September 2-3, 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight….
Preparing the booth of Japan Shortwave Club.
Magnetic loop antennas…
Icom’s prototype model IC-9700, which is a tribander of 2m-70cm-1.2GHz.
Japan Shortwave Club Booth
Another SWL booth “BCL is the King of Hobby” hosted by Asuka Sekiyama. He organizes “Akihabara BCL Club” (ABC) and has issued its first publication journal “ABC 50’s,” where I also contributed a chapter.
A D-STAR Booth
Another D-STAR booth.
ID-31s are now Plus model.
Perhaps a unique point in the Tokyo Ham Fair is that many singers and personalities contribute the show. They are of course hams.
JARD promotes “e-Learning” system to obtain an operator license. Presentation given by Momoka Matsuda (actess, JI1NYO).
Live show of Masaco (singer-songwriter, JH1CBX) and Kaori Mita (traditional singer, JI1BTL). Kaori also hosts a radio program “CQ Ham For Girls” in a local FM station.
Chanson singer Sayoko Aoki (JJ3WWS). She also used to be a radio personality for such as long-run program “FM Variety,” as well as some radio shows for hams.
“Theme-song singer” Maiko Watabe (JJØSDQ) singing a theme song of a radio program for hams, with a dancing costume character Watamai-chan, who has just obtained (surprisingly) a callsign of JJ1FUL.
See you all again next year!
This year too, Totsuka DXer’s Circle (TDXC), a local SWL/DXing club in Yokohama Japan, has published a 157-page club journal “PROPAGATION.” This is the 5th edition as TDXC previously published once per year since 2013. The journal is now downloadable in PDF format for FREE to everybody! Please be advised that this journal is written in Japanese in most pages, but there are so many pictures that give you idea how they enjoy the hobby. Some pages are also written in English.
The follwoing contents are just a part of this year’s edition.
- US-JA joint DX-pedition to Oregon Cliff
- Radio tour to Lima, Peru
- Equipment and camping goods for MW DX-pedition
- Visit report of local communty FM stations
- Detailed report on Flag Antenna
- Test reports on small loops and bar antenna for MW DXing
- Old-day DXing life
- Each club member’s unique DXing activity
If you are interested in the “PROPAGATION” journal, visit the following site to download.
Just purchased an antenna phaser NCC-2 for noise-cancelling purpose.
It is huge and heavy (8.25 lbs) !
Two small indoor active loops (BCL-LOOP) were used for testing.
Received 17815 kHz (station name unknown…sounds a religious program). Looks working nicely!
During August 20-21, 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight, I came back to this bigget hamfest in Japan after my 25-year interval. The total attendees were reported as 37000. Here are some snaps.
The logo is pronounced “Ham Fair.”
Japan Short Wave Club Booth in preparation.
Kenwood gives a presentation on their new hand-held TH-D74.
Yaesu presentation on their new microphone M-1.
Icom’s new receivers: IC-R8600 and IC-R30
They also revealed a new model IC-7610. It says ” To DXers in the World. This is the Icom’s Next Answer.”
Old-Kenwood Fan Club.
Good old days…..
Do you know “Hentenna,” develeloped by a Japanese ham long time ago? It is very polular in Japan. “Hen” means “Funny” in Japanese.
Live FM broadcasting.
Pronounced “ARDF Now!”
Guess who’s booth this is? This is the booth of Japanese Government, promoting E-Filing of ham radio registrations
Singer Kaori Mita (JI1BTL) talks about her experience in a local FM radio station in a disaster area recently hit by earthquake.
She also sings the “Song of E-Filing” (!!)
DU1IVT (PARA COO) gives a presentation on disaster communication in the Phillippines.
Booth of a QSL-printing company (perhaps the best quality in the world).
Singer-songwriter Masaco (JH1CBX) promotes her song CDs with her autograph and photographing. One of her songs is of course about ham radio! Her own site is here (in Japanese).
At a night party with D-Star gangs in Japan.
The Japan Short Wave Club at Tokyo Ham Fair 2016!
(Photo by K. Iwasa, courtesy of JSWC)
This over-160-page journal published from Totsuka DXer’s Circle (TDXC), a local SWL/DXing club in Yokohama Japan, is now downloadable from this site (for free!).
This journal is written in Japanese, except some part, but so many pictures will give you some ideas how Japanese SWL/DXers enjoy their hobby.
Everybody enjoy listening!
Strong signals that can be heard here in Northern NJ…..
Received in April 2016. Using BST-1 with a 2′- whip antenna.
File Updated in August 2016, by additing Radio Guinea
I was routinely listening to Radio Australia and other stations using BST-1 Car Shortwave Radio with my PBA-MLA4 Mini-Whip antenna in the morning time during my commute. In my commute route there are a few particular points where I am suffering from MW station interference.
I have just obtained another whip antenna that was developed by the same manufacturer of BST-1. It is a 2-feet mobile whip antenna that looks quite normal.
Then I tried it today. The performance was actually much better than the Mini-Whip. There was no interference from MW stations. It was also interesting that when I tried these two antennas for Perseus SDR, the Mini-Whip peformed significantly better than this 2-feet whip. It seems that the design of BST-1 is optimized for this whip antenna.
WWCR 12160kHz (The video is just a demonstration and not a comparison of the antenna)