Month: June 2011

Days 160, 161 and 162 – VK on 20m RTTY

Day #160 was another one where I only had a limited amount of time to play radio in the evening and so I had just two QSOs – I worked 9A8DX, Darko on 40m and then DF9DD, Eckhard using RTTY on the same band. Day #161 saw some good Sporadic E conditions on both 6m […]

IARU Region 1 VHF Contest 2010 results

The results of the IARU Region 1 VHF contest from September 2010 have finally been published.  As an entrant to the RSGB 144MHz Trophy I was automatically entered to this one and I’ve been quite keen to see the results for some time as it was the first time I’ve done the full 24 hour […]

Days 157, 158 and 159 – QSL cards from the bureau

All three of these days were very busy for me and so I managed just two QSOs on each day but that’s one more than I’ve said I’ll do and I’m still very happy to be playing radio every day. On day #157 I decided to have a shout on 2m for a change and […]

Days 154, 155 and 156 – Morse code!

I started off day #154 by having three QSOs on 6m, I worked SM5P, Jan, OZ1AXG, Flem and IS0BSR/P, Marco.  Conditions were clearly good as all three of these were via Sporadic E and all were using a home made dipole in my loft. It looks as though it’s right against the side of the […]

Building a 40m (7MHz) horizontal delta loop

My 40m loop installation

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading about different options for wire HF aerials and one kept coming back into my head as being something I could easily try at this QTH – A full wavelength horizontal ‘delta’ loop for 40m.  My garden is the right sort of size […]

Days 151, 152 and 153 – QSOs with the 40m loop

I’ve not had much time available at all this week to play radio and hence all the contacts have been fairly quick affairs and all on 40m using the loop I put up at the weekend. On day #151 I worked M5AFD, Dave in Shrewsbury followed by GI4GOL, Gerry in Belfast and then DL1BI, Andi […]

Review – May

May started off with the last few days of the special ‘R’ prefix for the Royal Wedding and so although I had over 300 contacts this month, it’s my lowest month for QSL cards sent because I’ve not done those for GR6NHU yet.  Here are my statistics for the month. QSOs made: 339 Running QSO […]

Days 148, 149 and 150 – A horizontal loop for 40m.

To start day #148 I spoke to Kari, OH6IO on 10m and then moved over to 40m to work M5STC, Steve in Rotherham, G0TRB/P, Roger at Tamworth Castle and GB5GEO, Wayne in Merthyr Tydfil.  This was the same day we’d tried to run GB4MTG so I really struggled to have any QSOs in the evening. […]