Author: gm5alx

  • Grid square chasing with GridTracker

    Grid square chasing with GridTracker

    Shortly after getting on the air with my Xiegu G90, I became intrigued by FT8. After some initial experimentation, I managed to set it up and began making QSOs. Initially, I was thrilled to hear stations from all over the world – Australia, Japan, South America, and various other places. At first, I believed I…

  • What to do

    It’s both a blessing and a curse that amateur radio has so many different facets and parts…I can’t even begin to list them all: antennas, operating frequencies, circuitry, radios, modes of operation, amplifiers, structures, networks, digital, analog, moon bounce, competitions, prizes, collecting, … and even each of those sections has subsections or intersections of sections…

  • QO-100 Build: Part 1 – The Design

    QO-100 Build: Part 1 – The Design

    I think I first heard about QO-100 when looking at a local amateur’s QRZ page. He’d setup a couple of satellite dishes in his garden and had his QO-100 DX Club logo on his profile page, along with some other links. That started me down the rabbit hole. 🐇🛰️ Briefly, and there’s more details here,…

  • Portable ops in the Cairngorms

    Portable ops in the Cairngorms

    My first radio was the Xiegu G90, and when I bought my Yaesu FT-DX10 I decided I’d keep the G90 for portable operations. It’s pretty small, 20W, and I already have it and know how it works. With a few days planned to stay near Aviemore in the summer holidays I thought it was the…

  • Hello world! 📻

    Hello world! 📻

    I’ve decided to make a dedicated amateur radio blog. Partially, so I can run WordPress and (in theory) this will mean I make more posts as it’s easier than my current static site blog. I hope to record contacts I make, things I build, antennas I try out, and generally anything related to amateur radio.…