Wendover Woods – A Tale of Two SOTA Activation Locations

Wendover Woods - A Tale of Two SOTA Activation Locations
Last Friday i activated the SOTA summit of Wendover Woods for the second time, but this time from a different activation location than my previous activation. I chose to walk to the summit from the nearby village of Tring (easily reached by car and train from London Euston), I followed a walk from the Walking ...

SOTA Activation and a Military Base – Serra de Foia (CT/AL-001)

SOTA Activation and a Military Base - Serra de Foia (CT/AL-001)
I recently went on holiday to the Algarve region of Portugal, while here i wanted to complete my 2014 objective of operating abroad, which is one of my new privileges as an M0. I also harbored ideas of activating a SOTA summit while in the region, this was very much secondary as i was with ...

SOTA Activation of Wendover Woods

SOTA Activation of Wendover Woods
I finally did it! I’ve had the idea of activating a SOTA summit for some time now, but like lots of ideas they sometimes take a while to come to fruition! This was one of my amateur radio targets for 2014 so i decided to bite the bullet and do it. I activated my first ...

Building the RSGB PSK31 20m Centenary Kit

Building the RSGB PSK31 20m Centenary Kit
The RSGB PSK31 Centenary Receiver kit was released to celebrate the RSGB’s 100th year centenary and to encourage construction and interest in amateur radio. These kits have been constructed in schools and are proving popular in buildathons. The kit is a relatively simple (but effective) PSK31 receiver which you can connect to your computer, Raspberry ...

Why Bother with eQSLs? 3

Why Bother with eQSLs?
eQSL cards… these tend to stir up quite a few emotions in amateurs, some love them, some hate them. This post will look at the advantages and disadvantages of eQSl cards so you can make your own mind up. First of all my experience of eQSL cards has been positive and inescapable. As a datamode ...

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 ...

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2014 3

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2014
This year i wanted to set some targets around my amateur radio activities and as a new ham there’s plenty of them. I was inspired to do this by G7AGI’s blog post outlining his plans for 2014, it just took me a month to write my own! I intend to blog around each of these ...

Desk Stand for Elecraft KX3

Desk Stand for Elecraft KX3
I’ve had the Elecraft KX3 for a while now and the one accessory i needed (forgetting the long delayed 2m module) was a stand. I wanted a stand for more comfortable operation in both the shack and while out working portable. While here in England we’re in the depths of winter i usually start  thinking ...

Power Supply Connectors for Ham Gear

Power Supply Connectors for Ham Gear
When i first became a ham one of the mysteries of the hobby was how to properly connect the bare wire transceiver power leads to the Power Supply Unit (PSU). This wasn’t something that was covered by the foundation license and was just assumed knowledge. Embarrassingly i initially just wrapped the power leads around the ...

How to Give Useful PSK31 Signal Reports 2

How to Give Useful PSK31 Signal Reports
While using the PSK31 mode you often see people giving signal reports using the RST method (Readability, Strength, Tone). This was originally devised for Morse Code use, but has also widely been used for other modes like SSB (where Tone is dropped). Naturally many operators come from CW and SSB backgrounds when getting into data ...