A1 Club Year End Party in Akiba

We had a pleasant year end party with 13 A1 club members at AKIBA 秋葉 or AKIHABARA Electric Town in tokyo on 2009-11-28(SAT).

Due to heavy drinking I had hangover on Sunday.
I managed to woke up before 7AM and checked in JBA's RT30.
Thank you for nice short chat Leo-san JJ8KGZ.
After that I have no energy to entry CQ WW Contest CW at all. Hi

At 5PM, I checked in FEA's NET part-2 on 18.085KHz today.
I was the only one who checked in today. Thank you for nice chat Manabu-san JE1RZR. I'm very interested with new toy that he will get soon. It's something related to his KW license.


FTDX-5000 Debut!?

In JA, details are still unveiled.
Today I found Enlish Catalog posted on KC8QVO's blog.

Here is the PDF Catalog of FTDX-5000.

It'll have 600 & 300Hz roofing filter!?
Is yaesu changed their design from up-conversion to down-conversion?

Elecraft News

Here is the Elecraft News Update received on 2009-11-25 07:46AM here in JA.
I've been interesting when they release linear amp KPA500, 800, 1500, etc.
Unfortunately they are not shown in the news.
But, Panadaptor P3 and Watt Meter W2 are also interesting though.
Good luck Elecraft!

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Nov. 24, 2009

What's new at Elecraft? - K3 & K144XV 2-m module, P3 Panadapter, W2 Wattmeter

There's a lot going on at Elecraft, so we thought we'd get you caught up on our new
and enhanced products. Thanks to you, we have had our best year ever. We've also
just celebrated our 10th anniversary since shipping our first K2, and we have also
just moved into a larger facility.

In less than two years, the Elecraft K3 has set a new standard for high performance
HF/6-meter transceivers. It's one of very few rigs to offer true diversity receive,
giving DXers the edge they need. The K3 has also become the rig of choice for many

The world's top contesters have also given it rave reviews, thanks to its
unsurpassed close-in dynamic range (see, for example, www.sherweng.com/table.html).
Yet the K3 is still the most affordable rig in its class, starting at just $1899 for
the K3/100 (no-soldering kit; also available fully assembled and tested). And at
only 9 pounds, it's also the ultimate rig for Field Day, lightweight travel and more
casual outings.

But the K3 just keeps getting better!

-- Starting in early 2010, we'll be shipping our new P3 Panadapter.

The P3 is a stand-alone DSP spectral/waterfall display unit that's a perfect match
for the K3. It has a built-in, high-contrast color display (LCD), point and click
QSY tuning and better integration with the K3 than is possible with PC-based
panadapters. P3 features include signal averaging, peak hold, adjustable gain and
adjustable reference level. It also includes a buffered IF pass-through for
support of additional processing by other peripherals. for pictures and more info,
see: http://www.elecraft.com/K3/K3.htm

-- Also shipping in December is the K144XV, an internal 2-meter module for the K3.
With the K144XV you can now also use your K3 for 2M weak-signal and FM operation. It
has outstanding receive specs, power output of up to 10 W (typical) in all modes,
and can be used with both the main and sub receivers. With a K144XV installed, the
K3 provides all-mode, full 160-2 m coverage.

-- New K3 firmware features include dual receiver diversity reception, synchronous
AM detection with VFO auto-tracking; 1-button press automation of often-used switch
sequences (such as SPLIT with VFO movement); selectable extended bass response; and
enhanced noise reduction. For the latest K3 firmware downloads, see:

We are now shipping the W2, our new autoranging HF / VHF / UHF Wattmeter/SWR bridge.
Its microcontroller-enhanced feature set includes PC-readable power and SWR,
programmable alarms, and free firmware upgrades via the internet. The W2 uses remote
sensing, with up to two sensors that can be automatically selected as you transmit.
Sensors are available in several power and frequency ranges (1.8-55 MHz up to 2 kW,
and 144-450 MHz up to 200 W). The W2's compact size makes it ideal for tight spaces,
and while it's styled to match the K3, it will work with any transmitter or

Finally, we're offering a special price on the completely updated 2010 ARRL Handbook.
This is in honor of the K3, which received the League's top rating in three of its
"recommended transceiver" tables (Handbook pages 14.10 to 14.13). The limited time
special price of the 2010 ARRL Handbook is just $29.95. To order, see our Books
Page. http://www.elecraft.com/books/books.htm#hbarrl

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Kinubari-yama 衣張山

Today I and XYL went to Kamakura and walk around a small mountain called Kinubari-yama that is located anout 20 minutes walk from Kamakura station towards east side through Tsurugaoka hachimanguu.
It's height is about 100m but view from the top of that mountain was very nice.
We could see Enoshima-island.
Unfortunately We couldn't see Mt.Fuji.




Today was very nice weather after cold rainy days.
My ham friend JF1OSL who is also my big boss at office has been planning to install HEXBEAM since several months ago. However, he could not isntall it due to his busy work or bad weather, etc.
Then, finally today, the HEXBEAM has been installed on his roof top.
I visited his house 9:30AM, then started assembling.
Another friend JR1NHD joind around 11AM, then we could finish assembly before 1PM.
After that pro-worker made final installation on the top of the mast.
Around 5PM, it's up and running successfully.
Congratulations & FB DX!



I worked with G3SED, Mike. He is the 1st G station on 40m!

QRG:7010.3KHz, CW.
He was 400W rotaly dipole 28meters high.
My power was 150W with 2 ele HB9CV.

Condition seems very nice and fortunately noise level was very low this eveing here.

I hope band condition will be much better and more stable, and then the day that I can do long chat with G stations and other deep European countries easily will come soon!

Mt.Fuji from Yamanakako

Today, WX was very fine from the morning, so we decided to go Yamanakako lake through Doushi-keikoku valley road.

Autumn leaves were best at Doushi valley but already finished at Yamanakako. View of Mt.Fuji from Yamanakako was wonderful.
My wife and I have been refreshed!

Place:Lake Yamanakako, Yamanashi-pref. JAPAN
WX: vy fine, temp 13C at noon but wind blowing down from Mt.Fuji was very cold.

The voice "Samui!" (or "Cold!" in English) is recorded at the end of video. :-p


Evening glow

After long rain, it became clear this afternoon.
And look! What a beautiful eveing glow here!

Here is viedo clip 360 deg view from roof balcony.
At 16:30 Locat time.


My friend Kazu, JH8PHT is staying 9M2 for his business and recently got 9M2ADX.
Today he and his friends in JA tried 1st ever QSO with his new callsign.

Unfortunately his signal was not so loud today, we barely worked on 20m band but cloud not work on 15m band.

Hope to see him on the air in better condition soon.

Here is some sound file of our QSO.

CW QSO on 20m band (Wkd wid 9M2ADX)

SSB on 15m band (JA only)


Hida-Shirakawa-Kanazawa Bus tour

Last weekend, I've been Hida-Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, etc by bus tour with XYL and daughter.
We got up in the ver early Saturday morinig and went to Shinjuku terminal by train then get on the tour bus there. Tour started 7AM from Shinjuku.
Before 1st destination Takayama we short stopped at a parking near Kamiko-chi. The mountains are already covered by colourful leaves.

At Takayama, we ate Takayama ramen.

Then we walk around Hida-Takayama old town.

Very nice red leaves of "Momiji"a kind of maple.

Next we visited Shirakawa-go, a wolrd heritage, where old Japanese houses are preserved.

Next day (Sunday), we visited Kenroku-en, a traditional Japanese Garden in Kanazawa-prefecture.

Here is Kanazawa-jo castle.

The last one is Higashi-chaya-machi, a traditional amusement center in Kanazawa.


Finally we drive along seaside of Nihon-kai or Japan sea.

It was very short but concentrated trip. It was fun but tired. zzz