February 27, 2009
The feeder was renewed last year and all has been checked back to the beam and is working like it should. The beam, however, is slightly out on 20 metres and is actually resonant at 14.390. The beam is actually riveted but is adjustable on the 20m elements. Having looked at these with a view to lengthening them it has appears that there is some wear on the aluminum and a couple of small parts will need replacing! Checking the measurements carefully against the instructions it seems that it was assembled slightly wrong in the first place and was never noticed until now! It will work ok for now but need to chase the parts with the UK dealer.
February 23, 2009
We are still receiving the odd direct QSL card for MS0SCG. Several cards were posted out direct from us on Friday so should expect them to arrive by the end of this week. We still have a few spare Jura QSL's if anyone requires one, please QSL to G0VGS whose details are correct on QRZ.
Tonight is a business meeting for the group. We are planning for the two big contests in March, both the full 48 hours, so plenty of planning to do. Sands will operate both times from Barrie's QTH near Bentham and will be the first time this year we can get all the masts and antennas up, checked and working. Our thanks also to Ian M0AZM who has kindly loaned his FC102 ATU to the group for our contests and events.
February 22, 2009
February 20, 2009
I have only been back doing CW for 3 months so it has been a steep learning curve and I need to listen a couple of times to get the information before I send. I managed 45 contacts though and for me it was an achievement. I will be back next month for more and I hope the conditions pick up as they were not brilliant this month.
73 Ian (G0VGS)
February 18, 2009
Just packing my kit for a few days away with my brother in law.
February 15, 2009
February 02, 2009
A snowy start here in Northern England with some more heavy falls forecast tonight! The picture shows the snow at the QTH of Barrie G1JYB. Still the contesting goes on and this evening sees the SSB leg of the 80m Club Championships, should be an interesting night, doubt anyone of our gang will be out mobile. Also tomorrow evening Faris and Sam take their "Full Licence" examination, so good luck to both of them, in fact good luck to anybody taking the exam tomorrow and we look forward to a contact with you in the near future.
We have plenty of plans to be out and about this month and, in between the contests, get all the equipment out portable and give the club callsign an airing one weekend, weather permitting.