* 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).
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
(Interesting video to watch)
Todays topic, Winter Field Day 2018 Continue reading
Don (VE7AEO) brought in his new compact SDR HF Radio to show off. Don reports the receive is as good as as his Japanese radios. He hasn’t played around with the transmit side yet. Continue reading
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, 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/
(Ed note: found on Southgate ARC)
The 19th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is only days away with 420 registrations now and the organisers tip it will reach 500. Continue reading
The sun fired off its strongest solar flare of 2016 during an active weekend that saw three eruptions from the star’s surface. Continue reading
All Coastal Ham Radio members wish both members and non members alike a fantastic and safe Long Weekend. For those DX’ers outside the country try to make a contact with VE/VA and remember the RAC Canada Day contest starts at 0:00 UTC July 1.
Earlier in the week Dom, 3Z9DX, has received confirmation from the North Korean government to make a return trip to P5 and operate amateur radio with equipment for up to 5 days. Continue reading