Saturday, 27 December 2014

Post Christmas Ramblings.......

Well, festivities continue at the Home QTH. After a shoulder operation on Christmas Eve, the XYL is still in a bit of pain but functioning, we spent Christmas Day eating and eating a bit more, inbetween bouts of eating, with a modicum of drinking thrown in for good measure.

Santa didn't bring me anything radio related but i did receive plenty of socks, soaps and deodorant - were people trying to tell me that I smell?? One of my gifts was an electronics toolkit with everything needed for those winter projects.

Reading for my Intermediate exam has hit a bit of a hiatus as I'm currently nursing my XYL, serious reading will recommence imminently. I think I should be ok but I don't want to count my chickens so will be burying my head in the book during my quiet moments.

Last night's snow proved eventful with my mast - snow gathered on the guy lines, making them wet and heavy, resulting in an alarming lean of 35 degrees off vertical. I was dancing with the mast at 11 pm and have today re-located the mast and tightened the guy ropes. Note to self - check the guy lines regularly to stop it happening again!

Listening in on the repeaters this morning, there appears to be a slight lift on as there have been some stations accessing GB3LM from as far away as Derbyshire. Yet to come across anybody on Simplex - I suppose it's still early and Christmas activities are probably still in action. I have noticed that the usual mob of mic-keyers are out in force - I do wish they'd say that they're just checking or testing, instead of just opening up the repeaters.

At the moment I'm sat in the shack/kitchen with my radio on, contemplating whether or not to have a wee drinkie - I don't think my services will be required as driver today so just might have a little snifter.

May I wish a Happy and Prosperous 2015 to everybody and may the coming year be filled with nothing but good.If the New Year is anything like the previous one, I for one am looking forward to a productive and harmonious one..

73's to all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Even more rambilngs

After months of waiting I have finally persuaded the Station Manager (She who must be placated) that a dual band collinear is not the eyesore she perceived it to be.

I have acquired an ex - military hf antenna which came with a very handy 8 metre mast. Last week I erected the mast and placed a Sharmans X-50 Collinear atop. Using a massive run of 30 metres of coax, I connected up my little cheap, cheerful and Chinese Leixen VV-898 and was finally properly on air. Having made a few QSO's I set off for my Radio Clubs Christmas buffet. I returned later to find the mast still standing and played radio for a while.

A week on and the mast is still vertical and the antenna is still in place. The mast is great and will form the mounting position for my mil-spec doublet once I have saved my cash and bought an HF set. I really like the Kenwood 480 sat but I will probably opt for a Yaesu FT-857.

The shack 2m/70cm radio is an Icom IC-E208 and is a huge improvement on the Leixen, which is now in the car. Finding a suitable PSU for the Icom was easy - 15a required and my existing one was only 3a (plenty for the Leixen) Amazon coming up with a reasonably priced 15a 200w unit.

So there you have it, no longer mobile only. Must remember not to neglect my domestic duties..........

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Continued Ramblings......

Having ranted recently about the cheap Chinese equipment available I have still bought yet another Leixen radio. This time it's the VV-808 UHF version, to go with the VV-808 VHF set that I bought several months ago. This joins the Leixen VV-898 dual bander that I also bought some months ago.

My collection of Baofeng and Wouxun handheld radios increases almost daily. I now possess :

1× Baofeng UV-3R
2× Baofeng UV-5R
1× Baofeng UV-5S
1× Baofeng UV-82
1× Baofeng GT-3
1× Wouxun KG-699 4m
1× Wouxun KG-689 VHF
1× Midland CT-410 UHF

That is the current list of Chinese stuff, add to that my Icom IC-208, Yaesu FT-60 and Alinco DJ-V57 and you could say I have UHF and VHF covered!

The next thing for my attention is a decent collinear for V/UHF then it's on to the HF stuff.

I'm studying for my Intermediate exam at the moment so once I  have that under my belt it's a Yaesu FT-857 with a good quality wire antenna from Nigel, M0CVO,  and all the accoutrements involved with HF (ATU,  etc.).

I shudder to think how much more I'm going to spend on this hobby - probably a small fortune, but hey, there's always something to add to the list. Santa,  if you're reading this that Yaesu would be nice..........