Monthly Archives: September 2011

Assembling a Cushcraft MA5B and finishing the second Alimast section

Some time ago I bought a second hand but never assembled Cushcraft MA5B and yesterday I collected it with the plan to get the aerial all built and ready to go.  It’s a couple of years old so it comes from the time … Continue reading

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Band conditions – wallop, what happened there?

Today is Saturday. I woke up and got up around 08:00, at 08:15 I was on the wireless giving away a few points in the CQWW RTTY contest.  I only operated S&P and in 45 minutes I’d worked 25 stations … Continue reading

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Days 246 to 255

To get me back up to date, I’m going to do a couple of big updates and because each one will cover around ten days it’s going to be a log extract in the form of a list as I … Continue reading

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Assembling a section of Alimast

In my last update, the final image shows a single section of Alimast standing on the concrete.  I bought four sections of Alimast from Aerial-Parts of Colchester, each being 2.5m long for a total of 10m (33ft).  These four sections … Continue reading

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The next stage of the new mast – Mounting the pivot pins in concrete

My new Alimast from Aerial-Parts of Colchester tilts over using a pivot system and so the ground anchor consists of two pivot pins mounted in the ground.  These two pins have been linked together for ease of securing in concrete … Continue reading

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Building a Nixie Clock

A week or so I was inspired by a post on a forum I frequent to build a nixie clock.  If you don’t know what a nixie tube is, the best way for me to explain it is to reproduce … Continue reading

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Days 243, 244 and 245 – Late night data

These days were while I was still on holiday and as tends to happen when I’m not at work, I become slightly nocturnal.  On one day in particular I went to bed, really couldn’t sleep and ended up getting up, … Continue reading

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