Monthly Archives: February 2011

MKARS80 – Everything from bag two is fitted

The MKARS80 kit comes with all the parts in a number of bags, the previous blog post about it was when I’d completed bag number one and now spent some time fitting all the components from bag number two.  I … Continue reading

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Days 41 and 42 – A QSO on a new band

Day #41 saw just one QSO, that was with Andre, HB9HLM in Switzerland on 80m. On day #42 though I started off quite early and had a nice conversation with Rainer, DJ8CL on 40m.  We spoke for about fifteen minutes … Continue reading

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Uzu in Ammeland

Uzu in Ammeland (Who’s who in Ham land) I first saw this published around thirty years ago and it probably needs a little explanation nowadays.  There were no ‘M’ callsigns, no ‘2E’ callsigns and UK radio amateurs consisted of G2s, … Continue reading

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Days 38, 39 and 40 – How bad can 80m be?

Day #38 started off well. It was the second round of the RSGB SSB 80m Club Championship and I’d planned on operating for the 90 minutes and attempting to beat my score of 30 QSOs from last month.  In order … Continue reading

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MKARS80 – All the resistors are in

Inspired by listening to a couple of episodes of the Soldersmoke podcast, specifically Soldersmoke #130 I decided to ‘melt some solder’ this evening and pulled my MKARS80 kit back off of the shelf.  I was given this as a Christmas … Continue reading

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Radio improvements – Tweaking things to make them better

I like things to work well. I like to tweak the best possible performance out of equipment and as such I’ll look into what I can do to make things better and do it. I’m not counting my current HF … Continue reading

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Days 35, 36 and 37 – A great ‘radio’ weekend

Day #35 was Friday and after work I had a quick word with Andy, IZ1MHQ on 40m.  Later that evening I had a tune around on 80m and heard a really strong signal coming from HE3OM in Switzerland.  It was … Continue reading

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