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 ...

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)
On Tuesday night I took part in another RSGB 6m UKAC contest, this being my 3rd 6m contest and is part of my 2015 amateur radio target of using VHF more. Having just started a new job I didn’t have any time to prepare myself for the contest and as has become the custom in ...

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15
As part of My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015 I vowed to make more use of the VHF bands, to this end I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m contest yesterday evening. I entered into the AL – Low Power section (limited to 10w) as I like QRP and am a sucker for punishment. I took ...

Operating GB3RS from Bletchley Park

Operating GB3RS from Bletchley Park
On Friday I was in Bletchley to pick up a new car in the morning and decided to drop into Bletchley Park on the way back, the home of the WWII Enigma Code Breakers and the birth place of computing. The RSGB have their National Radio Centre within the park, which is a great place ...

Advanced License: From Zero to M0 in One Year 43

Advanced License: From Zero to M0 in One Year
My challenge was clear: to complete all three UK amateur radio exams and obtain my full license in a single year. I naively underestimated the amount of work involved! In the UK we have a tiered amateur radio license structure (Foundation (read more), Intermediate (read more), Advanced), all new amateurs have to go through this ...

Studying for the Advanced Amateur Radio License: Distance Learning 18

Studying for the Advanced Amateur Radio License: Distance Learning
Bath & District Amateur Radio Club (BADARC) offer a distance learning course for the Advanced Amateur Radio exam. I started this course back in July, just after passing my intermediate exam. I wanted to move to the final stage and get my full license, but i didn’t feel confident in revising from the book alone. ...

Amateur Radio and Digital TV RFI 2

Amateur Radio and Digital TV RFI
I was recently talking to a neighbour and he asked casually if we were experiencing any loss of signal with our digital Freeview TV reception. I said we had (the XYL had mentioned it) and he went on to say that he had received a leaflet through the post saying TV reception may suffer due ...

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 ...

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 ...