Worked my first US station on phone

I worked my first American Amateur Radio station using phone (voice) mode this afternoon. K8CW was 57 on to Mynydd Mawr at the foot of the Lleyn Peninsula and I received a 57 from Alan. Equipment used was an Icon IC-706MKIIG transceiver, LDG Z-100 automatic antenna tuner and Snowdonia Radio Company (SRC) HF 8010 vertical […]

Portable PSK-31 Amateur Radio station up and running

This is the first opportunity that I’ve had to get out the portable PSK-31 Amateur Radio station and it does work, though I suspect a better antenna is called for. In the picture you can see the Yaesu FT-817 portable HF/VHF/UHF transceiver, LDG Electronics Z11 automatic antenna tuner (atu), CG Antenna SB-2000 USB radio interface […]

Hooked on PSK

I am a licenced Radio Amateur and have been for nearly twenty years – however there’s little more than a couple of thousand contacts in my logbook. I know, it’s shameful. I mostly operate on VHF (FM and SSB) and for a number of good reasons. Firstly, my garden is pitifully small, no room for […]

Vintage Racal RA17 sold

I trained as a Radio Officer with Cable & Wireless in the early eighties and worked on the venerable, and much loved, Racal RA17 HF receiver. It’s a big beast, extremely well made, stable and very easy to use – ask anyone who’s had one, they’re great. I obtained my RA17 back in the early […]