Saturday, April 07, 2012

Ebay is nice

I found a nice CW-filter on ebay. Paid, and one week later it arrived. Left him a very good rating, of course.

Now I have to put it into the IC-751, but I have the service manual - shouldn't be hard at all. Not today though.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Re-discovering ham radio

Late last night I found out, that I was actually rediscovering ham radio. I was quite active 35 years ago, and it's the same feelings today.

I guess it was José from Lisbon, that did it. Late night, on 80m, no QRM, just a little QRN and QSB, nice signal, nice QRS (I'm still rusty). 2400 km away. But I could still reach him, CT1EDJ. I admit that I turned up power to 50W, but I don't think I needed it.

I'm renaming this blog to: OZ6KS - rediscovering ham radio

Monday, April 02, 2012

Interesting day

This IC-751 is my first radio with WARC-bands, so had my very first QSO on 17m, ever. This was 9A2YM, Steve (Stevan), from Croatia.

Training to copy CW in the evening, I came across a "CQ UBA FOX" - Google to the rescue: Funny concept, new to me. I chased one fox only, F6BZG, this time. Arnaud, 5W from nr. Strasbourg. I might try again another Monday.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

First day on air after 15+ years of silence

So I got a nice, used, IC-751 yesterday (tnx to OZ1EQC). Got myself a 2x20 dipole, which should be a little bit higher in the trees. And should have a balun...when I find where I've hidden it. Added my trustworthy AT-230. Disassembled my old (1975 like) TS-820 and got my homemade keyer out (a kit, but I assembled it). Made this little setup with a primitive external power supply:

And I was on air. First night listened to a lot of CW - but still somewhat rusty. And this Sunday morning participated in a Danish Activity Contest on 80m. Only 9 QSOs but fun. 10 W out, since I'm just running on a car battery. I could talk to all I could hear. Learned two things: the keyer has to be steady - fixed that temporarily, and a CW filter is a must - I'm sure ebay can help.

Also interesting that I had a contest QSO with Henning, OZ1BII, who answered my very first CQ back in the middle of the 70's.