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UKAC Round-up May 2012

May was a mixed month for the contests.

Andy, G4XKC suffered some set-backs, mainly weather related in his “campaign” being blown off the mountain top on more than one occasion, and having a beam antenna that just didn’t want to perform on 6m.

On 2m Ian, G7DWY finished 17th of 121 in the restricted section, making 62 contacts with best DX of M0HJO in Tintagel, Cornwall @ 397kms. Andy, G4XKC/P who was only on air for half the contest finished 20th of 41 in the low power section, working Gordon, GW6TEO in South Wales @ 301kms.

70cms is always difficult for Ian, G7DWY, with an aerial he describes as “rubbish”. Ian managed 34th of 76 in the restricted section, with ODX of David, GI4SNA in Lisburn @ 286km. On the other hand, Andy, G4XKC continues to excel on this band, finishing 7th of 35 entrants in the low power section. Andy’s best DX was also David, GI4SNA.

This was Ian, G7DWY’s second month contesting the restricted section of the 6m contest after a strategic switch from the open (high power) section to gain more club points. Finishing 10th of 66 in this section.

Based on the claimed scores as the results have not been released yet, on 4m, Ian, G7DWY is sitting 10th of 42 entrants. This contest benefitted from a nice bit of sporadic E at the beginning, so ODX was Leonardo, EA7KB @ 1873 kms.

If you are interested in having a go in a UKAC, or any other contest, there is lots of information on the RSGB contest committee website, or use our contact page and one of our contesters will be happy to assist.


70cms contest – 08 May 2012

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!

Sporadic “E” 2012 up and running!

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.

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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.

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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!

Club Meeting – 17-05-2012

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!


Kenwood unveil the new TS-990

Pre launch picture of the new TS990

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
Built-in Switching Power Supply
Built-in Antenna Tuner
Com port, USB A/B port and LAN Port

Meeting 03-05-2012 review

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.

Club Meetings

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

Congratulation due – Michael, M6LEV is now 2E0LEV

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.



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