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Transcievers

  • Yaesu FT 897D
  • Kenwood TS120
  • Kenwood TS50
  • RadioShack HTX-10 (10 meter, 25 w)
  • Magnum 1012 Handheld (10 meter, 5w)

Antennae

  • Vertical antenna for 10 meter (at 27 ft)
  • Dipole (homebrew) for 6-meter
  • 2 element Yagi at 24 ft (monobander 10 meter)

Summary of my QSOs (06.07.2014)

  • Total Stations

    (6 & 10 meter only)

    3106

    (Sorry, only one QSO per station per band entered into the QRZ logbook. Use eQSL if QSO made more than once)

     
    Total DXCC 116  
    Nil QSO for these USA States ND, RI, VT  
    Top Countries

    Japan (1,082),  USA (631), Australia (202)

     
    Top USA States

    CA (144), WA (63), AZ(55), TX (53), OR (34)

     
    Top European Countries

    Italy (118), Russia & Asiatic Russia (103), Germany (81)

    (Total Europe - 754)

     
    Total QSO / Countries for 6 meter 542 / 11 `
 
Ever had a QSO with me? Check it here
(last upload to HRDlog 6.7.2014 / 3,106 entries)

 

QSL Cards

.Don't bother to include SAE with stamps/dollar/irc coupon. These cards are for you. Well, if you are willing to ease my burden then you are welcome to include irc/dollar bills. 

100% of QSL cards received before JUNE 2014 have been replied.

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Send your QSL card DIRECYTLY to the address below.

[edited May 2014 - Not a single cards sent via Buro has reached me! So you guys better send it directly to me ]

 

Zabion Jimmy

No 290, Millennium Heights

Bundusan Rd, Penampang

88300 Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, MALAYSIA

 

 

Certificates

 

 

 

[Below] My first contact on 10 meter with JA6WJL with my HTX-10 on a random wire tied from my window grille to the fence, at 5 feet high!

 

[Below] My Ten-Ten cert. I'm proud to be the first 9W station (according to them) to have participated in the Winter CQ contest.

     

 

Antenna Setup

Latest antenna setup [May 2014]. 2-element is at 22 feet high. Quite impressive antenna! I think it is better than my vertical!

 

My antenna setup history

  • Sept 2013 - random wire at 5 ft high (for my first contact with JA6WJL) - Pic will be added later
  • Sept 2013 - Inverted V [photo shown]- worked 50 stations with this till the arrival of my vertical in Nov 2013
  • Nov 2013 - 5/8 monobander (10 m) Vertical antenna at 27 feet. This antenna has proven to be reliable and worked thousands of stations.
  • Dec 2013 - [photo shown] my homebrew 3-el. I was not impressed at all with this yagi. Used for RX mainly when the  vertical was too noisy.
  • Feb 2014 - a homebrew dipole for 6 meter added @ 20 ft [photo shown]
  • Apr 2014 - 50Mhz dipole gained further elevation (26 feet) [photo shown]. 6 feet advantage surprisingly brings obvious improvement.
  • May 2014 - 3-element brought down and replaced by a simple dipole for 10 meter / @ 22 feet. Managed to get about 200 European stations in 10 days with this antenna.
  • May 2014 - 10 meter dipole brought down to give way for a 2-element yagi at the same height. Hoping for the best!

 

My Family

 

Photo 4: My 10 year old son, Ezron (58OK001). He would take the exam in four years time

3 Photo 5: Eziel 4 years old. She likes to walk around the house calling 'CQ CQ CQ THIS IS NINE WISHKEY SIX ECHO ZULU.

 

Photo 6: My wife Elsa.

 

Leicester University during winter

spring time

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My Diary (operating Phone on 10 & 6 meter only)

 

July 9. 2014 [2330z]

My third attempt had been unsuccessful. This morning was the closest yet for ISS (about 100-200 hundred km away) but there was no response from NA1SS. Perhaps they were  busy watching the heartbreaking score at the time - Brazil 0: Germany 5 (at 2100z). I will have to wait for another few days for that ship to hover over my house.

On the other hand, I might proceed with my 2m 5-element yagi. Many thanks to 9M6YBH/GO  for the info regarding DX on 2m. I know  Mr Go has been successful on all sorts of modes (phone,CW, digital) on VHF/UHF so I would dearly consider all his advices.  The EME stuff is very new to me and it feels funny to think having a yagi aimed at Luna.

So sayonara to the samba nation and we have to wait for another four years (not too bad compared to the 11-12 years solar cycle!).

 

July 2, 2014 [1500z]

Well, I would deviate a little bit from DX on 10 meter starting today. Let's see how many days do I take to contact NA1SS. I am getting ready with my VHF and my vertical and will keep on looking up to the 'sky' for the apperance of ISS everytime it passes my house! It did pass once (exactly on top) today but I guess they were asleep.

SSB on VHF would be next but I have no time to make a 5-element yagi now. Save that for the year-end.

 

July 2, 2014 [0700z]

Thanks Troy (KQ6PK) for the QSO! It has been a long time since my last QSO with North America station. After the disappointment seeing USA exiting the World Cup, Troy's 55 signal has really made my day. I was reported 53. (I was on 50w + 2 element yagi at 25 feet high)

BTW KQ6PK was my second USA station (my first NA station was KE5JA) I made back in October last year when I first started my HF hobby. Is this an indication that propagation to NA is opening up? However getting a QSO with NA at 2.00pm local time (0600z) is really unusual. 99% of my QSO with USA was made between 2300z - 0200z.

So I'll keep my fingers crossed and see the 10 meter band opening up this summer.

 

July 1, 2014 [00:00z]

My goal to get a total Stations of 5000 by September still stands regardless of the absence of activity on 10 meter throughout the month of June. I have about 3,000 DX stations worked (minus the local stations, duplicates and those rejected QSO. BTW I have more than 10 stations who claimed 'NO QSO' with me. Either I didn't hear their call correctly or otherwise). Anyway, I am just hoping there would be opening this July and August for me to get the 2,000 new stations.

A friend sent me a text early this morning (after France - Nigeria WC match) that one local ham friend 9M6BZ / Zainal A Armstrong has just passed away. I met him a couple of times in person and had QSO with him occasionally on 2 meter. I know he was one of the founders of Borneo Amateur Radio Club and was a very experienced DXer. Condolences to his family.

 

June 11, 2014 [0800z]

Still no NA for almost three months. The sun spot number went down to below 50 last weekend. Not much activity for the past week. 50mhz has been dead on my side of the earth. However the SFI and SN  seem to have risen up and stayed around 150. Hopefully I could hear Europe these next few days.

The low sunspot counts gave me room to experiment Frequency Modulation on Ten. I have been lucky so far (about 25 QSO) with JA stations. The experience is really different from single sided band with lots of QSB except for a few excelent signals from the JA stations. Amplitude Modulation is quite hard and I couldn't hear anyone on this mode so far (except for a qso in 6 meter last time).

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May 27, 2014 [0500z]

Just a brief one. Special thanks to those who willingly spot others into the cluster. Two guys (Asia region) namely JF1NUV on 10 meter and JR6EXN on 6 meter have been consistently spotting DXers for almost on daily basic. Awards should be given to these guys!

Their effort really helps those with basic setup (like mine) to get 'attention' from others. Self-spotting is not welcome eventhough I am seeing many doing it everyday. (confession.. I do it sometimes).

One day somebody would come out with a site or applications especially made for self-spotting stations for them to get proper attention from other DXers. QRP stations would benefit. Those dipole or inverted-V wouldn't be disappointed... hehheehee please don't take it seriously!

 

May 27, 2014 [0400z]

The ten meter is dead again. I could hear only 2 stations for the past three days and one QSO with a JA station. Just imagine if this was the case for the next 10 years! Well..I think CW is to be dearly considered now.. seriously. I was listening to the recent WPX CW contest using my iPhone CW applicationn and I was able to decode some of the QSO. I could hear SA, NA callsigns quite easily.

I have a 2 element for 10 meter band as a replacement for my 3-el. [Photo below]. This Moxon design is much lighter and has a smaller footprint compared to the normal 2-element. I worked about 20 European stations last week just a day before the band went dead. I hope this one does not disappoint me.

In the mean time, something is urging me to try 2 meter DX. It is rather unpopular in my area here as they enjoy local FM / VHF community but not the DX. I read in some forums that on a 'good day' SSB in 2 meter would reach hundreds or even thouands miles away. I have many lengths of unused aluminium tubes, enough to make a 5 element or even 7 element yagi. Just wait and see.

QSL cards update: All cards received till 31 April 2014 have been replied. I have about 35 more cards  unopened (received in May).

 

May 18, 2014 [0700z]

Target 3000 in my QRZ.COM logbook  for May is accomplished. The number of different stations worked is slightly less as there are about 4 or 5 QSO by the same station on the same band had been confirmed and  I was unable to delete them. (Only one QSO per person per band is entered in the QRZ.COM). Next target is 5000 for September!

At last my total QSO for Europe has exceeded the number of NA. There are more Italian stations now compared to Russian/Asiatic Russian stations. Most of the Italian stations I worked came with 59 report (I wonder why) and they are more aggresive in making a contact compared to other countries.

There is still no opening to NA after almost 2 months. Even JA stations are quite difficult to get. Europe is okay for now. I'm just hoping there would be good opening to NA during the summer. BTW I feel envious with the 6 meter daily opening experienced in NA and Europe. I guess it happens every year in the month of  May/June.

My 2 element antenna would be up by this month or early next month. Hopefully this one is superior to my vertical. 

 

May 6, 2014 [1:45z]

I've got my first QSO with NA station in 4 weeks, today! W1AW/7 was coming 5/5 into my vertical. Aside of him, I couldn't hear anyone else from the States.

Europe has been open for the past one week but my antenna is not that powerful enough to get the most from that region. However a little compliment should be given to my dipole as I have been using that antenna (at 24 feet) for the past 5 days now and I have been able to get almost one hundred European stations. I think it is not superior to my vertical in the TX but it is certainly a winner when comes to the receiving side as it is really quiet compared to my vertical.

So what is the next plan? Having gained the height (20+ feet), I would now try to add an element to my dipole. I am pretty sure it would give me a little extra dbi.. am looking for some 2-element design...

My target for May = 3,000 stations worked, about a hundred more to go. And hopefully I would be getting the total of 5,000 towards September 2014, exactly one year since I started my hf/DX hobby.

When would NA be open again?

 

April 22, 2014 [0300z]

The latest addition to my 6 meter QSO countries is a DU station. I was really excited to get DU1KA with a 5/5 report which brings my total to 11 countries. Prior to that I was kept busy with a huge pile up when the excellent band was opened for about 30 minutes yesterday. I couldn't go faster enough than the rate of four stations per minute.

My yagi is down to earth. The stripping work has started. By this weekend that 3-element would be a history only and dipole would be taking its place. BTW I have only three NA stations for the past 3 weeks. Imagine when the cycle is at its lowest level... there wouldn't be even Asian or Oceania stations heard.. That makes me sick to think. On the positive side, it may give me chance to get aquaintance with digital world such as the RTTY and BPSK.

April 14, 2014{0800z]

It has been a week since my last QSO with North America stations. The propagation is quite weak to my vertical antenna however I am glad that the band to JA and Oceania is wide open. I still have three more states to go while my DXCC stands at 111. I am still not eligible to get any awards from ARRL or even eQSL as there are many stations who have not confirmed the QSO.

The homebrew 3-element needs to be taken down. I would try to strip it into a dipole and raise it by 10 feet. It is very much easier to raise the height up this way and at the same time it saves me the curse from my curious neighbours. :)

April 4, 2014 [0600z]

Worked RI1ANT/Antartica just now! Thanks and this brings my 7th continent into my logbook.

 

April 1, 2014 [02:00utc]

By the end of yesterday (31/3/2014) my DXCC countries count stands at 107. I'd never thought it could go this far when I was really struggling in the early stage (Sept, Oct 2013). I had to work a bit extra harder compared to other stations who may not have problem with contacting DX stations due to their superior working condition.

My target now (though I don't really know how) is to get the remaining five states in America. I may be emailing stations there and arranged for a sked if it is really effective.

Next, I would be fixing my mobile 10 meter antenna (Wilson Trucker 2000) and would be using my HTX-10 as a mobile rig.

March 31, 2014[04:00utc]

The CQ WPX contest has passed for about four hours already. The band was filled of battle sounds. I could hear frustrations when two or more stations using the same frequency. I was listening to one station calling CQ contest when another stronger signal came in doing the same. This irked the first station and prompted him to shout 'this frequency is in used you stupid head!!!!'. I have his callsign but I haven't seen his QRZ.com page yet. hehhe.

I missed the morning of the 1st day of the contest and only started at 12:00utc. Fortunately the opening to Europe was quite good that night. I didn't get many but I have broken my QSO record in the last contest in December. I managed to gather more than 200 QSO compared to the 120 in the ARRL contest. Nothing much I can do with a vertical antenna and with my output power at merely 50+. Obviously my signal would only be noticed after a pileup is gone.. or when a station starts calling CQ with nobody else noticing.

I haven't checked all the 200 or so stations but I am pretty sure I have at least two new countries there which means I have got 100 DXCC in my log! The lastest additions are Bosnia, Singapore, Andaman Island (Krish) and a few other islands. I didn't have a chance at all when the station from Suriname was calling CQ contest last night. Huge pileup til the band died down. I think many stations have forgotten the contest hearing a rare (is it?) callsigns in the air.

..which brings me to the most difficult task of all ie getting confirmations. I am not sure if QRZ.COM confirmation is recognized by ARRL but I would work hard to get all types of qsl methods available. QSL card is my favourite though QRZ is instant while eQSL is favored by many. I don't have a LOTW (how do I join it?).

March 28, 2014 [03:00utc]

The last five nights have been really fruitful. There has been good openings to Europe at night local time and I managed to get hundreds of new stations. The number of QSO I made this week is ten time more than the contacts I made with Europe for the past 6 months! As a result, I have made drastic achievement as shown below

  • Number of DXCCs is 99 (one more to go for a century!)
  • European countries worked 37 (from the total 50 as per listed in the Wikipda.com).

Thank you mother nature for the good propagation. It doesn't happen every day, not to me with my vertical antenna.

As for the USA states, I have only five more states to go and all of these are on the north-eastern side of USA map. The opening to Europe actually allowed me to get three notth-eastern states this week.

March 17, 2014 [12:00utc]

I've got my Magnum 1012 today! According to Yeticomnz.com that was the last one in stock. It comes together with a rubber-duck antenna which seems to be unimpressive at all. I will be ordering a hi-gain 1012 duck soon. Looking toward my first QRP qso with this handheld 10 meter radio.

Well since my last update, I have added a few more countries to my collection, PNG (P29FR) being one of the latest DXCCs. Fifteen more to a century!

March 3, 2014 [02:15UTC]

Wow! I wish the 10 meter band was like that everyday. 28.300 - 28.790 was fully packed during the ARRL contest. I managed to give a 59/50 watt to two or maybe three dozens NA stations before the contset was brought to an end just now. I am not sure if I would send my log yet but since this was my first ARRL contest experience and I might send my log in.

BTW the 10-10 has just released the result of the Winter 2014 phone contest. It seems that 9W6EZ is the only Malaysian participated in the contest. There were only three of us (2 from Japan) in the whole Asia. I guess this contest is not as glamorous as the ARRL or All Asian or the WorldWide contest as there are only about 80,000 10-10 members worldwide todate. Indeed I am having fun with this contest on 10m!

I think my 3-el yagi project is considered a failure so far. I would concentrate on improving my 6m antenna as it is much smaller in size thus making it easier to setup and installed. I would raise it by another 10 feet and add an element to my dipole.

The magic band really brings a new experience to me. There is an opening everyday within Asia/Oceania but reaching farther than that really requires patience. I have only one station from Oman so far. The rest are from JA, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and VK land stations. Exactly after a month on 6 meter, I have more than 100 stations worked and 95% are JA stations. Arigato!

Feb 21, 2014 [13:15UTC]

The QRZ logbook reaches 1000 counts today and I am quite happy but the task waiting ahead is pretty difficult. I need 29 more DXCCs to make it a century! However I am not going to talk about that today... instead let's see how many confirmed QSO have I got so far.

  • QRZ - 289
  • eQSL - 203 (some overlaps with QRZ confirmed qso)
  • QSL card (sent directly)- only 40 so far!
  • iQSL - about 30 of them

Total confirmed is about 550. So what happened to the rest?

  • 90% of JA stations say they send cards through BURO. I haven't received a single card from our Buro here. I think there should be more than 150 cards there.
  • Some are waiting for my cards. I have to check those who have not confirmed our QSOs in any of the above means and start sending my cards right away.
  • There are groups of friends who don't care about QSL at all. All they want is fun in the radio, making friends, killing some boring times etc. One day I would be one of these guys. I wouldn't care about achievement then.

Feb 20, 2014 [13:33UTC]

When RED means stop. Well thats what the Solar-Terrestrial prediction shows today. All bands are closed, they say. However I am still hearing distant signals on the QRN filled band. DX cluster is still full of spots. Maybe it is time to learn PSK31 on DigiPan. I have the cable and I think I could transmit but I am not good with that macro yet. Let the red continue and I would be an expert in PSK.

I need 20 more DX stations to complete my 1000 counts in my log. I have to minus the local stations as I don't consider them as DX stations. Minus the duplicate records (Alex of QRZ has helped delete some duplicates) I think I would be able to get the 1000 this week unless the red continues.

The DXCC counts is rising lazily. The last one is HZ1XB (Saudi Arabia) which I worked last night. Prior to that, I had a nice QSO with this nice retired professor in Israel, 4X1XS/Marvin. Thanks Marvin for the words of encouragement. Newbies like me really need that kind of morale booster emails.

Earlier this week I have a QSO with one young boy, the youngest I met so far. He is VK2FCOR/Correy 10 year old, the son of a fine daddy Richard/VK2FJC. How I wish if my 10 yr old son had the license as well. It will be another 4 years till he is old enough to take the exam.

Feb 15, 2014 [10.00UTC]

I pasted the cool map from HRDlog here. From this photo the distribution of my qso becomes much clearer. There are areas I am unable to penetrate with my vertical. Mel/KD7DCR wrote to me some detailed technical tips regarding antenna which I would dearly consider. Thanks Mel from Montana.

Feb 13, 2014 [6:00UTC]

At last I made a contact with a UK station, M0DAZ. It was quite hard to get his full callsign right. Once he said QSL I was jumping in excitement after checking his QTH as Nottinghamshire England.

Well my QSO (of different stations) is reaching a thousand soon. Aside of targeting 100 DXCCs, I would also like to have QSO with all the states in America. Out of the 220 US stations worked, I have only covered 33 states. There are about 15 more to go and most of these states are located on eastern and northeastern parts of the country.

[No contacts for these states: DE, IN, IA, KY, MA, ME, MD, MO, NH, NY, NC, ND, RI, SD, VT, VA, & WV]

Top 3 leading states (Feb 12, 2014)

1. California - 54 stations

2. Washington - 36 stations

3. Texas - 21 stations

Feb 10, 2014 [13:00UTC]

Well, I told my wife that I would slow down my pace after I have made my 1000 QSO/stations. Let's see if I can keep my promise. :))Well I will never stop even until I get 100 DXCC countries. 9M6XRO/John told me that day that by this week, he would be getting his 150,000 QSO since he moved to East malaysia in 2005.

I find that it is even more challenging working a station with my poor setup. For the past 2 days, I was getting a pileup from America but I could only get a handful before the signal faded away. I am pretty sure that wouldn't be the case if I was using a 7-element yagi at 30 meter high.

I have been getting many advices from other ham operators thru emails, most of whom urging me to keep on the pace and to have the patience. Some say I am doing very well with a vertical,while others ask me to upgrade my antenna. I am not able to do so now as aside of $$$ problem, I do not have a ample area to move around. I will dearly treasure all the technical guidance concerning the ham setup.

Todate (after 5 months in 10 meter)-

1. STILL NO U.K STAIONS!

2. 62 DXCC countries.

3. 790+ stations worked.

Feb 6, 2014 [3:50UTC]

I had decided not to update this page until I managed to contact FT5ZM which I finaly got yesterday. Why do they report 5&9 when the signal is only say 43 (they have trouble reading it)? With my vertical I could only give him 53.

Well there has been several new progress with my 10 meter hobby. I have added a few more new DXCC countries ie Uruguay (CX3DAM), Colombia (HK4BKB), Laos (JA8BMK) , Mayotte (FH8PL) , Bhutan (A52JR) and one Argentina which I am still working out to confirm his exact callsign.

Band has been nice for the past few days. If I were on holiday I would be able to get 100 stations in a day with my vertical. Those with yagi would receive 59 all around.

... still no UK station. I had QSO with EI2CR (Ireland) but he was on portable in Saipan Island.

Feb 1, 2014 [15:45UTC]

My achievement as of today (after 5 months on HF) :

  • managed to get about 560 DX contacts on 10 meter.
  • managed to get 52 DXCC countries
  • Got my first QSO on 6 meter today.

Next mission:

  • To get my first UK station
  • To get 100 DXCC countries
  • To get more South American, African countries.
  • To raise the height of my Yagi

Feb 1, 2014 [15:30UTC]

YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! I've got my first 6 meter QSO at last! I called CQ for an hour in the 10 meter without anyone responding . As I was about to sign-off the radio, something urged me to try the 6m. I have a dipole antenna for 6m but clamped at about 15 feet only, sharing the same mast with the vertical. After calling CQ for a few times, I was startled by a very loud response from JS6SYR/Yoshinori followed by JH6CDI/Nariaki. Both reported me as 57.

But that was not only the surprise with my first two contacts. Later on when I checked my output power, I was really shocked to find that it was only 5 watt. A few weeks ago, when I was playing around with the 6m band, I tuned the power to the minimum. I could have got more contacts had the power been much higher.

Jan 31, 2014 [15:45UTC]

I got my 10-10 number today. It is #76936. I am not sure yet how this would help me to get more dx. BTW I have migrated to V2 logbook. It has more features compared to the first version. I didn't even know that I have already 52 DXCC to-date. I need 48 more to go for a century DXCC. I found 3 duplicates (sort the list using callsign and browse thru them. It is pretty easy).

Meanwhile it has not been a fruitful experience with FT5ZM. With the vertical antenna, their signal is not that good except for today (57 signal) but my 50w would be easily drowned by the super power stations. Funny thing about the expedition is that I am hearing many many stations (with 59 signal!) which callsigns prefix I have never heard before. So where have they been when I made my CQ? :) I guess I need to have a 1,000 watt output to reach them as well.

I was away for one day holiday. I did bring my HTX10, SAE battery, dipole wire and my tuner. I made a simple inverted V on the balcony of the resort with the ends tied to the wood planks on floor level. After CQing for 20 minutes, I was responded by Makato, JE1AON with a 59 report. Thanks Makoto! It was only 15 watt!

Jan 27, 2014 [15:00UTC]

Another great day on 10 meter. This time I worked a neighboring state station 9M8WAT without effort. Sarawak has been a skip zone to my station however the band was quite good today for short distance QSO (within 1000 -3000 miles).

I am still looking forward to stations from Singapore, the Phillipines, and few others from this region. AND STILL NO U.K. STATIONS!

Jan 26, 2014 [15:00UTC]

Spain is the latest DXCC thanks to Jose, EA2KC. That was after ten minutes of trying and hurting my throat. I have never been to Spain but everyone seems to love Spain because of the music, or the football. or for other reasons. BTW I love both classical music and soccer.

Meanwhile I was using my TS120 this morning. Report was good especially with the audio. Funny thing is that the frequency drifted away. I read that it is not uncommon with a vintage radio.

I have not raised my 3-el Yagi (still at 17ft) but I would try to use it for TX tomorrow. I found out that after placing the mast for my vertical away from the yagi, the swr (and impedance) became much better. If I could get some good report tomorrow using that antenna, I would surely raise it a few feet up.

Edited [27/1/2014]: I worked� XW8BM with strong 59 from Laos. I was reported 59 as well by this nice Japanese (JA8BMK/Toshi) who was operating from a hotel in Laos.

Jan 23, 2014 [14:00UTC]

I got my fourth station from Germany today thanks to DL9NC, Uwe Egen. I thought the band was closed when I switched on my radio. After about half an hour, I realized that my tuner was not properly set. Anyway I did visit a few places in Germany and spent a night in Frankfurt. But before that we spent a wonderful morning at Lindau where I took some of my favourite photos.

The pic below is the unedited original pic of two swans making the shape of heart (I call this picture The Making of Love). This photo was taken in Lindau itself.

This is the most familiar angle an amateur photographer (like me) would snap of Lindau lighthouse. Sorry for the photo quality. There was no digital camera back then. This photo was re-snaped from a photo album using an iphone.

Jan 22, 2014 [13:30UTC]

I am a happy man tonight. I have two new European countries namely Finland (OH6RE and OH6TN) and Poland (SP8AWL). I have never been to this countries but i am very glad to have worked stations which I've never expected to have QSO with.

The other stations who responded to my CQ were from Denmark, Italy and Austria. Italy is one of the most beautiful countries on this planet. We drove around for 2 days visiting places like Florence, Lago de Garda, the tower of Pisa, Milan and Venice.

We had the privilege to use the Monaco Grand Prix track (I didn't drive but my friend managed to do two laps).

Lago de Garda

Had the privilege to ride this TAXI.

On the way to Switzerland from Italy we went through the Alps mountains/range in Austria. We couldn't resist the temptation to scale a mountain (by the road side) about 13,000 feet above sea level. It was really a spectular scenery from the mountain top. We spent a night at a YMCA camping ground in Austria.

Jan 21, 2014 [13:00UTC]

I worked two european stations today. The first one was ON61D / Hugo from Belgium. I have never been to Maarkedal but I had an unforgottable moment in Brussels. We were driving around the city when we bumped to the rear bonnet of one local car near a traffic light. We, being the guilty party waited for the driver to come out and scold us, instead he sped off to our relief. Later on the police told us that he could be driving a stolen car.

The other station was Frank, F2GL from France. From the voice, I can tell that Frank is an eldery man. Nice QSO Frank! I was telling him that I spent a night under the Eiffel tower after a tiring journey from Dover. After going up the tower, we decided to call it a day and parked our car underneath the tower. Early morning a policeman came to us. No ticket given. He was greeting us good morning. Very nice country with lots of places to go.

Jan 17, 2014 [10:00GMT]

After almost 500 stations worked, my humble HTX10 was revisited this afternoon. This was the rig I used to get my first two stations (10 meter band) back in September last year. There was a widespread blackout in the west coast for several hours this afternoon and I was compelled to get my ten meter 25watt-output RadioShack. I used a small SLA battery enough to push the power to 20 watt. After about 10 minutes calling for CQ, Les VK4VIL responded and gave me a 53 report.

73!

Jan 15, 2014 [11:00GMT]

I have several 'special' stations this past one week. They are special because they are my first stations in their respective country, AND I got the QSO is a strange way. Firstly, I was ending a QSO with F5CAC (Christian) and when a '59 plus' station asked me to QSY 5 down. And true enough, he was excited to work on my 59 signal all the way from Switzerland (HB9AFI). I consider this special because this is one of my favourite European countries (I remember being awaken by the sound of cow bells early morning while camping in Lucerne.

Earlier on I had a brief encounter with a station from Norway by the name of Erik (he managed to spell it before he fadded away). All I could get from the qsb and qrn-filled qso was LO5WKO. Unfortunately the callsign was not in the QRZ.COM or other database. I was so determined to get it that I spent a few hours browsing thru the list in the QRZ.COM database. I needed to get this fjord country! Then after 2 days while I calling CQ (yesterday), a station from Norway responded. He is none other than Erik, with the callsign LA5WKA. Bravo!

An hour ago, I got another cloudy qso with an even stranger callsign, Four-Xray-Foxtrot-United-Ecuador (4XFUE). That callsigns is not in the QRZ.COM as well though I know the station is from Israel. I made a search for all callsigns ending with starting with '4' and ending with 'UE'. I found a Miki,4X4UE, sent him an email and to my delight he responded within a few minutes. Shalom!

It is really a pure delight working a hard way to get one single QSO. That is the fun of the game!

Jan 14, 2014 [1:00GMT]

My antenna analyzer is here. It is really fun to use. Well, the goal is to get a 50 ohm impedance and lowest swr, right? I was able to make a dipole antenna for 6 meter in a few minutes using some cable. I am looking forward to get my first QSO in 50Mhz.

BTW, the China made analyzer says my yagi antenna has a resonance (and a unity swr) at 28.800 mhz. It means I need to elongate it a few more centimeters for it to resonant at 28.450. I will be doing this soon. Funny that even my trusted vertical antenna has impedance of 37 ohm before tuning up. Can I trust this toy? Well, it is quite accurate when counter tested with my Diamond meter.

Jan 10, 2014 [10:00GMT]

At last I managed to work out 9W2/9M2 stations after four months with 10 meter. Congratulations to 9W2FLD, Hanif (and myself!) for our qsb filled QSO. I think he was able to receive me better than I did. I believe he is using a FT897 on the ever popular G5RV. Working with Rizal/9M6RDX is much easier (59) with his much better working condition.

Now I need to work on Sarawak, Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines and a few other SEA countries. All these are inside the skip zone region and it is quite hard to even hear them in the air. For farther DX stations, I am really hungry for UK stations... which I think would be very hard to do with a vertical antenna. However my vertical has been faithful so far and it is going to give me half a thousand different stations/callsigns by the end of this month. Let's see what my son has to say about this new target.

Jan 1, 2014 [13:20GMT]

Mission accomplished! I managed to get 400 dx stations (with different callsigns) by December 31, 2013 since I started this 10 meter hobby back in September. I don't enter callsigns twice into my QRZ logbook so it is easy to count. (Yes, I would delete either one if the other station also logged the QSO. Isn't it cruel?). BTW I have only received a few QSL cards so far. I believe some of them sent their cards thru bureau which I doubt I could receive in the near future.

In the meantime I'm still waiting for my antenna analyzer. I would really want to at least, tune my yagi eventhough it wouldn't be that impressive at its present qth. I have worked a dozen of stations with the yagi but the report I received so far is not as impressive as my vertical antenna.

Happy New Year 2104 and 73.

Dec 28, 2013 [14:20GMT]

I was really taken by surprise by ZS1PZ (and later ZS1RJQ) responding to my CQ at 10pm local time. I was about to take a shower and decided to switch on my FT897 to listen to the static noise. I was tempted to call CQ CQ a few times and I was shocked to hear a 55 signal from South Africa. Good qso, and good people out there, and good experience for newbie like me. This hobby is really becoming an addiction to me.

Earlier, my HTX10 on dipole wire at 7 feet above ground, managed to get a strong signal from OM3TWM. My vertical was full of QRN and I hardly could hear him but on HTX10, it was 5/5 easily. So in the end, TX using the FT897 (vertical antenna) and RX on HTX10 (dipole wire). Say thanks to the $15 radio shack and the wire!

Dec 27, 2013 [4:30GMT]

Is there really a relationship between sunspot number and propagation? (of course silly me, the scientists have proven that!)I have seen (back in October) that even if the Sunspot number is <50, I was able to get many QSOs. Aside of the the noise (QRN), there shouldn't be any problem working with a single hop contacts. Or is there? I have been hearing several Asian stations on regular basis (almost daily!) and their signals are 53 the lowest. I have to commend JE1AON (Makoto) who has been responding to my CQ every morning (2200-0000GMT). He is always loud and clear. In the evening (about 1200GMT), I always hear VU2XO (Patel) shouting from India. From Hong Kong VR2XMT has been a regular and almost 5/9 on every CQ he makes. I guess these stations are on single hop (within certain radius from my QTH). Stations closer than these seem to be deaf (skip zone). I haven't had QSOs with any closer stations (South East Asia countries) for the past 2 months.

I would keep on shouting every morning (2200 -0000GMT) on 28.456 and evening (0900 - 1100GMT) for the next few weeks until I get the pattern or a formula for the relationship between Sunspot number and 10 meter band.

Dec 26, 2013 [05:47GMT]

The Inverted V has been taken down. Its 3-pole and the wire are obstructing the 3-element when I rotate the yagi. It is converted to a dipole (at 7 feet) which proven to be useful when the rain static was really unbearable on the vertical (S9 noise)and the yagi. There was a heavy downpour yesterday and I could hear nothing but the rain static. Being the highest, I guess it receives the most torture from the nature. Suprisingly, the longwire/dipole tied to my window frame was able to pickup signal without interference from the rain.

In the meantime the non-impressive yagi has to stay up there for a while. I am not going to do the trimming without an antenna analyzer. I am ordering a made in China analyzer and hopefully I would be able to get it within a month.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year 2014!

Dec 16, 2013 [09:52GMT]

This blog is now getting nearer to the end. My yagi is functioning now (bit high on SWR) and I am just doing the final touch-up aka trimming off the driven element for better VSWR. I am glad that I was able to reach Alaska with the antenna.

How well does it perform? At 17 feet (and surrounded by housing estate) we cannot expect to be blown away by the result. I can say that it is only a slightly better than the 5/8 vertical.

I don't have the space to erect a tower... furthermore I don't want to scare my neighbours too much.. they have been busy spying on me from their kitchen for this past few weeks.

The recent ARRL contest really brought lots of surprises to newbies like me (I'm into hf/10meter for 3 months now eventhough I got my license B in 1997). It is nice to hear the band coming back to life at 00:00UTC on Saturday. After spending a total of about 4 to 5 hours, I managed to get 120 contacts. I am glad to have achieved that with my 50watt on a vertical antenna. I know I could get much higher count had I not been out the whole day on Saturday. And the lucky station who got my century 59/100 is a lady from Indonesia YB1JYL (Jilly, the only Indonesian station out of the 120). I will be sending my QSL card to her soon. I will be sending my card also to the 59/001 (WA7NB) and 59/120 (N7UQ). Note that my first and last contacts are both from Tucson Arizona.

Dec 13, 2013 [3:07GMT]

We have the ARRL 10 MeterContest this weekend, but at the same time I intend to fix my yagi this Sunday as well. Or I may have to rely on my vertical antenna only. I am unable to reach Europe/Middle east with the vertical. I made about 50 QSO this past 3 days but they are mostly JA and USA stations. The yagi is directed Europe (it is not motorized!) and I am really hoping my hairpin matching system would improve the antenna.

BTW I have put our family photos up there. I will put the pics of my dog and orchids later on. hihi..

Dec 9, 2013 [01:50GMT]

At last I got my first South America QSO! The next ones would be from the UK, Africa and other countries in Europe.

I decided to lower down my Yagi. My matching system didn't work. I used the beta hairpin match yesterday but the SWR was really high and even with a tuner it still showed 2.5. I guess I need to adjust the element itself which I am intending to do now. I would redo my beta hairpin and move the choke balun up near the feed point... hoping I would get better result this time. I might get rid of my Inverted V as these poles are all standing side by side (with the vertical mast) and I think it does contribute to the loss or distruption to the pattern of my yagi signal.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

Dec 4, 2013 [01:15GMT]

Yagi is 15ft high now however I found out that its performance is just in par with the 5/8 vertical. Is it that the SkipMaster 5/8 actually a very good antenna or is it my yagi which is still not properly setup? Firstly 15ft is two feet short of halfwave for 10 meter. I may raise it again this weekened. Secondly, is commercial balun needed here? I am using an ugly balun which I have no way to test if it is functional or not. BTW my SWR is 1.3 so I can keep my tuner for the time being. Thirdly, I suspect I have bad coax connection to the driven element. I will tighten them this weekened. Lastly, I have to blame the surrounding elements as well. There is a telephone metal pole about 15 feet away, at the end of my reflector, with the cable running across above my setup. And there is a 20ft high tree about 20 feet in front of the antenna.[edited: I have forgotten to mention that I live in a double storey housing estate with the height of about 25 to 30 ft]

Anyway it has been a good experience making my own home brew directional antenna. I have constructed many 2 meter yagis but dealing with a 17ft width element is really challenging considering the fact that my backyard space is really limited (20ft x 20ft).

No more update till there is a good news. BTW there is still no South America and UK contacts. :(

Nov 30, 2013 [14:30GMT]

My yagi is beaming North West now but still 10 ft above ground. Performance is inferior to the 5/8 at 20ft. However it is better than my inverted V, with the centre at 20ft. I will be raising the yagi by 5 to 7 ft tomorrow.

Nov 29, 2013 [08:20GMT]

Nope. The graph is crawling up again! Thanks VK6RO for assuring me that it is not the end of the world... at least not for this coming two years. Fully assured, I went ahead with my beam antenna but so far it is only resting at 10 feet above ground. (I will raise it by 5 ft next week). I was really surprised to hear the RX as very much quieter than my 5/8 vertical. It is temporarily facing the north-east which means beaming to North America across the Pacific ocean. I will change the direction (manually of course) later as most of the opening is between Europe and VK land.

Propogation has been good this past two days. My son was jumping up and down yesterday when I got my first Germany, Italy and France QSO. Am still looking for my first South America & UK contact.

BTW my 5/8 is doing really well (except for the noise). Now I have an Inverted V connected to the TS-120, a SkipMaster 5/8 vertical to the FT897 and the 3-el Yagi to the TS50. This page updates will QRT soon after my Yagi is fully beaming at 15feet. (This page isn't a blog, its for Biography.)

Nov 25, 2013 [12:35GMT]

My vertical is up 10 feet higher now. The 5/8 is perching at the end of my 20ft stainless steel mast... however the propagation has been really poor this past two days. I could only hear a couple of Victoria Kilowatt stations but only for a short time. Cycle 24 is going off and I have to wait for another 11 years?!! It is useless to put up my yagi if the sunspot number is getting less and less.

Nov 22, 2013 [16:30GMT]

I bought a roll of wire to be used as as guy wire today. All elements are clamped to the boom. However my aluminum mast will only be delivered monday. The 5/8 vertical would go on top of the 20ft pole while my 3 element would sits somewhere at 15ft.

Nov 17, 2013 [14:10GMT]

At last my clamps are ready. They were quite heavy but after a bit of cutting works, I managed to reduce the weight by half. BTW I ordered the wrong material for mast. The StainlessSteel SCH. 40 is very heavy. I will stay with a thick (at least 3mm) aluminium tube for the yagi. Come monday and I will start raising my directional antenna.

Nov 17, 2013 [12:30GMT]

I've added FT897D to my ham setup. I love the concept of all-band-in-one but I have to admit it that I didn't really like the audio at first. It was very thin. However after playing around with the Noise Reduction system and the receiver bandpass Filter, I think I am falling in love with the radio.

I bought this set partly for the 6 meter. I don't know if I can ever hear anyone on 6 meter. It is pretty dead to me.

My Skip Master 5/8 is 10 feet above ground and surprisingly, it receives better than my Inverted Vee at 20feet. I shall be getting a 20ft pole by this week. I am positive the reception will improve drastically.

Nov 3, 2013 [22:00GMT]

I was away for a week. My 5/8 vertical should be arriving this week. The clamps for my elements are expected to be ready this week as well. Hoping for the best! Still no South American contact.

Oct 20, 2013 [01:01 GMT]

Strugling to be heard... My 50w on center-fed wire is easily drowned by the super-watt. I think that is the fun of it. I can only make a couple of contacts each day due to my working condition. Hopefully I can have my 3-el this week. I am thinking of getting 50 or so QSOs with the inverted-V before switching to directional antenna. BTW, I got my first Hawaiian contact yesterday. Aloha!

Oct 15, 2013 [14:00GMT]

Yagi is not ready yet. Balun arrived today. Cross clamps/right-angle clamps are difficult to find. I have asked some machinists to make a few for me.

In the meantime, I had my first QSO with Australia and Sweden this past 3 days. Am still looking forward to having QSO with UK, Middle East and South America.

Oct 11, 2013 [14.00GMT]

I managed to work out Mario from South Africa tonight after 10 minutes of trying. My Inverted V was unable to pick up his signal but my temprorary 3-element (now 2-el after the reflector was blown off by strong wind), which is about 10-foot above ground, was able to get his faint signal. As his signal became stronger, my 50w was able to be heard by my first South African contact. I really need my yagi to be properly setup! BTW, I received my 1:1 balun today. Now I am waiting for my stainless steel clamps.

Oct 9, 2013 [1:00GMT]

A very strong and steady signal 59++ from N7MZ from Maryland! I was reported 59 by John as well. Propagataion seems to be very good this past two mornings (it would be night time in America). I could hear South America very well. Am looking forward to contacting South America with my Inverted V very soon before I have my 3-element beam.

Oct 8, 2013 [1:30GMT]

After about a month, I've got my first ever contact with continental USA. Thanks to KQ6PK for picking my 50w signal! You did come 57 (sometimes 5&9) to my rig.

I did something funny 2 days ago. Since I did not have the clamps / u-bolts etc, to attach my elements to the boom, I used some nylon strings to temporary attach them together. I raised it about 10 feet off ground. Well, I managed to get two contacts from the land of China. Just imagine what it could achieve if it is properly setup and raised 30ft up! It didnt last too long. The string was not strong enough to hold the elements as the reflector fell off due to strong wind. Do they sell cross-clamps around here?

Oct 6, 2013

No, I couldn't finish my Yagi today. I still need wooden boards to connect my elements to the boom. Some suggested the to the use of white chopping boards. How to fix the board to the boom (and element to the baord)? I have two options.. stainless steel clamps and SS hose clamps..

The elements are ready. The boom is ready. The mast is ready. My balun is NOT ready... so I have to wait for a few more days.

The Oceania-DX was 'fun to listen'. I envy those hammers with thousands of QSO while I was only able to get less than a dozen of dxers. I did spend a couple of hours on the first day and half an hour today. I guess I didn't even try my best at all, partially because I feel I have the humblest antenna of all with my QTH surrounded by hills. But most of all I was really tied up with other things that I missed most of the openings. However I am really happy to get QSOs with Guam, Indonesia and Russia. The Australians were 59 but my working condition didn't allow me to be heard. I heard several European with 59 as well but my signal got drowned in the pile up. See you soon!

Oct 4, 2013

Okay, my MFJ-901B tuner is here. Well,I really don't know how is the correct procedure to do the tuning-up. I am being ignorant or just lazy to read the instruction. However I managed to get less than 1.3 reading on 28Mhz. I can see that the TX output is able to go beyond 50w now. Come Sunday, I'll do the final touch to the 3-element!

Oct 2, 2013

Started cutting the tubes. I have to replace the 3/4" as they are too thick (3mm thick).I'm going to use a 1.25" boom instead of 1.5". I will use stainless hose-clamps for connecting the two sizes of tubes (3/4" & 7/8"). Trying to find some u-bolts in the meantime.

Sept 29, 2013

Due to high SWR (more than 2.5:1), I have adjusted the mic gain/carrier so that my output would only be max 25w even though the rig allows for 50w (I think this rig can shoot out 100w if the antenna is properly tuned up). I don't want to damage my vintage. Let it be on QRP til it is ready for higher output. I think my MFJ tuner will be home in the next few days.

With such low output during this bad propagation, my signals were still managed to be picked by VU2XO and BV1EJ for a short QSO before my signal faded off.

Hoping to start the 3-el YAGI project this week.

Sept 27, 2013

Still no yagi. My aluminum tubes would only be sent next week. BTW I managed to get a short QSO with HS5NMF from Thailand yesterday with my newly acquired TS120S. I enjoy using this vintage. Tough, and proven to be reliable. I don't really like the increment per rotation though. The increment is too big and I need to be super slow dialing it otherwise lots of signals would be missed.

Sept 25, 2013

I got my TS-120S today. It is working well without any issue. My HTX-10 would be resting for the time being. Now everything is ready except my Yagi. Hopefully by next week my 3-element would be completed.


Sept 23, 2013

I have made up my mind. This 8ft boom 3-el 10 meter yagi would be my next project. For the time being, I would do it without a balun. (btw can I just get the one from ebay? They are only about $20 each). I think this would squeeze-in nicely at the back of my house. I am not sure how high would I raise it though. This page will be updated.

Here is the design. I have not asked permission from the owner. His url is at http://w4rnl.net46.net/ant19.html

L. B. Cebik, W4RNL


Sept 21, 2013

The shortened boom version of a 3 element yagi is still too big for my back yard. I have just found a design called 2 Element Cubical Quad. Am thinking hard....


Sept 13, 2013

How about a mini version of a directional antenna? While waiting for the 'sky to open up' I am thinking of home-brewing a shortened boom of a 3-element Yagi. I haven't found a design yet that fits my 20' x 20' backyard. The classic 3-el does fit in but it looks very tight to move around.


Sept 12, 2013

I have done some improvement to my antenna setup. I used two 15ft pole on each side to raise the level of the dipole ends. The angle should be about 68 degrees each side (about 136 deg total). My antenna is officially called the 'Inverted V' now. As predicted my SWR now goes to about 2.5 because the overall length is 'getting longer' (remember my dipole is meant for 11 meter). I think my rig can only tx about 75% of its capability. No worry though...my antenna tuner would be coming soon.

Now that everything is okay I will keep my fingers crossed as the 10m band is pretty quiet now. If the Solar Flux Index and the Sunspots are indications of hf propagation then I think I would not be able to hear or qso with any distant members for the next few days. (or weeks? months?.. may be I have to wait till next year?)

Meanwhile there will be no further updates to this biography till the next 'opening'.

edited:- Now I really consider my self LUCKY for being able to have my first DX from Japan with a 59 report. It was a humble antenna tied to my fence - window about 5 ft above ground, about 15Watt out of my HTX-10. Reading many posts in forums make me sick with myself for not appreciating my first DX qso. It may never happen again with that kind of antenna!

73 for now.

my email is zabion@yahoo.com


Found This site today: http://www.hfradio.org


Sept 10, 2013, 8:12pm

I managed to put up a 20ft 1" GI pipe today, with the help of my son. It took me a couple of hours to finish everything (including an hour finding a 40ft RG58 & coaxial connector, soldering etc). I do not intend to put mast guy wire as it stood up solidly, buried a foot down and tied half-way (8 ft up) to my fence.

So there it was standing taller than my 4 year-old mango tree. Then my 10-yr old son said "Dad, your math is wrong. The wires are not of equal angle". He was right.. it was way too much to the right. Okay then... I would move it later on.

The SWR is lower than 2 and I am content with it so far. It was on the red side before.(I tested it on my 11m/CB radio and the needle barely moved.) I forgot to mention that this dipole wire was meant for my CB radio.


Sept 10, 2013

A friend of mine asked me to write a bit about my experience 'listening' to the recent DX contest. Okay to be frank, I was not only listening. I didn't tell you earlier that my tx was picked up by JA6WJL in the first day and 9M4DX in the 2nd day of the contest. I was surprised when JA6WJL reported me a 59 in return. Well that was my first ever QSO outside of Malaysia. I guess the opening that day was really great that my center-fed dipole which is a mere 5ft off ground managed to travel thousands of miles away. (Have I told you that it was tied to my window frame on one end and to the compound fence on the other end?)

I have a confession to make. I have been sinning this past 2 days envying one ham-member 9M6XRO having endless contacts with his 5969 report all around. His signal must be really loud and clear even to farthest region on this earth. It is exciting! May be many of you have been in the air for more than half a century so I guess having such QSOs doesn't bring any excitement at all compared to newbies like us. However to me, after being on 2m for almost 20 years I still find it is exciting to meet new friends in the air.

As planned, I would go ahead with my antenna improvement. I will update you all from time to time. I am not interested in increasing my TX power.

Any idea how improve my antenna? e-mail to zabion@yahoo.com

73 de 9W6EZ.


Sept 9, 2013

Hi everyone. I decided (this month September 2013) to go beyond the local 2M band after getting my license in 1997. I don't have a proper setup for 10 meter other than a simple half-wave dipole wire tied to the fence and my window at the back of my house. I am using a $15 HTX-10 from ebay I bought a month ago. If properly tuned-up, I believe it can give me a 25 watt output however I am still waiting for my MFJ antenna tuner. For 2M, I have numbers of handies (namely, T22A, FT60R, VX7R to name a few) and 2 mobiles (IC-V8000 and a FT2900).

Am looking forward to my first few 10m QSOs. BTW I had fun listening to the recent Asian DX contest. I was able to pick-up many 59 signals but due to my poor working condition, my TX was not able to go through . I am intending to buy a 20-foot pipe today for my long-wire. I am looking forward to giving you a 5943 report in the near future. I will keep you all updated!

73 from the island of Borneo


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SN and SFI
Below 50 - Propagation very bad (not for me...those with 1,000w may qso with each other )
50 to 100 - Propagation bad (may be a Yagi can do it)
100 to 150 - propagation good (there you go..)
Above 150 - Very Good Propagation (Stop it right there! Get your 10 meter now!)

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