Tuesday, 22 July 2014

QSL card for all the short /P trips all over EU

Got a pile of qsl requests from half a dozen different DXCC, IOTA etc and thought better sort out a generic card... it isn't for M1KTA this will be for EU operations /m1kta/p etc...

Anyway Gennady UX5UO has come through for me and I will now have these in a few weeks.

The details DXCC/IOTA etc will ALL be hand written in, probably be with a 'Sharpie' pen.


So anyone 'missing' a card recently that requested one you should expect one of these through the buro.

The rear will be blank so if there are any notes I will add them there.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

EU-037 Garpen... weather looks good and final antenna choice

Fri, Sat dry sunny, bit windy late on Sat night time low 14'C high 27'C
(Going to feel hot in the shack)

Sun overcast, windy with shower later 20'C high by Noon, Afternoon bit warmer 23'C and showers. Evening expect Thunderstorms.
Monday wet, windy and thunderstorms in early hours 20'C

So putting up antennas should be OK, might have to break down quickly Sunday/Monday.

Must guy or else Sat Night Sunday morning may have issues, expected constant 20-25Km/H and gusts of 35km/H to NE. So if place antennas near water on North of island guys MUST be arranged to the south west  at least. New poles in SM already 28mm diameter at 7 AGL.

If am operational quickly on Friday night should have good chance of greyline operating some DX  through until after sunset and again at sun up (Sun Down abt 21:20 local, Sun up abt 04:50 local) JA and Oceania I will listen for you on 15m especially during grey line opening, I expect you will need to be looking over the pole for SP!

I will have a 2 element vertical antenna on 6m and if open after contest might be interesting.

Laptop will have 3G internet and should have email.

Final choice for antennas will be:
10/12/15/17/20 vertical dipoles all share a common feed point.
30/40 GP
60/80m dipole
Buddipole, backup and special conditions (6m).

160m operating depends on conditions.

Bags packed and repacked and weight is inside the limit.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Antenna feeder spacers

Interesting purchase handed to me yesterday.

The shop "The Works" have a load of crafty stuff in it. One is a wooden sticks and poles set.




Not sure will use all the parts but there are some in it that will make interesting antenna feeder spacers or some other interesting antenna something.... I have an idea for use in a possible vertical or as fan dipole wire spacers (I'm going to test this anyway).

99p each.... seems cheap.

Lightening Strike

These were from a local. G1SAA


the first picture shows a leader coming up from the ground to the tower and the second a bolt coming down to meet it .
 
Note these were taken from a house upper floor so there was a roof and chimney above the height of the mast and there are trees nearby. The tower is down... but still a strike.
 
 




Monday, 14 July 2014

Wells-Next-the-Sea Beach

Last weekend 5th/6th July went up to Wells-Next-the-Sea and operated from the beach.


 One day I will actually rent one of these. During the floods in December the storm surge was ABOVE the roof level for about 3 hours. High water mark is usually about where the date time tag is on the photo.

 Walk on the beach first!
 Arty short
 It's summer in the UK... it rains

 Soggy wet, trousers still stuck to the legs... putting up the antenna... high water is about 25feet to my left and it is shallow sand. Dig down a bit and there is salty water.
 Post operating walking on the busy beach.

Notable SSB contacts were Rolf OH6TS, G0RUD/M who was driving down the south coast at the time, Bern OZ/DF9GU who was qrp as well.





Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Interesting KX3 travel packing

Just RX something in the post and thought it might have another purpose....





A KX3 fits perfectly....


These are the same (bit shorter) than the wrappers laser toner cartridges come in for Samsung and some HP printers. Called Toner Airbag.


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What kits did I mean in the post about buying kits from US?

I guess not everyone knew about these so here goes links to some web sites:

Hardrock-50 50W PA loosely based on and improved version of ARRL 50W PA challange entry 2010.
http://www.hobbypcb.com/component/virtuemart/hardrock-50-hf-power-amp-kit-detail?Itemid=119
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/10839

The winner for the sub $125 category in that same contest was W6JL and the design is seriously cheap you will find his build has been used in a lot of 100% homebrew builds so not a kit really but should appear in his list. This link is to one of the better sites about it. ARRL members can down load the article.
http://www.carnut.info/W6JL_50W_pa/W6JL_50w_PA.htm

Elecraft KXPA100
The very long time to market 100W PA from Elecrft that is primarily for the KX3
http://www.elecraft.com/elecraft_prod_list.htm#kxpa100
They say built and kit.... the kit is a screwdrver kit, no soldering.

Same site/page and you will find all the other Elecraft goodies. KX3, P3, K3, PX3 (P3 for KX3)

Tentec
http://www.tentec.com/

Flex Radio
http://www.flexradio.com/

Waters and Stanton
www.wsplc.com

Martin Lynch and Sons
http://www.hamradio.co.uk/

QPProject (Germany)
http://qrpproject.de/ then select the English Pages