Installing the Elecraft KX3 2m Module 4

Installing the Elecraft KX3 2m Module
I’d lusted after the 2m module for my Elecraft KX3 for some time now and finally succumbed after good reports from Michael (G0POT). I wanted the transverter for two main reasons; one for VHF SOTA activations and two for 2m contests. The receive performance on the Elecraft KX3 blows my Yaesu 857 and 817 out ...

SOTA Activation of Ysgyryd Fawr (GW/SW-016) 2

SOTA Activation of Ysgyryd Fawr (GW/SW-016)
I drove to this summit on the 22nd of March from my previous SOTA activation that day at Black Mountain. This was my fifth and final SOTA activation of the weekend before driving home to Hertfordshire. Now the first thing about this summit is the name: Ysgyryd Fawr… how do you even begin to pronounce that? ...

SOTA Activation in the Dark: Mynydd Llangorse (GW/SW-015) 2

SOTA Activation in the Dark: Mynydd Llangorse (GW/SW-015)
This was my 3rd and final summit that I activated on the 21st of March… which was a good job as I started the ascent at dusk! After descending from Mynydd Troed (GW/SW-009) I reached the car park and started walking up the other side to this summit. The ascent up looked easy and quick, however ...

SOTA Activation of Black Mountain (GW/SW-041)

SOTA Activation of Black Mountain (GW/SW-041)
On the 22nd of March I woke up at my cosy B&B after activating 3 summits the day before. I had a full Welsh breakfast and planned my two summits for the day before driving home. First up was the Black Mountain (GW/SW-041) which offered 6 points + 3 winter bonus points. The drive here ...

SOTA Activation of Mynydd Troed (GW/SW-009)

SOTA Activation of Mynydd Troed (GW/SW-009)
I activated Mynydd Troed (also WAB TP) after Waun Fach on the 21st March and it was my second of three summits that day. I drove here from Waun Fach (GW/SW-001) which took about 20 minutes. My 3rd and final summit was the neighbouring Mynydd Llangorse (GW/SW-015). Both of these summits are right next to each other ...

SOTA Activation of a Bog – Waun Fach (GW/SW-002)

SOTA Activation of a Bog - Waun Fach (GW/SW-002)
On Saturday the 21st of March I got up early and drove to Wales for a weekend of SOTA and walking in the Welsh Hills. My first stop was the summit of Waun Fach (GW/SW-002) which is 811m ASL and worth 8 SOTA points. I parked at the base of the hill just past a ...

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest 4

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest
Some people have requested the 6m Tonna manual – I have uploaded scans of what I have (page 1, page 2, assembly diagram) – sorry about the quality but the print I have is a photocopy already! Last night I tested my new 5 element Tonna Yagi for the 6m band. I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m ...

RSGB 2m Backpackers Contest (17th May 2015) 2

RSGB 2m Backpackers Contest (17th May 2015)
One of my amateur radio targets for 2015 is to get involved with VHF, to this end I entered the RSGB 2m Backpackers contest. Michael (G0POT) first let me know about this contest and thought I would appreciate it being into “backpack radio” and QRP. So far this year I have been mostly pursuing 6m and ...

SOTA Activation on Top of a Welsh Coal Mine (GW/SW-012)

SOTA Activation on Top of a Welsh Coal Mine (GW/SW-012)
As part of my XYL’s birthday we visited the Brecon Beacons for a weekend of walking. While here I activated two SOTA summits, the first being Sugar Loaf Mountain (GW/SW-011 – see my write up), the second Coity Mountain (GW/SW-012), this being completely unplanned, but a pleasant surprise at 2 points plus 3 winter bonus ...

SOTA Activation of Montaña Blanca (EA8/LA-005)

SOTA Activation of Montaña Blanca (EA8/LA-005)
After arriving at Lanzarote airport and hiring a car, I made a beeline for this summit. I arrived pretty quickly from the airport (15 minute drive) and parked near a farm at the base of the summit. The summit gets its name due to its white rock which is quite unusual on this volcanic island, where most ...