Category Archives: Radio

Progress on the node

There’s been a bit of positive progress on the node at g7kse headquarters. Mucking about with Echolink software proved a time consuming affair. This and that connected but not playing with each other and some absolutely horrendous noises coming out of all sort places and some shocking audio means that there is a good chance… Read More »

MB7IAH

Today I received a very nice email from Ofcom. It was my NoV for my echolink node. MB7IAH Whilst I won’t be able to get it up and running this weekend because we have guests I hope to have everything up, running and ready for use early next week. There is a restriction of 1.6w… Read More »

Echolink Node?

Over here in G (or M or 2) land echolink nodes need to have permissions from the grown ups. So I’ve sought permission from Ofcom, with the help of the RSGB. I applied for an MB7 node, which means it is can be unattended. In order to do this I needed a minimum of 4… Read More »

Solder fumes

Mention Health and safety and its likely you think of some Muppet decides that children need a suit of armour to play conkers (for those not lucky enough to have tried to make a horse chestnut seed the hardest material known to man, have a look here). Back to the point. I’m talking about looking… Read More »

Maidenhead Locators

Locators, or as us Brits call them, Maidenhead locators. Named after a town in Berkshire that isn’t close to the meridian but held a meeting by a bunch of VHF chaps in the early 80’s. In fact the now de facto method for looking something up (Google & Wikipedia) give us: ‘The Maidenhead Locator System… Read More »

QRP Labs Ultimate 3

Some months ago I was planning an afternoon at our local Fab Lab, partly to help raise their profile and partly to introduce some club members to the easy to use laser cutting services they have. We designed an profiled a case for the QRP Labs Ultimate 3 WSPR transmitter. It occurred to me that… Read More »

Big vhf haul from IO84em

Its not often I get a bumper crop of contacts on the UKAC series but 2m offers probably the best opportunity. Last weeks 6m contest gave just a handful of contacts but last night 26 contacts that ranged from Perthshire in the north to the south coast. I usually don’t hang about past about 21:30… Read More »

My name is Alex, I am dumb (occasionally)

May normally brings a bit of Es fun for me in sunny St Bees. I duly put up the 6m antenna (which annoys the xyl). Tuned into 50.150 and started listening about. Nowt. I left it a few days and went back when I knew there was Es. Nothing heard…strange. Carried on listening. Considered starting… Read More »

FabLab first

After some cautious first steps my first laser cut parts have been made. The case for the clubs upcoming WSPR kit build prototype has been, well, lasered. There’s a couple of minor points to address but for a first effort I’m pretty pleased. The idea was to cut for a single sheet a ‘desktop’ case… Read More »

Portable Hexbeam v’s Cobwebb

After a few more weeks of not getting on the air I managed to man handle the portable Hexbeam up to about 4 above ground level (Note: must get that tilt base sorted out) to compare it against the Cobwebb I have in the loft. So before we go down the ‘It’s not scientific’ route.… Read More »