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Measuring the QRPp’s Isn’t Easy

February 9, 2016 - 9:32 am

Interesting how a development in one area of this hobby can force a sudden change of direction to explore some new areas. I’ve been happily experimenting with my Hans Summers Ultimate 3S kit when I realised that I could band-hop and get a picture of propagation conditions updated every 30 minutes or so. Cool idea.…

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Tarheel Antenna Controller

April 8, 2015 - 1:20 pm

I have lately been taking some family holidays at the coast and this presented me with the ideal opportunity to play with portable and/or mobile antennas. Initially I used a standard 108″ whip antenna, tuned with a tuner. I bolted it to my towbar with a custom bracket. It kind-of works but deep inside I…

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Mobile in Hibberdene KF59gk

October 15, 2014 - 7:39 am

I had the privilege to go on holiday for a few days to the coast, staying in a lovely woodenframe cottage with my dogs for 4 days. My wife allowed me to pack a small radio, and so on the Saturday I managed to catch a few contacts with my new/old (that’s another story!) IC-703,…

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VHF/UHF Mobile in the Mobile

November 6, 2013 - 11:35 am

I must be more careful, Sam does it again! So I walk into Radio Accesories innocently, just wanting to say Hi to Sam and Bertrand and check up on things. For some reason the conversation drifts to the new special that he is running for the new hams that just passed their RAE exams –…

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Homebrew Vertical Antenna

September 1, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Are you like me and most other Hams, where your needs far exceed your budget? Where your have-to-haves stretches far further than your pocket money? And on top of that, if you are inquisitive and like experimenting like I do, the shortage of money really hurts. Now please understand what I am saying: I have…

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Fix Any Antenna

July 29, 2013 - 7:34 am

The ultimate solution to HIGH SWR! Just use a can of this spray and all your problems will disappear! I couldn’t help but smile and re-post this picture. I have no idea who the original author is, and I will fully acknowledge him/her if they let me know. I saw the picture for the first…

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A View From The River

July 16, 2013 - 11:36 am

Well, I had to do this: Take a picture of my back wall, to explain how bad my QTH is located. In this view I am looking at the back walls of my neighbours 2 or 3 houses up. The river is on the right, and the power line on my left. The red arrow…

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Sprouting a 2m Sprig

July 10, 2013 - 12:26 pm

So, another sprout is springing up! This latest picture taken late on Friday afternoon, minutes after installation, shows my somewhat unsuccessful attempt to work VHF/UHF from my QTH. It is a 2m vertical (Diamond CP22E) that has 2 x 5/8 elements on top of each other. It claims a gain of 6.5dB and I must…

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TopTV and DSTV

April 25, 2013 - 8:24 am

Picture of Thulani on the roof again. Useful to have a spannerboy when things drop to the ground. Anyways, to his left (picture right) is my newly installed, rusted and bent, 90cm dish pointing to SES-5 (also known as the TopTV satellite). What a mission to get it going! No, not the holes in the…

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My MagLoop so far

April 7, 2013 - 11:07 am

Well, if you have been following my other posts you will know that I live next to a monster of a power line servitude, less than 40 meters away from my shack. And 40 meters high. On my favourite HF band the noise levels almost hurt your ears. Something had to be done. I tried…

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