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 11

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? 4

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 11

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 ...

VHF Field Day with the Drowned Rats Contest Group

VHF Field Day with the Drowned Rats Contest Group
On the weekend of 4th-5th of July I joined the Drowned Rats Contest Group for the RSGB VHF National Field Day. This was all part of my 2015 amateur radio target of working with VHF. Radio clubs and contest groups all around the UK setup stations in fields, running entirely from non-mains power sources, mostly using ...

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest 4

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest
Some people have requested the 6m Tonna manual – I have uploaded scans of what I have (page 1, page 2, assembly diagram) – sorry about the quality but the print I have is a photocopy already! Last night I tested my new 5 element Tonna Yagi for the 6m band. I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m ...

RSGB 2m Backpackers Contest (17th May 2015) 2

RSGB 2m Backpackers Contest (17th May 2015)
One of my amateur radio targets for 2015 is to get involved with VHF, to this end I entered the RSGB 2m Backpackers contest. Michael (G0POT) first let me know about this contest and thought I would appreciate it being into “backpack radio” and QRP. So far this year I have been mostly pursuing 6m and ...

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)
On Tuesday night I took part in another RSGB 6m UKAC contest, this being my 3rd 6m contest and is part of my 2015 amateur radio target of using VHF more. Having just started a new job I didn’t have any time to prepare myself for the contest and as has become the custom in ...