Category Archives: Amateur radio

Do people complain you’re quiet on the repeater?

One of the biggest complaints on our local repeaters is that people are quiet with very low audio.  Often they’re using the cheap Chinese handheld wirelesses such as the Baofeng UV-5R or similar which have a reputation for being quiet. … Continue reading

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Installing a good quality TCXO into my Kenwood TS-590SG

Over the years as I’ve operated QRSS and WSPR, I’ve noticed that my original TS-590S and then the replacement TS-590SG have always been slightly off frequency and suffering from a little drift.  This frequency inaccuracy was barely 30Hz which seems … Continue reading

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Update on my 17m FT8 DXCC challenge

My last update on this challenge was back in October and I did very little towards it until the New Year.  Since the last time I posted about this, I’ve worked an extra 27 DXCC entities on 17m using just … Continue reading

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I’ve got my Special Contest Callsign back

In 2013 I was issued a Special Contest Callsign (SCC) and used it very successfully for a number of contests which you can see on my Contest results page.  Because I wasn’t active in the qualifying contests very much after … Continue reading

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QSO statistics for 2017

I’d just like to record my annual stats as extracted from ClubLog for 2017 As is normal for me, most of my QSOs were data.  The majority of those were RTTY although a fair few were using the new FT8 … Continue reading

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OK DX RTTY contest 2017

What a difference five years and nearly half of a solar cycle makes.  Last weekend I entered the OK DX RTTY contest and upon checking my log, I realised it’s been five years since I last operated in this contest. … Continue reading

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Building a Hendricks 41dB Step RF Attenuator

Two or three years ago I had a browser tab sitting open on the Hendricks 41dB Step RF Attenuator from Pacific Antenna/QRP Kits in California.  For some reason I never ordered one and when I finally remembered that I was … Continue reading

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