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 ...

Using the 4m Tring “Parrot” Repeater 2

Using the 4m Tring
Now I’m setup on 4m from the home QTH (see Dual Band 4/6m Moxon Antenna Experiment) I’ve been able to explore a repeater oddity just down the road from me called the “Tring Parrot” in IO91, known officially as GB7FM. First of all it operates on 4m, there’s not too many repeaters on this band ...

Dual Band 4/6m Moxon Antenna Experiment 3

Dual Band 4/6m Moxon Antenna Experiment
I’ve used the SOTABeams SB6 Moxon antenna for a number of years now, it’s a great compact antenna that performs remarkably for its size. Sadly it’s out of production now, but it’s easy enough to create your own. The stock SB6 is a 2 element directional antenna for the 6m band and I’ve made many ...

Designing a satellite station for the home QTH 6

Designing a satellite station for the home QTH
One of my amateur radio targets for 2018 was to get setup to work satellites from my home QTH. I’m making some progress towards this as well, but I realised it’s the first time I’ve really thought about station design. Usually the shack just grows organically and you add to it over time, but wanting ...

Where have I been? ..and my amateur radio targets for 2018 3

Where have I been? ..and my amateur radio targets for 2018
You may have noticed the blog has been very quiet recently, did I abandon? forget it? misplace it? Well, no, I’ve actually been travelling around the world for the last 3.5 months. Living it up for sure, but not playing any radio. Me and the YL visited New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia and ...

SOTA activation of England’s highest summit: Scafell Pike

SOTA activation of England's highest summit: Scafell Pike
While on holiday in the Lake District with the YL in July, I activated ten SOTA summits. The focus of these walks was not SOTA, but instead all day walking, so brevity and lightweight gear was the order of the day – 2m FM was the natural choice. We chose to do Scafell Pike (G/LD-001 ...

Working 6m Sporadic-E Using a Collinear 1

Working 6m Sporadic-E Using a Collinear
My hopes weren’t too high for working much on the 6m band with my Diamond V2000 collinear antenna when I first purchased it. It was a nice afterthought that I might be able to work some sporadic-E during the summer months and possibly some local stations during contests. So what’s the reason for this post? ...

Antenna Comparison on 6m During a Sporadic-E Opening on the Icom 7300 2

Antenna Comparison on 6m During a Sporadic-E Opening on the Icom 7300
This Sporadic-E season I’ve been using my Icom 7300 to operate from home. Last year I really got into 6m but could only operate when I was out portable and often conditions were hit or miss when I happened to be on a hill. This year I am QRV from the new QTH and can ...

5 Sussex SOTA Summits on a Summer’s Day 4

5 Sussex SOTA Summits on a Summer's Day
This string of 5 summits along the South Downs way in Sussex had been on my hit list for some time. I’d always consciously saved them for a nice summers day. Michael G0POT had activated this string of summits before and had given me a lot of his logistical planning – I’ve built on this ...