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, ...

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 9

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 ...

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15
As part of My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015 I vowed to make more use of the VHF bands, to this end I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m contest yesterday evening. I entered into the AL – Low Power section (limited to 10w) as I like QRP and am a sucker for punishment. I took ...

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 ...