Category Archives: VHF

New aerials for VHF/UHF (2m/70cms) and 28MHz (10m)

Over the years I’ve used a few different VHF/UHF aerials here and the one I always found the best was my old Diamond X500.  I bought that when I still lived at home with my parents and it moved here with … Continue reading

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How to replace the noisy fan in an Icom ID-5100 with a much quieter one

I’m a happy owner of two Icom ID-5100 radios, one is mounted in the car and I use the other one in the shack on low power for working the local repeaters.  It doesn’t get much use but I’m monitoring GB3CL … Continue reading

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MB7UIV is back

A little history In January 2000 I started running the first licensed APRS Internet gateway in the UK originally with the callsign GB7UIV.  Within a week of experiments starting on the 26th January 2000, the gateway was on air and … Continue reading

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Setting up an APRS RX only iGate using a Raspberry Pi, RTL-SDR dongle and a pre-built image

After my previous post, it was suggested that an easier way to set up a receive only APRS iGate would be to provide a pre-built image which only needs slight tweaking to go live.  That seemed like a good idea to … Continue reading

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A guide to setting up an APRS receive only iGate using a Raspberry Pi and an RTL-SDR dongle

I originally bought a Raspberry Pi back in October 2012 but as I didn’t have a specific purpose in mind for it, I quickly sold it again.  A few months ago I decided to play around with a Pi again … Continue reading

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I’m not dead!

I know I’ve not updated this blog for some months but don’t panic, I’m not actually dead! Although I’ve not done much operating this year, I have still been playing radio.  I’ve been melting a lot of solder building WSPR … Continue reading

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Not a very good night at the Martello Tower

Last night was the April 144MHz RSGB UKAC contest and as usual we were at the Martello Tower to take part. Things started off slowly with only 15 stations or so worked in the first half an hour with just … Continue reading

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