SOTA Activation of Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006) 1

SOTA Activation of Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006)
On Friday night the station manager announced that she was intending to go running in the South Downs, with a running club in the Brighton area on Saturday, thinking quickly I recalled seeing some SOTA summits down that way. A few minutes later I’d checked and Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006) was about a 1.5 hour walk ...

Preparing SOTA Logs on Mac OS X 2

Preparing SOTA Logs on Mac OS X
When i activated my first SOTA summit it took me some time to prepare my log for submission. I logged QSO’s using paper and pen, typed them into RUMlog when i got home (increasing the chance of mistakes), exported the log to CSV and then edited the CSV by hand to match the format expected ...

Wendover Woods – A Tale of Two SOTA Activation Locations

Wendover Woods - A Tale of Two SOTA Activation Locations
Last Friday i activated the SOTA summit of Wendover Woods for the second time, but this time from a different activation location than my previous activation. I chose to walk to the summit from the nearby village of Tring (easily reached by car and train from London Euston), I followed a walk from the Walking ...

SOTA Activation and a Military Base – Serra de Foia (CT/AL-001)

SOTA Activation and a Military Base - Serra de Foia (CT/AL-001)
I recently went on holiday to the Algarve region of Portugal, while here i wanted to complete my 2014 objective of operating abroad, which is one of my new privileges as an M0. I also harbored ideas of activating a SOTA summit while in the region, this was very much secondary as i was with ...

SOTA Activation of Wendover Woods

SOTA Activation of Wendover Woods
I finally did it! I’ve had the idea of activating a SOTA summit for some time now, but like lots of ideas they sometimes take a while to come to fruition! This was one of my amateur radio targets for 2014 so i decided to bite the bullet and do it. I activated my first ...

Building the RSGB PSK31 20m Centenary Kit

Building the RSGB PSK31 20m Centenary Kit
The RSGB PSK31 Centenary Receiver kit was released to celebrate the RSGB’s 100th year centenary and to encourage construction and interest in amateur radio. These kits have been constructed in schools and are proving popular in buildathons. The kit is a relatively simple (but effective) PSK31 receiver which you can connect to your computer, Raspberry ...

Why Bother with eQSLs? 3

Why Bother with eQSLs?
eQSL cards… these tend to stir up quite a few emotions in amateurs, some love them, some hate them. This post will look at the advantages and disadvantages of eQSl cards so you can make your own mind up. First of all my experience of eQSL cards has been positive and inescapable. As a datamode ...

Beginners Guide to RTTY Contesting

Beginners Guide to RTTY Contesting
Although PSK31 is more popular than ever there still seems to be a preference for RTTY when it comes to contests. This is down to speed, ease of use and the resilience of the mode. It’s also a mode worth getting familiar with because a lot of DXPeditions and special event stations run RTTY. In the recent ...

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2014 3

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2014
This year i wanted to set some targets around my amateur radio activities and as a new ham there’s plenty of them. I was inspired to do this by G7AGI’s blog post outlining his plans for 2014, it just took me a month to write my own! I intend to blog around each of these ...

Desk Stand for Elecraft KX3

Desk Stand for Elecraft KX3
I’ve had the Elecraft KX3 for a while now and the one accessory i needed (forgetting the long delayed 2m module) was a stand. I wanted a stand for more comfortable operation in both the shack and while out working portable. While here in England we’re in the depths of winter i usually start  thinking ...