Portable Logging for iPad & iPhone

Portable Logging for iPad & iPhone
I’ve had a lot of questions about the portable logging App I use when out on the hills. Most of the time people can see in photos and videos that I’m using an Apple iPad or iPhone but they can’t make out the App. Since 2014 I’ve been using RumLog2Go (developed by Thomas Lindner DL2RUM) on both my ...

Top 10 Reasons to Take Ham Radio Portable 50

Top 10 Reasons to Take Ham Radio Portable
Update 12/07/16: This blog post has been published as an article in the August 2016 Practical Wireless magazine here in the UK. Check it out, looks better in print! Portable amateur radio operation is the reason I’m still in the hobby. There you go, I said it! Since getting licensed I’ve not lived in a ...

Protecting the Elecraft KX3 on the Hills 2

Protecting the Elecraft KX3 on the Hills
After writing my Yaesu 817ND & Elecraft KX3 comparison post I received a number of questions on how I keep my Elecraft KX3 protected when out and about on SOTA summits. I use my KX3 out portable, normally in quite harsh conditions on SOTA summits through out the year. I’ve also taken it abroad to 3 islands on EA8 ...

Yaesu 817ND vs Elecraft KX3 Differences for Portable Use 53

Yaesu 817ND vs Elecraft KX3 Differences for Portable Use
I use and love both the Yaesu 817ND and Elecraft KX3. Both of these rigs inspire passion in their owners for good reason and both are excellent. That said, having used both for portable operation I have a favourite. This post came about during email exchanges with Andreas (SM6UNC) about which one I’d recommend.     ...

SOTA Activation of Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010) 3

SOTA Activation of Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010)
Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010) was my second SOTA activation of the day and I arrived to find the whole area turned into some kind of building site. It transpires that they’re building a wind farm here and are in the process of clearing trees. Summit Factfile GW/SW-010 – Craig y Llyn – 600m, 4 points Latitude: 51 43 0 N, 3 35 0 W Grid Reference: SN 907032, QTH Locator: IO81FR Parking: Park in the forest entrance on the E side of the main road at SN923027 (CF44 9UF, N51:42:45, W3:34:15). Walk: 338ft of ascent in 1.33 miles. Easy summit – well defined track. Trig: TP2534 – Craig-Y-Llyn WAB: SN90 ...

New Years Eve SOTA Activation in Cornwall (Kit Hill G/DC-003) 4

New Years Eve SOTA Activation in Cornwall (Kit Hill G/DC-003)
As I was staying nearby in Dartmoor with the YL over New Years I decided to activate the SOTA summit of Kit Hill (G/DC-003) when the chance arouse. In the morning we had been walking on Dartmoor and towards the end we got a thorough drenching so we headed back to our holiday cottage and ...

SOTA Activation & Wild Camping (Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003) 5

SOTA Activation & Wild Camping (Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003)
Fan Brycineog – Wow! This activation was a real experience! I arrived at the base of Fan Brycheiniog at 11pm after activating another 4 summits in the area on the same day (13th August). I carried a large rucksack with everything I would need for the night and my 35 litre rucksack with radio equipment. I ...

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2016 8

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2016
Well, it’s that time of year again when I cast my mind to the coming year and set some targets around my Amateur Radio hobby. I have done this during the last two years and also posted the outcomes (2014 and 2015) I find setting the targets helps to focus my enjoyment of the hobby and ...

Did I Achieve My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015? 1

Did I Achieve My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015?
It’s that time of year again when I assess how I got on with my Amateur Radio Targets that I set at the start of the year. I did this at the end of last year and found it good for recapping on my achievements and assessing my level of procrastination! It also actively spurs ...

Winter SOTA Activation of Drosgol (during Storm Desmond)

Winter SOTA Activation of Drosgol (during Storm Desmond)
Drosgol was my second Mid-Wales SOTA summit of the day. I had activated Plynlimon-Pen Pumlumon Fawr (GW/MW-001) earlier so I knew conditions were going to be wet, wild and darn windy! It took me about 10 minutes to drive around the Nant-y-Moch reservoir from my last activation parking spot. I arrived with the rain continuing to hammer down really ...