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1. Recently received QRSS signals
Author : va3stl
After the recent reception report of my QRSS signal, I realised it had been a while since I had been running my QRSS receive setup so I decided to put it on.  The antenna is my standard HF doublet and the receiver is the K3, which was dialed to...
09/01/2010 | 2144 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

2. QRSS signal reaches Florida
Author : va3stl
VA3STL 30m QRSS beacon (top trace) received in Flordia by KJ4LDF After taking a little time from the family and making some CW contacts as part of Straight Key Night, I decided to fire up the 30m QRSS beacon. I was very pleased to later find a...
01/01/2010 | 1864 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

3. Freezing rain on the antennas
Author : va3stl
Today we have had freezing rain.  The temperature has been just a few degrees below freezing and as the rain hits the ground or other structures it freezes.  This ice can build up producing thick layers.  It sticks to the cars, trees and...
26/12/2009 | 2806 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

4. Solar flare on 16th Dec. 2009
Author : va3stl
Solar X-ray flux for 14th to 16th Dec. 2009. Image and data from NOAA VE3EN’s solarcycle24.com website is reporting a C5.3 solar flare occurred early today, which can be seen in the image from NOAA above. Below is an image from the Solar...
16/12/2009 | 1665 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

5. Making with Style
Author : va3stl
Last week on two separate occasions whilst surfing the net I came across the impressive craftmanship of Jake Von Slatt.  The first was the Maker video profile which is embedded below and the other was the latest ARRL Surfin’ installment from...
13/12/2009 | 1793 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

6. OVMRC Talk
Author : va3stl
Homebrew Direct Conversion Receiver Last week I gave a presentation on kits and homebrew to the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club (OVMRC). It was well received by the members and I have had some nice feedback. There was a request for the slide...
24/11/2009 | 1527 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

7. Summits on the Air in Canada, 14th Nov. 2009
Author : va3stl
Summits on the Air (SOTA) is where amateurs will venture to the top of regional high spots and operate with portable equipment.  This started in the UK and has grown across Europe and is now being established in North America. Ottawa amateur...
09/11/2009 | 1695 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

8. Online QTH grid locator
Author : va3stl
Image by Mysid from Wikimedia Commons Here is a nice website to find the location of a grid square on a map.  Beside being able to locate 2, 4 or  6 character Maidenhead grid squares, it can locate distances between squares. Left click on the...
01/11/2009 | 1973 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

9. Beacons on HF and VHF
Author : va3stl
Last week I fired back up the 30m QRSS beacon.  This has been in storage for quite a while and I was curious to see if it was still within the 100Hz QRSS band on 30m.  As you can see from the pictures below it still is and it was reaching the...
28/10/2009 | 1634 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

10. K3 Firmware Update
Author : va3stl
After setting the HF station back up, it was time to update the K3’s firmware.  I used the production version (which is currently MCU 3.14/DSP 2.16), not wanting to try the beta release yet (MCU 3.44/DSP 2.38).  If anyone is trying the beta...
17/10/2009 | 1585 Hits | (0 vote) | Print | PDF | Email | Read more...

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