Upminster Windmill on the Air

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Members of LEFARS and SNBCG activated Upminster Windmill GB2UW for mills on the air weekend. We was able to make use of the new 1.8 million pound visitors centre, operting in the comfort of the staff room. You can read … 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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Rosmalen Radio Rally 2017

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Once again I attended the very enjoyable Rosmalen radio rally with George M1GEO, Chris G8OCV, Peter G0IAP and Dave M0MBD. You can read about the trip online. We spotted quite a few familiar names and faces over the weekend. Dave … Continue reading

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KiwiSDR 10 kHz to 30 MHz online

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Dave G7UVW recently purchased a KiwiSDR on a Kickstarter project back in 2016, like many of these projects your not sure exactly what your getting until it turns up. Once Dave had received his unit and added it to SDR.hu … 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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Canvey Radio Rally 2017

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Ive written a short report on the 2017 Canvey rally. Really nice to see so many people, attendance seemed to be good. A great selection of vintage equipment (OK junk) on offer, with all the usual traders. You can read … 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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Ultimate Labs construction (Part 2)

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I have added multi band options to the U3S recently. Part 2 of the project deals with the addition of the switched LPF relay board and additional LPF. You can read the story of the construction, thankfully without the addition … 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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