So many rabbit holes, you’ll struggle to find ground

  • CQWW SSB Contest 2023

    CQWW SSB Contest 2023

    If ever there’s a time when the bands are busy, it’s the huge contest of CQWW. 12th in Scotland isn’t bad for 3.9 hours of operation. Least I don’t think so. Here’s my log summary ************************** Summary *************************** 94 Raw QSO before checking (does not include duplicates or missing exchanges) 93 Final QSO after checking…

  • One year on

    One year on

    The 7th December 2022 I passed my foundation exam online. My invigilator, Bob G0OCB, would also become my full exam invigilator. I had done the Essex ham foundation course in August/September but then put off the exam for a while. I actually only just passed, and probably should’ve just read the manual instead of doing…

  • Get a G in the UK

    Get a G in the UK

    If you pass your full licence today, you can apply online to get a M0 callsign but you can also apply and get any previously issued prefix. Well, nearly every one. However, it’s not entirely obvious how to do this. In fact, when I spoke to ofcom about reserving a call or putting a hold…

  • First attempts at LEO 🛰️

    First attempts at LEO 🛰️

    My previous attempt ended with just listening to the astronaut, and whilst fun, it wasn’t what I was actually meant to be doing. I’ve since read the manual and, mostly, figured out the D72. As the radio is quite old there is both lots of info online and also a lack of it, depending on…

  • Listening to Astronauts 👨‍🚀

    Listening to Astronauts 👨‍🚀

    A while ago I managed to pick up a Kenwood D72 from a SK sale for a good price. This is one of the few handhelds that do full duplex, and is also packed with features, including APRS and GPS. This makes it ideal for FM satellites. I recently picked up an Arrow II handheld…

  • A great day on 10

    A great day on 10

    If you’ve been paying any attention you would know propagation on 10m has been exceptional this past week or so. Given my shack relocation, I’ve been missing out on it…until today! I had some time around lunchtime and when I looked at the maximum usable frequency on this site, I was amazed to see the…

  • First on Five

    First on Five

    For a little while, the Matrix Radio group have been talking about a HF net at some stage. I think I offered to do something, but have yet to do so! Steve, M0XVT, raised that he joins a 60m net and we all thought that sounded like a good idea to try. We’d agreed to…

  • Live on Youtube

    Live on Youtube

    Was on the computer doing things and switched tabs to YouTube and I saw Callum, M0XXT, of DXCommander, doing a live stream on 40m. Thought I might as well give him a call. My antenna was unplugged, as it comes in through the window and now it’s getting chilly in the mornings, so I had…

  • A good evening on 15m

    A good evening on 15m

    For some reason, I tend to avoid trying out 15 meters, but yesterday I decided to give it a shot, and it went quite well. I began by experimenting with my 39.5-meter random wire antenna in the garden. It has excellent reception, and I could hear approximately 20 Japanese stations. However, when it came to…

  • QO-100 Build: Part 2 – The Hardware

    QO-100 Build: Part 2 – The Hardware

    I spent a while debating if I really wanted to build this. I knew the build would be fun, but would it be fun using it? I also knew it wasn’t cheap, and would I regret it once I was done? After a few weeks of thinking this whilst researching the build, I ended up…