24 Sept 2021

10m FT8 QRP (Friday)

Since 0800z, I have been on 10m FT8. As usual, I was on 2.5W TX for a few minutes, then RX only. It is now 0811z and no spots given or received yet. It is still very early.

UPDATE 0835z: Just a spot of me on TX by G0FWX (160km).

Yesterday on 10m FT8 RX

Yesterday was quite a good day on 10m FT8 RX. There were stations spotted on RX from Indonesia, Africa, South America and Europe. On the whole, there is less Es and more F2 DX. 

Shack in 2012


One of my Facebook memories today was this photo of my shack in 2012. This was at the old QTH. 

Sunspots - Friday September 24th 2021

 Solar flux is 90 and the SSN 75. A=11 and K=3.

23 Sept 2021

Yaesu VX series

These were tiny dual-band FM handhelds produced by Yaesu. 

In the past I have used these (I have a VX1 and VX2) on both 2m and 70cm simplex and repeaters. Many found the supplied antenna not as good as they could be and they replaced these with better ones. 

These days, many have bought much less expensive Beofeng units, although the quality control on these seems a bit hit and miss. 

At the moment the Chinese manufacturers seem to have work to do to get amateur radio products to the same consistent quality we are used to from Japan. They will get there, but it may take a few years. When Chinese products get to the same quality and consistency we are used to from Japan the Japanese will face serious competition.

See https://sites.google.com/view/g3xbm4/home/vhfuhfmicrowaves/vhfuhf-commercial-rigs/yaesu-vx2 .

Daddy long legs - NOT amateur radio

This is the time of year when we see lots of daddy long legs. The proper name is crane fly. 

They look fearsome, but are harmless, always bumbling into things. 

Cambridge - NOT amateur radio


People come from all over the world to see some of the sights we take for granted and for free. All these are within a few hundred metres on the same street. As a local we get free entry into the colleges. 

Rally on (I think!)

As far as I know the Weston Super Mare rally is ON this Sunday September 26th, but as always check with the organisers before setting out on a long journey. 

Corpus College, Cambridge - NOT amateur radio


It is hard to believe but I have lived in Cambridge for over half a century and never once been in Corpus College. We went in today. This is a photo of one of the quads. 

10m FT8 QRP (Thursday)

At 0811z, I went on 10m FT8. Initially I was on TX with 2.5W, but now am RX only. No spots yet at 0858z.

UPDATE 1632z:   So far today, 91 stations spotted on RX in 4 continents with the furthermost VP8LP (12773km).

UPDATE 2030z:   106 stations spotted on RX today.