This month I rediscovered my Elecraft K1, a little gem of a radio and the first quality kit that genuinely gave me a fully featured and high performing CW transceiver. When I originally built it I had aerials for 80m & 20m so I built it to cover these two bands. Now I almost exclusively operate […]
James (M0JCQ) convinced me that a rerun of our 2015 Five Peaks SOTA challenge would be an excellent idea…after all, Winter in Wales, what could possibly go wrong. This year we chose the half-term holiday weekend so finding overnight digs on the Friday was a challenge. We activated the following summits on the English/Welsh border in […]
To wrap up 2015 I was super chuffed to get my EUCW Snakes and Ladders certificate from Martin (IK2RMZ/DL1GBZ). This has been a great activity for me as a QRPer as I can compete on an equal footing with QRO Ops. Check out EUCW Snakes & Ladders.
A little quite on the radio front for the last few weeks but hope to be active over Christmas from Abercastle in south west Wales. If you hear me signing /A I’m in a little cottage at the waters edge (QRA: IO71kx, WAB: SM83, nearest Post Code: SA62 5HJ). This month I built and tested […]
Mountain Topper MTR3B review Propagation, which has been pretty poor all Summer, continues to thwart all attempts to play radio so I’ve started a bit of construction working on a Minima Transceiver as designed by Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE). This is mainly thanks to Alex (G7KSE) who sent me a couple of swanky PCBs for this […]
My Icom IC7400 has developed a fault so it’s time to pack it up and get it shipped off to the menders. This has made a huge space on the desk so I thought I’d fill that with a new (2nd hand) Youkits HB-1B courtesy of Dave (G0AYD) as I love miniature CW transceivers. Here you can […]
September was a rubbish month for radio even worse than August but on the positive side there was the National Hamfest at Newark. There was a great turn out by Twitter Hams and in particular #lids_cw members who are either trying to improve their CW, trying to learn CW or trying to muster the enthusiasm […]