An odd night here at G7DWY. Very slow to get going, and then steady with lots of fading and QSB. I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to complete with Gordon G8PNN up in IO95 squsre (only for the contact to be disallowed as I had 5/1 report in the log and Gordon gave me 4/1). Not my finest hour, I need to sort out my 70cms beam – at the moment it’s a lash up of bits from some old 17 element MET aerials!
At last! (they all cry) the sporadic “E” season appears to have started in earnest, with Es events happening on 50Mhz most days this week.
Openings have been getting up to these latitudes, with G7DWY working into Spain (EA) and Italy (I) during the last couple of days.
More southerly latitudes have benefited from multi-hop Es, or Es / TEP to work into South America and Africa.
If you want to know what is happening, there is no substitute for sitting at a radio and tuning up and down the band, but good information can be gleaned from DX clusters, and VHF chats such as ON4KST.
Going a stage further, though, Gabriel EA6VQ has created the “DXSherlock” website which shows a graphical representation of ionosonde data showing the MUF and Es clouds, also the site lists activity by band – well worth a look if you are a HF or VHF operator.
Working Es is simple – you don’t need big antennae or high power (though they can both help!) In 2011 I had a 10 minute conversation with a German station who was absolutely end stop with me, and only running 10w!
Have a listen out – you never know what you might hear!
One of our more “relaxed” meeting nights, this time. Ian, G4MLW, Russell, G0FOI and Mick, 2E0LEV will be practicing morse code from about 19:30 in the committee room.
The rest of the attending members usually meet in the bar and then move to the club room after 20:00. Andy, the Old Bank Club steward will point you in the right direction if you are coming for the first time.
The “radio shack” will be open for use by members, so listen out for G3SVC or G7CSV!
JVC KENWOOD Corporation is proud to announce that the prototype of a state-of-the-art Amateur transceiver scheduled for worldwide launch under the Kenwood brand in the winter of 2012 will be unveiled as a reference exhibit at Dayton Hamvention 2012 to be held in Dayton, Ohio, USA (May 18-20). It will also appear at events in Germany and Japan.
Featuring a dual TFT display and dual receiver, the TS-990 is a top-of-the-range flagship model in the Kenwood Amateur radio line-up.
Prior to the launch of the TS-990, a prototype will be displayed as a reference exhibit at Dayton Hamvention 2012 in Dayton, Ohio, USA (May 18-20), at HAM RADIO 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany (June 22-24), and at Ham Fair 2012 in Tokyo, Japan (August 25-26).
Please note that as this product is under development, published information is subject to change without notice. Basic specification is believed to include:
Output Power: 5W ~ 200W
Mode: SSB, CW, FSK, PSK, FM, AM
Built-in Switching Power Supply
Built-in Antenna Tuner
Com port, USB A/B port and LAN Port
In the first May meeting we viewed a presentation put together by Peter Day, G3PHO on the G7FEK multiband antenna. Trevor, G6XTZ has made one of these aerials, and his findings were much in line with the presentation, which can be found HERE.
Ian, G7DWY, brought a selection of aerial manufacturing components that he has purchased / had made for his forthcoming aerial upgrade, and also for the new club 2m beam, which is a design by Derek Hilleard – G4CQM.
Before the main meeting, the morse course continued, with Ian – G4MLW, Russell – G0FOI and Mick – 2E0LEV in attendance.
For further information about any up coming events, please check the website regularly, or contact the club secretary.
We meet on the FIRST and THIRD Thursdays of the month, at approximately 20:00, usually in the committee room of the Old Bank Club.
Please feel free to come down and join us.
Talks and meeting away from this schedule will be posted on this page
Recently, club member Michael Leveridge, M6LEV passed at the first attempt the intermediate license examination and has been granted the callsign 2E0LEV – CONGRATULATIONS, MICHAEL!
Michael’s intermediate examination and training, and the foundation examination and training that preceded it were facilitated through the club, with the help and co-operation of the Mirfield ATC, and we welcome any new prospective radio amateurs to follow Michael’s example and get in touch to see how we may be able to assist.
WELL DONE, MICK
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