MCMC (Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Comittee) has updated Malaysian Amateur Radio Apparatus Assignment and Callsign database, which can be viewed here – http://www.skmm.gov.my. The updated database include details of newly registered hams who’ve recently passed RAE 2008-1 examination in April.
Woops, seems like the SSN (smoothed sunspot number) count for this month is equals to 0.
I only manage to make 6 contacts with DX station on 10 meter during September. Partly due to bad propagation, partly due to my busy schedule, which kinda limit my ham activities to Sundays and Saturdays.
I’ve been getting all sorts of questions about working 10 meter from fellow hams in my place. I advises them against it as the propagation right now isnt as great as couple months before
Plus, I’ve known quite few local hams that regret that they venture into 10 meter unprepared, as it requires a lot of patience and different skills to work with.
In another note, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to those who has passed the 2008 Morse Code test, more details in 9M2MGL website
I took some time off to build my first HF antenna using the plan I’ve obtained few months ago. I chose moxon as my first 10 meter HF antenna as it is small and compact and it is directional, allowing me to focus it into a single direction for a pretty quiet QSO, without much interference.
The material I used in building this moxon are :
- Green ground (12 Gauge ?) wire, it has 7 copper wire inside it.
- PVC pipe (3/4″ diameter) as necessary to hold the wire in place, you can use other materials too, as long as it formed the basic dimension of moxon antenna
Antenna Plan and Results
I use the plan described in this post; 10 Meter Band Compact Directonal Antenna and started building it immediately. The result of the antenna can be seen here :
Although I build it only as a temporary antenna (thus its flimsy), it performed rather well when compared to other types of popular 10 meter band antenna in my place (Delta Loop, Inverted-V) as the antenna is directional and it does not requires the use of transformer balun.
I’ve managed to make contact with 12 stations in 6 days since it has been erected.
Some tips working on 10 meter band
- Use a good low loss cable such as RG-8 or Belden 9913
- Make sure you know where you point your antenna, the direction of your antenna is crucial if you ever to make contact with distant station.
- The propagation is pretty good during daytime between 3pm – 8pm by my observation, use that time window wisely.
- Use directional antenna like Moxon or Yagi as they allow you to focus your transmission to a certain direction and eliminate excessive interference on the band.
- Be patient
That’s it and good luck!
I wouldn’t recommend PVC pipes if you are planning to erect a permanent antenna as they are flimsy. Use aluminium pipes or copper tubes as they are more durable and offers best performance.
Good luck for those who will be taking Radio Amateur Examination (RAE 2008-1) tomorrow. Hopefully we are going to hear the voices of new hams on our airwaves soon.
Since 10 meter activities gained popularity lately in Malaysia, I decided to publish 10 meter calling frequency for the benefits of local hams in my region :
28.480 MHz USB
28.485 MHz USB
28.490 MHz USB
28.495 MHz USB
28.500 MHZ USB
Most local and DX activities concentrated on these frequencies with 28.490 MHz being the most popular for calling DX stations.
Tips for newbies hams on HF
Be sure to ask if the intended frequency is unoccupied by asking (“is this frequency in use ?”) at least three times. Then proceed to make a general call, “CQ CQ CQ this is 9W2QSO 9W2QSO 9W2QSO calling CQ CQ CQ, this is 9W2QSO calling any station and standing by” and listen for any call for few moments.
In Malaysia, the best time for 10 meter USB operation is around 4:20pm – 10pm, your milleage may vary though.
I’ve been searching for information regarding the radiation angle and the gain of slim jim antenna, but found none of it. So I decided to build the model of the antenna inside the ever useful MMANA-GAL software to get the information I needed myself.
From what I can surmise, the slim jim has a slightly lower radiation angle than vertical dipole antenna and is easier to mount, thus it is suitable to use for point-to-point communication VHF-UHF operation. It has a gain of about 2.8dBi-3.2dBi in free space and 4.8-5.8dBi when mounted at about 30feet from the ground. Here’s the result of MMANA-GAL :
Here’s another 11 meter Moxon Antenna plan suitable for 27MHz CB, Freeband and lower 28MHz Amateur Radio operation band.
A- 392.09 cm (154 3/8 inch)
B- 58.62 cm (23 1/16 inch)
C- 11.25 cm (4 7/16 inch)
D- 73.4 cm (28 7/8 inch)
E- 143.27 cm (56 7/16)
Gain, Radiation Pattern (mounted at approx 30feet)
Gain : Approx 10-11dBi (30 feet above the ground)
Freq range : 27.300 MHz – 28.300 MHz
The main advantage of Moxon rectangle antenna are :
- Compact and Small
- Has considerable gain
- It can eliminate noise on HF band
- Easy to construct
- Suitable for HF operation (mid-low radiation angle)
Refer here for 10 meter Moxon Antenna Plan for Amateur Radio operation (28.2MHz-28.8MHz) : 10 Meter Band Compact directional antenna, Moxon
Here’s the detail of Kota Setar Amateur Radio Repeater Information :
Frequency : 145.525 MHz
Shift : – 0.600 MHz
Tone : 103.5
Apart from the surrounding Kota Setar area, the repeater is triggerable from Perlis, Langkawi and Sungai Petani, the repeater was erected and maintained by Kota Setar Amateur Radio Club
All licensed ham are welcomed to use this repeater.