MINERAL BRUSSEL

UR5FA/MM – Bulk Carrier “MINERAL BRUSSEL”

Dear Sparks,

tonight at 21.00 UTC worked on 10.116.0 kHz OM Oleg (former Radio Officer now Chief Mate) and he is on board the big Bulk Carrier “MINERAL BRUSSEL”, Oleg is just out of Gibraltar bound to Canada (Sept-Iles), Oleg arrived with RST 559 working QRP with an FT 817, at the moment he is still on the air.

MINERAL BRUSSEL psn

Below a video of the ship when named “TOM SELMER” (video taken near Cape Good Hope).

Best regards,

webmaster

Portishead Radio QSL cards

Dear Sparks,

past July have been activated by a group of former Portishead Radio R/O’s some special callsigns to celebrate the 90th anniversary of one of the main coast radio station of the world, callsigns of special activation were GB0GKA, GB0GKB and GB0GKC. This morning I received my QSL card for the QSO with GB0GKB operated by R/O Larry Bennet and below the magnificient card.

GB0GKB

Many thanks Larry and good luck!

73’s

webmaster

EGDC DECODER

INMARSAT-C reception for amateurs

Dear Sparks,

with less than 100 Euro is possible to build a simple system to receive EGC messages from INMARSAT-C satellites, you can buy on the web the necessary products, since last year there was a distributor in U.S. selling a simple antenna known as DIY antenna, it is not necessary to have a big gun system or a paraboloid one, INMARSAT signals at our latitude are very strong and with the help of a small LN-Amplifier put at the feed point of the antenna you have enough signal everywhere and in any WX, ,it is only necessary to put the antenna pointing the South from your home (for people living in Northern emisphere) you know the INMARSAT satellites are geostationary on the equator, for people in Europe it is possible to receiver two of these satellites of the constellation the IOR (Indian Ocean Region) and the AOR-E (Atlantic Ocean Region – East). From the 18th of September there will be a migration for both of the two mentioned satellites but they will be still available, there will be necessary only to adjust the azimuth of your antenna, it will be easier to receive the IOR Sat will migrate at 15°East, the AOR-E will migrate at 52°West, anyway after this brief introduction some pictures below, the EGC message shown has been received about 10 minutes ago.

DIY ANTENNA

DIY antenna

LNA 1.5 gHZ

LNA (Low Noise Amplifier) it is available on e-bay and it is powered by the 5 Volts of your RTL SDR dongle

TRL SDR STICK

Common RTL-SDR dongle stick available on the web

SDR SHARP

SDR SHARP software for tuning your RTL stick (AOR-E) is on frequency 1.541.450.0 kHz with less 2 kHz in USB

PAN PAN MESSAGE

Message received few minutes ago

GL es GW,

webmaster

SV Apostol Andrey

RT9K/MM – Sailing vessel “Apostol Andrey”

Dear Sparks,

our friend Giampiero IZ6FCK reported following Maritime Mobile activity from Arctic waters:

From August 25 to October 1, a russian team will work on the air from the sailing yacht “Apostol Andrey” on the crossings between the islands from Arkhangelsk to Cape Chelyuskin with callsign RT9K/MM.

Some info using a translator:

http://litau.ru/jacht

https://www.rgo.ru/ru/article/legendy-arktiki

Best regards,

webmaster

SIDER_BOSTON

M/V SIDER BOSTON – YU2AX/MM

Dear Sparks,

tonight on frequency 14.020.0 kHz OM Zele is on the air from M/V SIDER BOSTON and below the marinetraffic PSN. Zele when on board is very active on CW mode.

PSN SIDER BOSTON

Gud watch and best regards,

webmaster

MIKHAIL_SOMOV

M/V MIKHAIL SOMOV in Arctic waters – RW1AI/MM

Dear Sparks,

R/O Mike is on board I/B Mikhail Somov sailing in Arctic waters to supply provisions to russian scientific bases before the winter. Mike is often active, at the moment he is working on 14.022.5 kHz and QTH Loc is MP09 (along the coast) as shown in the picture below. Good watch!

MP09

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webmaster

G4ETQ in QSO with Karl – DL6MLA/MM

Dear Sparks,

received a message from our friend OM John Davies G4ETQ:

On the 28th August I worked on CW ,7020, M/V Henneke Rambow. She was abeam of Cape Finisterre in a rough sea. I’ve just worked Karl again on 14.029, this time she was nr Huelva. I made this recording.

Regards John/G4ETQ

OY1R MM STRIL NEPTUNE

OY1R/MM – OM Regin from the North sea

Dear Sparks,

frequently on DX Cluster we can see DX spot for OY1R/MM, OM Regin works on supply vessels in the North sea, this evening he is calling CQ on 30 meters band on frequency 10118.0. Regin seems to be interested only in DX stations due to the format of his call “CQ DX” but if nobody replies you can try to send a call and usually it is possible to make a QSO with him, more info on QRZ.COM searching for OY1R/MM.

Have a GUD WATCH and best 73’s

webmaster

henneke_rambow-shipspotter Captain Carlitos

Very soon DL6MLA will be active as Maritime Mobile

Dear Sparks,

following message receiver by R/O Karl SCHMIDT:

I will be qrv on board of MV ” Henneke Rambow/DDVQ2″ for 3 weeks. We sail for a round trip from Hamburg to several ports in Europe and Africa.

Sailing schedule:

(weekly update)

Hamburg (ETS 22.8.) -Rotterdam-Tilbury-Santa Cruz Tenerife-Las Palmas-Agadir-Casablanca-Huelva-Setubal-Ferrol-Tilbury-Rotterdam-Hamburg (ETA 11.9.)

http://webmail.macandrews.com/~schedules/schedules/mac-daily-schedule.pdf

AIS-Link:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:151630/mmsi:218044000/vessel:HENNEKE%20RAMBOW

I hope for some QSOs,

dl6mla qsl H.R

73 de ex R/O Karl

Chinese Armed Forces and morse code

Dear Sparks,

on the facebook account of OM Tony Yip has been reported China is continuing to teach morse code to ladies of armed forces and on Navy ships there are still morse code operators. Below some pictures published by R/O Tony Yip. Congratulations China!

CN1 CN2 CN3 TONY YIP

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