For the new ham, or even the not so new, the whole world of logging QSOs other than using a paper and pen can be quite a daunting one. Logging your QSOs using logging software, whether it be via an online database or a program installed on your local computer is a good practice, particularly if you are an award chaser or a fan of QSL/eQSL cards. Read the rest of this entry
Earlier this week, I was chatting with Field Radio group member Peter VK3YE on Facebook. I had spoken with Peter earlier that day when he called me during my Yalgorup National Park WWFF activation on 40 metres and he mentioned something that I thought I would share with those of you in the group who are using the Yaesu FT817 model.
Apparently the standard microphone that comes with the rig leaves a lot to be desired. Read the rest of this entry
Let’s face it, there’s nothing more frustrating than preparing for and embarking on that long awaited portable outing only to discover your battery isn’t up to the job is there! If you’ve got the luxury of carrying a large battery in your vehicle then you don’t have too much to worry about, but it’s a very different story when you’ve got to carry all of your equipment in a backpack, rucksack or bicycle etc.
Finding the right compromise between battery capacity, intended power output (watts) and how long you intend being on air can be difficult. Read the rest of this entry
I am looking forward to the ILLW this August with a new Lighthouse to activate over the weekend , 73 Carl 2E0HPI