Rat Tail Net Sunday Morning 730am Pre Breakfast net

We ran the Rat Tail net yesterday and No Checkins and NO Traffic for any users who run Rat tails on their FT-60 Yaesu handys

The RatTail Antenna Booster
 is a patented technology. This passive device attaches to a handheld radio operating in the VHF Marine, VHF Aircraft or 2 meter ham radio bands. An increase in transmitted energy of 9 to 12dB (800% – 1600%) is seen when measured at a distance of 1.2 miles (2 km) or more. This increase results from a transformation of your radio’s 1/4 wave vertical antenna to a 1/2 wave dipole antenna. Thus more energy is delivered to the horizon. This makes it very useful for emergency rescue operations where rescue workers are having difficulty getting their message through to a base station. Boaters will double their range from a small craft to land. This device only works on handheld radios. A 5 watt handheld radio becomes effectively like a 20 or 40 watt radio, thus increasing its ability to get a signal through. Received sensitivity is also increased by the same amount.
Velcro on the back of the device allows attachment to many places on the radio. There is an optimal place to mount the RatTail on each design of radio to get the maximum increase in efficiency. How it works is simple. The LED in the eye of the rat glows red when you find the right place to mount it on your radio. It then turns your 1/4 wave vertical rubber resistor into one element of an efficient 1/2 wave dipole. The RatTail has a built-in red light in the eye of the rat. Transmitting while moving the plate around to various locations near the bottom of the radio causes the eye to glow brightest when the best mounting spot is found. The device can be mounted anywhere that is convenient, provided that the light glows brightly when you transmit. The glowing eye is essential when initially mounting the device and has no usefulness beyond selecting the mounting location. Velcro can be used for mounting securely after doing careful testing, or the RatTail can temporarily be slipped under the belt clip. It can be rolled up and kept in the pocket when not needed, but some users prefer the velcro approach and always leave the tail attached to the radio.
Transmit enhancement is typically about 800% as measured at 1.2 miles (2 km) with a second radio. The radiation pattern from a handheld radio is not normally horizontal, so much energy is lost to the sky. The RatTail lowers the radiation pattern to make it almost horizontal so that much more energy is delivered to the distant radio. When measured across the room a measurement of the power increase will not be as high as that but about 400%. Reception sensitivity is increased by 400% to 800% to help pull in signals from distant radios.
In addition to boosting the antenna power output it also matches the antenna more closely to the radio. The result is lower battery consumption on some radios on high power. Also since it is possible to use lower power settings, all radios will benefit from this by extending their operating time. This feature allows emergency operations to be carried out for longer periods without the need to stop for battery maintenance.
On a Dual Band ham radio the stock antenna is a compromise antenna that has about a 12dB loss as compared to a proper 2m rubber antenna. The RatTail typically restores the dual band’s 2 meter efficiency to that of a full 1/4 wave vertical. In all the dual band radios we tested there was an astonishing 18dB improvement on 2 meters. This represents a 16 times or 1600% improvement. For the first time Dual band operation on both 2M and 70cm can be equally efficient without the need to change antennas.
Because the Rattail Antenna Booster attaches to the back panel of the radio, unlike other devices that connect to the BNC/SMA connector, the RatTail cannot damage the antenna jack. If it gets pulled it simply pops off the radio without doing any harm. Made in Canada.

RF Super Spreader SX-52 Event with 30 minute Rapid Testing

On Saturday Nov 28, 2020 we had an impromptu Radio Frequency Super Spreader SX-52 Event

We held the event to 30 minutes to allow rapid testing capability and quick AAR

Ian VE3INP was out in the field running a FT3D and a N9TAX Jpole tossed in a tree while birders watched him set it up with suspicion

image68Is it any Good?

Yuri VA3GKX was in the home base with a military and a commercial Vertex radio. We worked Yuri on 51MHz FM

Jason VE3PLJ was monitoring with his friend on a FT-60

The ELF on Shelf loves Yaesu

Vince VE3VZB was not heard on 6m

Den VE3BQK in the downtown home base on his FT991A was worked by myself and he ran control for the downtown operators.

I was running ops from the park and was able to work Den on 2m (mobile) and and Yuri on 6m (portable)

Next time the Arrows come out for good effect

VE3IPS ran 3 radios on 6M

 

You can read about Ham Radio in QST Magazine or get up off the couch and go have a go at it in the outdoors

We this MEME from Q. Real hams love 52 it seems hihi

Please note that a minimum 2m and 6m distance was maintained based on operating frequency. Copper mesh based masks were worn for ground plane effect on 2m. User that ran high power noticed a tingling sensation on their chins due to the copper doing its job.

70cm was not used at it would break local distancing rules

Icom 705 and the HFJ-350M in the Field

A quick trip to the park to test out my antenna mount and counterpoise

I was able to work into Alabama on 20m. 40m was very QSB so I did not try it

I did make a 50 Mhz FM contact as well showing the usefulness of the Toy Box antenna

The HFJ-350m does need a counterpoise

YOU MUST READ THE MANUAL BECAUSE ON 20M THE RADIATOR LENGTH IS AROUND 800mm. DO NOT EXTEND THE LENGTH OF THE WHIP ALL THE WAY OUT AS THAT IS OVER 1200 mm and IS TOO LONG

read the manual read the manual read the manual

Please be careful as a very strong wind gust was about to topple it over which means the whip antenna would be damaged very easily and spare parts may not be available.

 

The BirdHouse Antenna for HOA and the Icom 705 Field Radio

I figured while I was repositioning the bird house pole I figured if I could attach a lead to the bottom, I could load up the pole and try to make QSO

I tried this with the Icom 705 and a manual Emtech tuner and had no problem making a QSO with CT on 40m using the 8 ft pole and another 20 ft of lead in wire

It does need a counterpoise so plan accordingly

 

 

Icom Apology – ID-52 Apology and Notice of Production Delay

ID-52 Apology and Notice of Production Delay

Thank you for your continued patronage of Icom products.

Regarding the 144 / 430MHz dual band 5W digital transceiver “ID-52” released in October 2020, there is a delay in the supply of parts from external partner companies, and additional production is significantly delayed. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to customers and retailers who are waiting for ID-52.

We will inform you about the timing of resuming production as soon as it is confirmed.

We are doing our utmost to resume production as soon as possible, and we appreciate your understanding.

You can make it more formal by saying “gomen-nasai” ごめんなさい or more friendly with “gomen-ne” ごめんね. “Warui warui” 悪い悪い or “my bad” is also a very casual way to say sorry. “Sumimasen” すみません, which can be translated as “excuse me”, also works as an apology depending on how it is used

Masaco is disappointed and has asked for Christmas release but that wont happen. Sorry.

I want a colour display like Yaesu made

 

Asahi Kasei Plant fire affects corporate production Semiconductor supply failed

 

” Asahi Kasei Microsystem ” where a fire broke out Nobeoka Office = October, Nobeoka City, Miyazaki Prefecture

 

 On the 17th, it was found that the fire that broke out at Asahi Kasei’s factory in Nobeoka City, Miyazaki Prefecture, stopped the production of semiconductors, affecting production and sales mainly by sound makers such as Yamaha, a major musical instrument manufacturer. Prospect of recovery is not standing, because it is also used in the in-vehicle-related, such as car audio, impact on the automobile companies has also been concern that the spread.

 The fire broke out in October at the Asahi Kasei Microsystem Nobeoka Plant. It will take at least a few months to recover. The office manufactures LSIs used for audio-related equipment and automobile sensors, and is highly competitive. Asahi Kasei is unable to manufacture the same product at other factories and is considering requesting the production of alternative products outside the company.

Numbers Stations – 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5

What are Numbers Stations? Well this is subject to conjecture with some believing they are weather
broadcasts in 5 figure codes, some others believe they may be hoax broadcasts. The majority of those who
have listened to these signals over long periods believe they are from several of the world’s secret service
agencies to outstations or agents in the field. There is now a significant amount of evidence in public
documents and books to support this with the USA’s CIA, Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad and Germany’s
BND just some of the countries represented.

Messages are sent in various modes e.g. Plain language, CW or Digital modes. The languages used in the
first example vary also depending on the country of origin of the signals and they also use both female and
male voices and these voices can be “live” or synthesised and can be in AM, USB or SSB modes. The
format of the messages are nearly always 5 figure or 5 letter groups.

The CW stations sometimes use MCW (modulated CW) which is Morse keyed as a tone on an AM signal.
The format of the Morse signal can be as for the plain language types i.e. 5 figure groups, but they also use
what are known as “cut numbers” to speed up transmissions. An example of this is to substitute A for 1, U
for 2, V for 3, 4 5 and 6 stay as numbers then B for 7, D for 8 and N for 9 which means only 9 different
characters need to be sent.

RTTY and ARQ-E are the common Data modes used with RTTY being used for the preamble and ARQ for
the main message.

A typical transmission format for a voice transmission can be the Call-up consisting of a female voice
counting 1,2 ,,, 0 repeated for 5 minutes followed by a preamble of “Messages for (destination/agent in
code) then the message of 5 figure groups and the word “end” upon completion. The CW and Data modes
all follow the same pattern of a Call-up, Preamble and Message.

Some examples of actual Numbers Stations which can be heard on a regular basis are the Lincolnshire
Poacher, called this because its calliope is 3 repeats of; opening bars of The Lincolnshire Poacher 12 times
(an old English Folk Song) and a 5 Figure message identifier 10 times. The preamble is 2 glockenspiel
chimes (one high and one low) repeated 3 times with the message being 200 random 5 figure groups, each
group being repeated. The ending is the same glockenspiel chimes as in the preamble followed by the
opening bars of the Lincolnshire Poacher repeated 6 times. This station uses USB with an English female
voice and is thought to originate from Cyprus where the RAF has a presence. A sister station is Cherry
Ripe (another old English Folk Song) which is believed to be in Guam and beaming towards Mainland
China and other nearby countries. Below is a logging for Station M13 that is a (M)orse station with an
identifier of 13 but the location is unknown.

M13 on 12216Mhz at 2200z on May 19, 2020.
458 (R5) BT 247 21 BT
03386 38362 41864 38328 05199
04605 23285 33218 42712 51666
49477 19529 42759 29948 57679
28789 35523 23487 55933 49798
46245 BT //2210z
458 (R1) BT 247 21 BT
03386 38362 41864 38328 05199
04605 23285 33218 42712 51666
49477 19529 42759 29948 57679
28789 35523 23487 55933 49798
46245 BT
0 0 0 //2216z

The above gives a very brief idea of what types of signals can be found when listening for the elusive
Numbers Stations.

What sort of people listens to these signals? Well, like other aspects of the hobby of SWL they can be from
all walks of life. Some like the challenge of trying to decode the messages, while others just like to keep a
check on their favourite station in the hope of hearing something in plain text or Morse which will also help
to unravel the content of these messages. The group ENIGMA (European Numbers Information Gathering
and Monitoring Association) was formed in about 1992 in the hope that by pooling information from many
listeners a more concentrated approach to solving the mystery of the Number Stations would eventuate. In
about 4 years ENIGMA had grown to about 300 members in 30 countries and in 2005 the ENIGMA Yahoo
Group had about 550 members. There are other Web sites devoted to Number Stations and a search on the Internet using Enigma or Number Stations (or both on the same search) will point the listener to where the most likely frequencies and times will be. Some mailing lists also are available to allow posting of logs
and other related information. There have also been numerous books written on the subject including
“Secret Signals-The Euro Numbers Mystery” by Simon Mason and “Intercepting Numbers Stations” by
Langley Pierce. The next three books cover the lives of two people who were involved in the world of
espionage and mention is made of Number Stations and their role. The books are “By Way Of Deception”
and “The Other Side Of Deception” both by Victor Ostrovsky, a MOSSAD agent and “Spycatcher” by
Peter Wright.

The equipment needed to listen to any of the plain language or CW transmissions is the same as you would use for most of your SWL or Amateur listening in that a General Coverage receiver with a BFO to resolve the CW and SSB signals, the normal SWL aerial, headphones, frequency lists from the Internet and lots of patience. For the RTTY/data type signals an interface between the receiver and a computer running the appropriate decoding software will be required. A good place to start with is the Worldwide Utility News
which covers all types of utilities and Number Stations. There is an online newsletter with a column called
Numbers & Oddities by Ary Boender which displays recent loggings as well as some of the message
formats being sent. If you wish to receive regular E-Mails from the WUN site there is a listserver address
listed through which you can subscribe. Another excellent resource can be found at
http://www.spynumbers.com/numbersDB/ which is the Spy Numbers Station Database and this site has a
searchable database of Numbers Stations and also has listings of those stations likely to be on the air at the present time or in the next hour. One station which can be heard on frequencies of 10125kHz, 10127kHz, 10235kHz, 10445kHz and 11565kHz is M8 which transmits in CW and is believed to originate in Cuba and a station which transmits on USB is E10 which is a MOSSAD station. It has been heard recently on 9130kHz using English.

Numbers Stations Listeners Starter Guide

 

Camera Caddy Becomes a Icom 705 Mount

I find this to be very useful to cart the 705 around

I picked this up at a local camera store in the clearance section for less than a Fire House Sub sandwich

I am looking into adding some antenna brackets or may just use the Manfrotto clamps on

I added some rubber feet to it so as not to scratch the kitchen table.

I have been goofing around with Kitchen table operations lately

This may be OK for the lighter antennas (like the HFJ-350M) but it will not HOLD a SuperAntenna MP1 or a Chameleon or Hustler or Hamstick or a Wolf River or MFJ coil

 

Where do I put the Speaker Mic holder?