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.
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.
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.
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.