Automatic Antenna Switch for ICOM IC-7300

Since the ICOM IC-7300 transceiver came on the market one of the wish list items for the rig is that it had more than one antenna socket.

The Funk Amateur website has recently introduced a kit which, through an external unit, provides the IC-7300 and most other ICOM rigs with the  facility to automatically switch between four antennas.

The FA-AS comes as a complete kit and makes it possible to connect four different antennas and to choose them automatically depending on the operating frequency. Operation and programming are simple and intuitive, the operating status is indicated with multi-colored LEDs. It is possible to operate with a separate transmitting and receiving antenna.

A separate socket is also provided for the connection of a transverter.

The FA.-AS can be controlled with the band voltage or via the CI-V interface of the Icom transceiver.

In addition to the circuit boards and the machined and printed housing, the kit contains all the components required for assembly. (Only wired components are used.)

The cost of the kit within the European Union is 115 Euro (which includes 19% tax)

Shipping costs to European countries is 15 Euro

Price for US and non-EU overseas countries is US $ 105

Te kit can be ordered from the Funk Amateur website

Petrica Stolnicu YO9RIJ elected new President of EURAO

At the recent General Assembly of the European Radio Amateurs Organisation, Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, 43, was elected to be President of EURAO for the period 2017-2019.

YO9RIJ has previously been Vice-president of EURAO since 2015 and founding Vice-president of ARR (Romanian Radio Club Association – Asociatia Radioclubul Romaniei).

In an interview with Petrica, published recently on the EURO website,  a Romanian journalist explored his background in Amateur Radio and his hopes for EURO and the future.

FEDI-EA the EA Digital Federation EXPAT CLUB

Since FEDI-EA, The EA Digital Federation, started their campaign “Yes, we speak English …” in 2014, a lot of Radio Amateurs from other countries, but living in Spain, have become members of the Federation. At present they represent 2.8% of the membership.

To serve their special needs and put them in contact with each other, FEDI-EA plan to implement a series of actions that will fit into the remit of this so-called Expat Club .

Amateur Radio Europe will keep you updated as more information becomes available about this project.

Radio DARC shortwave broadcasts for IARU Region 1 Conference

Radio DARC International Shortwave Broadcasts

During the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut, Germany, from 17th September until 22nd September, there will be a series of six consecutive special shortwave broadcasts to keep the IARU Region 1 amateur radio audience up to date with news and background reports

The programmes will be in the English language.

The RADIO DARC programmes will be compiled by Eva-Maria, DG9MFG, Christian, DL8MDW, Peter, HB9MQM and Rainer, DF2NU, the Editor-in-chief.

Several transmitters and shortwave bands are used to allow reception in different target regions of IARU Region 1. The broadcasting partner is the Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) in Moosbrunn near Vienna. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 17 September to Friday, 22 September 2017

17:30 – 18:00 UTC – 13 775 kHz with 300 kW for Africa
17:30 – 18:00 UTC – 9 790 kHz with 100 kW for Eastern Europe / Russia / Middle East
18:00 – 18:30 UTC – 6 070 kHz with 100 kW for Central, Northern and Southern Europe
18:00 – 18:30 UTC – 9 540 kHz with 100 kW for Western Europe

RADIO DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6 070 kHz for Europe. The programs contain DX news, technical features and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and some great music from the 70s and 80s.

Spanish Geodesic Vertices Diploma

The Radio Club Henares operates the Geodesic Vertices Diploma of Spain, which has similarities to both the Worked all Britain Trig Point Award and to SOTA. Information about the award (in Spanish) can be found of the Radio Club Henares website (unfortunately this does not appear to interact very well with the online translation systems)
The geodesic vertex are usually represented by a cylinder 120 cm high, mounted on a concrete pedestal, and painted white (instead of cylinders, they can also be represented by prismatic signals). The signal is used to place topographic instruments on the cylinder to make measurements. In additon, from each signal other geodesic vertices can be seen, which is why they are always placed in high locations, clear of obstructions and with ample vision of the surrounding landscape.
The geodesic vertices are classified in categories of 1st, 2nd and 3rd order. The network of 1st order has its vertices separated by 40 km. The second order is separated by about 20 km. The third order is between 4 and 5 km. The 1st order network is the one with the highest precision.
In order to protect and maintain the geodetic vertices, the “Geodesic and Geophysical Signals Act” has been in force since the 1970s. This law entrusts custody of signals to mayors and municipalities, not only in but also the prevention of activities that could hinder their use, or the construction in the surroundings that could create screens for the work of surveyors, cartographers and geologists.
Recently, the National Geographic Institute has launched the REGENTE network, acronym of National Geodetic Network for Space Techniques, which aims to establish a network of very high precision throughout Spain. This new network is a mesh of points that were already geodesic vertices of the first order, and have been chosen so that in each sheet of the National Topographic Map at scale 1: 50000 there is a single REGENT, that is, one by every 500 square kilometers. The application of this network will be to provide effective help to users of measurement techniques by GPS systems.
A list of Vertices locations can be found at http://www.radioclubhenares.org/dvge/utilidades/
The Geodesic Vertices Diploma of Spain operates according to the following rules:
  1. Participation in this diploma, supposes the full acceptance of these rules.
  2. The present Diploma DVGE or Diploma Geodesic Vertices of Spain, will have effect and validity from 1st November 2006.
  3. The Diploma will be issued in four categories: Mixed, CW, MGM (digital modes) and QRP.
  4. Contacts made from fixed, portable and mobile stations will be valid. In no case will the stations in maritime or aeronautical mobile, nor those made through any type of repeater will be valid. Communications made through “bridge stations” or third parties, or fictitious communications with stations that are not present will not be tolerated. Operators will adhere to the IARU band plans.
  5. Location references will be assigned by the initials VG followed by the letter of the province plus the assigned reference number
  6. To obtain the diploma, the requesting station must contact a minimum of 100 different references. Listeners will be able to obtain the diploma, sending a list to dvge@radioclubhenares.org with at least 100 activations, detailing a minimum of 3 QSOs heard of each activation.
    Activators have the possibility of obtaining a diploma, within three categories: Bronze, Silver and Gold for having activated, respectively 25, 75 and 150 different references.
    The diplomas in PDF format, are free, and can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.radioclubhenares.org/dvge/solicitar-diploma-dvge-en-pdf/
    The remaining prizes have a cost to be paid by the applicant. See section of the web “Request Awards” http://www.radioclubhenares.org/dvge/solicitar-dvge/
  7. In the case of registering contacts with a following contact in either QRO and QRP, only the last registered will be validated. That is, only one contact will be validated in QRO or QRP, but not both.
  8. In case of errors in the log, only the manager of the activity can request corrections of the LOG.
    If it is a correction of callsign, you must indicate: the date of the activity, the reference activated, the call sign used during the call, band and mode, as well as the correspondent’s erroneous call sign and the correct one. If it were an inclusion in the log, the maximum term is two months from the date of the activity.
  9. To certify an operation as valid, the following obligatory requirements must be met:
    ● The antennas used should be located no further than 200 meters from the Geodesic Vertex worked.
    ● The activator must be on the air for at least 1 hour or perform a minimum of 100 QSO
    ● The activator mus go to the Radio Club Henares website (www.radioclubhenares.org/dvge/validar-activity-dvge/), within a maximum period of 10 days from the activity and:
    ○ Upload the log of the operation in ADIF format. The log should indicate the actual time of each contact, expressed in UTC. The operators of the activity can be added at the end of the activity, so that the reference from which they are transmitting can be qualified for the diploma.
    ○ Upload one or several photographs of the activation, where you can see, without a doubt:
    ■ The Geodesic Vertex. No reference will be valid, and therefore invalidated activities performed from it, in which the Vertex signal is not present or destroyed. At least one of the two parts, or the base or the cylinder, must be present. However, sending the photograph may be exempted in cases where, in the IGN’s file, it is CLEARLY indicated, that the landmark is in a non-accessible location, because it is at the top of a building. The location of the landmark within a private estate, will not exempt the presentation of this photograph
    ■ Geodesic vertex and radio and / or antenna equipment with which it is transmitted. In case it is not possible, a video will be provided, in which, without cuts, you can see the vertex and the equipment, or georeferenced photographs in which the real situation of the operators can be verified.
    ■ In the case of activities with several operators, photographs or videos should also be sent in which all the operators are seen

    It is not permitted to include photographs or videos of the activities, whose content has a marked political or religious character. Neither are photographs allowed that may be considered of bad taste or disrespect to third parties.
    Link to  Manual for,uploading logs, photos and validate DVGE activities0

  10. Each expeditionary can only participate in the activation of a maximum of two references per day, with an interval of 2 hours between the end of the first operation and the beginning of the second and regardless of the indicative used.
  11. The organisation has created a section on the diploma website where all the expeditionaries can announce operations that they plan to carry out. Activities may not be announced more than 15 DAYS in advance. Although the announcement is voluntary, we strongly urge activators to announce their activities in advance to avoid, as much as possible, several activators trying to perform the same activity simultaneously. The advertisement, provided that it is made at least 24 hours in advance, will ensure that, from the publication of the announcement and until the completion of the announced activity, no one else can activate such a reference. Click here to announce your activation.
  12. Exemplary conduct of all amateurs participating in this diploma is expected. This diploma is governed by the Code of Conduct of the DXista
  13. The knowledge of intentionally irregular practices and / or ethically inappropriate behavior in any aspect of participation in this diploma, the irregular use of activity announcements, such as any threat against the diploma committee, as well as in the omission of compliance with the current regulation, will lead to open a file with all the evidence to be processed and resolved by the DVGE Vocalía del Diploma.
  14. The Activation Manager accepts and expressly authorises all documents (including photographs and videos) submitted, to be displayed on the Radio Club Henares website.
  15. Any question not contemplated in the rules, or of different interpretations, will be debated by the Vocalía del Diploma DVGE, with any decisions taken being unappealable.
  16. For any doubt, query or claim use  the email address: dvge@radioclubhenares.org
D.V.G.E. Geodesic Vertices Diploma of Spain
Radio Club Henares, EA4RCH
Post Office: 69
28830 S. Fernando de Henares – Madrid

EURAO DMR meeting on the air Fiesta de EURAO

The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: “DMR meeting on the air“. Remember this is not a contest, it is just a radio meeting with a few simple ‘rules’, better to call them recommendations. The party will be held the weekend September 23th and 24th, 2017, 00:00-24:00 UTC

El fin de semana del 23 y 24 de septiembre tendrá lugar una nueva fiesta en el aire, convocada por la Organización Europea de Radioaficionados (EURAO). En esta ocasión está dedicada al DMR. No se trata de un con­cur­so, sino de pasarlo bien, ex­pe­ri­men­tar y hacer radio.

Purpose: DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is an open standard widely used by radio amateurs in the last years. A lot of repeaters around the world are networked. The most popular DMR network is BrandMeister (BM) which dedicate the Talk Group (TG) 9201 to EURAO. Try to connect to this TG to have fun and meet other hams, or just do SWLing.

Date & time: September 23th and 24th, 2017, Saturday and Sunday, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Bands & modes: in this Party there are no recommended frequencies for DMR. You have to find the repeater(s) in your area linked to the BM network. You can use this map to find yours. Or just listen to its stream.

Call: “CQ EURAO Party”.

Exchange: because this is a QSO event, not a contest, you can talk about whatever you want, in any language (choose one that everyone in this TG can understand), but posiby for a limited time, remembering this is a shared resource. Here are some topic suggestions to get the conversation going: name, city, locator, weather, antennas, rigs, etc.

Also talk about QSL interchange. Tell the truth. Say “no, thanks” if you are not interested in QSL cards. But if you would like to have a memory of your contact, feel free to use our EuroBureauQSL (see below).

Logs: for statistic purposes only, we ask participants to submit their logs in ADIF format to party@eurao.org, where the filename should be your callsign (e.g. EA3RKF.ADI).

There will be no results or league tables, only statistical information about number of QSOs, countries, callsigns, OMs/YLs/Clubs, etc.

Certificate of Participation: for those sending the log and with a minimum of 10% QSOs confirmed.

EuroBureauQSL: you can use it to interchange QSLs even if you are not member. In this case, just send the QSL to the entry point in the country of contacted station.

Fiesta de EURAO – Verano 2017: encuentro DMR en el aire

El fin de semana del 23 y 24 de septiembre tendrá lugar una nueva fiesta en el aire, convocada por la Organización Europea de Radioaficionados (EURAO). En esta ocasión está dedicada al DMR. No se trata de un con­cur­so, sino de pasarlo bien, ex­pe­ri­men­tar y hacer radio.


Fiesta de EURAO – Verano 2017: encuentro DMR en el aire

La Organización Europea de Radioaficionados anuncia una nueva fiesta en el aire, esta vez con el lema: “encuentro DMR en el aire“. Recuerda que esto no es un concurso, es sólo un encuentro por radio con unas pocas ‘reglas’ muy simples, casi mejor llamarlas recomendaciones.

Objetivo: DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) es un estándar abierto ampliamente usado por los radioaficionados en los últimos años. Un montón de repetidores de todo el mundo están interconectados. La red más popular de DMR es BrandMeister (BM) que dedica el Talk Group (TG) 9201 a EURAO. Intenta conectar a este TG para divertirte y conocer otros radioaficionados, o simplemente haz radioescucha.

Fechas y horarios: 23 y 24 de septiembre del 2017, sábado y domingo, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Bandas y modos: en esta Fiesta no hay frecuencias recomendadas para DMR. Tú tienes que encontrar el repetidor (o repetidores) de tu zona que esté enlazado a la red BM. Puedes utilizar este mapa para encontrar el tuyo. O simplemente escuchar por streaming.

Llamada: “CQ EURAO Party”.

Intercambio: como se trata de un QSO, no de un concurso, se puede hablar de lo que uno quiera, en cualquier idioma (elige uno que todos en ese TG puedan entender), y durante el tiempo que se desee tiempo limitado, pues es un recurso compartido. De todas maneras, sugerimos algunos temas típicos de conversación: nombre, ciudad, locator, tiempo, antenas, equipos, etc.

También habla sobre el intercambio de QSLs. Di la verdad. Di “no, gracias” si no estás interesado en las tarjetas QSL. Pero si te gustaría tener un recuerdo de tu corresponsal, no dudes en usar nuestro EuroBureauQSL (ver más abajo).

Logs: sólo a efectos estadísticos, pedimos a los participantes que envíen sus logs en formato ADIF aparty@eurao.org, donde el nombre del archivo debe ser su indicativo (ej. EA3RKF.ADI).

No habrá resultados o clasificación, sólo información estadística sobre el número de QSOs, países, indicativos, OMs/YLs/Clubs, etc.

Certificado de Participación: para aquellos que envíen el log y tengan un mínimo del 10% de QSOs confirmados.

EuroBureauQSL: puedes usarlo para intercambiar QSLs aunque no seas socio. En este caso, envía la QSL alpunto de entrada del país de tu corresponsal.

hamradio.es prize draw at IberRadio 2017


hamradio.es promotional draw for IberRadio 2017

From September 1st through to September 17th, the second day of IberRadio 2017, every order with hamradio.es above € 75.00, has the opportunity to be entered into a draw for one of these three great gifts.

– EAntenna HEX6B, Antena Hexbeam 6 bands valued at 550 €
– EAntenna EADELTA7B, Delta Loop Antenna 7 bands valued at 230 €
– EAntenna DX7M, Vertical Antenna 6-40 meters valued at 182 €

Once you have made your purchase from www.HAMRADIO.es , to be entered into the draw you will have to retweet on Twitter and / or share on Facebook the promotion image and the following:

@IBERRADIO @eantenna @HAMRADIO_ES #IBERRADIOEANTENNASORTEO (followed by you callsign)

All tweets and Facebook posts will be counted on the Sunday at 10 am, to make the draw on Sunday 17 at 11:30 am LIVE on FACEBOOK and an innocent hand of a child who is in the Hall of fair, will draw 3 tickets. Each winner will be notified once the draw so you do not have to be present at the event held.

For more information, please contact angeles@hamradio.es