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Our Website is Changing – Tuesday 04 April 2023

In the next week or so our website will be moving to a new provider. Our original url is no more so please use from now on.

During the change over period our website may not be available.

Keep watching this space as we will be back!!

HF Fun at the Club

This week we welcomed former members Clive and Ben who it was great to see after so long. Tonight there was an opportunity to try a new HF antenna and test out Jon’s Alinco DX-70TH. Our best DX was Rwanda on 17m but we made several QSOs around Europe and worked another Club station from the Faroe Islands.

Till next time, 73s and good dx.

Some log entries from this evening

Testing the Icom IC-718

Tonight’s set up saw Club members using an ICOM IC-718 and the Hawkins 20m vertical placed out in the car park. Conditions on 20m were good and we made QSOs to North America.

Close up of the station set up.

All in all another enjoyable evening had by all.

The IC-718 on test

HF Ops through the window

Tonight we tested the Comet through window adaptor with an Icom IC-756 and our Hawkins Vertical. All working well with 100w on SSB.

John G0JYL and Jacek M0PLS
The Comet through window Adaptor

G4HCW Loop Tuner on test Tuesday 07 March 2023

Tonight saw Dave G8TTI setting up his newly built Loop Tuner using the G4HCW design. With the antenna indoors and Dave’s multiband 200mw HF to VHF WSPR transmitter we set about sending our Club Callsign on 30m WSPR. Below you will see some images including the initial reports out to about 1200km.

Dave G8TTI setting up the equipment
Some of the early reports using just 200mw with the indoor loop

Smart Speaker Cradle – 144mhz Noise

One of our members had high noise on 144mhz SSB where it had not been detected before. After turning everything off in the Shack the noise was still there.

Then the Smart Speaker that was playing was turned off and the noise vanished. The culprit was not the speaker or its supplied power supply but an after market cradle that has a rechargeable battery so you can use the speaker without plugging in to the mains.

Anyway we did some tests at the Club on Tuesday and the Peak of the noise was 147mhz but so close to 2m it gave 4 to 5 s-points of noise on 144.300.

So if you have unexpected noise on 2m it may be wise to check your smart speakers too. Here’s the manufacturers details below.

Loopy Night at the Club – 17th January 2023

Tonight we did some RX noise level checks in the Shack, the Hall and Outside. These tests were set against an S9 noise level received on our Triband Rotary Dipole on all the HF bands.

The Mag Loop in all 3 locations (indoors and outside) provided improved reception on all bands with a significant reduction in noise.

Here we see Chairman Brian G6HUI explaining the benefits of the Magnetic Loop when trying to overcome local RF noise issues.

Brian G6HUI explains the benefits of a Magnetic Loop antenna.

Happy New Year – 1st Club Meeting of 2023

The first Club night of 2023 saw us take down the Decorations on behalf of the Hall Committee and GX3VRE taking part in the 144mhz UK Activity Contest. We also extended a warm welcome to Ciaran M7GGC from Southwick who popped in to pick up some kit.

All in all a great start to 2023.

Club Christmas outings 2022

Club members were out and about once again over the Christmas period. Visits to both Martin Lynch and Sons in Staines (Weds) and Nevada Radio (Fri) made up for no club meeting this week.

There were some great bargains to be had. Here are some pictures of our radio trips.