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Introduction

Hello thank you for taking the time to view my Amateur Radio web page.  I first started the hobby of  amateur radio in October 2007 and passed my foundation exam and attained my license in November 2007.  I then continued on my studies and sat and passed my Intermediate license in July 2008. Sat my Full licence exam 8 December 2008 and was issued my new call on 13 January 2009

        I don't usually use web browser toolbars but this one from Haminfobar I have found very usefull.  It displays a wealth of Amature radio related information.

            If you like to chase DX then this RDX cluster software by IK4JPN is for you.  It  also has the logbook function and the ability to change the frequencey of your radio via a CAT cable.

If you are new to the hobby than a must read can be found on the RSGB website:-

Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur
By John Devoldere, ON4UN and Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW
Just download the PDF document from the link.  If you have the spare cash then another must read is

RSGB Radio Amateur Operating Manual - 6th EditionBy Don Field, G3XTT

Both these publications are full of very useful information for the beginner and seasoned veteran.

I have also had great help from some of the local operators that live in or near my home QTH the links to the clubs can be found below:-

Grantham ARC

Peterborough ARC

Huntingdon ARC

 

Local Reapeater Locations from my QTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPEATER

LOCATION

DISTANCE(Miles)

AZIMUTH

GRID

OUT

IN

CTCSS

GB3PB

PETERBOROUGH

6.93

270°

IO92jo

433.250

434.850

94.8

GB3CI

CORBY

12.09

241°

IO92pm

433.050

434.650

77

GB3CO

CORBY

12.09

241°

IO92pm

145.662.5

145.062.5

77

GB3PE

PETERBOROUGH

17.15

170°

IO92th

145.675

145.075

94.8

GB3TL

SPALDING

17.72

50°

IO92ws

433.350

434.950

71.9

GB3GR

GRANTHAM

22.97

343°

IO92qw

433.275

434.875

71.9

GB3OV

HUNTINGDON

25.56

155°

IO92vg

433.125

434.725

94.8

GB3WI

WISBECH

25.88

83°

JO02cp

433.375

434.975

94.8

GB3BF

BEDFORD

31.41

180°

IO92sd

145.787.5

145.187.5

77

GB3PY

CAMBRIDGE

33.68

140°

JO02af

433.200

434.800

77

GB3TO

NORTHAMPTON

34.88

211°

IO92ne

145.612.5

145.012.5

77

GB3CF

LEICESTER

36.89

279°

IO92iq

145.600

145.000

77

GB3NF

NOTTINGHAM

38.93

313°

IO92kx

145.625

145.025

77

GB3NP

NORTHAMPTON

39.09

218°

IO92ld

430.887.5

438.487.5

77

GB3KY

KINGS LYNN

40.52

72°

JO02fs

145.713

145.113

94.8

GB3LM

LINCOLN

43.71

355°

IO93rf

145.725

145.125

71.9

GB3FJ

LINCOLNSHIRE WOLDS

44.33

64°

JO03ae

430.950

438.550

71.9

GB3FR

SPILSBY

44.92

76°

JO03ae

145.775

145.175

71.9

GB3PI

ROYSTON

45.15

156°

IO92xa

145.750

145.150

77

GB3EA

WICKHAMBROOK

50.65

123°

JO02ge

145.687.5

145.087.5

110.9

GB3EZ

WICKHAMBROOK

50.65

123°

JO02ge

430.975

438.575

110.9

NB:Distances shown have been taken from Google earth.

Azimuth bearings have been calculated using Tiny Locator and are ploted from centre of locator squares.

UK repeater locations can be viewed in Google earth via a downloaded file here.

 

My QSL card created with Microsoft Publisher

 

Equipment

Yaesu FT-857D

I must say that I have been very pleased with this radio, the only thing that I would add is that if you choose to use the memory function to store things like your local repeater details for easy access like I have then it is well worth buying the CAT cable and some third party software to do the job.  As manual input of this data is not easy and with the aid of some software and a cable it is in my opinion money well spent.

 

eHam Review

 

Yaesu FT-480R (On Loan from G8YDI)

This radio has been kindly loaned to me by Dave G8YDI.  Dave said that I could use the radio as I was interested in entering the 2m QRP event that Practical Wireless hold each year in the summer.  I did enter the event but could only spend a short time on the radio as I had visitors for the day.  This year I am hoping to enter again, but from a different location than my own QTH.  I have purchased a 5 Element 2 meter Yagi for this years contest and hope to do much better.


eHam Review

 

MFJ-949E Deluxe Versa Tuner II

Found this to be a very useful and easy to operate tuner.  It has made using my 65' end fed wire antenna a snap.


eHam Review

 

Daiwa CN-103L Cross needle SWR & Power meter

eHam Review

 

 

Signalink USB

See http://www.tigertronics.com/slusbmain.htm for more details.

I connect the Signalink to my shack laptop a Compaq Evo N620c so I can use data modes Like PSK31, SSTV and RTTY. I also have the Laptop connected to my FT-857 via a CAT cable for rig control using Ham Radio Delux

eHam Review

 

Mobile Equipment

Yaesu FT-7800E

eHam Review

Very easy to install and operate from a mobile station.  As with the FT-857 I would purchase third party software and a data cable to program the memories as this will aid in its operation whilst mobile as the channels can be selected using the microphone buttons.   As for the separation kit, well just purchase a RJ-11 cable or make your own.  attach the front panel into a generic mobile phone holder.  This saves a lot of money unless you get the separation kit as part of your purchase.

 

Alinco DJ-G5

eHam Review




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