Category Archives: Amateur Radio

Carry bag for Yaesu FT-817/818

I have been looking here in England for a small carry bag for my Yaesu FT-817 which is also big enough to hold an iPad, phone, waterproof jacket, sunglasses, water bottle or hydration pack, torch etc., but not so large … Continue reading

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Correctly reporting VHF Propagation type on DXcluster spots

The 2019 Sporadic-E season (April to August) on the VHF bands 50 MHz and above has begun here in the Northern Hemisphere and it is generating lots of extra DXcluster spots, which is helping stations to know when and where … Continue reading

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2019 new mobile digital voice modes?

In 2019 I have one amateur radio with a digital voice option rather than analogue capability and that is my Icom IC-7100 used at home with D-Star. On HF I can recall one time having heard another digital voice call … Continue reading

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Number of 70 MHz squares worked in 2018 soars

Well, prior to 2018 I had been struggling to work new Maidenhead grid squares on 70 MHz due to a previous combination of deaf radios for that band and unsuitable antennas. However, in 2018 in time for the Sporadic-E season … Continue reading

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50 MHz The Magic Band defies previously accepted propagation theories

Today, 24th July 2018 at solar cycle 24 minimum the 50 MHz band defied long established propagation theories and observations when the station of Gary Ashdown VK8AW near Darwin, Northern Australia in locator square PH57 worked several stations in Europe and … Continue reading

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