14 Apr 2009
Conditions on 70cms were good this morning: at breakfast time (around 0700z) several more distant repeaters were coming in at good strength here in East Cambridgeshire. Amongst them was the Leicester repeater GB3LE which was fully quieting here and easily accessible with about 2W ERP. I called and said I was listening on 433.5 for simplex QSOs, but there was no-one about. 70cms has frequent localised openings which appear for a few hours then disappear, It is a great pity there is not more simplex FM on 70cms as it is good fun working DX with QRP using this mode with simple colinear antennas or even handhelds.