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Portable operation.

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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7 MHz a DX band

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Over the course of the bank holiday weekend, members of LEFARS and SNBCG came together for a radio weekend. I have always wanted to put up a vertical for 7 MHz and see what DX could be worked, and this … 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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Yaesu 857 ‘M’ – a portable station in an ammobox by David Coles – M0IDF

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Following the write up in the LEFARS newsletter I’m making  this article available on the blog at G8DZH’s request. The article describes my all band grab ‘n go portable station based upon the ubiquitous Yaesu 857D. ‘Portable’ operating is defined as working … 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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