2M Practical Wireless QRP contest at The British

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My amateur radio club (Newport Amateur Radio Society) entered the Practical Wireless 2M QSP contest on 11th June which of course needed someone to scout the proposed location for suitability, and so the day before the contest I headed up to a gorgeous spot on the southern side of the southern Brecon Beacons called The …more

Operating HF in the middle of nowhere – from a Motorcycle!

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I mean come on…. outstanding views, clear skies, temperatures around 24°C, a motorcycle and an Icom IC-7300 – what more could anyone want! I guess to summarise my experiences of this gorgeous hillside location, there’s little else to say except that this was simply a wonderful ride to the middle of nowhere, coupled with some …more

Penarth Marina, Cardiff Bay Barrage, and forgetting to update the Uniden Scanner!

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With the skies totally devoid of cloud, the sun shining and the temperature a few degrees above 20°C, this could only mean that in my part of the world spring has finally sprung, which ultimately meant that a last minute Sunday afternoon ride was on the cards! Grabbing the Yaesu FT-70 and my Uniden 125 …more

2023’s Motorcycle Adventures on HF getting a step closer

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Getting prepared for motorcycle adventures on HF this summer has moved a tiny step closer. After making a few phone calls trying to decide where I should source the foam for my motorcycle back-box, I took a trip across the old Severn Bridge earlier this week to a company in Bristol – Foam Cutting and …more

Slimjim or Dipole for 2M portable? Let’s take a look…

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Using state-of-the-art electronics and highly sophisticated instrumentation to perform detailed scientific tests, analytically comparing the relative performances of 2M Slimjim and 2M Dipole antennas, I once again headed out on my trusty motorcycle to meet my buddy Richie, MW0LGE on Twmbarlwm mountainside 1,100 feet up pretty much on the Southern edge of the South Wales …more