31 Oct 2022
The museum is run by volunteers and is on of the best local museums in the UK.
30 Oct 2022
|Stations that have spotted |
me today on 10m QRP WSPR
UPDATE 1921z: 13 stations have spotted me. Now QRT.
The CW leg is at the end of November. These are 48 hour contests and a good chance to work new stations and countries.
One good thing was this showed my 10m coax plug as intermittent. I have now fixed this and gone on 10m WSPR TX with 500mW from the W5OLF TX WSPR beacon.
The photo shows activity on 10m SSB - busy!! With my poor voice, I find this much harder these days.
See https://www.cqww.com/ .
Some have even suggested that the planet Earth is a living organism.
There is a magazine for those interested in astronomy. I think this is aimed at those with an interest rather than those professionally involved.
As a teenager I had quite a strong Christian faith. As I get older, my faith has waned.
If I was born in Iran I would probably have been an ardent Muslim and if I was born in Israel, I would probably have been a Jew.
No, I am puzzled why we so strongly believe "our" religion is the right one and our holy book the only true one.
Until today, I had no knowledge that the 11m band was allocated to the amateur service in the USA prior to this being allocated to CB. I guess the nearest amateur bands today are 12m and 10m.
This appeared on the Amateur Radio Weekly email, with the original article being on Bas's blog at https://pe4bas.blogspot.com/ .
I was aware of the 5m band, but wonder what other allocations were made in the past? Possibly there were other odd allocations made locally such as the 73 kHz band in the UK at one time. In the UK a very few NoV permits were allocated near 9 kHz. I had one of them.
Some other countries had an 11m amateur band.
29 Oct 2022
If eaten it can cause hallucinations.
28 Oct 2022
My friend Steve G1KQH has passed me this sad news :
SILENT KEY: SOUTHGATE AMATEUR NEWS' RICHARD BRUNTON G4TUT/SK
PAUL/ANCHOR: If you follow amateur radio current events you are probably aware of the Southgate Amateur Radio News website. We here at Newsline are sad to report that the colleague of ours in England, who ran that important website, has become a Silent Key. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has that report.
"JEREMY: We are sad to announce the passing of Richard Brunton, G4TUT. Richard died at age 77 as the result of a fall on the 21st of October. The callsign may not seem familiar to you, but for decades Richard was editor of the Southgate Amateur Radio News website which has a significant international following. Each and every day, Richard would search the world’s ham radio and technology resources seeking out stories of interest and publishing them. Beyond the straight news items and specialist sections of his site, Richard encouraged non-commercial podcasts and blogs to promote ham radio opinion and stimulate debate on the essential subjects of the day. He also compiled the ‘CQ Serenade’ weekly programme which was broadcast throughout Europe on Shortwaveradio.de and other public-facing media. Richard himself was an intensely private man who had no close family, but he reached thousands of friends daily through his website. Amateur radio has lost a statesman and a stalwart whose dedication to amateur radio was valued and enjoyed by so many"
27 Oct 2022
The following have been notified to me. As always, it is sensible to check before travelling any distance.
Sunday October 30th - Galashields Radio Rally TD1 3JX. I do not have contact details.
Sunday October 30th- Hack Green Radio Surplus Hangar Sale. Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AL. Contact email@example.com .
In a few moments I will go on 10m FT8 RX. If things look promising I will switch to 8m QRP FT8 TX on 40.680 MHz. The E-W MUF is creeping up towards 8m!
UPDATE 1025z: So far today, 131 stations have been spotted on 10m FT8 RX.
UPDATE 1112z: Either there is a problem my end or with PSKreporter as it still shows 131 spots. Other websites seem fine. I must check the shack PC.
UPDATE 1145z: There was a message on my PC that I have said "OK" to about installing updates outside active hours. . Still says 131 stations spotted. I suspect an issue their end, but I will reboot the PC and install the updates in case this is the problem.
UPDATE 1920z: QRT. Updates done.
Having owned a network radio for some years, I have found a new use for it.
It looks like a 2m or 70cm handheld with an antenna and PTT, but it is actually an Android cellular phone. With an app called Droidstar it is possible to access DMR and worldwide handheld communication. I cannot see it being widely used for this, but it means I can get on DMR without a special rig or hot-spot.
26 Oct 2022
As readers will be aware, last night I got the time of the CDARC DMR net wrong. Although I know the rig works having had a couple of QSOs on TG91, I have not checked if my settings for the CDARC net are correct, so I am hoping to have a sked at 2000z tonight with a club member to prove all should be OK for next week, at the right time!
UPDATE 2222z: The DMR test tonight was successful. so I should be able to join the CDARC DMR net next Tuesday at 1700z.
|Stations spotted on |
10m FT8 at 0924z
UPDATE 0929z: 52 stations spotted so far today.
UPDATE 1936z: 533 stations spotted today. Compared with recent days, not too great.
We experience time as a linear thing flowing from the past into the future.
All our memories are assumed to be the accumulation over our lifetimes. But what if each day we are awake to these memories, but the past never happened? What I am pondering is this: is our experience of time and living correct? Could it be that consciousness is not as we thought? Is each moment actually an illusion?
No, I have not been sniffing glue or am not high on something!
If you look back over the last century or two, lots that we just accepted has proved to be doubtful. Many things we believe correct may prove not to be. Think of creation, evolution, the nature of the universe, genetics, quantum theory, relativity etc. We can only know so little.
I have no idea what is correct, even if there a "correct" answer. All I know is there is so much to know and we are just humans.
We look though a glass dimly...
25 Oct 2022
24 Oct 2022
It is surprising how well DMR works. I am monitoring TG91 on my network Android handheld T320 using Droidstar. As yet, I am a novice and there are many things still to learn. Although a vocoder is used to make the signal digital, it does not really make things sound wrong. I can easily detect accents and everything sounds natural.
However, it is fun to have it monitoring on RX in the background. It is amusing to hear USA stations talking to Australia and a station in Ukraine talking with Australians.
The impression is there is more fun getting things working than actually using the mode. Contacts are just too easy!
10m was in excellent form yesterday with lots of stations spotted, so I thought the E-W F2 MUF might reach 8m, so I QSYed and went on QRP FT8 on 40.680 MHz. Then we had thunder and lightning so I had to go QRT! No spots on 8m yesterday in the brief time I was on.
23 Oct 2022
John posted on his blog after a break of 5 months. I can honestly say it is probably the very best blog I have ever seen. This is a reminder to us all that this is just a hobby and we can do as much, or as little, as we choose.
A very warm welcome back John.
22 Oct 2022
Most of the day I was trying to get DMR working with Droidstar on my Android phone. Unfortunately I couldn't get the vocoder to download even with a mod to allow sideloading.
Switching to my T320 network radio seems to be working as I am hearing plenty. Tomorrow, I shall try for a 2-way DMR QSO.
It seems 90% of my issues were due to the vocoder. What should have been easy was not.
21 Oct 2022
20 Oct 2022
The photo shows the view looking down King's Parade which is right outside King's College and Chapel. In the distance are the Senate House (LHS) where degrees are given out and Great St Mary's, the university church (RHS).
This evening is the 4m UKAC activity contest. Although I have no 4m antenna, I may take a peek on RX. The contest starts at 1900z.
UPDATE 1923z: As I have no 4m antenna I tried 4m SSB receive with my transverter and a variety of antennas. Best DX was a station in IO82 square.
19 Oct 2022
Assuming all is OK, I hope to try some local tests this year, with the 23cm UKACs next year. I have no idea how far I can get with the small test antenna supplied with it.
The photo shows Andrew up on one of the sails. Rather him than me!
After WW2, this grand place was a nursing home. I was born here.
This photo here shows the place (Flete in South Devon) well over 100 years ago. At the time, we lived in a modest council house, but I enjoy telling people I was born in a stately home!
UPDATE 0806z: Spots from the Canary Is already, so a promising start.
UPDATE 1023z: 5 unique stations have spotted me today so far. I get the impression there is now far more F2 propagation on 10m again.
For several weeks now, I have used the internet time sync provided by Microsoft (time.windows.com) quite happily.
This morning, despite the internet being on and working fine, I have been unable to sync time. Hoping this is just a temporary glitch, I shall try again later. If not, I shall have to go back to my original way of doing this.
At first I wondered if it was because I had still to do one of their infernal updates. So I did this, but to no avail. If Microsoft is so wonderful why do they have to do updates so often? In the lounge (and now) I use a Chromebook from Asus that has been fantastic for nearly 3 years.
Just wondering if this is just me?
UPDATE 1015z: Still unable to sync.
UPDATE 1513z: Sync works again, thankfully.
18 Oct 2022
In the last few weeks the UK's new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has had a very bad time.
Firstly she introduced a mini-budget intended to encourage growth. The markets tanked. Her authority was in tatters. Then she replaced her Chancellor. The new Chancellor cancelled most of her changes, further undermining her. The opposition parties want a General Election.
The next crunch moment is October 31st when the new chancellor has to explain how he will fund the mini-budget. It is likely this will involve cuts to public services. This is likely to anger people both in the general public and Conservative party.
At the moment, I am trying to get going on DMR. Although without a DMR radio or hot-spot, access DMR should be possible via my Android phone.
Some advice has been forthcoming and am working through this. As I get though this, I shall report back.
UPDATE 1914z: What a mess!!! Getting active on DMR is complicated! You first have to get a DMR ID (done), register on Brandmeister (done) and get a vocoder. If I am struggling, I imagine many will be too. I am still not connected. Hopefully tomorrow ......or 2030?? Getting going on Echolink was so much easier.
17 Oct 2022
Unless things change, I can see our hobby radically changing in the next 10 years. Most of us are old males.
Some time ago I posted this photo of my grandson in the back of my garage. It must have been earlier than 2013 as we moved QTH. He failed to get interested. He is 15 soon.
Unless young people like him are attracted, our hobby will die
16 Oct 2022
|An early Heathkit advert|
As a teenager I always wanted a 2m HW30 kit. Goodness knows why, as by modern standards they were poor!
Heathkit made a family of what became known as the Benton Harbor Lunchboxes. In many places they were the mainstay of VHF activity, way before FM, SSB and FT8.
They were valved and had a 5W AM TX and a super-regen RX. Most of the time this was fine for VHF at the time.
I cannot remember when they stopped being available, but I would guess mid 1970s.
At one time I had the manual, but never the rig.
The style I still like and in later years (before my stroke) fancied doing a modern equivalent for 10m with transistors and far smaller on a single PCB.
As the 10m antenna is available I am again on 10m QRP (500mW) with the W5OLF beacon. The gear was turned on about 0850z. No spots of me yet today. It was copied in Antarctica twice last week.
UPDATE 0905z: Already plenty of spots from the Canary Is.
UPDATE 1614z: 28 spots of me today on 10m QRP WSPR TX.
My 8m FT8 gear was turned on at 0845z. It will be on most of the morning and afternoon.
UPDATE 1628z: 1 station as spotted me - EA3ERE (1153km) and I have spotted 1 - S50B (1220km).
15 Oct 2022
I went with my wife and grandson.
It was a good, happy, day in glorious weather.
The resulting chutney was great and my wife has asked me to make more!
These days, 10m is again in great shape. A very simple, but effective, FT8 receiver that does not tie up the main rig is my 10FT8R that appeared in RSGB RadCom last year. I built mine without a PCB, although a PCB would be ideal as a low cost club project.
My 8m website has been updated with photos and information on my 8m station and results. Most times I am on 40.680 MHz QRP FT8.
UPDATE 1018z: No spots.
UPDATE 1037z: QRT at the moment. Back later.
UPDATE 1208z: On 8m QRP FT8 TX. One spot of me by G0HVQ (181km) - odd distance.
UPDATE 1827z: QRT.
My WSPR 500mW beacon was turned on before breakfast and synced at 0802z. Yesterday, 12 stations spotted me as the table shows. No spots yet today.
UPDATE 1039z: Just the usual spots from the Canary Is so far today
UPDATE 1502z: 9 unique stations have spotted me today including several in the USA.
UPDATE 1623z: 12 stations have spotted me today on 10m FT8 QRP TX.
UPDATE 1832z: Still 12 stations have spotted me today.