Saturday, 20 February 2016

G7RAU/P worked in 3 modes from IO91SO to IN79JX (The Lizard, Cornwall) on 2m

Working G7RAU/P from the Lizard, Cornwall, using 50W and just 4 element Tonna in the garden this morning. Digital mode is ISCAT-A and the application is WSJT by K1JT. -8dB / -9dB each way ... good copy of Dave's digital signal. The image below shows the full QSO exchange.Distance = 380Km.

Subsequent QSO's with Dave followed on CW and USB

Friday, 19 February 2016

Harwell Purchases

Update on the Harwell purchases: Both the 2m amplifier and 70cm transverter are working well ... not bad for £20 the pair. The little amp will work well with my FT817 when doing some SOTA summits this summer in DL/OE.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Comparing my first three 23cm UKAC outings

This map compares my first three outings on 23cm UKAC. The first (from IO91SO) is shown with the red rectangle (December 2015) - 2 locators, the green shows January 2016 from IO91OQ - 7 locators and the blue shows February 2016 also from IO91OQ - 9 loctaors.

23cm UKAC - 16 February 2016

Hard work with 2W but did a little better than last month ... worked the same number of stations (29) but two additional UK locators (total 9 = 18 mults): IO81, 82, 83, IO90, 91, 92, 92, JO01, 2. Looking forward to having the full 10W next month! Thanks to G8FKH for keeping me company, working a couple of mults and jumping out of the car to turn the beam as and when needed!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Harwell Rally

Pleased to attend the Harwell Rally (near Didcot) on 14th February. DRRG took a table for the event and managed to sell off some surplus gear kindly donated by members of the Drowned Rats team. Team members present for some or all of the day included: David (G8LZE), David (G0CAG), Gordon (G3WJG), Chris (G4CLB) and myself M0ICR.

So ... we sold some surplus and junk for club profits (including an old CR100 and Air Ministry Key donated by Don G0ACK) and I also managed to come away with a few bits a pieces - including a Tohyo HL37V 2m amplifier (which is small and lightweight giving 35W out on 2m for 5W in - it will be perfect for use when backpacking with the FT817 if I need a bit more power to make 'the numbers' on SOTA), another (yes glutten for punishment) MM 28 to 432MHz transverter (it was super cheap and looks  in good condition - I will publish a report in due course).

Other purchases includes some bits and pieces for Microwaves: Some high quality (Rosenberger and Radiall) semi-hard SMA to SMA patch lead and a 500-2500MHz bias T.

It was good to meet a number of people from other group including G8NVI (Anne), G8CUL (Mike), G0GJV (Mike), G5BBL (Jan).

The image below is David G8LZE at our Rats table:

Thursday, 11 February 2016

9 Feb 2016 - 70cm UKAC

70cm UKAC 9 Feb 2016 Better than expected considering I thought I would miss tonight. 10W FT991 19 Ele Tonna. 5 countries, 51 QSO, 25 mults, just under 130,000 pts. ODX GI4SNA also pleased to work GI6ATZ. Disappointing not to hear G3WCB/P at all despite spending a good deal of time pointing that way in a failed attempt to bag IO80 and IO70 (BCG). F8BRK very strong with aircaft reflection.

Compare to last months score which was 2 countries, 14 mults and score 27,000 I am sure much of this improvement, and 70cm AFS at the weekend, was down to Anthony G7LRQ's help rebuilding the 19 Ele Tonna by replacing the driven element and making a new mast bracket to ensure the booms stays straight! I think this score is about the best I can hope to achieve with 10W from the home QTH in flat conditions. Wish I had more time on a weekday to get out /P

Sunday, 7 February 2016

70cm AFS - Feb 2016

70cm AFS .... not too many Rats worked.  LRQ and SAT popped on for a few points and LZE stayed on the course. CLB and ACK also worked and I think that was it for my log. Total was 47 QSO, 4 countries. 20W FT991 / 19 Ele Tonna (lower than usual due to wind). No continentals worked. GD8EXI was an easy copy, also happy to net GI6ATZ in Northern Ireland but sadly no GI4SNA although he was on for at least part of the contest. GW0IRW was a nice one to work in IO72.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

2m UKAC - 2 Feb 2016

Best night ever for me from home. 2m AL, FT991 9 Ele Tonna (with mast head pre-amp finally fitted on the mast!). KST was massively helpful. In fact the following were all set up via KST: GI4SNA, GI6ATZ, EI3KD, GM4JR, GW0GEI Total was 71 QSOs, 38 locators (in old money that's 18+2), 7 countries = 318658 pts. Thankfully the wind was nowhere near as vicious as it had been earlier in the day.