November 30, 2006

Another K2

This will make our third Elecraft K2 built by Sands members! Here you can see the start of Gary's K2. He is busy assembling the main boards at the moment. Other K2's have been built by Ian and Kev. The ideal thing about this radio is that it can be tailored to your own operating needs. Kev's transceiver is geared to QRP SSB where as Ian has designed his as a QRP CW transceiver with matching 100w PA and auto ATU built into a matching K2 enclosure. The possibilities are endless and the small size of the radio means it is ideal for mobile and portable use.For more information on this radio please visit

November 24, 2006

CQ WW Committee Seeks Input on Real Time Scoreboards

from Bob Cox K3EST on October 21, 2006

Dear Fellow Contester,

The CQ WW Contest Committee is discussing whether use of real-time
contest scoreboards is likely to convey information about band
openings and profitable tactics to an extent that participants using
the scoreboards should be categorized as assisted. The 2006 CQ WW contest
rules have already been published and they will govern the 2006 contests.

We welcome your comments on this, and suggest the possibility of also
sending the comments to the CQ-Contest reflector so that others can
see them and possibly follow up.

Comments can be sent to

Bob, K3EST
CQ WW Director
For the CQ WW Committee

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November 15, 2006

QSL Cards for Mull

Sorry to be so long in getting the QSL cards for the Isle of Mull sorted, it should be happening anytime soon. Expect the cards after the Christmas period now as things are fairly frantic but we have not forgotten about them.

IOTA Contest Results 2006

The results are in and we are very pleased with the results! We came 17th in our section which is certainly an improvement on last year. The aim, of course, is to build on this for next year and maybe make the first ten!

November 14, 2006

A Member's Blog

Linda G0YLM has started a personal blog at She hopes to share her own thoughts about amateur radio and anything else that happens to take her fancy. It will be updated regularly during the course of these long winter evenings!

November 13, 2006

Good Rally

The Rochdale Rally turned out to be a great little rally. Very few computer bits and loads of radio "junk". Looking to get a table there next year! We recommend this rally to the house, as they say in parliament!

November 08, 2006

Rochdale Rally

A few of us are off down to the Rochdale Rally this saturday We don't have a table there this year, just going down to pick up a few things for the group and have a general look round. Hopefully a good day out will be had by all!