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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Antenna

The antenna has become open circuit, I suspect its the coax at the antenna side. It may be a while before I am able to replace this.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Off Air for a while

In a recent storm , my antenna was destroyed, I will be off air, until I can repair/replace it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WSPR Testing :Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network

Ive been running this for a while, it a great way to see how far your signals travel over time, my fave band so far is 17m ,which seems very interesting propagation wise.


Here is where in the world my signal was heard on 5w into the antenna
want to take part /know more ? Click here

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back on the air

Its seem as if things came to head the last few days, my Digimaster interface seemed to stop working , the antenna went high swr and the laptop , which is very old, ground to a virtual halt.


Starting with the digimaster: this was attached to the rig and computer and when I went to look at it, had stopped receiving data, after spending 60m in skype, with one of the people who runs the forums for digimaster, it still was not working, so it was sent back to the maker.

The Maker revealed that one of the leads had become faulty, with a pin being bent out of position. it was duly replaced and sent back to me.

Shortly after setting it back up again with some help, the laptop slowed right down, its over 7 years old, so, its probably about time it was replaced. looking at the speed at which it was operating, I suspect the cpu was running too hot the fans had been noisy for years.

So I have replaced the laptop and set it up with the Digimaster, I now have a Asus X55C, which is a very middle of the road laptop, but, its the best I could manage to get back on the air.

The swr problem was caused by a bend in the coax, which was strengthened out, so hopefully that's it for a while, as this is expensive. 

73s John G6KQS

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Off air for a while

My Digital setup has stopped working, so Ill be off air for a while, details when its fixed and up and running.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Web Contact

From time to time I get email from people who want to know more about my experiments with antenna and other equipment.

 I'm happy to answer when I can, if you just want to say hello, try to contact me via Ham radio itself,  nearly always monitoring bpsk-31 around 21.070, emails asking me to visit your page or comment on your picture of your antenna, are not the  most enthralling messages I receive, and likely to be ignored, its not that I hate you or anything, but I enjoy this hobby for my reasons, and I if you want a sked, please do contact me, but I will not sign your guest book , or comment on your most recent blog, or donate money to buy your dog food... thanks for reading. 73s John G6KQS

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Back on the air

The new tuner has arrived its a MFJ 949 E- although rather touchy , (it needs better knobs) its performing ok and shows no sign of getting warm, let alone burning out, keep an ear out for me on psk, its always nice to have a qso, conditions seem rather dead today, with hardly anyone heard on 20m , lets hope things pick up a bit

Saturday, June 8, 2013

LDG Electronics YT-!00 Failure

My turner started smoking badly today its over a year old, no no chance of a free repair then, im off air until I can get a tuner replacement ,after it cooled down and stopped smoking I found it still works.. it will need a repair , but now Im down to 30w on psk as per the manual, hopefully I wont do any more damage ,Sent it off for repair 11 June, The repair shop say,its beyond economical repair , bought a new tuner today  16th June, it will be here tomorrow.
Turns out the tuner I bought wont run without power, so, ordered a different one, it should arrive today 18th June.

today on 17Mtrs



Today on 17M

  Callsign  Time   Band  Country
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  EA8ATE    10:18  17m   AF Canary Is.
  RK9CXM    09:36  17m   AS Asiatic Russia
  4X1SK     13:44  17m   AS Israel
  JL1QOC    15:52  17m   AS Japan
  UN7DA     15:52  17m   AS Kazakhstan
  TK4LS     15:12  17m   EU Corsica
  SV9AQI    16:00  17m   EU Crete
  OK2CRB    08:55  17m   EU Czech Republic
  G1DLC     10:37  17m   EU England
  RD3AJB    16:32  17m   EU European Russia
  DL7UDA    09:46  17m   EU Fed. Republic of Germany
  F1GVY/P   09:32  17m   EU France
  HA5DSC    08:57  17m   EU Hungary
  IZ8QKP    10:36  17m   EU Italy
  SP6LUP    10:15  17m   EU Poland
  YO3DFI    09:28  17m   EU Romania
  YT7TU     15:53  17m   EU Serbia
  EA5ALJ    16:28  17m   EU Spain
  UT5JCE    16:29  17m   EU Ukraine
  AJ4ZU     16:11  17m   NA United States

Automaticaly loggged stations ( not Worked) From Margate Kent

  Monitored over night

  9A2QG     05:49  20m   EU Croatia
  RA6CY     05:46  20m   EU European Russia
  DC1MRR    07:30  20m   EU Fed. Republic of Germany
  F4AYM     07:00  20m   EU France
  SV7JLA    06:43  20m   EU Greece
  HA5BSC    06:41  20m   EU Hungary
  IW2CXB    07:18  20m   EU Italy
  LB2M      05:42  20m   EU Norway
  SP3SLO    07:14  20m   EU Poland
  YU7AU     05:17  20m   EU Serbia
  EA3KY     06:49  20m   EU Spain
  UX7MX     06:50  20m   EU Ukraine

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Amateur radio PORN

Yep Its Ham Porn



Yaesu FT-857D, LDG YT-100 Tuner Diawa HF SWR Meter,ZLP Digimaster Pro 3 Interface,Acer Laptop,Little gnome with QSL card :) Extension speaker . QRZ !!!!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Digital

Yes its true Digital radio has finally appeared on the G6KQS Station, Ill show you mine if you show me yours :) more about this soon.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Cobweb antenna update

Finland and Russia  are two notable contacts on the antenna ,looks like its working :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cobwebb Antenna

Ok so its up

As far as i can see its all ok, i have been unable to have any contacts since its erection, the swr is not that good, but as I cant get up on the roof and adjust it, it will have to do, Ill let you know more as I use it more all the bands this is tuned for are very poor at the moment

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Moved to Margate Kent UK

I have new moved to Margate Kent, no antenna up at the moment, but im working on it , over the last few days there have been several solar flares so I suspect that HF would be fairly dead at the moment.

UPDATE: as of the 25th May I have erected a COBWEBB Antenna, please listen for me
10,12,15,17,20Mtr bands 

watson pbx mk II

This antenna now lives in the garage/shed, I set it up again a few days ago and I could hear something but, Im going to leave it in the shed as something is wrong and I cant work out what, shame I didn't test this the day I got it, on the good side there is no rust anywhere on it after all this time.