Sunday, February 07, 2016

Radical changes to the UK DMR system.

From midnight on Monday 8th february all UK slot1 talkgroups will become User Activated.
You will hear nothing on a user activated talkgroup unless someone has already activated that talkgroup on your local repeater; therefore scanning on those talkgroups to listen for people calling CQ will be none productive.

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The changes have been put on hold as scanning the TGs is working this morning. (08/02/16)


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

First ever Iranian Amateur Radio Contest.

To celebrate 37th anniversary of Iranian Islamic revolution, the first Iranian ham contest is going to be held on February 1st, 2016 and will last for 10 days.
Objective: To encourage and increase contacts (especially DX ones) with Iranian radio amateurs.
Dates: Contest Period: 10 days (Feb 01, 00:00 UTC – Feb 11, 23:59 UTC)
All modes (CW, SSB, RTTY) can be used on this period.
Bands: 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
Note: On 20m, the upper limit is 14.250 MHZ
Contact information:
For contest information and any sort of inquiries contact
Certificates will be awarded to:
1- Top single operator (at least 30 contacts on all modes)
2- Top CW operator
3- Top SSB operator
4- Top RTTY operator
5- Any operator who contacts at least 3 Iranian hams

Getting QSL card:
If you need the printed certificate, you should send 5USD (or equivalent in your currency) to this address: “14185-736 , Tehran, Iran”
Please use registered mail to make sure it delivers without problems.
WebMoney and Bitcoin are also accepted. (Contact us for more information)

Iranian amateurs will use “/contest” at the end of their call sign for this contest.

The deadline for contacting us for certificate is 3 months after the contest.

List of Iranian participants:
    EP2FM  : Abdollah Sajjadian
    EP3RB : Reza Batebi
    EP3AG  : Ali Ghanbari
    EP2FA   : Farman Aghdasi
    EP2CM : Jamshid Mansoori
    EP4HR  : Hamid-Reza Rahimi
    EP3MIR : Mohammad Mobini
    EP3CQ : Ali Solh-Joo
    EP2LMA : Mohammad Azimi
    EP2LSH: Saeed Shokrollahi
    EP2HZM : Hassan Zohoorian
    EP2HEK : Hekmatollah Rahimi
    EP5MKN : Majid Kiani Nejad
    EP5ABD : Bagher Mir-Abdolhagh
    EP7AHN : Hamed Nahrir
    EP4KHA : Amin Kharadmehr
    EP4MMM : Mohammad Mirab
    EP2MA : Mohammad Ameli
    EP2LSD : Sepehr Dalir
    EP3EEE: Ehsan Esteki

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Ramsey Kits Calls it Quits

ARRL report after more than 40 years as a purveyor of inexpensive electronics kits for hobbyists, the Ramsey Hobby Kits group has thrown in the towel, effective on January 1.

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Many thanks to ARRL for this information.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

How To Fit Connector Plugs To Coax.

A nice little video about fitting connectors to your coaxial cable.

Fitting connectors

Many thanks to ML&S for this training video.

Monday, January 04, 2016

TEN-TEC amateur radio products has been sold! (+more information)

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Thanks to Sparky's Blog for this information.

                    Ten Tec announcement (05/01/16)

As some of you may be aware, Dishtronix has purchased the assets (but not the liabilities) of Ten Tec from RKR Designs. . I had desired to keep this under wraps until Ten Tec is reorganized, but there is too much speculation concerning the service department to continue without an announcement of some sort.....KI4JPL