Portable logging software

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

Yaesu MH-31 MicrophoneEarlier 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

Remembering Pete Turner G6UOI

Pete Turner G6UOI
Every year I stop to remember an early morning contact in July 2013 that changed the hobby for me.
That day I heard a distinctive voice cutting through the noise and calling for stations. “GV6UOI”, a special call being used in commemoration of 100 years of the Radio Society of Great Britain.

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A Handy Resource To Calculate Battery Runtime

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

Portable at Heugh Lighthouse
I spent an hour at the Heugh Lighthouse Built in 1927 and is located on the Historic Headland of Hartlepool .
I started on 40m but conditions were very poor and only worked a few contacts and these included GM0VWP/M on the Isle of Arran in Scotland , So I decided to call over to the 20m Band and started calling CQ on 14.255 and within 5 mins of calling I generated a small pile up and worked the following:-
IK1GPG , ES1IP , DD5MA , RV3LO , DL0SOP , OE3KLU , DG0DE , SA2CLU , LZ4GL , DK6HD , DL7LX , DF3IS , DL5JK , LA3VJA and PA0TDO/P Operating from his car and also 2E1ADT/M in Truro Cornwall. Not bad for a hours operating but sadly the rain started so had to pack the Yaesu FT-817 away and the SOTA Linked Dipole 20/40 and 6m Pole.

I am looking forward to the ILLW this August with a new Lighthouse to activate over the weekend , 73 Carl 2E0HPI