Category Archives: Amateur Radio Stuff

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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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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First Portable (ish) HF Antenna

I have always been a sucker for the sound and nature of HF radio. The hollow, distant and sometimes ethereal voices always seemed to be travelling a very long way. More so on a hot summers night somewhere in the … Continue reading

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First Amateur Antenna

I remember, a long time ago, getting a CBRS license and building a ¼ wave groundplane vertical from aluminium tube & fencing wire for 27MHz. Whilst browsing the ‘net for a suitable 2m antenna for home, I came upon a … Continue reading

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Licensed

Well, it’s only taken 30 years but I’m now a licensed amateur radio operator. It started at high school in the mid 80’s and, as most mature age foundation ops will testify, life got in the way. Learning new things … Continue reading

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AOCP(F) Has Arrived

Certificate arrived in the mail on Monday. ACMA application done and sent. Not long to go now. Travelling at the speed of Federal Government and my own organisational skills.

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