Constructing an Ugly 1:1 RF Choke Balun 8

Constructing an Ugly 1:1 RF Choke Balun
While constructing my multi-band dipole it became apparent that an ‘Ugly Balun’ or to be more precise a 1:1 RF Choke balun would be needed. I’m cheap, so not wanting to pay for a commercial balun i decided to build my own. Why would this be needed? Well a dipole is a balanced antenna while ...

Top PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 2) 8

Top PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 2)
I originally wrote my Top 10 PSK31 Tips for Beginners post to help others overcome the hurdles i had to work out for myself. The blog post has proved quite popular, so i thought i’d continue with some additional tips i have learnt since writing the first post. I hope you find something useful here to improve your ...

Beginners Guide to PSK31 Macros 18

Beginners Guide to PSK31 Macros
PSK31 operating is all about the macros. These are pre-canned sets of common information that you need to send on a per QSO basis, these obviously save you from typing a lot and they do get a lot of use! Macros are also helpful for non-English speaking amateurs, as they just need to setup the ...

Beginners guide to amateur radio

Beginners guide to amateur radio
When my interest in amateur radio was reinvigorated last year, the first question i had was how do i go about getting started? My interest in amateur radio started as a child by listening to Short wave radio and straying into the amateur bands on single side band (SSB). At that point i didn’t have ...

Elecraft KX3 Portable Operation 3

Elecraft KX3 Portable Operation
I recently purchased and constructed the Elecraft KX3 Transceiver for portable operation. I specifically wanted this for SOTA (Summits on the Air) operation. I wanted to do a test run to make sure everything worked as expected, before i go and attempt to activate my first summit. The first test run was botched and saw me ...

London’s Best Street Art

London's Best Street Art
London is a rich vein of urban art awaiting anyone willing to explore its streets. From the back streets of Shoreditch to the walls of Alexandra Palace, there’s a rotating showcase of some of the best street art around. I pass through Alexandra Palace park twice a day, on my way to and from work, ...

Top 10 Tips for New Business Analysts 1

Top 10 Tips for New Business Analysts
If you’re reading this you may be either a new Business Analyst (BA), or looking for your first BA position. We were all at this stage once and could have benefited from some advice from someone already in the field. Below i outline my personal top 10 tips i would give to someone starting a ...

Maldives: Top 10 Interesting Facts

Maldives: Top 10 Interesting Facts
Back in November we went to the Maldives for a week of sunshine and relaxation. We visited Chaaya Island Dhonveli which is part of the North Male Attol. Before leaving i prepared a list of interesting facts to help my wife guess where we were going (it was a surprise holiday for her). I compiled this ...

2E0JCQ QSL Cards

2E0JCQ QSL Cards
I’ve recently had QSL cards printed up by fdsQSL.com and was impressed by the service and cost (£29 for 200 inc. postage). I asked for two QSL cards to be drafted and received the proofs from fdsQSL:     I found it really hard to choose between the two but in the end i felt the ...

Top 10 PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 1) 30

Top 10 PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 1)
Introduction I’ve recently got into the PSK31 data mode (as a new ham) and in a short while i have learnt a number of things that should prove useful to other amateur radio operators beginning with this facet of our hobby. So i thought i would share them here in the spirit of amateur radio. ...