On Saturday, 6th, 17 Portuguese amateur radio clubs – including IARU and EURAO representatives – came together in the city of Santarém to devise a common course of action in response to the recent proposal to reallocate the amateur 2 meter band to the Aeronautical service that, if not opposed soon, will be on the table at the WRC2023.
The meeting took place at the headquarters of ARR, the local amateur radio club, who provided the space for the meeting and, for those who couldn’t be present, teleconference equipment.
At the end of the conference, the group agreed on a common strategy to follow and elected a representative body of five elements that will hand deliver a written statement, signed by all club representatives, next Monday, the 15th, to ANACOM, Portugal´s telecommunications regulatory body.
Earlier in the week, the regulator responded to several radio clubs and individual amateur radio operators that had sent letters urging the opposition to the French proposal to reallocate the 2 meter band to the aeronautical service know as PTA(19)090R1.
ANACOM´s amateur radio head officer wrote back, saying that it “made a note” of the objections and that was inviting “external entities” to attend a preparatory meeting of the team representing Portugal in WRC2023, that will take place next Monday, the 15th, at ANACOM´s headquarters, in downtown Lisbon.
On a public note distributed on Sunday afternoon, the attending clubs made their intentions public, noting that all “vehemently repudiate” the French proposal and urged the Portuguese government to oppose PTA(19)090R1 “on all instances, both at CEPT and ITU”.
Yesterday, the 9th, the representative body announced that three more clubs officially joined the petition, make 20 the number of amateur radio clubs that are signing the document.
Using a setup for which I had made done some calculations, tonight I was testing the QO-100 (CW / 2.4 GHz on the uplink and 10.4 GHz on the downlink) when a German station (DL3GAK, Udo) called me.
Despite being with the helix antenna (home made) in the hand, outside the window (!!!!), the signal produced is more than enough to make QSOs.
My performance as an antenna rotor was poor because I produced a lot of QSB when I’m looking to other stuff…
Next step will be the production of more helix for the OMs of the Quinta do Lambert Amateur Radio Society*…
Just after that I will put up all antennas in the rooftop. That will take a litle longer because it will be necessary to attach all equipment in a watertight box.
I would like to thank the many OMs who had shared their knowledge, some of which are Portuguese.
TKS ! CU at QO-100!
* This Amateur Radio Society doesn’t exist but we are 3 OM that live really close by and we like to call ourselves that way…
Tonight (06MAR2019) , me and João, CT7ABE, were able to receive SSB just holding an LBN (no parabolic dish). Wow! 🙂 🙂
Thanks to all that were envolved in this awesome project.
A small video that capture the moment!
Vy 73 de Pedro, CT1DBS/CU3HF
A ANACOM acaba de me conceder autorização (20FEV2018) para operar no novo satélite geoestacionário do serviço de amador por satélite.
O meu pedido foi apenas para o transponder banda estreita (NB), porque não tenho interesse no transponder Wideband (TVA).
Aliás, a potência necessária para chegar ao transponder WB necessita de muita vontade, esforço e investimento do radioamador (100 W numa parábola de 2,4 m, e uma largura de banda de 3,33 MHz, ou seja, 1,33 x 2,5 MSymbols/sec).
E a TVA nunca foi do meu gosto!
Assim, partilho o pedido que fiz no site da ANACOM, na área reservada ao serviço de amador (área reservada e com login para cada radioamador).
Comece por entrar na sua área.
É preciso lembrar que o uplink do satélite está fora das bandas atribuídas ao serviço de amador (ver eQNAF).
Então, escolha a opção assinalada.
Agora comecemos a preencher os dados.
Quaisquer que sejam as datas de inicio e fim, devido ao facto de se tratar de uma estação fora das bandas de amador, a ANACOM apenas pode conceder autorização por 1 ano, no máximo, devido à legislação.
Nas condições técnicas adicionais, a emissão será “apontada” para cima.
Para calcular o valor da elevação, sugere-se a utilização do site SATLex, que pode ser encontrado aqui.
Depois escolhe-se o QTH ou indica-se outra localização (no meu caso escolhi a estação fixa principal).
Agora é só aguardar que a ANACOM responda.
Entretanto, vá ouvindo QSOs no Qatar OSCAR 100 NB WebSDR e aguçando o apetite!… 🙂
73 do Pedro, CT1DBS / CU3HF
Galeria de imagens no final
No último Domingo, 13Jan2019, activei CT/BA-003, S. Macário, CT/BA-012, Candal e CT/BL-004, Serra da Freita (por esta ordem).
CT/BA-003 – S. Macário.
Primeiro QSO foi às 0759 e o último às 0844 (14 QSOs).
Quando parei o carro junto à base de S. Macário, o termómetro marcava -4° C.
Cheguei ao topo ao amanhecer. Lindíssimo! 😊
Uma activação com uma excelente surpresa: O CT2HOV, Nuno Pereira Gomes, apareceu, a fundo de escala, em VHF/FM tal como havia prometido. 🙂
E repetiu a dose no Candal!
Um grande obrigado ao Nuno pelo acompanhamento. E obrigado ao Jose Maria Gomes, CT7ABG e ao Freitas Nuno, CT2IUV por tentarem.
Esta coisa do SOTA tem muito de solidariedade!
TKS DR OMs!
CT/BA-012 – Candal
Deixei o carro junto ao Parque de Campismo do Refúgio da Fraguinha e comecei a seguir o trilho que leva até perto do cume, num vale onde corre um ribeiro.
Era linda a vegetação e espero que volte a ser…😡😡😡😱😱
Está em obras e parece que vai ser um estradão…
Espero que a vegetação, abundante, que ladeava todo o trilho volte a ser reposta para que volte a ser um agradável trilho de montanha!
A obra está ser feita pela CM de S. Pedro do Sul e apresenta-se como as fotografias demonstram. ☹
Depois de 20 QSOs desmontei rapidamente a estação /p e fui para baixo em “passo de corrida” dado que, com um adiamento da hora de almoço talvez ainda desse para fazer CT/BL-004, Serra da Freita… 😊
Ainda tomei um café no Parque de Campismo e carro ao caminho…
Aquela Serra é muito bonita!
CT/BL-004 – Serra da Freita
Chegado a CT/BL-004, cerca das 1255, foi montar a estação e fazer 20 QSOs “a correr” que o almoço estava em suspenso.
Aqui já não houve QSO com o Nuno porque a bateria “deu os pontos…”
Em suma, um Domingo frio e soalheiro, “suadamente” passado nos cumes da região centro:
Um privilégio poder usufruir desta actividade que nos leva a sítios tão bonitos e a praticar duas fantásticas actividades, em simultâneo! 😊
All radio amateurs are invited to participate in Portugal’s National SOTA Day, tomorrow April 1st, an event that is meant to both highlight and encourage participation on the Summits on The Air program.
The “party-on-the-air” is also meant to celebrate SOTA – Portugal´s sixth year in activity, started precisely on this day, in 2011.
Long time and current participants, as well as amateur radio clubs, are particularly encouraged to invite other amateur operator´s to tag along their planned activities in order to increase the program’s awareness.
Certificates (electronically sent) will be available to activators, chasers and SWL registered on SOTA´s Database and after the upload of their day´s logs.
No other rules apply other than the Summits on The Air own set of procedures.
This is not a contest, just another way of enjoying and celebrating SOTA´s unique pleasure of amateur radio activity.
All queries regarding Portugal´s National SOTA Day 2017 should be sent to his email (lookup QRZ.COM) or diasotaCT@gmail.com
The following station annouced their intentioon to activate one summit tomorrow, April 1st, to celebrate the CT National SOTA DAY (no special order)
CT2IUV; CT2IWW; CT7AGT; CT2GSN; CT1BHG; CT1MH; CT2JLS; CS7ALM; CS7AGH; CT1DYH; CT5JLD; CR7AKX; CT2ISX; CT2GQI; CT1DTE; CT1END; CT1REP; CT7ABE; CT1GZB; CT1DJG; CT1ERC; CT1ETL; CT4RK; CT1DBS; CS7AFM; CT2IXQ; CS5LX; CR5RFV; CT1DOV; CT2HKC; CR7APN; CT2HOV, CT1HIX, CT2HTY.
After long time without any Sota activation due to a respiratory infection, the weather forecast indicates that Sunday will be a sunny day. 🙂
It will be a cold but sunny day!
So, I decided to give a try to my lungs!
Early in the morning I went to Serra da Freita Power station and parked the car.
It was a perfect day for this time of the year, with a cold and strong wind. But who cares ?
My first bad decision was to take advantage of a tree instead of erecting the fishing pole.
A rock helped to launch the string over the tree. Then the rope get tangled in a branch.
The half burned pine tree shown no cooperation… Fires in the summer are enough. A SOTA activator seems to be too much!
But one should never give up, right ?!
Second launch and the rope was not in the correct position. So, I pulled a little.
Bingo! The rock turn around a branch and now is firmly tie to the stubborn pine tree!
Pulled from several directions and nothing!
So, the fishing pole was used to untie the rope and the rock .
Problem solved just after 40 min… 😦
Another small pine tree are waiting to hang the end of the rope…
Easy one. The rock will be used as weight.
My thought at that time was”…unwrap the wire, erect the fishing pole and it’s done. I will be on air.”
But things are never that easy…The small twigs left by the burn bushes made the task very difficult. The wire get rolled up and… It seems to be an easy task!…
At this point I start laughing ! It took me over 1 hour just to have the wire in the air!
Everything set, let’s CQ CQ on 60m…
What could go wrong ?!
I notice something strange in the SWR of the KX-2. At beginning the tune is perfect and SWR=1:1. Shortly after the SWR increased!
I stop. Checked SWR with ATU: “All systems go”…
Starting CQ again. CQ CQ CQ SOTA DE [SWR going up]. Stop.
Less power. Same problem…
Let’s give a try in another band. Same behavior!
Forcing CQ, I get one spot on 14 MHz (6 dB SNR in G-land)…
ZERO answers, no QSOs!
One must to understand when it’s a “no day”! 🙂
So let’s enjoy the mountain and forget SOTA, i e, phase 2 of Sunday.
And that went smoothly! (Look at the pictures…)
Vy 73 de Pedro, CT1DBS (formerly CT1DBS/p…) 🙂 🙂 🙂
On 1st April 2017 we celebrate six years of SOTA program in Portugal.
So, we invite all amateur radio operators to take part in those celebrations named National SOTA Day 2017, which will take place on April 1, 2017 (Saturday).
The essence of the celebrations is to have multiple summit activations all over the country on this day.
Last year almost 50 activators in 21 SOTA summits produced 750+ QSOs (7 MHz to 1.3 GHz).
Despite the bad wx and propagation conditions Portuguese callsigns (CT/CS/CR/CU) in SOTA ref were in Portugal mainland , Azores and France.
The activity aims to promote the SOTA program and allow sensitize the amateur radio community for this kind of healthy and funny activity.
Although there are certificates to the participants (activators and chasers), the National SOAT Day – 2017, as well as the SOTA program, it’s not a contest.
It will be a “SOTA on-the-air party” and therefore all amateur radio operators are invited.
All Portuguese clubs were invited to join the activity.
All amateur radio operators who are Activators are specially invited and encouraged to bring other hams or prospective hams for activation, enabling others to experience a SOTA activation.
It is suggested that the activations should take place:
• From 09.00 and 18.30 (local time) on April 1, 2017;
• Using their own call sign (/ p);
• Using the simplest possible equipment (QRP in most cases, including portable radios V / UHF);
• In SOTA summits with the highest possible score:
• In the amateur’s radio operator area;
• In any CT/CU/CT3 summit.
The KISS concept (simplicity, simplicity, simplicity …) will be used throughout the activity:
The only rule is to comply with SOTA rules and having fun!
As explained before, there will be certificates to the participants who activate a summit (by SOTA rules) or have a QSO with one activator/summit on that day (chasers or SWL). Other than that, they should send photos or videos of their SOTA activity to CTsotaday@gmail.com
This will be a great opportunity to chasers abroad Portugal.
Please feel free to ask any questions to the email.
In behalf of National SOTA day organization,
Some photos of last year
My Christmas started earlier !
December 16th the postman delivered a package at home.
It was a gift from my friend OE4HDS, Helmut: Wow! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
This is true amateur radio friendship!
Big thank you Helmut! 🙂
Yesterday I received a gift from my XYL: A begali Simplex!
Wow! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you EA5ZZ for selling the paddle and be that quick to deliver!
Season’s greetings to every one es 73.
GL es HNY !