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15 Nov 2022 - Peter GM4DTH received his first Amateur Radio MF beacon SA6RR (Sweden) on 478.94kHz. QSL card received already - see below.

The Swedish SA6RR amateur radio beacon (478.9kHz) was received at 03:18 GMT 15th November 2022 during an aeronautical Non Directional Beacon (NDB) receiving session. This was the first amateur signal received in this band. The report was 559 and the message was 'VVV BEACON DE SA6RR SA6RR SA6RR - PSE RPRT TO WWW.RADIORUD.SE - ' . The website in the message has details of the beacon which operated at an estimated power of 3W ERP. The aerial is about 22m high, capacity-loaded with a ground system using 17 100m radials.

MP3 audio recording:

Non-directional beacons received in Edinburgh IO85JW during this session were mainly weak with stable background noise with almost no static. This was not one of the better nights for listening. The beacons logged listed below illustrate the propagation conditions.

The receive aerial was a 'Miniwhip' at 10m elevation, receiver and recorder was an Icom IC-705 with a MF rx converter. All equipment was battery powered

  

Time GMT

Ident

Frequency kHz

Location

Country

0226

VNG

404

Vangsnes

Norway

0234

FTZ

468

Fritzlar

Germany

0235

MF

421

Halmstad

Sweden

0237

SG

409

Såtenäs

Sweden

0241

LAY

395

Islay

Scotland

0242

DND

394

Dundee

Scotland

0243

TAT

393

Tautra

Norway

0245

KLY

378

Killinay

Ireland

0246

CBL

380

Campbelltown

Scotland

0247

UW

368

Edinburgh

Scotland

0248

PIK

355

Prestwick

Scotland

0248

NT

352

Newcastle

England

0250

ATF

348

Aberdeen

Scotland

0251

NWI

342.5

Norwich

England

0253

EDN

341

Edinburgh

Scotland

0254

KER

334

Kerry Farranfore

Ireland

0256

GLW

331

Glasgow

Scotland

0257

EGT

328.5

Londonderry

Northern Ireland

0308

AH

417

Ängelholm

Sweden

0325

SAY

431

Stornoway

Scotland

0326

RY

427

Royan  Médis

France

0318

SA6RR

478.94

Beacon

Sweden

 

Result: Brian came 3rd in the 6-hour Open Section - Congratulations!

In the absence of an LRS GM3HAM/P entry in the 2m Trophy due to very adverse Wx forecasts, Brian GM4DIJ braved the weather including thunder & lightning and put on a single-op entry in the 6-hour section on the Sunday from Sandhead near Stranraer and made 93 QSOs including France, Belgium & Netherlands.  Brian writes: 

Difficult to imagine people having any hobbies other than Amateur Radio, but  Brian GM4DIJ does a lot of running. Here he is enjoying the Burns Hill Race nr Selkirk in a blizzard in 2018. Wx much better this year (2022)!

Brian operated GM4DIJ/P from Ardwell near Stranraer. 34 QSOs; best DX G0VHF/P in JO01PU (Essex) at 527km. 

Brian reports: I had a go at this one from a layby near Ardwell, 10miles south of Stranraer on Luce Bay. at about 20m asl. My usual much-higher site is noisy on 4m. Antenna was only about 5m agl, but I had some decent contacts including LRS member Malcom GM3TAL near Dunfermline who was a good steady signal. There was no SpE. Best DX was G0VHF/P in JO01PU at 527km in Essex.

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GM4DIJ/P TX Equipment                 : IC7300+TE Systems amplifier

TX Power (W)                                    : 100
RX Equipment                                   : IC7300+preamp
Antenna                                             : 6 element yagi
Antenna Height agl; height asl       : 5m; 20m
Number of valid QSOs                      : 34
Claimed number of QSO points       : 9312
Claimed number of Post Codes       : 27
Claimed number of DXCCs               : 4
Claimed total score                           : 288672
Best DX - Callsign; Loc; Distance    : G0VHF/P JO01PU 527km (Essex).
 
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Map of QSOs. Best DX G0VHF/P in Essex.

 

In the first photo you can see a white van in the distance. That was where I'd intended to operate, but someone was camping there. I moved back about 100m, so there is about 100m of flat ground before the steep drop to the sea. The result is an increase in take-off angle and reduced gain from the sea reflection. A small change in position makes a difference!
 
In the graph, the red line is the antenna gain and take-off angle for my original site choice. The bearing is 140deg, where most of the contacts lie. The aim is to get around 3deg take-off. The blue line is for where I had to operate, with a considerable gain reduction and a steeper take-off angle.
 
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11 June 2022 - GM4DTH works Italy on 2m Es.

"I caught some sporadic-E on 2m last Saturday 11th June 2022 at 16:09h local time. I worked IT9DJF JM68IE at distance 2300km / 1437 miles. My aerial was a simple 5/8λ Stealth vertical, power 400W. This was the only dx station I could hear. The opening lasted abut 20 minutes with signal strength varying, peaking S7". (Check Propagation table on this page for Es  predictions - psp).

DAYTON HAMVENTION 2022

I was told that the ticket stubs went up to about 28,000 and they were issued in sequence so there was a good turnout.  It was held in the Greene County Fairground and Expo Center, which is at Xenia, a small town about 15 miles out of Dayton. I travelled to Dayton with my friend Andrew Dozier whom I have known since we were both graduate students.  He has a farm in a small town called Otisco in southern Indiana, close to Louisville, KY. and we set off from there on the Friday morning arriving at the show about lunchtime. I spent the afternoon exploring the flea market which was very extensive. We returned on the Saturday and I did the rest of the flea market. In the afternoon there was a thunderstorm warning with rain which put paid to the flea market which was all outside. Most of the afternoon was spent indoors in the six halls housing the trade and club/society stands. All the latest offerings from the main manufacturers were on view.

 

8 May 2022 - Brian Howie GM4DIJ/P operated in the RSGB 10GHz Trophy contest from West Freugh Range near Stranraer. One contact! G0HIK/P, Cumbria, attempting SOTA on 10GHz. At least it was sunny!

 

The building (LHS) is a West Freugh Range observation post. The red brick cube on the RHS is the top of a Cold War ROC bunker.

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Congratulations to LRS member Colin Murray GM4EAU for winning the 2022 RSGB Constructors Contest (Software Category) for his WATT software (WSPR Analysis & Transfer Tool).  

Last night's 2m UKAC from a location on Luce Bay near Stranraer in Dumfries & Galloway.

The new 9-ele beam seems to work better than my ancient 8-ele J Beam, which must be close to 50 years old.

 

Following Malcom's appearance of LRS Viral Net #60 on 19th May, he provided this description of his 4m/6m station and recent activity on those bands: