Last week-end I’ve spent few hours with the Agesci Firenze 8 Scout Group for the annual Jamboree On the Air.
Here some pictures I’ve taken…
The event want to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragic Flood of the Arno river that killed 101 people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books.
With the combined effort of Italian citizens and foreign donors and committees, or angeli del fango (“Mud Angels”), many of these fine works have been restored
A special call sign has been assigned for this event, and will be on air as II5ALL to celebrate this event.
I will take part as Activator with my personal call sing and with IQ5FI club station call as well.
Thanks to an online petition made via change.orgÂ Â promoted by NW7OR,Â starting from today facebookÂ allow to add your own ham radioÂ call-sign as altenate name and have it displayed in your public profile page
This should allow others to look for your your by usingÂ your QRZ.
This is how appears now my Facebook profile page… you can notice my callsing IW5EDI just below my name.
How I did it ?
Simply by editing my profile page and adding my QRZ as Alternate Name
What’s new ?
Well, the true is that an alternate name wasÂ possible and accepted in Facebook also before today, but looks like at Facebook someone changed the rules
Yes because those rules since yesterday where quite strict, not allowing to add numbers or all capital letters.
Here you can read a snapshot of the on-line help, that evidently need to be updated by the folks at facebook.
As a short note, i can tell you that at time writing, if you look for me on facebook by typing my call, you will not find me right now.
I belive the cause is that Facebook need to reindex their data and this may take time… Will try to update this post with latest news.
in the mean time, if you want, you can add me as friend in Facebook.
Starting from mid august, is now possible to lookup call-sing within facebook.
Just select from the top facebook search field the People Named prefix and type the call sign !
The ARI Tuscany Regional Committee (ARI CRT) – sponsor this award during the week of the
2013 UCI Road World ChampionshipsÂ – that will be held in Flonrece, in Tuscany from 22nd to 29th September 2013.
The Award is issued for confirmed two-way radio contacts with Tuscan stations (I5### or I#5###) in
fixed or portable station, from 00:00 UTC on 22nd Sept 2013 at 23:59 UTC till 29th sept 2013,
Tuscan stations are invited to make call to “CQ Cycling Road World Championships Award” or “CQ CRWCA”
To obtain the diploma you will need to achieve the following scores :
Stations rewarding points:
Download the Award Rules
Stay tuned and keep in touch with the stations operating from the Cycling tracks !
I will take part as IW5EDI and as IQ5FI (club station -5 points )
A new interesting HamFest has been announced from my local ARI club.
The Florence HamFest, is a Flea Market and Ham Radio Convention that will take place on 6 April 2013 in Florence.
Link to english page of the Florence HamFest
During the last year edition, visitors were almost one thousand with 84 expositors.
Along to the flea market, has been reserved a space for local Amateur Radio Associations, including AMSAT, local ARI Sections and some DX Peditions crew like the guys from II0MZ Antartica.
Well this year looks like it will be more ham radio events scheduled, as member of the organization team I’m really pleased to see so much interest and enthusiasm around this event.
If you are interested on joining or simply visiting the HamFestÂ we can reserve you a place to stay in Florence at a reasonable price.
This could be an interesting opportunity to mix ham radio with a Florence Tourist Tour.
As promised me in November by Rob Sherwood, the new Yaesu FT DX 3000 has been reviewed and added to the world famous Receiver Test Data comparison table.
Table is sorted by dynamic range – narrow spaced, means tat when you are listening to stations with signals close up the one you are focusing, you will hear it better…
According to Rob measurements, the latest Yaesu HF transceiver, considering tha dynamic range values, places right under the entry lever line Kenwood TS-590s measured in donwconversion (20 m) and even the smallest FlexRadio 1500 it’s above it.
This confirm the excellent perfomance / price ratio of the 590’s receiver.
Personally I expected the Yaesu FT DX 3000 for the price being aproximately around 3000 Euros, to have superior receiving performance, considering that the 590 can be found here in Italy at almost half the price and decreading.
Honestly I’m a bit disappointed, since my expectations, reading Yaesu specifications table where much higher. Being a Yaesu Fan.. I expected a receiver performance in line with the price.
Thanks to Rob Sherwood for being in time as promised.. Great job ..as always.
Also Yaesu present during this period a new product, the Yaesu FT DX 3000, a 100 Watt HF and 50 MHz amateur radio transceiver for the casual dxer and for the contester.
Along to te FT DX 5000 is the sole Yaesu transceiver with a band scope and full digital display.
Aspect and dimension are very compact.
Price is not yet bee announced.
Rumors were tue about the Flex-6000 Series !
Flex-Radio just announced the new Flex-Radio systems FLEX 6500 and FLEX 6700
FLEX-6500 is an HF only SDR Radio while FLEX-6700 includes 6m band, there is also a FLEX-6700R that includes VHF.
More info and brochure can be found at FlexRadio Systems website or at the Dayton H amvention, while for Europeans probably will be possible to have a first look at these two new SDR radios in Friedrichshafen Ham FestÂ next month
I’ve owned this radio since one month now. I ordered this new model at 409shop.com for 45 Euros including delivery and customs.
I’m also owner of a Baofeng UV-200 and of a kenwood TH-F7E.
This new Baofeng products looks like to be a very robust handheld radio, compared to the other two ones I own. Compared to the previous Baofeng UV-200, the UV-5R is completely different transceiver. Much more sensible, and does not suffer of poor selectivity of the smaller brother. It offer a dual watch feature including the possibility to use FM 88-108 and dual watch, so when noone is talking on VHF I can listen to music or to my preferred broadcasting station.
The battery life is very long, and it last much more the the other ones. When it arrives, the Baofeng UV-5R is bundled with it’s desktop charger that is very fast in recharging.
Headphone pin-out is the Kenwood standard one, and I’ve been able to use a kenwood speaker-microphone that I used previosly with the TH-F7E.
Unfortunatly there are no programming cables available now but i know that is possible to home made them. Memory programming is not very easy, and need to spend some time before understanding that pre-recorded channells need to be deleted before rewrite them, and that you must use the upper VFO to memorize frequencies. I’ve produced a short booklet in Italian to program the Baofeng UV-5R, it’s available here
Bundled dualband antenna looks to work smootly and efficiently on both bands.
That’s my short review on thie chinese dual band ham radio transcever !