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Sunday, 24 August 2014

GB100ZZ Marconi Centre

Visited the Marconi Centre and was asked to add a few contacts to the log.

So was qrv on 17m for a bit... and 20m

Remember working plenty of US, EU and YV (Venezuela), A71AM (Qatar).

GB100ZZ is a special event station to remember all those radio operators on both sides that lost their lives in the first world war. The site was where the declaration of war for the first world war was sent on 14th August 1914.

Why ZZ...? ZZ was the call sign used by the  radio station at Poldhu to send messages, weather reports and messages to merchant ships.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

EU037 Discussing antenna locations

Discussing antenna locations with Anders

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Class of Ammeter

Replenishing stock in the workshop and I have a couple of reasonable sources that have 50uA/100uA class 1.5 and class 2.5 the former being a bit more
expensive. (£4.78 as opposed to £4.18)

My understanding is that class relates to parts per 100 (%) in any
possible 'error', not saying that there is one just they are not rated
to better than that.

Given in practice the meters are only 2.5"/60mm so it would be difficult
to see this difference in practice and the zero on the scales might be
slightly high or low not sure it matters that much.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Giving a talk on 12th August

After just getting back from Garpen where I put in an entry into the RSGB IOTA contest QRP of course and spent some time with some friends from Sweden ... I had an email from Paul asking if I could do a talk.... yes is the easy answer... so...

Talk on 'More QRP DXpeditions' by Dom Baines M1KTA

Stevenage and District Amateur Radio Society G3SAD have secured a talk next Tuesday (12th August) by Dom Baines M1KTA who is the Contest and Communications Manager of the G-QRP club.
Dom is a very experienced QRP DXpeditioner (and homebrewer) who has operated from many countries all over the world, his latest being a DXpedition for the IOTA Contest to Garpen Island (EU037) in SM7 land.
Dom will be giving a talk on ‘More QRP DXpeditions'
See Dom's excellent website to get a flavour of his activities
We are lucky to have him give us a talk... please come along as you will certainly hear an interesting and well informed talk together with receiving that bit of encouragement to try your hand at DXpeditioning yourself.
All are invited… please see the Stevenage and District ARS website for directions.
Paul G0WAT
G-QRP 8472

Along with a few props as everyone tend to ask what do you use to operate and how do you carry/power it? Got a few topics I may cover... KH8 (American Samoa), KH6 (USS Missouri in Honolulu harbour was my shack for a day!) , W1 (Harvard Uni), W5 (Enroute home from KH8, stopped in for a qrp contest!), 3B8 (the first ever real pile up), 6W (qrp from a major contest station and AF-045), C5 (Twice the last time including operating from AF060 as the tide was coming in!), SM/OZ IOTA marathon.... and the tribulations about obtaining written permissions for some locations that have gone on for so long... SU, VU2.

Friday, 1 August 2014

160m AM TX QRP

This is from SM7UCZ