2m Contesting from a SOTA Summit (Video) 3

2m Contesting from a SOTA Summit (Video)
While on holiday in the Lake District I decided to try a spot of VHF contesting from one of the many SOTA summmits in the area. I chose the SOTA summit of Red Screes (G/LD-017, 6 points) and operated in the RSGB 2m Backpackers contest. The video shows my experience and live QSOs:

Magic Band Contesting Setup 3

Magic Band Contesting Setup
Back in June I took part in the Worked All Britain 6m contest alongside the RSGB 6m Trophy. I shot a video showing my portable contesting setup for the 6m band, alongside some summertime Sporadic-E DX.  It also features a special time lapse of the station tear down at the end 🙂

VHF Contesting with the ICOM 9700 (with video) 2

VHF Contesting with the ICOM 9700 (with video)
Each year me and Phil M0NVS get involved with the RSGB 2m Backpackers series of contests. 2019 is no exception and while we don’t have any chance of winning it, we do always enjoy it! We like to do as well as we can, but are limited by the relatively small hills here in IO91. ...

Icom 7300 Contest Keyer

Icom 7300 Contest Keyer
I’ve recently been building out my contesting capabilities at home and I’ve just added the SOTABEAMS ContestConsole to my shack. I’m also going to receive the K1EL K44 CW Keyer & Reader, for use in CW contests. But here I will focus on the ContestConsole.  SOTABEAMS have continued to impress me with their innovations. I’ve been ...

2m QRP Contesting in the Sun and DX

2m QRP Contesting in the Sun and DX
On Sunday the 10th of June I took part in the RSGB 2m Backpackers contest. I like this contest because it combines portable operating and QRP, some of my favourite things! I entered the 5B section, which means you’re limited to 5w output and a mast height of 4m above ground. With this restriction I ...

Tropospheric DX on 2m SSB (with video) 1

Tropospheric DX on 2m SSB (with video)
On Tuesday 5th of June I entered the RSGB UKAC 2m SSB contest from the back garden. This is the second time I’ve entered from this QTH and both times I’ve been surprised at what I can hear and work. I knew based on the Hepburn tropo forecast that there was a chance of slight ...

CW Contesting… with no CW Skills 14

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, ...

Amateur Radio Contests – Why the Love/Hate Relationship? 10

Amateur Radio Contests - Why the Love/Hate Relationship?
Regardless of opinion Contesting seems to be one of the real growth areas in Amateur Radio. Contests across the HF and (at least here in the UK) VHF spectrum are more popular than ever. What is interesting for me is the polarising nature of contesting, it seems you either love it or you hate it. ...

6m Antenna Options for Portable Use 12

6m Antenna Options for Portable Use
I’m a fan of the 6m band. It fascinates and frustrates me in equal measures, which is part of its appeal. It’s unpredictable, you can be working local stations within 50km of your QTH for some time and then all of a sudden a Portugese station will call you and they’re 59+40dB drowning out anything ...

My First HF SSB Field Day 4

My First HF SSB Field Day
My local club C&DARS (Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society) recently took part in the RSGB HF SSB Field Day and worked a total of 434 stations in 33 DXCC’s across the 24 hours. Band conditions weren’t great but we did get Saudi Arabia (HZ1FI/P) in the log and heard some VK’s early morning on ...