Designing a satellite station for the home QTH

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 ...

GoPro SOTA Video from Y Garn (GW/NW-004) 5

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 ...