Month: June 2012

I’m without an HF aerial again after melting the G3TXQ Hexbeam

Last weekend was the Ukrainian DX Digi contest and I intended to run for a while but not make a serious entry, I’d decided to do a single band for a few hours.  The contest started at 13:00 local time and I kicked off using PSK63 which turned out to be a good choice because […]

BBQ on the Martello Tower – How to start a fire the ‘Yan’ way

It’s been a couple of years since we last had a BBQ on top of the Martello Tower so last night was time to correct that.  Tuesday is our club meeting night and we decided to have a BBQ and do some repair work on the 10m vertical. It took quite a while to get […]

This is what happens when one doesn’t have a full address on

For various reasons I don’t have my full address showing openly on but it’s there in the form of a QR code.  I’m also QTHR in any callbook. Luckily Royal Mail and the Post Office are on the ball. This arrived today. That’s the second QSL card I’ve had delivered with that ‘address’ on […]

I’ve been on HF for two years exactly

It was while we were setting up for the 144MHz May contest back on the 15th May 2010 that Tony, G0MBA mentioned he had an FT-847 for sale because he’d replaced it with a TS-2000.  Without worrying too much where I’d scrape the cash from, I said I’d have it to replace my ageing FT-736 […]

Statistics – May 2012

What a great month May was – A nice number of QSOs, the most DXCCs I’ve worked in a single month ever and a decent amount of new entities including Yemen, The Philippines, Mauritania, Jamaica and Bhutan.  I also worked South Shetland Islands for my first QSO into Antarctica. QSOs made: 801 DXCC entities worked: 117 […]