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

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. ...

What Does the Average PSK31 Contact Look Like? 4

What Does the Average PSK31 Contact Look Like?
 When i first started transmitting using PSK31 i struggled to find any web page advising me on how the average PSK31 QSO went down. I hope to address this here and help any other amateurs who may not know where to start. This template assumes that a standard “rubber stamp” QSO is taking place and ...

Getting my Intermediate Amateur Radio License 1

Getting my Intermediate Amateur Radio License
 Following on from getting my foundation amateur radio license in January i wanted to continue my learning and go for the Intermediate license. I took the exam on the 2nd March and passed pretty well with a score of 41/45. I’m now the proud owner of the call sign 2E0JCQ. Below i’ve outlined what’s involved ...

Getting my Foundation Amateur Radio Licence 4

Getting my Foundation Amateur Radio Licence
Last weekend i attended a Foundation Amateur Radio course held by Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society (LEFARS) and i’m now the proud owner of the call sign M6JCQ. The course was condensed over two days followed by an exam at the end on Sunday. After which you can broadcast on the amateur bands (assuming ...

Germany: Ten Christmas Differences

Germany: Ten Christmas Differences
The following is a list of the observations i’ve made while visiting Munich at Christmas over the years. This list is not conclusive and may vary between the different areas in Germany, but it represents my experiences to date. Frohe Weihnachten! 1. Christmas Day is not Christmas Day! The biggest shock i encountered on my first ...