Author Archives: Merton

Mt Dale VK6/SW-036

The VK6 SoTA programme has started and thanks goes out to everyone who made it possible. Anxious to get started, I thought a trip up to Mt Dale on my day off would be a great beginning. I have been … Continue reading

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Radio At The Park

More practice and a bit of fun too. Still surprised at the capabilities of 5W.

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Shack on a Letterbox

A friend has kindly lent me his FT-817 and I decided to have a quick play late on Sunday afternoon. 5W, a random wire and a manual tuner works well. Seems to be a lot more sensitive on receive than … Continue reading

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Almost There

Took my completed link dipole up a local sand dune to play today. The conditions were lousy but still managed a couple of local contacts. Nice and quiet up there too, even if it’s only a couple of hundred metres … Continue reading

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Portable Dipole

Weather and other factors finally conspired to allow me to work on my portable dipole. The tune on it went way out on 40m after the top section of the squid pole snapped. A quick consult with an old friend … Continue reading

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First SOTA Contact

Thanks to VK2DAG on VK2/NW-006 I now have my first SOTA points. A bit of QSB and QRM but a good copy nonetheless. The traffic faded out completely shortly thereafter, sadly. Thanks for being up there.

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VK3YT’s Web SDR

I live in WA, have an ‘F’ call, am interested in Summits on The Air and we appear to be experiencing one of the biggest nulls on 40m in recent history. This does not mean that I need to miss … Continue reading

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