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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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The first 50 MHz contest of the year.

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Members of the SNBCG  and LEFARS took part in the first 50 MHz contest of the year at the Kelvedon Hatch SNB using the club call M0SNB. The contest ran from for 3 hrs on Sunday morning (10 till 1) … Continue reading

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CQ WPX RTTY contest

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This weekend the bands sprung into life with some RTTY, and I decided to join in the fun. Operating with the Secret Nuclear Bunker call MX0SNB certainly drummed up some business. Despite the odd interruption I managed 359 QSO in 52 … Continue reading

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LF and MW reception in an urban back garden

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Seems impossible, receiving signals on LF or MF with a small antenna. Results may surprise you, and the M1GEO Wellgood loop* may be just the ticket. *Sheep not included Review the various options, and listen to the difference a loop … Continue reading

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RSGB Christmas Cumulative Conest

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George M1GEO and Dave M0TAZ worked a few in the RSGB Christmas contest, using 144 MHz. You can read the report and view the pictures online. Our best DX was into Spain at 1143 KM.

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Tests on 4 metres on the Clansman 353

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John, G8DZH, has converted my email to a few LEFARS members interested in 4 metre operations  into this blog post as hopefully of interest to a wider audience.  I’d been experimenting with the various settings for bandwidth with different handsets on a … Continue reading

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EME and MS Weekend

Members of the Secret Nuclear Bunker CG attempted to make both EME (Earth Moon Earth) and MS (Meteor Scatter) QSO from Kelvedon Hatch SNB last weekend. The ARRL EME event encourages the small and not so small station to give … Continue reading

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The not so definitive guide to electronic logging

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In 1974 when computers filled the average living room electronic logging was a card index system, but thankfully things have moved on. Read my not so definitive guide to electronic logging.  

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Lighthouses on the Air – GB0TBW at Trinity Buoy Wharf

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Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August LEFARS members congregated at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London for its annual activation of Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse in order to participate in the International Lighthouse Weekend – ILLW. http://illw.net/ This … Continue reading

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RSGB IOTA contest

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Members of the SNB contest group came together to play some radio in the RSGB IOTA contest. Some stations make the trek to far flung Islands in exotic parts of the world, we opted for the contest site close to Kelvedon Hatch in … Continue reading

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