During this visit I had more time to setup my station in Tagytay and test the antennas. I was very impressed by the performance of the spider beam and even the good propagation on the lower bands.
IC-718 with AT-130 manual tuner, external speaker and Yaesu rotator controller. Using my Macbook for loggin and digital modes
Spider beam for 20, 17 and 15 m and trap dipole for 40 and 80 m
View from our terasse to the south. Ideal propagation in direction of Australia VK
On 1st of Feb I went to NTC and PARA office to take the exam for class A Philippine Amateur radio license. Hopefully I will receive my DU1 callsign soon.
Visit at PARA office in the NTC building in Manila
In Singapore you need to get approval from the authorities for your type of radio, you intend to buy, before you can actually buy it. So in order to avoid any problems, I selected the ICOM IC-718 HF transceiver, as I knew it was approved before and available from stock.
Now, setting up my station, I was looking for a good logging program, running under OS-X on my new Apple Macbook (early 2015). I decided for RUMLog, as it is free and offers all features I need for my casual operation.
To connect to the IC-718, I use a Icom CT-17 CI-V CAT Programming Cable with a Prolific chip set. The drivers can be downloaded from their support webpage and work without problem under OS X El Captain (10.11.3). Now frequency and operation mode are automatically transferred to RUMLog.