Fibreglass antenna mast standing on snowy ground

Brecon Beacons SOTAs: Black Mountain

Following the snow on Pen Y Fan yesterday, I decided to cut my long weekend short and to head back to Cambridge on Easter Sunday, stopping at Black Mountain on the Welsh-English border on the way home. GW/SW-041 Black Mountain 6-point Black Mountain is a lovely walk, which I last did just before Christmas. I…

Well made path with some snow on the grass around it

Brecon Beacons SOTAs: Waun Fach and Mynydd Troed

I spent the Easter weekend in Wales operating from some of the SOTA summits in the Brecon Beacons. After staying in Gloucester overnight on Maundy Thursday, I started Good Friday by heading up Waun Fach. GW/SW-002 Waun Fach I approached Waun Fach from the South-West, starting from the crossroads at NGR SO190267, just above Waun…

People looking at trade stalls

Rosmalen Radio Rally 2018

This weekend saw a large group (17 of us) from the Camb-Hams and various friends going to the Dutch national radio flea market at Rosmalen in central Holland. I haven’t been for four years, but this is always a great event. Visitor numbers were notably down this year, and a few of the usual traders…

Part of the exhibition, explaining the electromagnetic spectrum

Arkwright Scholar’s day at Bletchley Park

The Arkwright Scholarships are awarded to 16 year olds who show promise to be future engineers, and are designed to help them through their sixth-form studies. As part of this, the current scholars had an opportunity to visit the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)’s National Radio Centre at the historic Bletchley Park today, where…

Laptop and computer showing a waterfall of the 20m band

ARRL DX SSB at GB2GP

Last summer, I spent a week at the UK Scout HQ, Gilwell Park near London, for the YOTA event. This weekend, I had the opportunity to return to the shack to help operate GB2GP – the permanent special event station for the Scouts – in the ARRL DX Contest. It was a really fun weekend,…

G3VFC with his 70th birthday cake

G3VFC’s 70th birthday party at GX5MW

This weekend I was fortunate to be invited to Terry G3VFC’s 70th birthday party with a difference. Planned by his sons Richard 2E1EVK and Rob M0VFC, the object was for a group of us to set up stations in a local Scout hall and to make QSOs with 70 DXCC entities. In the end, we…