The 6M and 4M bands are my main interest, which is probably crazy because my QTH is in the worst VHF location, being in a valley bottom just 15M above sea level. For this reason, I concentrate mainly on Meteor Scatter, using the software written by K1JT and his team. My QTH is a few hundred yards from the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a quarter of a mile from the sea. The main advantage of living out in the ‘sticks’ is the low level of locally generated noise. This means that I often hear a station better than he hears me, even if I run higher power, which can be frustrating – but I love a challenge. My antenna is a home-brew five element dual band Quad at about twenty feet.
My Homebrew 6M/4M Linear Amp
Another interest which I enjoy is astrophotography - very therapeutic. The lack of big city light pollution makes this is a good dark-sky site. When it's not raining, the clear skies are excellent. I've attached a few of my recent pics, which I will update from time to time.
Jupiter 22 April 2017
M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy 30 million light years 22 March 2017
M63 The Sunflower Galaxy 27 million light years 26 March 2017
M81 Bodes Nebula & M82 Cigar Galaxy 12 March 2017
M101 Pinwheel Galaxy 21 million light years 25 March 2017
M81 Bodes Nebula in Ursa Major. 12 million light years distant. 5 Feb 2017
Edge-on spiral galaxy NGC891. 30 million light years distant. 20 Jan 2017
Andromeda Galaxy M31 with satellite galaxies M32 and M110. 2 Jan 2017
At 2.5 million light years distant, it is just visible as a fuzzy patch on a good clear night, making it the most distant object visible to the naked eye.
Orion Nebula M42. 1,350 light years distant. 28 Dec 2016
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