Why Choose the Icom 7300 over the 7610?

Why Choose the Icom 7300 over the 7610?
Ever since the Icom 7300 came out I have wanted it, it looks the part, it’s steps ahead of the competition (at the price point) and all the reviews seem ecstatic. This was also all backed up by the sales statistics; it was easily the top selling rig in 2016 and will probably continue to be ...

Becoming a Half SOTA Goat – The First 500 Activator Points

Becoming a Half SOTA Goat - The First 500 Activator Points
Reaching 500 activator points was my target for 2017 and I’ve peaked early! The tipping point was an unexpected trip to Snowdonia in Wales in April, where I activated 11 summits for 75 points. This took me beyond 500 points but officially marked me reaching the half way point to becoming a full mountain goat (1000 ...

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Garn (during Storm Desmond)

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Garn (during Storm Desmond)
This was the second day of my Storm Desmond SOTA activations in Mid-Wales (see Plynlimon and Drosgol activation reports) back in December 2015. Unfortunately the weather was looking even worse than the day before from the B&B! After a full English (or should that be Welsh?) breakfast I set off towards the summit of Pen Y Garn (GW/MW-004) ...

2m SOTA Summit to Summit Pileup Video 3

Filmed during a 2m VHF SOTA activation of Elidir Fawr (GW/NW-005) in the Snowdonia National Park. A flurry of Summit to summit (S2S) calls were received from fellow activators out on other SOTA summits. Captured using a head cam to give you a birdseye view of a SOTA activation. Time Call Band Mode Notes 12:02z ...

VHF SOTA Expedition in the Snowdonia National Park 6

VHF SOTA Expedition in the Snowdonia National Park
In April I finally finished a big project at work and had some time off to relax – the perfect break would be some walking in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Of course the first thing that usually happens when I start to relax is that I get a cold, annoyingly this happened ...

Download The VHF/UHF DX Book for free 5

Download The VHF/UHF DX Book for free
It’s not often an Amateur Radio book from the mid-90’s is still so highly respected and sought after. The VHF/UHF DX Book is one of these books if you’re into VHF/UHF DXing. Ever since getting licensed I have heard this book mentioned in hushed reverence as the definitive guide to DXing on the VHF/UHF bands. ...

CW Contesting… with no CW Skills 8

CW Contesting... with no CW Skills
Each year my local club (Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society) takes part in the RSGB AFS contest series. We like this series because it’s great for getting members involved in a wide range of bands and is quite a technical test to take part in each one. There’s contests for 160m, 80m, 40m, 6m, ...

Top 10 Amateur Radio Uses for the Raspberry Pi 3

Top 10 Amateur Radio Uses for the Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi has proved to be a phenomenal hit with hobbyists around the world. Originally conceived to get children into computer programming, it was quickly adopted by hobbyists due to its cheap price and GPIO output pins. Indeed, initial demand was unprecedented and supplies were limited for some time after launch and this still ...

Rebooting Amateur Radio 3

Amateur Radio? A hobby for old men? Maybe, but it can be inclusive! Ryan M0RYS/N0RYS gave a very interesting talk at the Electromagnetic Field festival entitled “Rebooting a Hobby – How Modern Digital Comms are Reviving Amateur Radio”. The festival is interesting and pretty unique: Electromagnetic Field is a non-profit UK camping festival for those ...

How to Undertake a SOTA Activation – Step by Step Guide 1

How to Undertake a SOTA Activation - Step by Step Guide
Recently I’ve been shooting a number of videos for YouTube outlining the kit I use for SOTA and now I’ve done one showing how I go about activating a SOTA summit.   It’s a step by step guide to carrying out a SOTA activation in the great outdoors. It covers the set-up, spotting, operating procedure ...