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Ultimate 3 S – part 2 – drifting a bit

January 18, 2016 - 9:16 am

I let the U3s run last night with the first LPF relay board installed (6 bands only) and hopping in sequence from 80m to 10m just to see what can happen. I’m still learning the device, she is not a trivial little kit! I added a CW ID as the last transmission. Anyways to my…

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Ultimate 3 S – part 1

January 11, 2016 - 7:52 pm

My latest baby! I will write the full story in a few installments, from the back to the front so to speak, in other words I’ll show you the final result first before going back and showing pictures of the construction and so on. Of course I’m talking about my Hans Summers Ultimate 3S beacon…

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WSPRing is addictive

November 5, 2015 - 8:29 am

Like the mermaid calling the sailor, this mode called WSPR seems to be calling me back every time. Circumstances pushed me out of the house into my new outside semi-underground shack which made me QRT for a while while I was painting and renovating, but the first thing I did (after making the few compulsary…

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Falklands is a mere WSPR away

June 8, 2015 - 10:55 am

The last thing I did last night was to make peace between my laptop, my Flex-1500 SDR, and the various VAC and VSP drivers and whatever else was struggling to co-exist in the apparently too small memory of my Windows 7 computer. So can you imagine the delightful surprise I got this morning: I switched…

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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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Getting my Yaesu FT-857D on the new 60 meter bands

September 25, 2014 - 8:20 am

I purchased my Yaesu FT-857 a few years ago, way way before the new 5MHz (60 meter) allocation was available to hams, so it wasn’t a consideration then. However things have changed and last weekend the SARL organised a whole weekend’s worth of playing on the new frequencies. Oh what is a man to do…

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A Buyers Guide to the FT-817ND and X1M

February 10, 2014 - 12:26 pm

So, you want to know about my X1M? Why I bought it? Actually, I wish I could tell you any bad news, and yes there are some annoyances, but generally speaking for the price I paid I have a very good radio. Do you mind if I tell you some background? I have a Yaesu…

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WSPR is open on 10 meters

January 10, 2014 - 5:07 pm

I am as excited as a child in a toy shop! My favourite band is 10 meters and on my recently set-up WSPR station I am hitting anywhere from 5 to 9 stations across the grayline. That is the coolest thing! My station is as follows: Radio: A Chinese Xiego X1M Platinum (puts out 5…

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Going Digital with G4ZLP DigiMaster Pro3

November 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

The next critical piece in my quest to become completely QRP-Portable arrived on Friday afternoon. No sooner did I arrive home than I ripped open the box, ignored the instructions, and promptly proceeded to connect and use my new sound card and CAT interface – a DigiMaster Pro3 from G4ZLP. Happiness knows no boundaries! Now…

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