Hello, and thank you for stopping by my page.
I suddenly felt the urge to get back into radio early in 2014; my original experience being with CB some 30 years previously.
I bought myself a Baofeng, joined the Rochdale and District Amateur Radio Society (RADARS), and took it from there.
I passed my Foundation exam on the 16th of July 2014, with my licence arriving on the 24th of July 2014.
I passed my Intermediate exam on the 22nd of October 2014, with my licence arriving on the 31st of October 2014.
I passed my Advanced exam on the 29th of January 2015, with my licence arriving on the 6th of February 2015.
My current equipment is:-
DV4Mini dongle, run from a Linx 7 Windows 10 tablet
Ultimate3S Beacon with GPS board
Foxx3 (40m) in the customary/obligatory Altoids tin
The Bits in Between
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, running fldigi and WSPR. My Monitor is a very excellent BenQ GL2250
Signalink USB Interface
Avair AV-601 SWR and Power Meter
MFJ-929 Automatic Antenna Tuner
MFJ-4712 Remote Antenna Switch
HF - Comet H422 in the V position, about 5m off the ground.
HF - Random wire for HF, approx 14m long and 4m off the ground.
VHF/UHF - Diamond X50, which is mounted just above the apex of the roof at the back of the house.
For mobile use I started with a Midland NR-770S on a Sirio MAG 125 PL mag mount. Once I was satisfied that the mag mount was suitable I swapped the antenna for a Sharman NR-770R. This was about half the price of the Diamond, and does function very well. My only gripe being that the grub screws quickly rusted. This, however, is a cheap fix by simply swapping them out for stainless steel ones.
I have since updated the magmount for a Diamond K-400 boot mount.
The desk is from Argos, and the shelf section is the Billy Book Case extension from Ikea.
Foxx 3 40m CW Transceiver
This is a kit from Kanga Products, which I recently built just to keep my hand in at construction.
Eclipse - 20th March 2015
Managed to take this picture just before "totality". Cloud cover was enough to reduce the brightness to the point it didn't bleed the image out.
RADARS Club Net
Every Friday, from 20:00 onwards, on: 7.0950, 28.5500, 145.3875
Come and say hello.
CQ Zone : 14
ITU Zone : 27
IOTA : EU005
WAB : SD71
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