The great FT8 debate: my take

I’ve been pondering for a while about whether or not I should add my own opinions to the polemic about FT8, the now year-old digital mode that has taken the ham radio world by storm. A few things recently have convinced me that I should, which I’ll go into a little later in this short…

Fibreglass pole at the trig point, with the transmitter site in the background

Islay SOTAs: Beinn Tart a’Mhill

During this week’s Camb-Hams DXpedition to Islay as GS3PYE/P, three of us (G4ERO, GW2HFR and I) went to Beinn Tart a’Mhill, one of Islay’s one-point SOTAs (GM/SI-185). This is quite possibly also the easiest summit on the island, as it’s an ex-MOD transmitter site, with a nice path all the way to the top. Access…

IC-706Mk2G, RTL-SDR dongle and Raspberry Pi

GB3PY frequency change notification

This weekend, for the combined reasons of interference from Low Power Devices and also an opportunity to enable a new DMR repeater for Cambridge, the well-established GB3PY repeater has moved frequency. It was on 433.200MHz (+1.6MHz split) and is now on 430.900MHz (+7.6MHz split). This brought an interesting question: other than website and email, how…