Dayton 2007 – Breakfast as the only one under 300 Countries

Ok this one wasn’t on the official list of Dayton activities, but is an example of the sort of fun that seems to happen spontaniously at Dayton!

On Saturday Morning I was invited to breakfast to hear about Collins Boat Anchors and to talk DX with several long time DXers – George W9EVT, Joe W9JUV and others who I didn’t catch their callsigns.

I was rather stunned to learn that all of these gents had well over 300 countries confirmed.

Of course all had been hams continuously since a time before I was born.

The commonality of their experience seemed to be:

 Stick-at-it – they all had spent years enjoying DXing

Awareness – they all seemed aware what DXpeditions were in the works.

Use of CW – every one of these gents were proficiant at CW, and used it.

Simply Equipment that WORKS, leaving twiddling & fussing to those more interested in technology than operating.

Shacks that were accessable or in the living space of their home – seems they kept their radios as close at hand as a pianist would keep their practice piano.

I am sure there were more lessons that I could have learned from these gentlemen, as the priviledge to hear how they did DX was a treat.

This is the second to last planned post of my Dayton notes – like this unplanned breakfast, my Dayton was full of 100’s of small bits of learning, lots of comradship and was a great time!



Dayton 2007 – SWODXA DX Dinner

Friday Night at Dayton (May 18th) I attended the SWODXA – Southwest Ohio DX Association hosted the Dayton DXCC dinner.

Of course there was a DXCC countdown, with lots of folk with stunning numbers of confirmed countries!

VERY humorous presentation by Dr Bedlar (aka N0WX Ward Silver) in slides was really a treat. If Ward N0WX’s alter-ego Dr Bedlar didn’t make you smile…. well….

Some Dinner Pictures have been posted. The spokeswoman from India was a charming speaker.

The Daily DX did a write up they have been sharing – and you can read it here.

A good time had by all!



Dayton 2007 – Yaesu’s Bluetooth 2m/440 Weatherproof Rig

Proudly Displayed on the Handlebars of a Harley Motorbike, Yaesu was definately showing off its new FTM-10R.


Here is Yaesu’s Marking Bumpf:

The exciting newly designed FTM-10R Mobile 2m/70cm Transceiver is packed with innovative features that operators have been dreaming of for years. Great new appearance with keys and indicators that are illuminated with very bright LEDs. The bright ocean blue negative type LCD display is easy on your eyes.

Super compact detachable front panel is ready to go with your motor vehicle! The unique Waterproof/Dustproof Front Operation Panel is designed to support All-Weather Outdoor Activity in a manner never before possible. Detach the front panel with one-touch release when transmitting! The detachable front panel may be separated from the main chassis, and attached to a flat metal surface with the magnetic mounting bracket. The microphone and PTT button are built into the front panel.

This front panel meets the IP57 standard – waterproof at 3 ft (1 m) for 30 minutes and protection against dust – making the FTM-10R the perfect outdoor communications and entertainment package.

NB: Use of a communication device with a display while driving may be prohibited in some states and some countries.

Rugged Construction – take the FTM-10R/E where the action is!
Compact and Light Weight
Heavy Duty Yet Easy to Operate…Even with Gloves!
Plenty of RF Reliable Power Output
Industry 1st – Detachable waterproof front panel
Industry 1st – AF Dual Monitor function..also connect your IPod!
Industry 1st – Intercom to communicate with fellow passengers
Industry 1st – Automatic Volume Control
Industry 1st – Receive and Transmit Text Messages
Industry 1st – Unique Delay VOX function
Industry 1st – Bluetooth accessories!
Independent AM/FM broadcast receiver
High power 8-watt PA communications with optional speaker
Smart Key on front panel for quick access to most important functions
Club Channel Monitor
Smart Search
500 Channel Band Group Memory System
Automatic Range Transponder System
Event Timer Stopwatch
Wireless Cloning
Time-out Timer


Now for my impression – this rig looks good! It wasn’t possible to really have a play with it in the exhibition hall, but the generalities look excellent.

The main radio body is NOT waterproof, so for many installations a waterproof location for the body will need to found or created.

The head is weather-proof and in the display was well integrated into the Motorcycle’s sound system.

It will be very interesting to read the first field reports on this rig. I’m definately interested in putting one on my BMW K-100LT once I figure out how to incorporate a bluetooth setup into my helmet.



Dayton 2007 – Dinner with the XMatch Tuner Designer

After the Contest University, a number of those of us who Blog about Amateur Radio met for beers, and a larger impromptu group ended up talking together.  Eventually we decided to go to dinner and one of that dinner group was Paul Schrader N4XM, the designer of the XMatch Antenna Tuner.   With his life long friend Dr Hill KK4JE, Paul was kind enough to tell us about his tuner and his take on amateur radio.

XMatch Tuner Front

I have to admit I’d not come across the XMatch previously, as it is promoted by Paul N4XM’s low-key method of letting those using the XMatch simply tell about how it has worked for them.

The design is innovative to the point that Paul was able to secure a United States Patent #4,763,087 issued August 9, 1988 for his XMatch Impedance matching network.

Later I was to learn that Paul N4XM was also one of the DX Dinner Sponsors!

You can check out N4XM’s XMatch Website for more information.

It was a lovely evening out and great to have such creative & clever Amateurs in the group.



US Island Program Expands – Special Announcement

Hot off the US Islands Program’s reflector:

US Islands Program Logo

The Committee of the USi Awards Program has voted to expand the program to cover U.S. Territories and Protectorates. These are listed in a separate area of the list titled, what else, U.S. Territories and Protectorates. This has been broken into 6 sub-areas; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Minor Outlying Islands.

The new part of the list is linked from the top of the Islands Directory (, as there is no link from the map, or this link will take you directly there: (

Also, the first of these islands has already been qualified by KP2/KL7USI & KP2/KL7JR. The qualified island is St. Croix – VI002S.

If you know of any island that needs to be added to the list, please let me know. I.e. you qualified it or plan to qualify it.

Also, since we recognize retro-qualification of an island, if you qualified an island in any of the 6 new sub-areas let me know, so we can give you credit. Include the date you qualified it.

73 – Ted – W8TTS
USi Qualifications Manager


Dayton 2007 – SPE Expert Kilowatt Amp

Array Solutions was showing the new SPE Expert Kilowatt Amp.

SPE Expert Amp

I had a long chat with Dr. Gianfranco Scasciafratti I0ZY, the designer and owner of SPE concerning his amp.


I0ZY’s SPE company operates from Rome Italy in the telecommunications market and has designed and supplied a variety of innovative solutions to the main Italian Telecom Company for over 30 years.

Here are the published features of the Amp:

- The smallest in the world!
Built–in Power Supply and Automatic Antenna Tuner

Dimensions: w 28, h 14, d 32 cm. (connectors included)
Weight: approx. 20 Kg.

- The most technologically advanced in the world!
Two CPUs are used, one of which is dedicated to the C.A.T.s.
Pi-L output circuit.
Over 13000 lines of SW for performances that cannot be found together in any other amplifier.

- Fully Automatic!
Easy connection with all models “ICOM, YAESU, KENWOOD” for immediate management of the bands, tuner and antennas.
Same performance with all makes or homemade rigs.
The operator has only to move the “Frequency Tuning Knob” in the transceiver!!!

- Wide frequency coverage
1.8 MHz to 50 MHz including WARC Bands (US version available).

- Full solid state!
1 KW pep SSB out.; 900 W pep CW out (typ.) ; 700 W pep out. (typ.) on 50 MHz.
FULL / HALF power selected according to the operator SSB/CW power requirement, for digital modes and for linear protection (automatic).
No heating time, immediately ready!
Virtually limitless life of the amplification elements (MOSFETs)!

- Automatic Antenna Tuner built-in!
Capable of matching 3:1 SWR on HF, and 2.5:1 SWR on 6 meters.
Capable to manage 4 antennas (SO239 connectors).
Bands, Antennas, Tuning conditions are changed in 10 msec.
Bands, Antennas and Tuning conditions are managed also in “STBY“ to support the exciter only.

- Two inputs available!
SO239 connectors.

- Driving Power 20 W (typ.)!
In “OPERATE“ the needed power is automatically set.
In “STBY“ the exciter is automatically resetted at full power.

- Very clean and low distortion output!
Spurious emissions less than -60 dB.
3rd order distortion (two tone test) 36 dB typ.

- Input 50 ohm always perfectly matched!
SWR less than 1.2:1.

- Fully protected!
Temperature, Over Voltage, Over Current, SWR, Reflected Power, Max RF Tuner Voltage, Over Drive, Amp. Unbalances are continuously controlled.
The same protections are realized in two different ways:
· HW to assure great speed.
· SW to assure great accuracy.
Thanks to the SW, every commutation of relays is carried out with zero current in the contacts.

- Full break-in operation (QSK)!

- Normal / Contest operation to optimize the performances!

- Very quiet operation!
Seven quiet three-speed cooling fans:
· 150 CFM maximum total air flow.

Temperature thresholds for speed change:
· 65 deg. and 75 deg. (normal mode).
· 60 deg. and 70 deg. (contest mode).

Noise level:
· 39 dBa at maximum blower speed.
– Continuos use!

“FULL” mode: SSB unlimited, key down 4 minutes.
“HALF” mode: SSB unlimited, key down 10 minutes.

- Regulated power supply, input 230 / 115 Vac!
With both the input voltages the out power doesn’t change.
A well designed hipersyl toroidal transformer reduces magnetic noise around linear.

- The linear can be switched ON / OFF also switching ON / OFF the exciter!

- With a large LCD display is possible to have a great deal of information!
W pep out, V pa, I pa, W pep reflected, Power gain, Temperature, SWR, setted Input, setted CAT, Band and some other indications including an alarms log.

- Easy to operate!
A powerful SW allows a user-friendly.

- RS 232 port for a PC control!
A SW is supplied to remote the linear frontal panel as well as a list of command set for a new SWs.

- Easy transportation!
A small bag is supplied for “QSY, FIELD DAY, DX’ PEDITIONS etc.“.

- Certifications :
CE , FCC .

- Good price for value!
Compare price with those of big names.

I watched as the amp was keyed up with NO antenna, showing off the software protection!

I’ve called Array Solutions to have them put my name on one of the first 70 amps that are expected in country late summer.  Should be fun!