Fixing the Elecraft KX3 High SWR Issue 2

Fixing the Elecraft KX3 High SWR Issue
A couple of months ago I installed the 2m Module into my Elecraft KX3 and after the install everything worked as expected, that was until I arrived at a SOTA summit only to find a really high SWR on all of the HF bands. On 40M the SWR was crazy at 99.9-1 and slightly better ...

Installing the Elecraft KX3 2m Module 9

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 ...

Death Defying SOTA Activation of Guajara (EA8/TF-002)

Death Defying SOTA Activation of Guajara (EA8/TF-002)
On the 18th of January I activated Tenerife’s second SOTA summit of Guajara (EA8/TF-002, 10 points + 3 winter bonus points) which is 2,715m above sea level. This is quite a height difference when you start from sea level! The drive up, from my hotel near Los Cristianos, was beautiful and obviously all up hill. ...

SOTA Activation of Pico Bejenado (EA8/LP-003) 10

SOTA Activation of Pico Bejenado (EA8/LP-003)
This was to be my third and final activation on La Palma and with this being the third 10 pointer in the last three days my legs were a little sore! Some key facts about the activation: Date 15/01/15 Walking Time: 2.5 hours up Band: 20m, 17m, 15m & 10m QSOs: 105! Points: 10+3 Height: ...

QRPp Experiments with 100mW SSB on 40m 7

QRPp Experiments with 100mW SSB on 40m
Yesterday I was up at the SOTA summit of Wendover Woods for a night time activation, despite the cold it was very interesting. I made 44 QSO’s in total including some very enjoyable rag chews. After finishing a QSO with Michael G0POT, Tony 2E0TSA/P was waiting. He was one of the few other people crazy ...

SOTA Activation of Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006) 1

SOTA Activation of Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006)
On Friday night the station manager announced that she was intending to go running in the South Downs, with a running club in the Brighton area on Saturday, thinking quickly I recalled seeing some SOTA summits down that way. A few minutes later I’d checked and Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006) was about a 1.5 hour walk ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...