Radio wasn’t made first as an advanced broadcasting station but it was made like a little amateur station. There were people who were operating transmitters and sending signals "on air" but those operators wouldn’t have any meaning if there wouldn’t be a wide audience of listeners.
What is this? This is a directive antenna developed by Les Moxon G6XN. This kind of antenna is less than a common monobander and it is also less heavy. It can be installed on a simple push-up mast and rotated by hand or with an inexpensive light duty rotor. And the most important thing...it is easy to build !!!
Lots of more information can be found at:
How to build it? It is very simple...first of all you have to design your own Moxon for the band you need. To design the project you can download the programme MoxGen and fill the blank places with the frequency and the kind of wire you will use.
After a perplexing quiet spell, the sun appears to be stirring-but astrophysicists remain divided about what our star is going to do next. The sun was expected to hit a low in 2008 as part of its normal 11-year cycle of activity.
But it stayed quiet until very recently, confounding scientists and sparking speculation of a sun-triggered "little ice age."
Solar physicists have denied that potential, saying that today's greenhouse gases have much more influence on global temperatures than the sun. (Watch video about how greenhouse gases are affecting Earth.)
Now the sun appears to be waking up, and the latest prediction from a panel convened by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the sun is simply a year late.
Solar activity will peak in 2013, the experts say, with 90 sunspots predicted that year.
Still, this would be the lowest peak recorded since the 1920s, and the experts are cautious about their own predictions.
"Go ahead and mark your calendar for [a peak in] May 2013," panel member Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center said in a press statement.
"But use a pencil."
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If you don't have bureau service available or you really want that QSL card from the DX location far far away, or you are interested in fast QSL delivery, and are not looking forward to waiting for a year or two for one QSL card then this article is for you. QSL bureau services take too long because of multiple sorting locations that bureau goes through, and many DX stations don't even have a bureau close by. The most reliable way to get your QSL is direct postage. But direct postage takes some money to send, and in most cases you would also need to provide finances for the HAM operator to send his QSL back to you. If you live in an European country with reliable postal service, you can look at minimum of 3 US dollars for each QSL to be delivered and replied to.
Even you go to all that trouble and send your QSL and money to the operator's address that you found on qrz.com there is no guarantee that you get a desirable reply. You won't believe how many things can go wrong. Only a few of the major ones are:
Many SWL's find it interesting to send reception reports and to receive QSL's from radio amateurs. But it is far from easy to have success. I think many SWL's should consider some basic facts to improve the quality of their reports. It all depends on the time and effort you are ready to spend on your hobby, but of course success gives more satisfaction!
How I found this great hobby called radio back in the 1970's when I still followed hockey. I wanted to get a score of a Leaf game. I knew I needed 1430 C K F H but on the way to 1430 I heard many other stations. So a few nights later I started my first list of stations 25 to 30 that first try. This has grown to 1050 stations as of 1-12-04 I wish I had kept a date by date running log ,no such luck.. As I logged a new one it just went on a log sheet for that frequency. There are also many mobile loggings in the 1190 ,as of 1-2 -05.
1430 CHFH Toronto Ontario
800 PJB Bon Air Netherlands Antilles
1000 WCFL Chicago Illinois
760 XEABC Mexico City Mexico
750 YVES Radio Caracas Venezuela
710 R. Rebeldse Havana Cuba
1620 WDHP Fredricksted U S Virgin Is
1341 B B C Belfast Northern Ireland
790 LRE R. Marte Buenos Aries Argentina
Then my next steps in the hobby came in 1975 when I went on the C.B .radio as Marshall Dillon talking local and DX'ing as unit 101 working many stations in the U. S .A. Then in 1996 finding that my TS450 had free band open ,I was able to work 92 countries and confirm 71 on 11M, including Morocco, Gibraltar Greenland Ukraine Zimbabwe and many more.