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Re: The Ultimate Maindenhead Locator program?

Geoff Blake <geoff@...>
 

On Sun, 22 Oct 2006, Peter Day wrote:

g0dja wrote:
I was looking round the internet for an 8 figure Maidenhead Locator
calculation program and I've just uploaded a link to a website that
will calculate to 18 figures!

16 gives a location to about 10mm. :-)

It tels me that I'm at IO93IF64CO24VB03KT

That's more accurate than my frequency readout :-)

May I suggest that we all exchange such a figure in all future
contests ? <grin> That would sort out the CW-v-ssb exponents :-)
It would also solve the "serial number" debate, the randomness of
the QRA would depend on if you are exhaling or inhaling.

With such accuracy, what should be the actual location given, that
of the geometric centre of the aerial or that of the feedpoint? If
not of the aerial, should it be that of the TX, the RX or the
transverter - or perhaps it should be that of the operator :-)

Geoff @ JO01FQ78rj
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Re: cheap eBay GPS modules

G3at@...
 

Martin
 
If you follow the link it shows the PDF data sheet that confirms there is a 10Khz O/P.  So you can use it the design you have practically built.
 
73s
 
Simon
G8ATB


Re: mini din

Peter Day <microwaves@...>
 

kenneth ferguson wrote:
hello people I have a ft 847 and am looking for a source (hopefully in the uk ) of the 5 pin mini din on the back of the rig can anyone help here ken

Maplin sell them Ken. I also use on with my 847. You can order from their website. You can also buy them attached to a short cable. This makes it easier for you to use and saves you making the soldered connections to the pins, which can be tricky if the old eyesight is not so good (like mine!)

Peter, G3PHO


Re: Scatterpoint

Peter Day <microwaves@...>
 

dave.g0dja@tiscali.co.uk wrote:
Just read Scatterpoint (thanks Peter) and found it very interesting.
As has already been comented upon, the difference between the number of people
with an opinion on contest exchanges, and those who sent an entry, is strange
to see.
It doesn't surprise me Dave.. it's always been so. When you go to events like Martlesham and have forums on this subject it's often those who you never hear on in contests (or outside them for that matter) who make the most noise on how they should be run. The ones who regularly operate in them usually feel quite happy with what has gone on through the year and often keep quiet! But that's the way it is in life as a whole...
I realise that the six entries don't really represent the activity, but I
was wondering what the usual activity level is like now a days on a Cumulative/activity
day?
The 10 and 5.7GHz cumulatives often have 40 or more people on the band during the day, not counting the nearer Continentals. Quite often there are four or five F stations, a few PAs and the odd ON4 (sri Xtophe!) available. I'm disappointed if I work less that 25 stations on 10GHz after a day on the hills up here. This is a far cry from the old wideband days when my logs rarely showed over 10 worked. People down South can reach contact numbers of 35 to 40 at times. Quite a lot now have the two bands available and I believe that's because we tied the two bands together for the cumulative days. I think there must be more than 100 UK ops with 10GHz nb gear.

We're hoping the linking of 3.4Hz to the 23/13cm lowband contest will also encourage more activity on that band.

Do many people still go to hilltops, or are many people now starting to operate
from home instead?
Home stations outnumber portables on any one day but the actual contest entries often show a 50-50 split. This is because the portables have to make the extra effort and spend money to go out in what are often poor weather conditions and generally feel that the effort/money is perhaps wasted if an entry isn't sent it .. at least that's how I feel :-) I often drive in excess of 200 miles for these events and that certainly adds up in diesel over the year. If I lived on a hilltop instead of a hole in the ground I'd have a home station of course.

On 24GHz and 47GHz there are few home stations in the UK (only 3 so far I believe) but the number will slowly grow as the QRO amps become more available. There are around 35 people in the UK with 24GHz nb gear but we're lucky if we get half that number on at any one time and then not all those send in logs.

On 10GHz entry level is now 1 watt and lots of people run 5 or 10 or more. ... again a far cry from the 5 t0 10mW of the days of yore:-)

Looking forward to hearing you on 10GHz narrowband Dave.. you'll really enjoy it.

83

Peter, G3PHO



Re: The Ultimate Maindenhead Locator program?

Peter Day <microwaves@...>
 

g0dja wrote:
I was looking round the internet for an 8 figure Maidenhead Locator calculation program and I've just uploaded a link to a website that will calculate to 18 figures!
16 gives a location to about 10mm. :-)
It tels me that I'm at IO93IF64CO24VB03KT

That's more accurate than my frequency readout :-)

May I suggest that we all exchange such a figure in all future contests ? <grin> That would sort out the CW-v-ssb exponents :-)


Peter, G3PHO


Re: cheap eBay GPS modules

Bill <bill@...>
 

In message <Pine.LNX.4.58.0610221543210.7382@server.palaemon.co.uk>, Geoff Blake <geoff@palaemon.demon.co.uk> writes

On Sun, 22 Oct 2006, Martyn Vincent wrote:

Looks promising Paul. Couldn't trace whether it has 10 pps
output. Does anyone know this particular module (Rockwell
Jupiter 8 gps) viz a viz using it in Andy's cct of March 04
Scatterpoint ?
Looks exactly the same as the one that I use to output 10kHz (on
pin 19?)

To quote:-

# pin 19
1 PPS (puls per second) signal. This is a TTL signal with a frequency of exactly 1 Hz. The pulse length is exactly 25.6 ms and the rising edge is within 1us from the UTC second transition. There is software available that synchronizes the time in your PC and that expects a 1pps signal on the DCD line, so if you make an interface yourself you could use this.
--
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Re: cheap eBay GPS modules

Geoff Blake <geoff@...>
 

On Sun, 22 Oct 2006, Martyn Vincent wrote:

Looks promising Paul. Couldn't trace whether it has 10 pps
output. Does anyone know this particular module (Rockwell
Jupiter 8 gps) viz a viz using it in Andy's cct of March 04
Scatterpoint ?
Looks exactly the same as the one that I use to output 10kHz (on
pin 19?)

Geoff
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Re: Scatterpoint

mikeg3pfr@...
 

In a message dated 22/10/2006 16:41:28 GMT Daylight Time, microwaves@... writes:
83
???
 
Regards, Mike, G3PFR


Re: cheap eBay GPS modules

Martyn G3UKV
 

OOOPS..
 
I meant 10KHz (not 10pps!)
As I understand Andy's cct, the 1 pps just drives a flashing LED !
Martyn
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: [ukmicrowaves] cheap eBay GPS modules

Looks promising Paul.
Couldn't trace whether it has 10 pps output. Does anyone know this particular module (Rockwell Jupiter 8 gps) viz a viz using it in Andy's cct of March 04 Scatterpoint ?
 
73  Martyn G3UKV (who prefers analogue!)
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 12:23 PM
Subject: [ukmicrowaves] cheap eBay GPS modules

Hi folks,

just surfing eBay and saw some cheap rockwell jupiter GPS modules,
might be suitable for knocking up a simple GPSDO like the one Andy JNT
described in scatterpoint.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160042916932

regards,

Paul M0EYT.


Re: cheap eBay GPS modules

Chris G8BKE
 

Perhaps 1pps only and no 10Khz as an oldish unit?

73 de Chris G8BKE

Web Site:-
http://www.qsl.net/g8bke/index.html



Looks promising Paul.
Couldn't trace whether it has 10 pps output. Does anyone know this particular module (Rockwell
Jupiter 8 gps) viz a viz using it in Andy's cct of March 04 Scatterpoint ?

73 Martyn G3UKV (who prefers analogue!)


Re: cheap eBay GPS modules

Martyn G3UKV
 

Looks promising Paul.
Couldn't trace whether it has 10 pps output. Does anyone know this particular module (Rockwell Jupiter 8 gps) viz a viz using it in Andy's cct of March 04 Scatterpoint ?
 
73  Martyn G3UKV (who prefers analogue!)
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 12:23 PM
Subject: [ukmicrowaves] cheap eBay GPS modules

Hi folks,

just surfing eBay and saw some cheap rockwell jupiter GPS modules,
might be suitable for knocking up a simple GPSDO like the one Andy JNT
described in scatterpoint.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160042916932

regards,

Paul M0EYT.


cheap eBay GPS modules

Paul - M0EYT <pauljmarsh@...>
 

Hi folks,

just surfing eBay and saw some cheap rockwell jupiter GPS modules,
might be suitable for knocking up a simple GPSDO like the one Andy JNT
described in scatterpoint.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160042916932

regards,

Paul M0EYT.


EI

DF6NA Rainer
 

Hi,

I have put a few pictures from my last trip to EI on my page:

http://www.ei5hn.vhf-dx.net/

vy 73, Rainer

PS: for those who know Willi Long from Dunkineely, Donegal
it might be interesting to know that he is in hospital for some weeks.

See you all in Martlesham!

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Re: mini din

Michael Scott
 

Ken
 
If it is the same mini din as used on the FT817, I got a couple from JAB in Birmingham at a rally. They have a metre or so of cable attached which saves the tricky job of soldering to the small pins in the connector. The other connector on the FT817 is a PS2 type and should be easily available from computer shops. At Leicester this year someone was selling leads for the 817/847 but they wanted £14 for them!
 
JAB can be contacted at: Peter@...  or by phone: 0121 682 7045. His address is JAB Electronic Components, PO Box 5774, Birmingham, B44 8PJ.
 
73, Mike G3LYP.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2006 8:53 PM
Subject: [ukmicrowaves] mini din

hello people I have a ft 847 and am looking for a source (hopefully in
the uk ) of the 5 pin mini din on the back of the rig can anyone help
here
ken


Re: mini din

Heath <gw3hwr_2@...>
 

Hi Ken,
 
Your postiong caused me to check my new Maplin catalogue, they no longer do the 5-pin mini-DIN.
but the 6-pin version uses the same geometry (PS2 mouse & keyboard) so, if you're pressed, you could break one pin off.
 
73, Heath.


future microwave update locations

G4FRE
 

It was announced at the 2006 Microwave update dinner tonight that microwave update 2007 will be in the Philidelphia area, run by the Packrats and the 2008 should be in Minnesota run by the Northern lights group

Dates to be announced later

Dave


Re: mini din

Dave <g0rrj@...>
 

Ken, Maplin sell Mini Dins. Here is the link, I assume this is what your are after. 73 Dave
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2006 8:53 PM
Subject: [ukmicrowaves] mini din

hello people I have a ft 847 and am looking for a source (hopefully in
the uk ) of the 5 pin mini din on the back of the rig can anyone help
here
ken


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23cm pa up and running

John Randall <m0els@...>
 

well I have just applied ht to my dual tube pa and no bang sofar...hi
I am well chuffed so to speak and may fire some rf into it later this
evening after a short 1 hr run in.....I have already run it in with
the filaments only. Now its ht + filaments.

Look out for a big signal soon :-)

73
John


mini din

kenneth ferguson <ken_ferguson@...>
 

hello people I have a ft 847 and am looking for a source (hopefully in
the uk ) of the 5 pin mini din on the back of the rig can anyone help
here
ken


Re: Scatterpoint

kenneth ferguson <ken_ferguson@...>
 



Hi Dave I will be looking to go out hill topping as soon as I get more of my station up and running and get my car on the  road once more.

ken

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Message Received: Oct 21 2006, 05:58 PM
From: dave.g0dja@...
To: ukmicrowaves@...
Cc:
Subject: [ukmicrowaves] Scatterpoint

Just read Scatterpoint (thanks Peter) and found it very interesting.

As has already been comented upon, the difference between the number of people
with an opinion on contest exchanges, and those who sent an entry, is strange
to see.

I realise that the six entries don't really represent the activity, but I
was wondering what the usual activity level is like now a days on a Cumulative/activity
day? I'm thinking of talking to a friend of mine, who has some transverters
and antennas for microwaves and seeing if he will let me listen in on one
of the days. I might even try to get him to make a few contacts as well...

Do many people still go to hilltops, or are many people now starting to operate
from home instead?


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