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
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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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
So what is Field Radio?
As children, many of us received walkie-talkies as a gift. Inevitably after opening the box and inserting the batteries we did one of two things:
- We held the two of them together and hit the key to release that annoying, ear- piercing squeal. This was followed by an even higher pitched maternal scream and the resulting command to…
- Take your radios outside.
What fun was it anyway being inside? What a thrill it was to run to the park and to hand the other rig to your friend. As you ran off in different directions, you raced to see how far you could separate and still hear each other. Finally you hit that sweet spot where you could no longer see your companion, but their voice still rang true.
Maybe the magic of radio was more apparent outside. You could visualize the open space where your signal flew through the expansive ether. Sitting in your bedroom, your imagination was thwarted by the painted ceiling and the experience seemed no more mystical than a telephone call.
As time went by, we brought our radios inside safe from the rain and cold. Snug in the corner of a room, we would sit in seclusion unbeknownst to the passing neighbor to what we did. Bringing our radios inside not only snuffed out some of the excitement, it also isolated us from sharing this great hobby with others.
If you’re a Facebook user then you’ll be pleased to know that we have a Field Radio Facebook Group. Just click on the Facebook icon in the right hand sidebar where it says “Join Our Facebook Group” and you’re good to go.
Enter Field Radio
Portable operations are not new. Their roots can be traced far before the first field days in the 1930s. Many operators worldwide practice field ops and for many it is their sole method of transmitting.
What Field Radio serves to do is to provide a forum to discuss and exchange information about portable radio operations and to share the exhilaration of operating in the field. Field operations can be HT’s in the park, a ‘To Go’ box setup on a tailgate or a QRP transceiver hiked up a hill. Seaside or in your backyard, battery or solar power, urban or countryside….it’s all Field Radio to us.
Do what you can with what you have.
Get outside. Take your radio for a hike. Relive the excitement. Then come back and tell us all about it.
We now have a list of calling frequencies that can be used during field events or contacting other members. The frequencies that are monitored by members of the Field Radio group are as follows.:-
SSB (Single Sideband)
- 40 metres – 7.181 Mhz
- 20 metres – 14.281 Mhz
- 17 metres – 18.140 Mhz
- 15 metres – 21.281 Mhz
CW (Morse Code)
- 40 metres – 7.035 Mhz
- 30 metres – 10.115 Mhz
- 20 metres – 14.035 Mhz
- 17 metres – 18.075 Mhz
- 15 metres – 21.035 Mhz
Please feel free to stop by and say hello