Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eyeball QSO with Mirek, VK6DXI again

Last evening, met up with Mirek, VK6DXI again while he routing from KaoShung back home. We have a nice chat in a restaurant in Shatin, where nearby by the hotel which he stay for two nights.

He will return to VK land this afternoon. Look forward to meet Mirek again in the short near future.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

15M trap cols

The trap coils are rewinded with 2.00 mm wire.

Also Ok and ready to put it back.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Leszek (SP3DOI) and Krystyna (SP3HDB)

Leszek (SP3DOI) and XYL, Krystyna (SP3HDB) started their trip around the world since 30 November, 09. They are arrived Hong Kong in the afternoon of 4 December and scheduled to depart to the next country (Australia) on 6 December. I told them that is the best time to be here because the 2009 East Asian Games will have the opening ceremony on 5 December evening, set in Victoria Harbour. Also, have Fireworks show as well. Fireworks will be roughly at 2115hrs and last for 15 minutes, local time. He took my advice and went up to the Victoria Peak and has dinner there and watches the big show.

On 6 Dec, Leszek and Krystyna took the MTR to Fanling Station, met up with me and my XYL, Pansy. After lunch, back to my QTH and Les spent an hour in my shack to operate the special event call “VR2009EAG”, made about 50 QSO on 17M, majority stations from Europe.

Then I drove them to the Airport in the late afternoon.

I am happy met up personally with Les after many QSOs in the past years, especially while he was the operator in most major Expedition.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Create 318Jr 10-15-20M Tri-bander

Early this year, I replaced the driven element trap coils (10/15M)of the Create 318jr tri-bander becasue of high SWR. Today I have the same problem again, so I start to check what happen inside and root out problem sources.
The 10M trap looks fine:

However, the 15M trap coil spacing is not in equal spacing, so I removed the winding and found the coil form was melted.

I need to find suitable time and method to fix it. For the time being, running QRP with the Fritzel vertical.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

12M Three Element Yagi

Today I put up the home brew 24MHz three element yagi. The SWR is around 1.2 centre at 24.930 , now is waiting for some DX ...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Six Meter with SB-200

Recently I performed several enhancement work to the SB-200 which converted to Six Meter many years ago, including:

1) change the ventilation fan to box fan, it gave out more air flow towards the 572B
2) change the plate choke, Teflon rod with 0.6mm wire , 60 turns.
3) improve input circuit to achieve as low as 1.1 . It worked very fine and power output significant improving, with 65W in , power output reached 600W.. acceptable result.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

JIDX Contest 2008 Phone

I am very happy to received a very nice award and Plaque for the JIDX Phone Contest 2008, in the category 14Mhz Single Operator High Power.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Headset with Switch Box

Recently I am using a computer headset for my radios, it works great and have good audio report around. I also made a small box to switch over three radios, that help not to have too many microphones on the shack table.

Compare with my Heil Proset Plus, it is more light weight and comfortable, especially in the hot and humid weather here in Hong Kong.

However, the mic input level need very careful adjust because of high level output from the electret condenser microphone.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

WW RTTY Contest 2008 Certificate

World Wide RTTY DX Contest received.

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Type International Reply Coupon

Hong Kong Post start to sell new type UPU International Reply Coupon.

Last week, I went to the nearest Post Office and bought one for my friend's collection.

Monday, September 14, 2009

VP8YLG - Falkland Islands

I am lucky to have a QSO with Victoria while she operating in Falkland Island as VP8YLG (one of YL expedition 17-31 January 2009) on 27 January 2009 at 0005z on 20M.
A very nice QSL card received from Victoria, SV2KBS.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

RDXC 2008 Contest Award

Received the RDXC 2008 award, nice one.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mirek Rozbicki - VK6DXI

On 6 September, Mirek Rozbicki VK6DXI spent half day in Hong Kong while the way back home from Taiwan. He visited me and being one of the operator of VR2009EAG and participate in the All Asian DX SSB contest.

We enjoyed our second eyeball QSO and he was happy to QRV from DXCC nr 50.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


The special call VR2009EAG was on air yesterday, first good opening on six meter into JA, HL, BV and BY. In the late afternoon, good condition on 17M with JAs. In the evening, made good contacts to EU and NA with RTTY. a total of around 450 QSOs were made.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SB-220 from W7RY

Recently I purchased one nice SB-220 from Jim, W7RY. It is 100 % stock unit without any modification, plus original manual. Price ask by Jim is reasonable, but shipping charge is very expensive, almost half the price of the amplifier. Jim help me to remove the tubes and ship separately. The box with amplifier weight about 64 lbs after packed. It is on the way back by USPS, probably arrived next week. Here are some pictures from Jim before shipping out.

Although I have the same for daily operation, but would like to have one more for backup. However, I need to perform some modification / upgrade to it , in order to have a stable working unit.

Membership with HARTS

I am no longer the member of Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (HARTS) since 13 April 2009. All the incoming QSL cards address to me will be disposed.
Stations like to have my QSL card, need send direct to me. Information well in

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Six Meter Open to Europe

At 0723z, first QSO with UT7QF with 55 report, and my signal was 59. Countries worked as follow: UR, F, YO, I, IS0, EA and DL. Not bad at all in the low sun spot. Band close at 0814z.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sound Card Interface

The sound card interface which I am using is only one port. It cannot switch over to other radio. So I make another one last week by using one surplus RS232 DB9 switch box, save a lot of drilling time.
It is connect to FT-2000 with SSTV and RTTY FSK, FT-920 RTTY FSK.
It work great so far.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Recently I have installed a “FTP Widget” program in my work station, it will automatically posting received images from my SSTV software (MMSSTV) to the remote host, while I am QRV and or stand-by on the frequency, mostly on 14.230 MHz.
This way the image is sent to the web page in the best resolution and create real time for amateurs sending pictures to see how well their pictures are being received from my station in Hong Kong.

Below is the link and feel free to visit:



Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Although not spent much time in the contest, but still have plenty of fun. Also, have this nice certificate, which received yesterday.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Very nice QSL card received direct yesterday.

ARRL International DX Contest 2008 Award

ARRL International DX contest 2008 Award.
I am the only VR2 participate , so no question - first place.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

FT-2000 Firmware Upgrade

I have carried out the firmware upgrade during the Easter holiday The new version FW 1.46 and EDSP 11.50, called "PEP" from Yaesu. The performance is outstanding, which is highly recommended.
Of course, look forward to have more new upgrade and enhancement again.

Monday, April 13, 2009


It was a very quiet afternoon and nothing to do, configured the MMSSTV program and made some QSO through SSTV on 20M. Condition not really good, but acceptable. Here are some pictures.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Beat the Banana 3km Fun Run 2009

1 March 2009, my company, ASC (HK) Limited volunteer team particpate the charity run "Beat the Banana 3km Fun Run" of World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong. My wife sponcered me for the run.

The running route – around 3km - starting from the Cultural Centre > Tsimshatsui Promenade > International Mail Centre and then back to Cultural Centre >

We took the picture with Mr. Wong Wing Tak, Banana Man of the 2009.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2008 CQ WW WPX SSB Certificate

I am very happy to receive the 2008 CQ WPX SSB Certificate today.

21 Mhz
First place - Asia
Third place - World

A good memory to "VR10" Prefix.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Kuniyoshi "KUNY" NAKADA (7L1FPU,JG0VCM,W1FPU,AH0BT) and his XYL visited Hong Kong on 26 Jan 09 for a three days tour for the purpose of commemerating their 10th year wedding. By chance, Kuny help me to bring along four trap coils for my Create 318jr, which have problem earlier, thanks Kung for your help!
I met them, as well as Logan, VR2XRW in the Chek Lap Kok Airport and drove the couple to the hotel in Hung Hom.
Now Kuny already back home and look forward to meeting him again next month. He planned to come again with his two friends in February.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lion Dance

We start to work after three days of Chinese New Year holiday, our office is invited a Lion Dance to celebrate and wish for prosperous year of OX.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Special event call sign VR2009EAG

To commemorating Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games, our Radio Club, Hong Kong Amateur Radio DX Association (HARDXA) is scheduled to activate a special event call sign VR2009EAG later this year to celebrate the 5th East Asian Games to be held in Hong Kong from 5-13 December 2009.
Operations will be primarily HF from 7MHz through to 28MHz and VHF on 50MHz, modes operated shall be primarily SSB, RTTY and PSK31.

The QSL card is being designed and will send out to printer shortly.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

On 2 Jan 09, we spent several hours to tour the world-class cable car “Ngong Ping 360” in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Ngong Ping cable car is a visually spectacular 5.7km cable car journey, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. We enjoy very much on the panoramic views of the Hong Kong International Airport, South China Sea, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, as well as North Lantau Country Park.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Wetland Park

Pansy and I visited the Wet Land Park on 31 December 2008. The park is located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, Hong Kong. The mission of the Hong Kong Wetland Park is to increase the public awareness, knowledge and understanding the values of wetland throughout the region.