Archive for month: February, 2009

In progress: Softrock Lite II, 40m

February 28, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m kind of at a position where I don’t know what to do, and I’m having a feeling that I shouldn’t be working on machinery today (the temporary knack muse has left me). I got the power supply and local oscillator installed, but I’m now at an block: when I powered up my Softrock with […]

Double Double U

February 27, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Caught W1BW’s flying W twice in a row. You can see WA5DJJ across the top (the new crystal oven seems to work pretty well) and VK6DI across the bottom dimly.

Softrock Lite II arrive!

February 26, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

On Saturday, I sent a check off to Tony Parks, KB9YUG on Saturday along with my order for two Softrock Lite II receiver kits: one for 40m, and the other for 30m. I hope eventually to liberate my FT-817 from its current beacon duties on my grabber site and replace it with this simple little […]

Pat on the back, from Pixar Animation Studios

February 26, 2009 | Pixar Animation Studios | By: Mark VandeWettering

I work for a great company that genuinely tries to do well by its employees. Tomorrow, they are giving some of us old timers (I’ve been here for eighteen years) a pat on the back, which is a darned nice gesture. Working for a company this long is practically unheard of in this age, and […]

Your Daily QRSS report

February 26, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, overnight, I didn’t get a whole lots of activity. I saw a single brief opening arout 2:15AM local time (10:00 UTC) where I got some very marginal reception from VK2ZAY and VK6DI but that lasted only for about 8 or 10 minutes, then both faded into the background. It’s now around 15:30, and I’m […]

Visible this morning on W8LIW (dimly)

February 25, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

This morning, I saw this on the W8LIW grabber… You can see the usual suspects toward the bottom: the flying W of W1BW, the FSK CW of WA5DJJ, and at the bottom, Vern’s (VE1)VDM. Above and to the right you can see my dim DFCW signal, and higher above the matching WSPR. W8LIW isn’t reporting […]


February 24, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Without further comment: To their credit (whoever it was) it did not repeat. 🙂

New mode received by AA5CK

February 24, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

I had been experimenting with using S/MT Hellschreiber as a beacon format. It worked, and I got a few reception reports, but it’s copyability seemed pretty weak. I saw glimpses of it occasionally in the W8LIW and even VK6DI grabber, but it really wasn’t strong enough to call it decodeable. So last night, spurred on […]

S/MT Hellschreiber to VK6DI?

February 23, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, this one requires a bit of imagination, but it looks like my sequential, multi-tone Hellscrieber ID is at least weakly making it to VK6DI. I’ve marked it with the question mark. Below is where I believe my K6HX-CM87 should be, and above, just under the legend is my simultaneous WSPR message.

Grabber update…

February 22, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Earlier, I noted that W8LIW was getting signals simultaneously from both Europe and Australia, so I was hoping that as the earth spun around, I might get some good DX signals. Thusfar, the only one I’m getting is Vern’s Big Ears beacon from Nova Scotia, right down along the bottom (repeating VDM). Oh, and I’ve […]

February 22, 2009 | Amateur Satellite, Science, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Earlier, I blogged about the collision between Iridium 33 and the defunct COSMOS 2251 satellite. Today, I noticed that Celestrak had orbital elements for 134 fragments resulting from the collision. I was curious what the resulting pattern would look like, so I wrote a bit of code to suck them all in and plot them […]

Unusual WSPR spot

February 22, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

This morning I was surprised by two WSPR spots from a callsign reported as BY3AKL1X, located in grid OM89ua. If you look it up on the map, you’ll find it’s Tanggu Park, near Tianjin China. I was confused, but then realized that this was the call of KL1X, who (as pointed out to me by […]

Some overnight spots…

February 22, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, this is getting kind of repetitive, so I’ll try to reduce this to its bare minimum. Got quie a few WSPR spots from VK6DI overnight. Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az  2009-02-22 11:16   K6HX   10.140133   -26   0   CM87ux   2   VK6DI   OF88cd   14725   259   2009-02-22 11:04   K6HX   10.140133   -26   0  […]

WSPR update…

February 21, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

I hadn’t checked the totals in a while, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve now had WSPR spots from 37 out of the 50 states, and such far away locations as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, a single spot from Belgium, several from Italy, and yes, Wake Island! VK6DI is the most distant […]

More spots from my own grabber…

February 21, 2009 | Amateur Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Earlier this afternoon, I was getting not only the usual suspects, but also VE1VDM and W1BW. Glad to see the flying W back again… It looks like my rig is tuning a bit high: Vern was supposed to be down around 10.140005, but I have him below 10.140 (the dashed line). I’m probably tuning about […]