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  • Antenna Perfection, A Never Ending Quest!

    I’m forever on a quest to improve my antenna. At the moment my antenna is down while the landlord is carrying out improvements to the grounds. While it’s down I’m going to carry out some substantial changes. At the moment I’m running a 29′ end fed random wire. One end is attached to a loop…

  • A Place To Battle Demons

    On the 1st January 2024 this place was a pile of papers, clothes, junk and general chaos. burred at the bottom was my laptop that hadn’t been powered up for 2 years. That’s a bad sign for a retired technical manager. It reflected my life. I have battled demons and I still battle demons. Quite…

  • Gscan II Mobile Scanner Antenna

    I picked up this new Gscan II antenna yesterday. The intension it to pop it in the car and stick it on the roof when I go out and about to see what I can pick up. I’m as big believer in getting an antenna outside of the car rather than using one screwed to…

  • HF Was Just Alive This Weekend!

    There has been some sort of big time HF competition on over the past weekend and it looked like everyone and their best friend came to the party. I switched on the radio at around midnight on Saturday and all of the HF bands were buzzing with Voice and CW calls all night long. 20…

  • Handheld Antennas – High SWR

    I have an use a small collection of alternative antennas on my Icom ID-51 and Yaesu FT-5D to hopefully improve RX and TX over the standard rubber antennas that come supplied with the radios as standard. When I’m at home and running the Zum Hotspot I don’t want a big cumbersome antenna so I attach…

  • How Can They Do It So Cheap?

    I have a little project planned to make a new power lead for my Yaesu FT-710 using a pair (positive/negative) of Anderson Power Pole connectors and inline 30amp fuse holders to make it quicker and easier un-hook my radio should I need to. I started looking for a standard 4-pin Yaesu power lead that I…

  • Adding A Bit Of DNR

    I have to say that I’ve not played with the Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) option on my Yaesu FT-710 before tonight. I watched a few YouTube videos explaining all about it so I gave it a go tonight and I’m very impressed with the results. It needed dialling in a bit and after playing with…

  • Do I lose The “E”?

    Like all amateur radio operators in the UK it was my turn to receive my email this morning from OfCom advising me that my callsign is no longer 2E0BAF but is now officially 20BAF. The Regional Secondary Locator, in my case “E” is entirely optional now. For now I’m going to maintain the “E” in…

  • We Are Always Curious

    I have to smile to myself, I think it’s fair to say that we are by our very nature always curious about how things work. On Friday I took delivery of a 3 way coax switch and to be honest, I couldn’t unwarp it and get the back off quick enough to see what was…

  • Antenna Work Completed – Total Success!

    I’m delighted to confirm that the work I discussed a week ago has been completed along with some additional work that wasn’t planned. Instead of just replacing the low quality HF coax with  Messi & Paoloni RG-58 Military Spec coax and connectors I’ve also replaced the coax on the VHF/UHF D-31 Discone with  Messi & Paoloni Airborne…

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