CQ WW RTTY Contest

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The SNBCG took part in the CQWW RTTY contest over the weekend of 23/24 September. The weather was set to be fair, so we decided to operate outdoors using the portable tent. The Icom 7100 and 7600 were pressed into service … Continue reading

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LEFARS and SNBCG Big Bank Holiday Weekend of Radio

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Thanks to everyone who took part making the field weekend a great success. We had stations operating on 3.5, 5, 7, 10, 14, 21, 50 and 144 MHz making around 1,000 QSO in 80 countries. You can see further pictures … Continue reading

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LIGHTING

Does anybody have a couple of small desk lamps, 240v for use on field weekends? Need lighting for night operating.  

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18 MHz 3e Beam (Part 1)

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Part 1 of the 18 MHz antenna project is now online. The objective is to make a 3e 18 Mhz antenna that can be transported to site in the car and still provide some gain to work some DX. The … Continue reading

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IOTA working an ideal portable HF weekend.

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IOTA (Islands On The Air) is a very large international contest, supported by many countries around the world. It also provides an ideal opportunity to work some often rare DX stations. Many of the stations have travelled at great expense to … Continue reading

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MFJ Versa Tuner III MFJ-962C

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My portable ATU of choice is the MFJ 962C, a high power 1.5kW manual ATU. It’s large but well constructed and ideal for use with QRO power. I have posted a review, with pictures and in my view one of … Continue reading

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QRO portable on 80m from Cromer North Norfolk

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Last night I decided to go HF portable from near Cromer North Norfolk. I selected a quiet country lane and pitched up the roach pole, genny and HF amp. Over the course of the next 2hrs, I worked 57 stations … Continue reading

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70 MHz Cumulative Contest

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On Sunday the weather looked good for a spot of portable operating. The RSGB 70 MHz contest runs for just 2 hrs, but if the weather is nice it’s always good to operate out portable. Using a high gain 4e beam and … Continue reading

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RSGB 25w 144MHz contest

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How often can you work 75 stations on 144 MHz in an afternoon? Nothing like a contest to generate a lot of activity, with both the RSGB and PW VHF contest today. I was able to work 75 stations, including … Continue reading

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70 Mhz Portable from the Rainbow and Dove

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George M1GEO and I decided to take part in the 70 MHz RSGB cumulative contest over the bank holiday weekend. Using the 3e 50/70 MHz antenna @ 12m on the PU12 mast we managed to work 39 stations. Our best DX … Continue reading

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