Robert M0RCX

Jun 182016
 

Robert M0RCX is currently in Mauritius as 3B8/M0RCX but is having some issues with the local licensing office in that despite applying in March he is still not in receipt of a licence.

Last time went without a hitch but this time seems to be more difficult!

Once operating and QRV the station will run the new ic7300 at 100watts and a portable hexbeam antenna and a simplistic rudimentary TV rotator. Not ideal but does the job.

Propagation reports are not great from here at the moment.

More to follow. Also see Facebook

Robert
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Apr 302014
 

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QSO Party!!

It was early December when I inadvertently announced on a QRZ forum that I was activating 3B8 Mauritius Island in May 2014. I think it was the word activation that triggered the spiral of enthusiasm and before long I was greeting with requests to act as my qsl manager and postings on various DX spotting clusters and news groups of which whose support I am thankful.

For most of us operating abroad is quite simple using reciprocal agreements and CEPT legislation but in Mauritius it is slightly different. Firstly there are two classes of licence, A (full) and B (novice). These roughly equate to Full and Foundation licences in the UK. If you work a 3B8xx it will be a full call and if you work a 3B8xxx it will be a Class B licence holder restricted to 10w.

Mauritius falls into the same area of operation as us so looking at power levels and band plan structures it it all very similar with some minor variation.

To operate as a visitor you must complete an application form, supply a copy of your passport, a set of passport photographs, copy of your UK License, pass certificate of your licence, a written letter or authority to operate from your intended destination and a plan drawing showing position of any antenna installation.

Once you have sent all this off by mail there’s normally a delay of approximately 2 to 4 weeks whilst the application is processed, during that time the Police will conduct security checks on both you and and the location for which you will be operating to confirm your affiliation to both them and the locus. Thankfully for me I have Mauritian family so this was relatively straight forward. On completion of this series of checks you will be notified by telephone or email and arrangements made for you to collect your license and pay an admin fee of approximately £20 to the local authorities on your arrival.

When you receive your licence however, you will note from the terms and conditions you can only operate from your main station address. Portable, SOTA, Maritime Mobile or any other mobile are not allowed. So a trip to the beach with a delta loop in the tree is out of the question.

The local Club in Mauritius (MARS) is currently liaising with the Telecommunications Agency in Mauritius with a view to ironing out some of these loopholes and a degree of the hurdles encountered are simply not fully understanding what Amateurs are and how they operate. I am sure this is a reoccurring problem all over the world.

Most readers will be familiar with wonderful far away tropical destinations used for DXPeditions and how they have 59 contacts throughout the day and everything seemed to go to plan well I have to say my expedition was far from perfect but on the other hand it has gained many positives too.

My sole purpose was to enable home and modest sized stations the ability to work LG89 square with relatively low power using weak signal modes such as JT65 and SSB on 100w. This in itself created logistical problems from the outset in that as a lone operator I have to carry a radio, PSU, beam antenna , Rotator, Coax and Computer equipment for logging.

I was worried from that I would exceed any type of baggage allowance on civil airlines so planned my trip accordingly.

I simply love my TS590 and there was no question that would be going with me accompanied by my Heil pro set plus . Coax was cut into 2 x 20m lengths using RG mini 8. The antenna of choice was the hexbeam so I contacted Anthony MW0JZE and placed an order for that. Incidentally, if you buy a Hex for carriage on aircraft, it all fits nicely in a Snowboard Bag and the bag itself has plenty of padded support too. I also slipped in a 10 m prowhip vertical and a 1/2 size trusty G5RV . Total weight 29Kg!

For the mathematicians amongst you I am sure calculations would not take long to recognise there is little room for anything else so packed one pair of shorts, one t shirt and a pair of flip flops. Total weight 30kg.

Logging was supported by a Dell Studio 17 laptop with Software supplied by N3FjP which I found incredibly easy to customise to exactly how I wanted it and nice easy see big boxes. Software for JT65 was provided by HB9HQX. All this came in at 6kg and formed my carry on baggage allowance. I was quite fortunate the airline I was flying with has a 30kg hold allowance and 7kg cabin carry on allowance. With 1kg to use I stuffed a tablet and charger bringing me nicely up to full capacity.

Now a word of warning for the would be traveller. Airport staff and Customs and Immigration do not like ugly baluns chokes, ferrites or lumps of coiled coax in xray but if you have you licence with you and simply explain it makes the process so much easier. you have to remember airlines transport film crews and scientific expeditions all the time and they have seen most things but just be up front and honest about what you are doing and there will be no problems. When you land at your destination airport make sure you are in possession of your visitors licence if required, prior to baggage reclaim . I was given this tip from a Czechoslovakian who had visited Mauritius earlier in the year. My airline travel went without a hitch and everything arrived in one piece and undamaged. The Airport authorities only seemed interested in the battery in the laptop.

To support the Hexbeam I had shipped in advance a 50m bundle of RG213. A lightweight TV rotator picked up from a radio rally, control cable for the rotator and some simple test equipment and trusty soldering iron. I also shipped a lightweight footswitch but this proved to be more trouble than it was worth so went into the depths of the Mauritius back streets to source a sewing machine foot switch and jack plug, wiring it here on site for use. I have to say it worked rather well. The final item in the shipping box was a Palstar 30A power supply.

Although I had carried enough equipment to get on air immediately, i did not plan on the shipping arriving at it’s destination 3 weeks late and this caused all sorts of problems for me. I was at one point seeking to local purchase a 4×4 heavy duty battery and an optimal charger similar used to keep motorcycle batteries at tip top condition over winter months.

Prior to my visit however, I had made contact with a local expat Ham, Clive 3B8CW who kindly loaned me a 30A switched power supply which enabled me to at least get on air with JT65 using simplistic antennas brought with me.

The beam was assembled with assistance of extended family members here and sat perched on a patio table for some two further weeks until the boxes cleared through customs. For any of you shipping items be sure your packing list is correct and expect to pay VAT and local agency fees too.

As the photographs show, building space was tight to say the least and it took some balancing to finally erect the antenna but it all went smoothly. Switch on and the first tests were done on 14.070, as I knew that PSK 31 was not coming through well at all previously. The computer display illuminated and the bandwidth was full of Russian and European operators. This was a positive indicator that all was well. I did have a little problem with beam headings though in that the tablet gps compass had a conflicting idea on where it thought North should be. This was rectified using Google Earth and plotting my position on GPS. The tablet was rotated to line the house and road up with line of sight, similar to using a map and compass . My heading was about 90 degrees off. Once the mast was rotated in the TK brackets I was all set.

Operating in a residential area, my next concern was that of EMC and if the guys back at North Wakefield RC have taught me anything it is always make sure you have a clean signal and don’t upset the neighbours. Even running at 100watts I wanted to be sure there were absolutely no problems at all as I was after all a visitor in their Country. Rest assured all was fine.

Keen to call CQ I was still not ready and wished to test my audio and Mic Gain settings. Clive 3B8CW was about 20 miles North of me so we had sone ragchewing initially to tweak it hear and there. The audio was set using the Mic Gain control and the built-in TX processor of the 590. I found using the monitor function that the hb1 setting worked well. I disabled VOX intending to use the footswitch only.

Prior to departure from the UK, I had checked on best frequency allocations for expeditions and published them on QRZ . I expected a demand so planned to operate split where possible. I had found a little spreadsheet macro program on air called MEMSET that allowed me to rewrite all my 590 memories with sections for beacon tracking, split SSB operation, RTTY, PSK . I am not sure if this is available for other Radios but for me I am very grateful indeed to the author Ian Wade, making my operating easier on the front end. I did however have some issues when working in Memory mode and then trying to quickly select a spotted station in HRD6 cluster in that I had to disable memory mode before I could do it. Once I had that sorted though it was a breeze.

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Solitary spot in the middle of Indian Ocean and I was getting out!


For anyone that doesn’t use any form of beacon tracking I highly recommend that you do as it really is a real time indication what conditions are like on a specific band at a specific time. For this i used W6NEC Beacon Tracker Software which is free to download. I set up memories for each band and simply switched on the software, pointed the beam where I wished to work and listened for the repeater burst. It is as simple as that. For EU I was using the OH beacon in Finland. I had a disadvantage as i had a clear sea path to the NW but a large mountain behind me which despite best efforts created some issues for me.

During the first two weeks, I found myself working JA, VK, ZS, and most of Europe on JT65HF. I even managed a contact with Conrad G0RUZ at 5w on his rather impressive new Anan10. I found that despite being a weak signal mode, traces coming in were quite clearly not. A useful tip for readers venturing into JT65 is to have a look at the DB Power calculator referenced at the foot of this article . It is a very tool to ensure you only tx the minimal power to achieve a good report. I achieved some good 5 w contacts from here and on other days i had to increase to as much as 20w.

Week 3 turned to SSB but unfortunately conditions locally were very poor indeed,and had very few opportunities but managed a run on 10,12,15 and 20m. I switched to data modes and pretty much the same but did quite well on RTTY. During the last short burst on 20 metes, the QSB was very deep and signals faded quite quickly, a kind comment was however received by email the following day from Gerry VE8GER in Nothern Canada saying I was very weak in the noise but he could make out everything I said on air. Conditions however were not good enough for him to reply. For me this was an uplifting email and replied to Gerry arranging to send him an SWL QSL card.

QSLing was another topic that I looked at quite closely as I was expecting more contacts than what I actually did. I elected to use the services of a third party qsl manager who removed all the headache from me and alleviated the RSGB bureau from being swamped with cards. Any QSL Manager could have quite easily performed the task but I chose David EB7DX in Spain. David arranged design and printing of any cards, LOTW registration, Club log and OQRS. All David required from me was a series of photographs from the expedition so he could make a tri-fold QSL card. His policy was then posted on QRZ.

Mauritius is a very small Island and from time to time I would pick up radar on 17m across the whole portion of the band. I am unsure if it was from Airport navigational radar or maritime radar. The hill behind my QTH was called Signal Mountain and presumably for the reason suggested in the name. I am not 100% sure what it was but most likely belongs to the Coastguard as a Maritime Monitoring Station for the abundant fleet of long line Tuna Fishing vessels that operate from here.

Always expect the unexpected, yes easy to say when packing spare plugs and coax but one thing I didn’t plan for was tropical infection. I had visited my own GP prior to travel and was up to date with vaccinations and advice but I have appear to have an attraction to mosquito bites. Sure thy love fresh tourist blood but I had quite a nasty reaction to a bite which became infected and disabled me for about a week quite rapidly. I had to swallow my pride and attend at hospital as infection if not managed effectively in tropical climates can spread and take time to heal no matter how good your immune system may be. I was touch and go as to whether they were going to admit me on an IV drip but opted for heavy duty antibiotics which worked well. If you are planning your trip to a remote location you may not have the services of a local hospital so be sure to take lots of repellant and anti histamine. My best advice is travel in a team.

Most Expeditions are sponsored events and have a team who can seamlessly operate multi band, multi mode 24 hours a day. There is a degree of pressure to deliver and many requests cannot foresee and comprehend the conditions facing you at your end. This again is where it can at times be more than one person can adequately deal with when juggling family commitments and other local issues. Any real expedition in my eyes would need a team of 5 minimum to maintain constant operation. That said, I had a great time and congratulations to all the QRP that called in

Robert

(3B8) M0RCX

BEACON Tracking

http://www.w6nek.com

DB Calculator for JT65 by WY5R & David KJ4IZW

http://dwestbrook.net/projects/ham/dBCalc/

MEMSET for TS590 by Ian Wade G3NRW

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wadei/MemSet590%20v1.1.pdf

Amateur Contact Log by N3FJP

http://n3fjp.com

OLder Postings:

Update 30 april. I have arrived at QTH but shipping is stuck at container depot and due to public holiday cannot access until after this time. I am therefore going to commence station setup on 1May in peparation to being QRV 2 May as originally proposed. Any problems I will update as required.

Push comes to shove Ill just get the family stuff done earlier and reschedule as required. Im a little disappointed at boxes left uk in February and should have arrived. It’s only the PSU really Im waiting on and if no joy by the end of the week Ill buy a heavy duty battery and charger an run from battery.

Weather is hot humid and full of flies so it may take a while to acclimatise yet.

Updates via qrz, facebook and twitter

Robert
3B8/M0RCX

Thursday 1 May Update

Today is a public holiday over here so I cannot get into Customs or the shipping agents. I have there utilised time trying to build the hexbeam but a partition wall has been built since my last visit in 2009 making it very difficult to assemble the antenna.

This was planned to be done on the flat roof of the kitchen but there are so many obstacles I have had to do it in the very tight garden space. Just like the club, if you want an antenna up you need to lob some trees back and this was done with assistance of the extended family namely my brother in laws James and Mike and nephew Chris.

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The weather is unbearably hot at about 30 degrees. My poor scalp was starting to feel the effect so had to make a makeshift Arab Headdress from a damp tea towel. I looked pretty pathetic but amongst family and friends so why not. I recall Jersey being difficult to work for long in the heat but I certainly under estimated how difficult a simple task becomes in such conditions.

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Thankfully I managed to source an old weathered patio table to ease construction and got the elements installed. The only problem was the 6m element which I pulled too hard causing breaking of the insulation in one part. This was quickly fixed with amalgamating tape.

The plan now is to build the cubical quad tomorrow when my bamboo has been cut and more assistance gained from the community here.

The hex will stay where it is until power supply and rotator arrive with me. If the delivery is unrealistic I may have to resort to batter power and a fixed beam heading.

Robert
3B8/M0RCX
Port Louis Mauritius

Update Monday 5 May 2014

i have visited the shipping office here in Port Louis and there is a discrepancy between what the agents in UK have advised and what is actually correct. It has transpired tge ship that was due on 29 April has not even arrived from Singapore yet and is now expected to arrive on 7 May with 3 days thereafter before I can collect. This unfortunately falls on a Saturday and they may not be open until 12 May.

This is nothing to do with customs as first advised.

I am trying to source a good battery source and charger today and commence makeshift qrp operating using a vertical. It may well be at least I can achieve some JT65 and allow operators to work the square.

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I have a 10 m prowhip and a 1/2 size g5rv which I am able to setup on a 5 m scaffold pole so will do for temporary use. I have no plans to raise the hexbeam without rotator as simply too difficult due to limited space. I will have to get two people stood on a wall, lift the beam and turn it 90 degrees on to insert the stubmast into the pole. I would rather wait and put the rotator on first as I am reliant on available assistance of others.

For those following twitter and facebook, I will keep you posted with regular updates.

Robert
3B8/M0RCX

ROLF DK7NO pays a visit to the station 12 May 2014

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+Rolf has been staying in Trou Aux Biches Mauritius for the past three weeks on vaccation and was keen to come and meet me here at the station. I have arranged a schedule to try and work him on SSB at the weekend.

I wish Rolf and his wife a safe trip back to Germany or the ‘Refridgerator’ as he calls it

Mar 142014
 

You may recall some time ago I placed a posting up stating that a remote access SDR was now available from my home QTH using the CCW SDR plus receiver.

After some initial problems, I have now upgraded this using a Funcube Proplus Dongle covering 0-2000Mhz .The CCW receiver will also be implemented at a later time enabling you to log into systems as follows:

Radio 1

CCW SDR4 + receiving HF and 6 only on a CCW active antenna

Radio 2

Funcube Dongle Proplus receiving 28 to 200 Mhz on a Discone Scanner Antenna

This will give you all chance to familiarise yourselves with the concept of SDR. For those of you visually impaired you can adjust the software to suit your own needs. Using Windows disability manager etc.

To access the service you first need to download and install the software:

Download the software here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bzif2tlpx0zmcks/SDR-RADIO-Pro_v2.2b1676

One it is installed click on the remote icon to bring up a server selection box. Open that and search for my callsign and double click it to assign my server to your software interface. When you select connect a drop down box will show the radios installed and soundcard. By default the soundcard is my PC soundcard. Use the arrow to the side of it to select the appropriate radio.

AS OF 14 MARCH I AM CONNECTED on HF AND 6 ONLY Using the dongleas the Discone antenna and CCW are not yet installed.

Enjoy

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server

soundcard

Robert
M0RCX

Nov 112013
 

I have left a note with Carol at RSGB to confirm our exam status. Both Conrad and I have completed Assessor vetting forms and these will be sent off this Friday.

These may take two months to approve.

I am in contact with Steve Hartley from RSGB trainers sourcing the best training slides and information available which we can tailor to our needs.

Im sorry it is a long slog but we were left in the lurch a little.

We are hoping to get a batch of M6 and 2E processed in the new year.

I see no reason why we cant start getting to grips with some basic elements such as tuning a radio, re connecting and SWR tuning etc.

Other practicals such as morse awareness and making a qso can only be done whilst on a dedicated course.

Ill update you with progresss.

Robert
M0RCX

Nov 012013
 

Published by ARRL

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ARLD044 DX news

ZCZC AE44
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 44 ARLD044
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT October 31, 2013
To all radio amateurs

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ARLD044 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
N7QT, NC1L, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX,
DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0Y. A group of operators are QRV as XR0YY from
Hanga Roa, IOTA SA-001, until November 7. Activity is on 160 to 6
meters using all modes. QSL direct via EB7DX.

CAPE VERDE, D4. John, G4IRN will be QRV as D44TWQ from Boa Vista
Island, IOTA AF-086, from November 5 to 12. Activity is holiday
style on the newer bands using CW. QSL to home call.

NIUE, E6. Look for JA1KJW, JA1JQY and JA8VE to be QRV as E6AK, E6AY
and E6AA, respectively, from November 3 to 9. Activity will be on
80 to 10 meters using all modes. QSL to home calls.

SCOTLAND, GM. Special event station GM100RSGB will be QRV from
November 6 to December 2 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
RSGB. QSL via bureau.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. A group of operators are QRV as
5J0R from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until November 10.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct
via EA5RM.

ANTARCTICA. Max, IA0MZ is QRV from Mario Zucchelli Station until
February 2014. QSL via IW0EFA.

ITALY, I. Special event call sign II8IDXC is QRV until May 2015
during the International DX Convention 2015 in Paestrum. Activity
is on the HF bands and 6 meters using all modes. QSL via IZ8EDJ.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. Rob, N7QT and Hugh, W4VAB will be QRV as
PJ6/N7QT and PJ6/W4VAB, respectively, from Saba from November 7 to
17. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK
and JT65. QSL to home calls.

ANTARCTICA. Operators Oleg, UA1PBA, Alex, UA1PAW and Slava, UA1PAI
are QRV as RI1ANR from Novo Runway until March 2014. Activity is on
the HF bands with a focus on the low bands. QSL via RK1PWA.

POLAND, SP. Special event station SN640OKA is QRV until December 31
to celebrate the 640th anniversary of Ostroleka, a town in Mazovia.
QSL via Bureau.

BANABA, T33. A group of operators will be QRV as T33A from Banaba
Island, IOTA OC-018, from November 5 to 18. Activity will be on 160
to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with six stations active. QSL
via W2IJ.

TURKEY, TA. Members of the TC Special Wireless Activity Team are
QRV as TC301B until November 17 to celebrate 30 years of the Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognized only by Turkey.
QSL via the bureau.

VIET NAM, XV. Toshi, JA3NHL and Take, JA6CNH will be QRV as XV2NHL
and XV2CNH, respectively, from Ho Chi Minh City from November 2 to
8. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL to home calls.

VANUATU, YJ. Operators Nob, JA2AAU, Iwao, JA2LSS, Iku, JA2ATE and
Tug, JA2ZS are QRV as YJ0AU, YJ0CJ, YJ0TE and YJ0ZS, respectively,
from Iririki Island, IOTA OC-035, until November 11. Activity is on
the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL YJ0AU and
YJ0CJ direct via JA2ATE, YJ0ZS via JA2ZS and YJ0TE via JA2ATE.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is
approved for DXCC Credit: Afghanistan, T6MH, 2012 and 2013
operations. If you had this contact rejected in a recent
submission, send an email to bmoore@arrl.org to be placed on
the list for an update to your record.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL CW Sweepstakes Contest, North
American Collegiate ARC CW Championship, NCCC Sprint, IPARC Contest,
Ukrainian DX Contest, Himalayan Contest, IPARC Contest, High Speed
Club CW Contest and the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are all on tap
for this upcoming weekend. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled
for November 5. The QRP CW Fox Hunt is scheduled for November 6.
Please see November QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest
web sites for details.

Nov 012013
 

Published on CCW reflector 31 October 2013

The design for the PA board is now finished. The Sentry SDR transceiver will use four Mitsubishi RD16HHF1 mosfets in push pull parallel.

I’ve just spent an afternoon measuring the transmit IMD performance of the prototype transceiver both as a transverter driver and transceiver.

The transmit third order IMD of the 1 mW transverter output at full power is -35 dB. At half power it is -48 dB. This checks that the USB sound card, transmit I/Q filter, upconverter and driver amplifier are working correctly and the output is very clean.

Testing the PA at 12V rather than 13.8V the transmit third order IMD at 25W peak output is -30 dB. Running at 13.8V will improve the IMD by a few dB but I wanted to test the worst case scenario.

What do these figures compare to? In recent QST reviews of amateur transceivers an Elecraft K3 had a third order IMD of -27 dB and the Flex Radio Flex-1500 came in at -22 dB.

The tests I’ve run used HDSDR as the SDR software with Spectrum Lab generating the two tone signal of 700 and 1900 Hz using Virtual Audio Cable. Measurements were taken both with a HP spectrum analyzer and a SDR-4+ receiver.

I also tried some digital mode programs generating PSK signals with similar results.

I’ve also run the transceiver and prototype PA on permanent transmit at full power for three hours so it should stand a few RTTY contests!

I should get the PA and low pass filter PCB board designed over the weekend and then it’s just some firmware testing before I can finish the main board PCB design.

Regards,

Chris, G4HYG

Aug 192013
 
Early Setup at Flamborough 2013

Early Setup at Flamborough 2013

A very big thank you to all of those that made Flamborough 2013 such a great success.

This year we ran five stations covering 2m, 12m, 20m, 17m and 40m.

This was not without problems however and the club will have appropriate band pass filters installed next year for 40, 20 and 17.

I suppose it was inevitable when then were all operating so close together.

Day 1
After switching 40m on at 6am and trying for about 40 minutes I managed to work 9Y4LAS in Trinidad and Tobago. This was the very first call for the new call GB4FL.

40 metres continued steady all day and ended at midnight with a call into Canada and 316 contacts made.

Day 2
No time for sleeping with Simon on site and the station was online at 0700 and worked almost endlessly until 2300 UTC attained approximately 540 contacts.

Reports were favourable and glowing comments of fantisimo audio, plus 60db and you are the loudest and strongest signal on the band.

GB4FCL did extremeley well and i think this is down to team working.

There certainly was some team working going on with operator and loggist rotation and backoffice support providing delivered meals and hot drinks.

The Site

I think it is a great shame we cannot operate from the head but the red tape and time limitations makes this so difficult. The application to use theland alone is 14 pages and East Yorkshire Council rumoured about applying an annual fee of £300.

It was not an easy decision to move to World farm but after I explained to the lighthouse station event organisers they were adamant that they would rather have us participate than not.

The farmer was very accomodating and supplied mains hookup to us . We had a dedicated area that did not interfere with other campers. He even told new arrivals what we were doing and and generated some interest for us and we received a few visits inside the shack during peak pile up conditions. They left enlighted.

I was too busy to take any photos but the stations looked the part and certainly promoted the club and Lighthouse weekend very well.

A very well done and thank you to all those participating

Robert
M0RCX

Aug 022013
 

The club now has a chain saw and we need to do a bit of tree lobbing weather pending.

Mick Simon Conrad and myself will be there this Saturday weather pending.

The biggest evolution will be the row of trees adjacent to the garage.
Whilst retaining their frontage we need to cut the back to give us about 6 metres of turning radius ready for moving dualbander , 4 metre monobander and 2 metre to this tower.

We cant do any antenna work until we have this cleared.

Anyone is welcome

My email is patched to phone if you wish to contact me

Robert
m6bfd@yahoo.com

Jun 052013
 

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.

See You next time at the club.

73
Robert
M0RCX

Jun 052013
 

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The EQSL has now been received at the shack for this contact.

The contact was barefoot at 100W and the tower was fully retracted (down).

I can see Electronic QSL being the way forward with QSLing in general. All our stations are configured to send these automatically when we log using HRD.

If you also check our QRZ page you will find that a live feed is entered on to the page of our most recent contacts. We therefore encourage members to use the logging software wherever possible.

73

Robert

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