Essex AR DX Group supports 2mtr and 70cms Activity Day

Following the successful 2m Activity day initiated by the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club earlier this year in March (Essex Ham Report), they have announced a follow up event on the 28th November 2015.

Essex Amateur Radio DX Group (MX0XYD) will be supporting the event again, as we do hope many other amateurs and clubs will. We are planning to operate portable, with not just a 2m station but also on the 70m band.

We will be running both bands simultaneously with periods on FM and SSB dependent on activity.

Exact operating Times will be published closer to the Date

We look forward to working you


For more details please visit the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Site or their Facebook page.


2m beam

2m beam

MODE CHANGE FOR GB3OK and New Repeater

An application is about to made for the 70cms Repeater GB3OK to move from Analogue voice to Digital voice DMR. The Repeater Keeper G1HIG is making the application.

If successful it will Give very good overlapping DMR Coverage in the south Essex and North Kent area.

Also a New Application has been made for a New DMR Repeater  GB7AK in Barking, Essex. If all goes ahead it will add to the coverage from Existing DMR Repeaters, and give Good DMR coverage to the Barking & Dagenham, Havering and East London Area.







MX0XYD/P active from Rainham Marshes

EARDX MX0XYD/P was active on Monday 25th from Rainham Marshes in Essex

we used mainly HF bands on 40/20/17/15/10m.
Conditions were not ideal but several contacts were made mainly on 20m and some on 40m
There were several nice stations heard on the higher hf bands including China, Japan and the Philippines as well as several strong US station’s from the Southern states.
We also had 2m FM running contacting several local stations in the area.






JW9JKA on Bear Island

This Morning I worked JW9JKA from Bear Island on 17m band. Bear Island is EU-027 (IOTA), and the operator Svein Rabbevag goes on the air in his spare time.

Bear Island is the southernmost island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago. The island is located in the western part of the Barents Sea, approximately halfway between Spitsbergen and the North Cape. Bear Island is uninhabited except for personnel working at the island’s meteorological station. The station has been active since December 2014 and will be only operating until 30th may 2015.

In 2002 a nature reserve was established that covers all of the island, except 1.2 square kilometers (0.46 sq mi) around the meteorological station; the reserve also includes the adjacent waters to four nautical miles (7.4 kilometers (4.6 mi)) from the coast. In 2008 the decision was made to expand the reserve to 12 nautical miles (22 km) from the coast covering 177 square kilometers (68 sq mi) on land and 2,805 square kilometers (1,083 sq mi) of sea area.
Today, the island’s only inhabitants are the staff of the Norwegian meteorological and radio station at Herwighamna.

The station conducts meteorological observations and provides logistic and telecommunication services, including radio watch at HF 2182/2168 khz and VHF channels 16/12. Weather forecasts are transmitted from the station twice daily, announced on HF 2182 and VHF ch 16.
It also maintains landing platforms for use by helicopters of the Norwegian Coast Guard, the Norwegian 330 Squadron, and the Governor of Svalbard.

Bear Island

Bear Island

ISS SSTV Reception

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SSTV image

Managed to receive this image from the ISS on the 21:32 pass which was almost directly overhead.
The previous pass did not bear any SSTV Transmissions and a quick check on the APRS freq of 145.825 confirmed that the iss was transmitting APRS.
This was quite a good pass with just a bit of noise towards then end of the pass and i was able to get all of the transmission a few seconds before the footprint was out of range.

More Slow Scan Television (SSTV) activity from the International Space Station

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has announced another round of amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) activity from the International Space Station (ISS) will take place. Continuous operation, using the call sign RS0ISS, is expected to start at 1000 UT on Saturday, April 11 to commemorate the anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin which took place on April 12, 1961.

Twelve different images will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM using the SSTV mode PD180, with a 3-minute off time between transmissions.


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