There was a big opening to the Caribbean tonight, nothing new for me but at one point NP4A in Puerto Rico was actually hitting the end stop on the S meter – really! After hearing him for well over an hour (by which time he was only peaking S9) I made this recording.
G4NOK will be active as GJ4NOK on 4m from the 5-8th July 2013 from La Moye in Jersey, Locator IN89VE. We will be QRV on CW, SSB and FSK441 for up to 8hrs on the 5th and 8th and 16-18 hrs on the 6th and 7th July. The site is excellent towards the UK so many of the UK operators should be able to work us on tropo. The activity also coincides with VHF National Field Day so we are sure to be in demand.
Operators are Robert M0RCX, Mick M6MWP and myself Conrad G0RUZ.
Jersey Amateur Radio Society have very kindly given us permission to operate 4m from their very well located shack at La Moye, IN89VE. I have operated on 2m eme, ms and tropo from this location in 2002 and it is an excellent site with sea path to much of Europe.
We have decided to use the club call rather than our individual calls to promote the co-operation between the 2 clubs, both of whom are RSGB members. We hope to have an article about the trip published.
I have advertised the dxpedition on the excellent make more miles on VHF and the 4m forum.
Like a car manufacturer keeping their new designs under wraps until release date, NWRC has seen a few changes this week of which I am not going to publish but let you see for yourself on your next visit to the club.
In essence the possibility of SDR may well be greatly achievable within our budget if we purchase a used system .
Flex have had a bit of hype but the reviews on the Flex 3000 are quite impressive. Unfortunately we missed out on one at a steal of a price but we are keeping our eyes peeled and they seem to be more available in the UK than Apache Labs .
Use this link to see the Flex in action.
Conrad seems to have sorted the resolution of the wall display now and it’s looking much better. We were using it today to keep an eye on spots as we did some cabling work at the HF station.
We are keen to get our members hands on training and involvement with the club. In the past it has always been a bit of a sit and have a chat club but we would like to change that and encourage members of all levels and experience to share in the club experience.
Some good team working today with a fast black express delivery of some plugs from LAMS and Conrad and Mick sorting out the second HF Amplifier. It’s a loan unit and an Ameritron A811. Its assigned to HF whilst the new 6/4 dual band amplifier is under construction and the Acom is in use on the 6m station.
It works and rather well I am lead to believe although I wasn’t there to see it as i was demoted to lawnmower man and had the job of stimming back the nettles to create a non stingy pathway to HF and VHF towers.
Some automation of antennas has also taken place but how and what will be revealed on your next visit.
This Thursday I would like the HF Radio on and new members take turn to call CQ and get a few contacts under their belt. We will be there to guide you on logging and operating and assisting with any questions you have.