Saturday, July 19, 2014

HFI gates QRT

I have taken down my HFAPRS gates. The reason is they all use my MFJ magnetic loop antenna. At this time of the year it needs constant retuning due to temperature variations in the loft. So it is not practical to use it when I can not be in the shack to tweak the turning .

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ultimate U3 beacon


It is here already.
Thank you very much, Konstantinos .
Now, all I have to do to find the yahoo group and sutable power suply.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Sporadic E

2014 Es is gettig ander way. I will be keeping an eye on 6m and 10m bands. Now is the time for WSPR. This requires a computer. I've  managed to get the WSPR software running on the shack computer using Windows remote desctop which allow me to see whole screen on the laptop. This is more useful than I expexted. Olga discovered the shack computer keyboard is broken. It prints one letter from the next column. The funny thing is I sought it was my brain broken not the computer.
I had hoped to be using one of Hans Summers Ultimate kits I purchased several weeks ago. But I think it is beyond my ability to buibd this. Shame there isn't a bild and tested version.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shack in a bed


The Elekraft KX3 has become my shack in the bed. It is connected to the antenna using 10 m cable from eBay. Olga takes radio upstairs to charge batteries. I wish the charger had a tricle charge so we could leave radio connected to power continuously.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Better buy local

My WOUXAN KGUV8D handheld radio with faulty keypad  just returned from a quick trip to ML&S. Which expierience convinsed me of the wisdom of buying chinese radios from UK dealer. Whithin couple of hours of calling them ML&S had arranged UPS carrier to collect the radio to take it for exchange. No making costomer pay return postage (other dealers please note). Next day the radio was on its way back to us. Next day it has arrived. Imagine the trouble I would have returning it to seller in Hong Kong. No more buying radios on eBay for me!