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Saturday, August 19, 2017

It's 8 years since I constructed the IO - 10 El Sat antenna that is still holding up well in the moor top winds and winters. It just goes to show how well homebrew projects can work as well as the comercial ones that cost an arm and a leg.
I have been working a few lighthouse stations that are currently on the air and managed to catch a couple of nice DX station last night from the cabin.
I also had some good contacts on VHF using my old YAESU FT-2600m where I made contact with a special event station, a new operator practising from a radio club as well as some local stations that I haven't made a qso with for a couple of years. The WX up here on Baildon Moor is sunny with showers and plenty of wind as our summer holidays continue for another week or so.

I will be active as MW0YKS mobile from the beach next week. 73
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Getting the 20m Delta Loop back up the tree tops

Back at the home QTH.
The homemade loop has been down a while after a storm took it from it's tree supports. I jumped over the garden wall into the woodland at the back and managed to get the wire delta loop up into the trees nice and high. After a couple of goes I ended up with a very good triangle with equal leg proportions which I secured well. The SWR reads 1:5 so I'll leave it at that and give it a blast. The delta loop antenna is used with my old FT-890 which I have on when I'm hanging out I in the dining room which just so happens to be a lot. Maybe I should bring the main shack Into the dinning room but to keep the peace I better not! I already have a nice corner filled with hifi amplifiers, turntables big speakers and a neat second station. 73

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Summer holidays for M0YKS

I'm entering week two of my summer holidays and so far it's been great.

We made it to GM Scotland last week and enjoyed excellent weather whilst camping in the Mk7 DX machine.

I worked a few stations on 20m and enjoyed the zero noise levels whilst listening to some nice DX.

I'm up at my cabin on the Yorkshire moor this evening and have worked into Canada earlier having a nice qso with VE3YJ,  I heard VK3MO and LU3MCJ as well as CO8NDZ coming in loud and clear on my favourite band 20m.

Listen out and keep an eye on my blog for the next outing. I'll be on air from Baildon Moor tomorrow morning. Best 73. Thanks M0YKS

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
My Latest Mobile Amateur Radio Station In Action

Here is a video of my latest mobile amateur radio station in action!

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Monday, July 31, 2017
Homebrew head mount

I made a better head mount for my mobile YAESU FT-857. The unit is much more secure with my new improved version which is once again made from aluminium sheet.

I shall get around to making a much better detailed post regarding the ham radio install but here is a quick preview of how I installed the main unit.

Listen out for M0YKS /mobile over the next few weeks as I start my summer holidays. 73
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Saturday, July 22, 2017
New DX Mobile - MK7 Ford Transit SWB

Some of you may have noticed on the post about MX0KSC the vehicle used to support the antenna mast was a different ford transit. It just so happens to be my latest DX machine.

The old mobile served me so well I decided to get another to convert into a DX Mobile and family day van/camper.
Next week I will have rear Windows installed and today I installed my FT-857 & maldol HF antenna. I just have a bit of tidying up to complete and decide where I want to mount the head unit. I will be making a video of the new DX machine in the very near future which will include a demonstration of the radio equipment in operation. 73
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The SA Sprint Contest.

This is a new contest organized by several South American amateur radio clubs and groups.

The rules are really straightforward and we have included the QSO/QSY rule to make it really fun.

You can see the full rules at: www.sa-sprint.com/rules

Several logging programs have included support for our contest: sa-sprint.com/software

The contest will take place on July 22nd, 2017. From 2000 to 2359 UTC, on SSB and CW  (40 and 20 meters).

There are entry categories for CW only, SSB Only, Mixed Mode, Low and High Power, Single Op and Multi Single.
Everyone can contact everyone for QSO points credit. Mults are SA prefixes and DXCC entities.

Please feel free to tell your friends about the SA Sprint.

There is a Club/Group competition too.

We look forward to seeing you on the bands.

Vy 73,

SA Sprint Contest

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Friday, July 21, 2017
MX0KSC Keighley college on the air for the last time this academic year

This afternoon my year 9 students will be active using MX0KSC for the last engineering lesson of the academic year. We will be operating on the 20m band from 14.00 local time. Give us a call if you hear our station as it will be a while before I set up the station again at keighley college. Best 73 have a nice weekend.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
MX0KSC - Keighley college students

Once again the Keighley college call MX0KSC was active on the amateur radio bands as a group of young engineering students embraced the thrill of talking to another station located on the other side of the planet.

I demonstrated how to safely set up my YAESU FT-890 & Cobweb HF antenna. I also used a telescopic mast and drive on base mount that the students made during last week's lesson. After a couple of demonstrations, the Keighley college students were making contacts and calling cq. They got across the Atlantic into New Brunswick. Other great contacts into Europe were made such as Finland, Russia, Romania and Germany.
Our station MX0KSC was on the air Thursday and Friday afternoon and two classes took part as well as a few staff. We heard Indonesia but didn't quite manage to get over the stronger stations, however we will be repeating the demonstrations next week again on Thursday and Friday from 13.00 utc with two more groups of young engineering students. Listen out for MX0KSC on 20 meters and get a special QSL.

73 thanks for the visit and have a great weekend. M0YKS Simon
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