KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition news

* Topband advice by George, AA7JV
Hello TopBanders –The KH1/KH7Z will be active on 160m from Baker Island from June 27 to July 6 (note that dates are tentative and may change — please visit http://baker2018.net/ for updates).

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The great FT8 debate

 

In his blog Dominic Smith M0BLF gives his take on the great FT8 debate

Since its introduction a year ago FT8 has transformed amateur radio, enabling amateurs living in high-noise environments to make contacts that would have been impossible using traditional modes. Continue reading

BCQP 2017 club reminder: Feb 4 8am to 8pm BC time

BCQP 2017 is coming up in just a few weeks. Please give a gentle reminder to club members so that they can prepare if they haven’t done so already. And SRI if I’m duping you in the mailout. I’d rather dupe you than have you left out of the loop! Continue reading

Hand-carried QRP Antennas

Hand-carried QRP Antennas, by Peter Parker VK3YE, is the new book that takes the mystery out of portable antennas.

After inviting you to assess your needs, it discusses the pros and cons of popular types. Its style is brisk and practical with almost no maths.

Many ideas for cheap but good materials suitable for portable antennas are given. Beginners and those returning to radio after a break should especially find this section handy.

Finally there’s construction details on a variety of simple but practical antennas and accessories suitable for portable operating. All have been built and tested by the author over almost 30 years of successful QRP activity.

Hand-carried QRP antennas is an ebook readable on most devices (free software available if you don’t have a Kindle). It’s Peter’s second book, following on from the popular Minimum QRP, released last year.

More information: http://home.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/handqrp.htm

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vk3yeradiobooks/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imFk17gARiA

(Ed note:  found on Southgate ARC)