13 Jul 2024

Saturn - NOT amateur radio

This amazing NASA photo shows Saturn from a space probe.

Cambourne or Great Cambourne - NOT amateur radio?

Yesterday the first post box in the UK with the moniker of King Charles III was formally unveiled in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire. 

According to the BBC this is called "Great Cambourne" although I have never heard this name used before.   To locals it is known simply as Cambourne.

QMX+ video on YouTube

The RSGB does a series called Tonight@8. Recently, it featured the QMX+ rig from QRP Labs designed by Hans Summers G0UPL.

Sunspots - Saturday July 13th

 Solar flux is 210 and the SSN 162.  A=6 and K=1.

12 Jul 2024

Interesting space photo - NOT amateur radio

This photo appeared on “The Knowledge “ earlier although I think it was on Flickr before. It shows sunrise from the ISS.

MLS announce new portable

MLS has announced a new ICOM hand portable to coincide with ICOM's 60th anniversary. 

£619.99 for a hand portable? Hmm.  A lot more than I would pay, although I expect some will pay up for a fairly unique transceiver. Look for the ID-52 anniversary edition. 

See https://www.hamradio.co.uk/id-52-plus .

Favourable exchange rates

 I notice that the pound is very strong against the Japanese Yen. It has also got a lot better against the US Dollar.

On the face of this we should expect useful reductions in the price of Japanese gear. Alternatively, dealers can make a greater profit.

Wild flowers - NOT amateur radio


This is a recent photo from my son of wild flowers.

We had a patch of wild flowers just outside the windmill next door, but it is not so good this year.

10m QRP FT8 (Friday)

Today at 0751z 68 stations have already spotted me with the furthermost V51MA (8460km). 

UPDATE 1052z:   115 stations have spotted my 10m QRP FT8 this morning. These include Africa, North and South America and Europe. Interestingly, no spots in Asia.

UPDATE 1335z:  186 spots of my QRP 10m FT8  in the last day. See map.

Sunspots - Friday July 12th

 Solar flux is 205 and the SSN 188. A=6 and K=2.