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

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

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 ...

GoPro SOTA Video from Y Garn (GW/NW-004) 2

GoPro SOTA Video from Y Garn (GW/NW-004)
After my activation of Elidir Fawr (GW/NW-005) on the 11th of April I walked across the ridge to the neighbouring summit of Y Garn (GW/NW-004). This was to be another 2m FM activation, but I wasn’t complaining the VHF takeoff is phenomenal from these two locations. I recorded another activation video using the GoPro which says ...

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Garn (during Storm Desmond)

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Garn (during Storm Desmond)
This was the second day of my Storm Desmond SOTA activations in Mid-Wales (see Plynlimon and Drosgol activation reports) back in December 2015. Unfortunately the weather was looking even worse than the day before from the B&B! After a full English (or should that be Welsh?) breakfast I set off towards the summit of Pen Y Garn (GW/MW-004) ...

2m SOTA Summit to Summit Pileup Video 3

Filmed during a 2m VHF SOTA activation of Elidir Fawr (GW/NW-005) in the Snowdonia National Park. A flurry of Summit to summit (S2S) calls were received from fellow activators out on other SOTA summits. Captured using a head cam to give you a birdseye view of a SOTA activation. Time Call Band Mode Notes 12:02z ...

VHF SOTA Expedition in the Snowdonia National Park 6

VHF SOTA Expedition in the Snowdonia National Park
In April I finally finished a big project at work and had some time off to relax – the perfect break would be some walking in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Of course the first thing that usually happens when I start to relax is that I get a cold, annoyingly this happened ...

Download The VHF/UHF DX Book for free 5

Download The VHF/UHF DX Book for free
It’s not often an Amateur Radio book from the mid-90’s is still so highly respected and sought after. The VHF/UHF DX Book is one of these books if you’re into VHF/UHF DXing. Ever since getting licensed I have heard this book mentioned in hushed reverence as the definitive guide to DXing on the VHF/UHF bands. ...

SOTA Activation of Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010) 3

SOTA Activation of Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010)
Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010) was my second SOTA activation of the day and I arrived to find the whole area turned into some kind of building site. It transpires that they’re building a wind farm here and are in the process of clearing trees. Summit Factfile GW/SW-010 – Craig y Llyn – 600m, 4 points Latitude: 51 43 0 N, 3 35 0 W Grid Reference: SN 907032, QTH Locator: IO81FR Parking: Park in the forest entrance on the E side of the main road at SN923027 (CF44 9UF, N51:42:45, W3:34:15). Walk: 338ft of ascent in 1.33 miles. Easy summit – well defined track. Trig: TP2534 – Craig-Y-Llyn WAB: SN90 ...

New Years Eve SOTA Activation in Cornwall (Kit Hill G/DC-003) 4

New Years Eve SOTA Activation in Cornwall (Kit Hill G/DC-003)
As I was staying nearby in Dartmoor with the YL over New Years I decided to activate the SOTA summit of Kit Hill (G/DC-003) when the chance arouse. In the morning we had been walking on Dartmoor and towards the end we got a thorough drenching so we headed back to our holiday cottage and ...

SOTA Activation & Wild Camping (Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003) 5

SOTA Activation & Wild Camping (Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003)
Fan Brycineog – Wow! This activation was a real experience! I arrived at the base of Fan Brycheiniog at 11pm after activating another 4 summits in the area on the same day (13th August). I carried a large rucksack with everything I would need for the night and my 35 litre rucksack with radio equipment. I ...