July 2017…

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We had a sneaky week off before the main school holidays get started and took the dogs to the Pembrokeshire coast. I took the satellite gear and worked a few passes of SO-50 but also took the opportunity to meet up with Richard GW1JFV to climb and operate the local summit of Foel Cwmcerwyn (GW/MW-011). […]

WSPRlite on EFHW

June 2017…

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WSPR analysis of an EFHW and a Dipole With only a little time for radio this month I decided to use the excellent WSPRlite from SOTABeams to compare my two staple SOTA (portable) aerials; the 3 band linked dipole and 3 band End Fed Half Wave (EFHW) (which uses SOTABeams pico traps rather than links). I […]

March 2017…

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Tripple SOTA activation in Snowdonia I’d been watching the weather forecast for most of March waiting for a few days of good weather to attempt a triple SOTA (Summits on the Air) activation in Snowdonia and, on 24th March 2017 I saw a gap in the weather that looked perfect for a flying visit. Accommodation […]

October 2016…

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As the month draws to an end this marks the end of my 8 week CW Ops training course. It’s seen an amazing change in my ability through a fundamental change to the way I ‘do’ CW. Although I still have a lot of practice ahead to improve the percentage of copy I’m already more […]

August 2016…

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SOTABeams Go4Low overview A hackspace has started up near me so I’ve immediately joined to support them. With the realisation that I now have workshop machines available to me I started thinking about a radio project to make the most of this. I’m in the process of designing a Hellschreiber copy starting with the printer. Cool! I’m currently sourcing […]