Monday, 20 June 2016

6m in, 6m out

Very instable propagation today. I didn't hear any activity on SSB/CW. On 50.276 MHz JT I discovered more activity with signals going in and out. One moment you see several signals in the waterfall, the next minute everything is gone. I made 2 QSOs into the Ukraine. Just reports as there was not even time to say goodbye. And yes, I was spotted in several countries surprisingly!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Royal Air Force Blue Ham unique experience today

A unique experience this weekend. Contacting militairy stations on 60m instead of other hamradio operators. Unfortenately I only had about a hour to try. And luckely worked 3 stations. It was nice to experience and I found the stations I talked to were not that strong but very good readable as the articulation was very good. Very correct as well always repeating my callsign before transmission and ending with "over". Militairy style radio is so different from what we are used to. I don't think they use Q codes like we do. Viewing the map the activity was most of the time within the UK. Although Dutch, Danish, Irish and even a Polish station has been worked. Not shure if the green spots at sea are correct, although it could be ships.

Stations worked:

Callsign: MRE43
Norfolk&Suffolk Wing Air Cadet  Organisation

Callsign: MRE80
Army Cadet Force/Combined Cadet Force Team Lead

Callsign: MRE67
Harlow Wing Air Cadet Organisation

In the Netherlands we are only secundairy users of the 60m band. The militairy is the primairy user and we should not interfere with their transmissions. This was a nice event to show that HAMradio operators and the militairy can share radiofrequencies. 2016 could be the only year that this unique event was possible as next year we probabely get new rules. Only 15 KHz of the 60m band and max. power output of 15W. In such a small spectrum there will be no room for this kind of events. I'm glad I'm able to do this at this time of "history". It is probabely something I will remember over the years.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

UK Air Cadets 5MHz Radio Exercise

Air Cadets on the Air - Exercise Blue Ham 2016 

On 18 and 19 June 2016, the ACO (Air Cadet Organisation) will be organising and running a military style national radio exercise named ‘Exercise Blue Ham’, this will be one of the many events the organisation is holding to mark its 75th Anniversary of Formation during 2016-17.

To make this successful we would like to invite Amateur Radio Operators to take part with us and make this the biggest radio exercise that the organisation has been involved in.

The exercise will take place on the MOD 5MHz (60 Meters) Band and a significant part of the exercise will be on the section of the band that amateurs are authorised to use.

The cadets operate from noon 18th till noon 19th. Main exercise Callsigns will all be in the range MRE01 up to MRE98 although other MR, MF and MA prefixed callsigs may be taking part. The information exchange to score the contact will be your Callsign, signal report, your Location, Transmitter Power, Antenna type and Direction.