and TL0A and of course many PY's and LU's.
Yesterday conditions on 40m band was very good.3D20CR during the afternoon was 59+ on cw and on rtty also.Really impressive signal from Conway Reff !!
Let's hope for such good conditions during the CQ WW DX SSB contest.
Good luck all de SV2DCD Leo

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Summer 2009

SV2AGW & SV2DCD at St.Nicholas Zakynthos
No comments.......

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The time has come !

The time for vacations has come.Tomorrow i am leaving for Zakynthos island as i do every year.My good friend SV2AGW is already on the island.Also my local good friends waiting for me SV8CS,SV8RX,SV8RV,SV8YM,SV8AXZ.This year another ham party will take place with lots of traditional food and of course the local Verdea wine ! More pictures to come .
73 de SV2DCD Leo

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The impressive number of dx spots for SV3BSF/B 6m beacon

It is really impressive!!! There is no day since April 2009 whith out a dx spot for SV3BSF/B 6m beacon copied via es !! The beacon is located in KM08UF grid square qrg 50.0759 Mhz 5Watt Homebrew (SV3BSF) TX and the antenna is a 2el DK7ZB design looking @ 320 deg
Go to and enter SV3BSF/B into the search string checking the maximun number of spots
Really impressive!And we are not yet finished with the es !

Monday, July 6, 2009


SV2DCD/B is back on air from KN00LI 1.800m asl
ANT:2X6el DK7ZB @ 330dgr + 2X5el F9FT @ 180dgr

73 de SV2DCD

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

EA1DDU Spain new one on 4m band

Yesterday afternoon around 18:00 z as i was listening on 70.200 ssb i heard Domi EA1DDU calling "cq es 4m". Bingo ! The report was 55 both sides and the qso done.This is a "new one" for me on 4m band and 1st ever qso between Spain and Greece on 70mhz.When i finished the qso with Domi he passed the mic to another station.I think she was a yl but the qsb was fast and lost them. 10 min later i had also qso with EA6VQ ssb and cw with booming signals.
My setup on 4m band is 9el 10m boom DK7ZB homemade and YAESU FT-847.
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9 stations have, as of 22 June, been allowed back onto 70 MHz until June 2010.
70.150 MHz +/- 6 kHz and 70.200 MHz +/- 6 kHz using 10W

Tnx Domi for the nice qso !

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

D44TD Cape Verde New one on 4m band

Yesterday i had qso on 4m band 70.200mhz SSB at with Xara D44TD.
His locator is HK86NO and the qrb is 4970 km a new DX world record for multi hop es on 4m band.Xara was very strong on 6m band 50.120 peaking over s9.
I asked him to qsy on 70.200 ssb first at around 17:50z.No copy at that time.
Second try was after 10min while his signal on 6m was building more.No copy also.
Then at 18:09 third try i had him on 70.200 SSB rst 44 !!!!!
Tnx Xara for the nice qso and new one for me!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009



To install the new version simply copy the VUSC.EXE into your existing
installation over the existing one.

At the first start of the program, do following:

- quick restart "No",
- do NOT open any contest
- make "Contest->Save config"
- close the program with "Contest->quit"



Thursday, May 28, 2009

D44TD Cape Verde now qrv on 4m band

CTIHZE Joe reports that D44TD is now qrv on 4m band with FT847 and 4el yagi.
Great news from Joe and a big challenge for me to work D44TD on 4m band with a distance > 5000km which is at least 3 hops es.
Good luck all with this nice dx on 4m band

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First multi-hop e sporadic on 6m for the season

Yesterday afternoon @ 18:05z on 6m band i had qso with Pedro NP4A.His signal was 52.After 2 minutes i had another qso with WP3UX Willem.This was the first multi-hop e sporadic on 6m band for the season.I was able to copy both inband for more that 45 min.Happy that the "magic band" is starting to give us DX stations.Hope for more in the next days.
Here is an mp3 file to listen how i heard NP4A yesterday

My antenna is 8el 2WL homemade and rig YAESU FT2000

73 all good luck on 6m band
de SV2DCD Leo

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New 50mhz homemade antenna

This is my new 6m band homemade antenna which replaced the old 5el DK7ZB homemade also.
It is 8el 12,3m boom DK7ZB style.
Info about this antenna here
Tnx for the help SV2RM Steve and SV2FNH Theo
See you all on magic band !!!
73 de SV2DCD Leo

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Help to keep GB3MCB on air

G3ZYY reports

Hi All, I have just posted the following on the UKSMG site and thought you guys would also be interested:

Many of you will be unaware that the GB3MCB beacons comprising beacons for 2m 4m 6m and 70cms are due to be switched off on April 2nd due to lack of funding. Full details of the background to this will appear in
a forthcoming 'Six News' but in brief, the Mid Cornwall Beacon and
Repeater Group, which has a relatively small contributory user base, has insufficient funds to run all of the transmitters associated with the group. The groups main function until recently has been the upkeep of their 2m and 70cm Repeaters but they have now become responsible for the beacon system also.

From a 6m point of view, the good news is that UKSMG have stepped in to
ensure funds are available to allow the 6m beacon to continue. The
other beacons are expected to shut down in about two weeks time. It is
not within our (UKSMG) remit to directly help fund the remaining beacons however, it would not take a great deal of funding to keep all of these beacons running for the coming year at least, and probably into the forseeable future.

Details of contacts for the group for anyone wishing to help with funding are available here:
However, it seems to me that a co-ordinated approach by groups with a
vested interest in individual beacons (as we UKSMG have done) would be
the best approach to ensure the beacons remained active although please
note the short timescales involved. As a rough guide, it costs
approximately £2 per week per beacon to provide electricity or about
£120 per year. A small cost when the benefits are considered

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Austrian 4 m beacon QRV in summer

Peter OE5MPL have good news about a new 4m beacon
Reports :

I am happy to announce, that we have received a license to operate a beacon on the 4 m band.

We did not get the vanity call OE5FOUR. Instead we got OE5QL. This is no Amateur Radio Call the Austrian PTT said. It is an Experimental Operation Radio Call.

Well, there are some restrictions. Time limit is 1 June and until 31 August 2009. Transmission is only 2 minutes per sequence between 04:00 and 19:47 UTC. Each sequence begins at full hour +00 min., +15 min., +30 min. and +45 min, e.g. 04:00-04:02, 04:15-04:17, 04:30-03:32 and 04:45-04:47. Transmission power is 1 W ERP the first minute of each sequence and 5 W ERP the second minute of each sequence.

If the beacon does not interfere with services outside of Austria, an extension is possible after August 2009 the Austrian PTT said.

Anyway after August 2009 we will try to negotiations for 24/7 duration period for the beacon.

This is just the first step, following the offered directives of our PTT in Vienna.

The beacon frequency is 70,045 MHz, location for the beacon JN78CJ, 860 mASL and the antenna a Half-Wave Vertical with Collins Filter design DK7ZB/OZ2M will be used.

Peter, OE5MPL

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

EA6SX 4m and FJ5DX 6m qsl cards received

80m λ/4 vertical up again !!

After a long time the vertical for 80m band is up again !
Local amateur radio friends helped me and the antenna is up with nice results.Wkd FW5RE and some other dx with a couple of calls.
The antenna tuned great on cw 1.2vswr and ssb 1.6vswr.
There are almost 100 radials in the ground 20m length each.
The big test for the antenna will be KP5.
Are you ready??
Good luck de SV2DCD Leo

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Satellite internet instalation in Gjirokastër,Albania

Yesterday i had the opportunity to travel in Gjirokaster (or Argyrokastro in Greek) Albania for the installation of a satellite system providing broadband connection 1Mbps via HELLASSAT 2 at 39deg east.
It is not possible to have a broadband connection through a local provider in Gjirokaster so this solution was the only way.
The system receives and also transmits through the LNB with a maximum power 0,5w on 12ghz
Two cables are ending in the modem and through an ethernet port you can connect your pc to the internet.
I think that this could be a nice idea for some dx peditions in places that there is no local broadband connection.
More info about the satellite provider at

New satellite meter with spectrum analyzer

This is my new satellite meter with spectrum analyzer for my work TRIMAX SM-2500 made in USA.
I bought it brand new and costed 510 euro.
Some features :
  • Shows strength and quality readings
  • Shows channel picture
  • Shows both S/N and C/N
  • Show numerical reading and bar reading
  • Completely programmable by the user
  • Signal Lock Light
  • Audio tone
  • 3.5 inch TFT LCD Screen
  • DiSEqC Control
  • 22KHz Control
  • Indicator Lights for 13/18 volts
  • Indicator lights for 22 KHz
  • Calculates Azimuth and Elevation
  • USB port for software upgrades
  • Global AC power charger included
  • 12VDC power car charger included
  • Carrying case included
  • Neck strap included
  • USB software upgrade cable included

Friday, February 6, 2009

4m ba(n)d news...No authorization for Italian stations this year

IK4PMB reports :

Hi all
Today I read that Italian Ministry of communications didn't renew 4m licence due to opposite judgment from defence ministry.
I don't know if something will change in the future...

Here a copy of the document:

73 de Anto IK4PMB

Friday, January 30, 2009

fb signals from FW5RE Wallis Island

It's been a couple of days that FW5RE team is on air from Wallis Island.The signals coming through during our sunrise and sunset are great.Always 599 copy on 80m,40m,30m and 20m as well.The team updates a website with news,photos and online logbook at

Good luck all
de SV2DCD Leo

Monday, January 19, 2009

Norway gets 4 m allocation !

LB9VE reports

We will get access to 70,0-70.5 MHz, in the same way as Denmark. Some of the "channels" are in use by PMR, and we will get acces to them, when they become available.

Link (in Norwegian):
Google translated:

Monday, January 12, 2009

CN3A & 5D5A Log Online Search

CN3A - 5D5A qso`s are also in the LoTW from ARRL, thanks to Spiros SV8CS

Saturday, January 10, 2009

4m band news.Denmark increases allocation again.

Bo,OZ2M reports

As of 1 January 2009 Danish radio amateurs can also use the 70,225 MHz channel, i.e. the segment 70,2125-70,2375 MHz. This also means that two smaller segments are now joined into one segment 100 kHz wide.

For more details see the Danish bandplan:

Saturday, January 3, 2009 & Announcement

Al,K3TKJ reports

December 31, 2008

Dear fellow hams,

After 13 years of providing hams with no cost web space, e-mail forwarding and mailing list services through and, I have decided to retire. All and servers and Internet connections at my home QTH are being turned down.

Scott KA9FOX has graciously decided to pick up where I left off, and he is in the process of migrating all services to new hardware. See below for an update on the status of the migration.

I want to thank all of you for all of your support over the years, and I hope that you will support Scott as he takes over the reigns.

See you on the air!

73 - Al Waller, K3TKJ

Friday, January 2, 2009

E44M on the air

Nice signals coming through from the E44M team.
The team is active since this afternoon.I worked them on 40m and 20m cw and ssb.
More info about the dxpedition here
Good luck all