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Almost QRN'd out

Sun, 23/08/2015 - 18:21 -- andyripley

22nd August 2015. The Yorkshire Dales. It's 2100hrs. We're stuck in a field with a thunderstorm going on around us. I should have at that time been dropped off at Cam Farm ready to do some walking.
Graham G0SCV had walked over from Horton, and right through the middle of the heaviest rain and most active thunderstorm to hit the area this year. I missed the rain, as I was stuck at Buckden.

The Hills Are Alive! (First SOTA activation)

Sun, 16/08/2015 - 17:26 -- morganrushton

I became interested in radio earlier this year after a 20 odd year sabbatical and decided to take the exam and gain my licence to operate within the law. It wasn't long before I found the SOTA website  (Summits On The Air) and re-ignited another 'lost along the way' interest of mine - walking (not the general get from A to B type - proper walking, hills etc).

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Training & Exam Success!

Sun, 16/08/2015 - 17:26 -- davidsilkstone

Thanks to Ripon and District Amateur Radio Society, six Club members passed their Intermediate exam on 9th August 2015, including me! We're all excited about those new 2E0 call signs and the extra privileges that brings to the hobby.
Next steps include the Advanced remote learning course provide by the Bath Club, organised by Steve Hartley G0FUW with additional support from our club here in Ripon. It's a higher level of challenge, and the first few weeks demonstrate that even higher privileges require some serious study and exam prep.
David (M6WFM)

Is my HF radio deaf?

Sat, 15/08/2015 - 01:10 -- andyripley

You know the scenario, you put the radio on and you can hardly hear anything. You check the connections, maybe take down the antenna and suspect that you've broken something. Well it's not your fault.
We have still had some action on 28MHz, but you might have to be working harder to take advantage of it. Like listening for the beacons for one. You could even keen an eye open on some of the  DX spotting websites. However it may be a case of just tuning round and working someone who nobody has noticed yet.

More Pi items

Sun, 26/05/2013 - 14:11 -- andyripley

It would appear that there is  now an active Raspberry Pi user base in the club. Rob M0RBY has it running his weather station instead of the more power hungry computer, Sam 2E0SAN has it running as a media server, and I've just been messing around with the operating system.
The point is that I have been playing (or should that really be researching) the various add-ons being sold for this little computer. So in sort of ranks of usefulness, we'll go through some of them.

80m loaded antenna - rejigged

Sat, 22/12/2012 - 19:06 -- andyripley

Having had the antenna for about 5 years, it being hung up for most of that plus being used on various Special Events, where it usually had some damage. Over the years it's wire has been misused, work hardened, and generally tired out.
The start was with the wire and coils made up with 19/0.2 wire, so it's not that strong or efficient. My mistake was to replace the one side that had the most problem when it snapped again with some new wire. Yes, but this silicone insulated test lead wire has lots of 0.05mm strands and and more of a CSA. Yes but that's a problem.


Sun, 10/06/2012 - 16:59 -- andyripley

     Now that Rob now has high new 2m Yagi, it was chance to give him a chance to use it. Only my plans were a lttle less ambitious, and that was to operate in the 144MHz Backpackers Contest.
     All didn't go too well, as not far into the contest the batteries that had been sitting in my "charged" collection we not much of the sort. They lasted not too long. After a distorted QSO with Rob I put the ones from the camera and their spares into the venerable FT290R and eaked out a bit more life and a few more QSO's.

New 2m 3 element Yagi

Tue, 05/06/2012 - 18:18 -- M0RBY

This week, having got some time off work, I decided to build a 2m Yagi. I've recently put together a Moxon for 2m which was OK but I wanted a proper beam and I needed it by today so that I could enter the 2m Activity Night contest. On to the web I went and found a generic Yagi calculator, banged in a frequency of 144.300 and got the dimensions. Nothing exciting about that. The only ally tube I had was from an old broken monster of a beam. What the heck - it'll do - 22mm for the elements and 33mm for the boom. So an hour or so and some tweaking and twiddling later the beam was born.

Make do and mend

Sat, 02/06/2012 - 21:40 -- andyripley

My HF vertical antenna had not been very well. It was kind of at an angle, loose and playing up performance wise. The base of the antenna was held in place in the end of the insulator by the feed point bolt and captive nut and two rivets. The latter were loose and the only thing trying was the connection, which kept working loose.

XP 2 years to go - Getting Pi'd

Sun, 08/04/2012 - 13:37 -- andyripley

         We know how some of you are, hanging on to your computers until they give up their last gasp, or where you just can't get anything to run on them any more. Anyway, here's advance notice for you. If you've Service Pack 3 XP then the clock is starting for it to no longer being supported. Of course if you never connect it to the net, it just runs the programs you want and you don't mind it will make no difference. However if you do have it on line, then on the 8th April 2014 there will be no more updates. Well if your machine couldn't take SP3 it could be a problem now.


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