September 2017…

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EA4GKY Keys While wasting valuable operating time reading the funny things Ham’s have to say on Twitter I came across Alberto (EA3GKY) a new (to me anyway) CW Key maker (Alberkeys). He had some great straight keys and paddles so I wasted no time dropping him an email and putting my name on the list […]

August 2017…

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SOTA is most enjoyable in the Summer…ask any activator! With that in mind I took the opportunity to add a few points to my activators cache by heading over to South Wales and two good hills within walking distance of each other, Pen y Fan (GW/SW-001) & Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005). The pair made for a […]

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 […]

January 2017…

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SOTABeams WSPRLite Overview This month I started a Virtual Build-a-thon with Chertsey Radio Club…we’re building a Foxx-3 and K16 keyer combo from Kanga UK as a virtual group simply using videos and group Webex sessions once a week. It’s brilliant fun and a great way to meet lots of new people.   I’ve been trialling a new toy […]