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So how far will FT8 go on 144 MHz?

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Members of LEFARS, George M1GEO, Chris G8OCV and Dave M0TAZ played some portable radio with Suffolk RED last weekend, as the temperatures soared to 30 C Suffolk RED had organised a field day from their operating site at the Suffolk … Continue reading

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Solar Powered WSPR Transmitter

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I wanted to see if you could cheaply power and run a WSPR transmitter from a battery and solar panel. The system was connected for 7 days, transmitting around 80% of the time, day and night. The project is detailed online. … Continue reading

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Easter Weekend Portable Fun

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Members of LEFARS and SNBCG worked out portable from the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker over the Easter weekend. Using a vertical for 7 MHz and a doublet some DX was worked over the weekend.  You can listen to some … Continue reading

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Who needs the Met office?

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The reception of WEFAX has been around for many years, it may well surprise you it is still around today. It’s interesting to download some of these maps, from a system that sounds a bit like your old fax machine … Continue reading

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6e beam for 70 MHz

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This article looks at making a 6e beam for 70 Mhz. I’ve added some construction tips and links to the website to help anyone wishing to construct something similar. I would usually construct beams designed by DK7ZB, but this website allows you to select … Continue reading

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CQWW SSB 2017

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CQWW SSB event provides one of the last opportunities of the year to operate alfresco portable. Team SNBGC put on a small station from the Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch. The operating report is online and includes further pictures from … Continue reading

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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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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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