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…

Paths splitting

SOTA G/DC-001: High Willhays

A trip home to visit my parents in Devon gave me the opportunity for my first SOTA activation of 2018: High Willhays, the highest point on Dartmoor. It’s also the only SOTA summit on the moor, as most tors don’t have sufficient prominence to meet the P150 rule. This is a nice easy way to…

Gavin trying to fix the pre-amp mid-contest

RSGB 432MHz AFS from M1BXF

We always aim to have at least five stations on from the Camb-Hams for any of the AFS events, because it’s the top four scores in the team that are counted for the Super-league, and you never know when failure might befall one of the stations. Today, it was our turn to suffer from equipment…

SOTA equipment on a table

SOTA Equipment demo at Suffolk RED

I was invited to Suffolk RED last evening for the opportunity to demonstrate the sort of equipment I take up hills for SOTA purposes. For those who don’t know, Suffolk RED (Radio and Electronics Development) is a monthly supra-club event, now into its fourth year, which has proved very popular in East Anglia. The premise…

Final Score: 1620. 36 departments worked.

A non-serious entry in REF-CW 2018

I had a bit of spare time over the weekend, so gave away a few points in the French REF-CW contest. Equipment was my Elecraft K3 with just 40W out (to prevent QRM to neighbours) to my 30m dipole, tuned onto 40m. I’m not entirely sure how effective this was. Many stations seemed to struggle…

Amateur Radio Logging in the Cloud (Part 1)

This post describes a project I’ve been working on during Christmas this year. It is a project that’s absolutely not for the inexperienced, so if you decide to take any of the ideas in this post – which you’re absolutely welcome to do – I won’t be able to assist. This is Part 1 of the post.…

SOTA trip to the West Pyrenees

In August 2017, I spent a few days doing some of the Summits on the Air summits in the Pyrenees. Monday 31st July Trône du Roi (F/PO-187): Attempt 1 After flying into Toulouse and getting a hire car (which took an unexpectedly long time), I drove to the Trône du Roi (King’s Throne) to operate,…