Oct 012013
 

G4NOK managed a very creditable 4th place overall in the RSGB 4m cumulatives. This is excellent considering our humble beginnings in the contest way back in February.

You can see the results here:
RSGB 4m Cumulative Contest Results 2013

We can do even better next year. G4NOK will be entering the 6m, 4m and2m cumulatives at the very least and maybe even 70cms and 23cms.

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make this happen. Thanks to all the supporters of this cause, you know who you are.

Jun 122013
 

jersey

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.

A link to my 2m operation may be seen here:

GJ0RUZ EME expedition

More information about Jersey Amateur Radio can be found here:

Jersey Amateur Radio Society

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.

The posts can be seen here:

Make More Miles on VHF

The 4m Forum

Equipment will be a 7ele and full legal limit.

We have been very kindly sponsored by Linear Amp UK, The DX shop and HA1YA we will provide more details later and set up a separate page.

Without the kindness of the The DX shop , HA1YA and Jersey Amateur Radio Society this operation would not have been possible.

73

Apr 092013
 

I didn’t do a very good job of the 1st RSGB 70 MHz contest I’m afraid.

There were a number of problems.

  • I was very tired & very grumpy – this never helps!
  • The conditions weren’t great – so QRP operation such as ours is at the moment really finds it hard going.
  • The Stihl saw noise was a little distracting from out on the patio.
  • The antenna rotator was challenging – I didn’t know where I was pointing the antennas most of the time and I couldn’t go out and check because I would have been drenched as the patio was being jet washed :)
  • One unfortunate operator who was nearby developed an intermittent RF feedback problem and at certain times large portions of the band were wiped out – this can happen to anyone.

Apparently I had awful audio again but fortunately Peter G4IZH was on hand to give me some help with this. Peter is a very technically minded chap who knows his onions and I am now pretty sure that things are fine. There are some settings on the TS-570D that should not be used! TX bandwidth and TX-EQ! They were wrong and sounded awful, no wonder no-one would talk to me. Mind you that wasn’t a problem on cw and they wouldn’t answer me there either.

I discovered something very interesting about the antenna that we are using as well; the front to back ratio is very poor.  I suspect that it is an assembly  issue because the data sheet for the antenna indicates that the antenna has very respectable front to back and the data is reputable.

I feel sure that the new antenna will make a considerable difference to our station performance as well.

We certainly need an amplifier, this will increase our signal by 10dB. That will hopefully be completed by the end of the month in time for the contest on the 30th.

Can’t wait to do the antenna work this coming weekend.

Conrad G0RUZ

 

 

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