Thursday, June 27, 2013

Interesting USA proposal

The USA amateur radio emergency communications organisations are requesting
the possibility of using encrypted communications during emergencies or related exercises.
The proposal has been submitted by AB1PH (Don Rolph).

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(From ARRL News)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Progress with GD and IM repeaters on Snaefell


Click the link above to read the latest report on fixing the Isle of Man repeaters.

You will now see a further update from today's visit (23-06-13)

The new antenna on Snaefell.

Friday, June 21, 2013

New small antenna analyser for around £160 (minus battery pack)

This new product seems ideal for checking your antenna in the field.

antenna analyser

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Emergency Communications agreement with the Polish Government and the Amateur Radio Union

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Some progress with GB3GD

The local 2mt repeater GB3GD now has a new antenna, but there are some issues which will be reviewed over the coming weekend.

Please keep up to date with progress by viewing the repeater web site before you try and make any contacts.

Repeater Web Site

(Many thanks to GD4HOZ for this information)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Keep a 2mt/70cm radio in your car when traveling in the UK

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Consumers in 99.7% of the UK’s premises (homes and offices) can already make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages using mobile connections from at least one operator.
However, some premises, typically in more sparsely populated areas, still do not have outdoor  2G mobile coverage from any operator. These premises are defined as being in a ‘complete mobile not-spot ’.
Mobile phone coverage is still very poor in the UK as the OFCOM map above shows with red spots, so if you are traveling in the UK it's still a good idea to keep an amateur radio in the car in case you need to communicate with the outside world.

OFCOM report
2m Repeaters
70cm Repeaters
BBC Story

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Frequencies for Spanish Amateurs

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Thanks to RSGB News for this item

Monday, June 03, 2013

First job using SUGRU.

First try using SUGRU - had to fit head mount clip for a FTM-10R transceiver into the car; did not wish to use screws and had to be able to remove it without any damage at a later date.
Arranged some SUGRU under the clip pressed it down and left it overnight. Next morning perfect fit and stronger than using screws - very happy.