30 April, 2015

Do you . . . ?

28 April, 2015

21MHz. - 5el. Beam

23 April, 2015

Inside Repeater

                                                  Inside  Motorola  UHF  Repeater . . .

21 April, 2015

ANZAC Day op 25 april 2015

On Saturday 25 April it is exactly 100 years ago that the Australian and NewZealand Army Corps landed in Gallipolli (Turkey) and marched toward Europe during the first World War.
On 28 April the section MWV of UBA will commemorate this event at De Dreve, Lange Dreve 16 in 8980 Zonnebeke. A special event station will operate on HF, VHF and UHF.
The callsign used at this international event will be OP0PPY.
A number of historical communication sets and other World War I  objects will be displayed.
These object are from a private collection and will be displayed to the public for the very first time.
You are welcome to visit the exhibition and the special event station.

20 April, 2015

Norway to switch off FM in 2017 ? !

Within two years from now, the shutdown of national FM-networks begins in Norway. The switchover will begin in the North and will be implemented region by region.

Thursday, the Ministry of Culture announced a national FM-switch off, to complete the transition to digital radio. Norway is making an historical move into a new radio era, being the first country in the world to decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels. With DAB and digital radio, listeners will be provided with more radio channels and greater diversity in content.
Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of NRK, says:
- This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. The minister`s decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high quality and diverse radio-content to our listeners.
The DAB-coverage in Norway now exceeds FM-coverage. DAB provides Norway with 22 national channels, as opposed to five channels transmitting nationwide on FM.
Switch-off begins 11th January 2017
The decision gives Norwegians a final date for the transition to digital radio, a process persisting for several years. Trygve Rønningen , CEO and editor in chief P4, says:
- We can finally complete the work that has been on-going for many years. This is the best solution for all listeners throughout Norway, as they now have a better radio.
Switch-off starts in Nordland county 11th January 2017 and ends with the northernmost counties Troms and Finnmark 13.12 2017.
NRK, P4 Group and SBS Radio will turn off all its FM broadcasts simultaneously in two of six regions. In four regions however, NRK Radio will lead the way in FM-switch off. Lasse Kokvik , CEO of SBS Radio says:
- The national radio industry have agreed upon a rapid and coordinated plan for the transition, with considerations taken on not giving unreasonable competitive advantages through FM-closing.
Look to Norway
Today’s decision makes Norway the first country in the world to set a final date for FM-switch off. Several countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, however, are in similar processes, choosing DAB-technology as the backbone of future radio distribution.
Ole Jørgen Torvmark , CEO of Digital Radio Norway says:
- The White Paper from 2011 and a unique collaboration between the radio industry is the main reason why Norway is far ahead in the transition to digital radio. Many countries are now looking to Norway to learn.
Ensures a long life for radio
Radio on digital platforms ensures the radio media a long life for years to come. The Radio Industry is better equipped to evolve with listener`s needs and are thus better enabled to adopt to the ever changing patterns of media consumption.
Norway began the transition to DAB in 1995. In recent years two national and several local DAB-networks has been established. 56 per cent of radio listeners use digital radio every day. 55 per cent of households have at least one DAB radio, according to Digitalradio survey by TNS Gallup, continuously measuring the Norwegian`s digital radio habits.

Regional plan for FM switch-off 
Regionvis slukkeplan
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Link to the announcement

Norway is in a transition from analogue to digital radio for all national channels and some local channels. Digital radio expands radio reach and multiplies the number of national channels. More than 90 per cent of the population can now listen to 22 national radio channels. The national DAB networks have equally high and partly higher population coverage than national FM networks. DAB coverage along roads is generally better than FM-coverage .

- 56 % of radio listeners use digital radio daily
- 44 % of listeners only use FM radio daily
- 20 % of private cars are equipped with DAB radio
- 55 % of all Norwegian households have at least one DAB radio.
-  7.9 million radio sets will be affected by FM-extinction. FM radios can be upgraded or recycled.
* Digital radio survey , TNS Gallup 2015
NRK: at least 99,5 % coverage on DAB
Commercial radio: 92.8 % coverage on DAB
Community radio: 50 % DAB coverage on DAB
DAB-covarage on roads are generally higher than on FM. All FM-transmitters in tunnels will be replaced with DAB.

19 April, 2015

E77DX in action , . . . Again !

                    E77DX in some spiderman antenna work . . .


18 April, 2015

World Amateur Radio Day 2015

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. 
Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.  From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with over 3,000,000 licensed operators!

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

We have provided a poster for World Amateur Radio Day 2015.  Any club may download it and use it to promote WARD in their area.  The poster comes in two sizes: 61cm x 91cm and a small (A4) flyer.

Groups should promote their WARD activity on social media by using the hash tag #WARD2015 on Twitter and Facebook. IARU will list all WARD activities on this page. To have your WARD activity listed, send an email to ARRL  Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X.

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we have.

We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!

World Amateur Radio Day Special Event Stations

Bahrain Amateur Radio Group – A91WARD: 0000 – 2359 UTC 18 April.  40m, 20m, 15m, 10m SSB, PSK, RTTY

BelgiumErtvelde - ON4CKZ/OO7N: CW Only, 0800z-1000z; 1030z-1300z; 1800z-2200z

BrazilBoa Vista, Roraima – PV8DX/PV8AA: AMSAT-BR & LABRE will be QRV 1830-2230 UTC on 28.390 & 21.360 MHz. Also on FO-29 satellite

EgyptCairo – SU0ERA: Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD) will be active on HF as part of the Cairo Science Festival

Kolkata: AU2ARD will be QRV 1630 17 April – 1830 UTC 19 April
West Bengal: VU2MQT will be QRV 18 April 0730 -1230 UTC

GuatemalaGuatemala City - TG0AA: 1500z-2200z April 18. 40m/20m/15m SSB, CW, Digital

A43WARD 0500-1700 UTC

Puerto Rico
KP4FD 0000 – 2359 UTC
Caribbean Amateur Radio Group – WP4CRG: SSTV activity beginning 0000 UTC April 18 on 14.230 MHz and 145.600 MHz

South AfricaJohannesburg - ZS6KTS: Kempton Amateur Radio Technical Society April 18 1000z-2000z. 10, 15, 20, 40m + Echolink node 8041

United States
North Carolina: W4SNC – Iredell County Amateur Radio Society,  1100-1600 UTC

World Radio Network: Special WARD IRLP net
1600-1730 UTC via the World Conference Server (IRLP Node 9251) and the Hi-Gate Server (IRLP Node 9250). KD2HWN, net control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.