Radio Ergo – 17845 kHz

At about 1228 UTC on Tuesday 24th January 2023, I tuned in to Radio Ergo broadcasting in the Somali language on 17845 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Al-Dhabbiya 250kW transmitter in the United Arab Emirates.

The overall reception of Radio Ergo was fair.

SINPO
35343

Below is a short video of my reception of Radio Ergo.

Radio Romania International – 17800 kHz

At about 1209 UTC on Tuesday 24th January 2023, I tuned in to Radio Romania International broadcasting in the English language on 17800 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Galbenia-Bacau 300kW transmitter in Romania.

The overall reception of Radio Romania International was fair.

SINPO
34343

Below is a short video of my reception of Radio Romania International.

Mizzima Radio – 17730 kHz

At about 1146 UTC on Tuesday 24th January 2023, I tuned in to Mizzima Radio broadcasting in the Burmese language on 17730 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Al-Dhabbiya 2500kW in the United Arab Emirates.

The overall reception of Mizzima was fair.

SINPO
34343

Below is a short video of my reception of Mizzima Radio.

Radio Algerienne Holy Quran – 17600 kHz

At about 1126 UTC on Tuesday 24th January 2023, I tuned in to Radio Algerienne Holy Quran broadcasting in the Arabic language on 17600 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Bechar 300kW transmitter in Algeria.

The overall reception of Radio Algerienne Holy Quran was fair.

SINPO
35343

Below is a short video of my reception of Radio Algerienne Holy Quran.

Radio Ethiopia – 7110 kHz

At about 1617 UTC on Tuesday 17th January 2023, I tuned in to Radio Ethiopia broadcasting in the Amharic language on 7110 kHz.

Above:- World globe showing the location of Ethiopia. Image c/o Wikipedia.

The overall reception of Radio Ethiopia was good. There was a slight screeching sound on the frequency.

SINPO
44444

Below is a short video of my reception of Radio Ethiopia.

Reach Beyond Australia – 15380 kHz

At about 1312 UTC on 11th January 2023, I tuned in to Reach Beyond Australia broadcasting on 15380 kHz in the English language.

The broadcast was coming from the Kununurra 100kW transmitter in Western Australia.

The program consisted of music and religious content.

The overall reception of Reach Beyond Australia was excellent. The signal strength was excellent and there was no interference and no fading.

SINPO
55555

Below is a short video showing my reception of Reach Beyond Australia.

1st contact with VK

It always makes me happy when I am the first VK in the log for a station. It is even more special when that station is portable.

On the 8th January 2023, I spoke with Peter G5AIB/p who was activating SOTA summit Ros Castle G/SB-009), a little east of the Northumbrian town of Wooler, in the North East of England, near the Scottish Border.

Peter sent me an email and said:

“You were my first ever contact outside of Europe, so I was delighted to speak to you”.

Peter was using a Elecraft KX3 on 15 watts, with a SOTA beams Band Springer Midi, end fed antenna-Bandspringer Midi , end fed antenna, 10m-60m – SOTABEAMS

Peter sent me the photo below of his set up at the time.

It was a pleasure to get Peter in the log.

I’m on FT8

One of the things I had promised myself in 2023 was getting onto the digital mode FT8.

I had previously done digital work using the PSK31 and 63 modes, but that was 7 years ago. Back then I was using my Yaesu FT450 and the SignaLink USB interface device. With FT8 I decided to use the Yaesu FT450 exclusively for the digital modes.

I downloaded WSJTX and JTDX and with both programs I was able to monitor the incoming FT8 signals but I could not get the radio to talk. John VK5BJE kindly came over on Thursday but we still could not get the radio to operate. I then reached out to Peter VK3ZPF who gave me the settings for the FT450, and BANG IT WORKED.

Thanks John and thanks Peter.

FRIDAY 13th JANUARY 2023.

On Friday night (13th January 2023) I worked a total of 27 stations on 20m and 40m FT8.

Countries worked on 40m FT8:

  • Antarctica
  • China
  • European Russia
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Sri Lanka
  • Venezuela

My first ever FT8 contact was with Gildas F4HRG.

Above:- screen showing my contact with F4HRG

Above:- Gildas F4HRG

Countries worked on 20m FT8:

  • European Russia
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • West Malaysia

It was a nice taste of FT8.

SATURDAY 14th JANUARY 2023.

Yesterday (Saturday 14th January 2023) I worked a total of 172 stations on FT8 on 15m, 20m, & 40m.

  • 15m – 98 QSOs

Countries worked on 15m FT8:-

  • Asiatic Russia
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • 20m- 44 QSOs

Countries worked on 20m FT8.-

  • Argentina
  • Asiatic Russia
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canary Island
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Israel
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • USA
  • 40m FT8 – 30 QSOs

Countries worked on 40m FT8-

  • Asiatic Russia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • New Caledonia
  • Panama
  • USA

USA states worked on 40m FT8

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

FT8 has opened up another exciting aspect of amateur radio for me.