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Antenna Discussion Board / V2000 Tri-Bander.
« on: February 27, 2022, 10:05:54 am »
Installed the new V2000 antenna yesterday. Working a treat on 6m, 2m and 70cms. Still need to tweek the S.W.R. for 6m, but very happy so far with it's performance.


The tip of the antenna is peaking just over 220 feet ASL.

DX Reports & Contacts / 2mtrs is great!
« on: February 19, 2022, 02:14:15 pm »
Just worked a station from my QTH to Chelmsford using only QRP power. R5-S9 each way. Distance was just over 30 miles away

Mode: FM Simplex
Frequency: 145.475
Power: 5 Watts
Antenna: Sharmon X510

New Yaesu FT-736R is working a treat.  ;)

Transceiver Discussion Board / Yaesu FT-736R
« on: February 17, 2022, 04:28:50 pm »
Another classic old Yaesu from around 1994. The FT736R is technically a Quad Bander covering 6m, 2m, 70cms and 23cms, however 6m and 23cms are optional add-ins.

This particular 736R I have has the optional 6m module installed.

It's in a very nice condition for its age, but it could do with a service for peek performance.


Radio Software / Sorcerer Decoder (STANAG FSK PSK CW)
« on: February 05, 2022, 12:38:16 pm »
Sorcerer Decoder is free and simple to use application for windows operating system.

Download Link: * (943.81 kB - downloaded 48 times.)

The software is capable of decoding many modes including

DPRK 600 bd FSK* EFR Telemeter
Facsimile (FAX) 60-90-120-240 LPM
Facsimile (FAX) B&W – Gray Scale
France-Inter Time Signal
Globe Wireless Dataplex Marker
Globe Wireless FSK & PSK
Greek 145bd 1265 Hz FSK*
Grintek DT-309
Harris RF-3560 PSTN TIU
Hellschreiber – Basic Hellschreiber – FELD
Hellschreiber – FM Hellschreiber- MT
Hellschreiber- Duplo Hellschreiber – PSK
HF Datalink (HFDL) ARINC 635
Israeli Tadiran Burst Message System*
Italian FSK Burst 600 bps*
Italian FSK 300/600 bd*
Italian FSK 1200 bd*
IRA-ARQ (includes Zip archive recovery)
MD-513B 16PSK MT63
MD-674 Asynchronous FSK
MD-1061 16PSK MD-1239 16PSK
MD-1268 16PSK MFSK8 & 16
Mil-Std 188-110A App A 16DPSK
Mil-Std 188-110A serial
Mil-Std 188-110A serial HRS variant
Mil-Std 55529A NB Asynchronous FSK
Mil-Std 55529A WB Asynchronous FSK
MSF Rugby Time Signal
Nokia M85200 M90*
OLIVIA (all submodes)

Radio Software / Yaesu FTM-300D Programming Software
« on: January 25, 2022, 06:20:30 pm »
Here's the programming software for the Yaesu FTM-300D. I've only had a quick play with it, so not had chance to fully understand it.


Download Link

Radio Software / DUDE-Star
« on: January 23, 2022, 09:11:15 am »
Want to try Digi Voice modes like DMR, YSF, P25, D-Star etc.  Well it's Super easy with Dude-Star.

NO Radio Needed.
NO Hotspot Needed.


Download Links for 32 & 64 Bit Microsoft Windows Platforms.

* (9841.66 kB - downloaded 236 times.)
* (11894.53 kB - downloaded 693 times.)

Antenna Discussion Board / The LPAM Medium Wave Antenna
« on: January 13, 2022, 10:27:32 pm »
Here's a basic design for building a 30FT / 10 Meter LPAM Medium Wave Antenna.

This antenna is basically comprised of a vertical radiating element which at it's base is a loading coil to overcome the reduced length of the radiating element. At higher frequencies this coil is usually not all that large in inductance.

In essense the antenna is basically just an end fed 1mm core wire strapped to a telescopic fiber glass pole. You could also use aluminum tube sections put together at a maximum height of 32 feet. Note this can also help reduce the required inductance of the loading coil as you increase the diameter of the radiating element.

It's important to note that ground radials are required too. These can be omitted, but performance is drastically reduced if you do choose not to use them. Even if you have more radials at shorter lengths is better than less at longer lengths.

Here's an example of the vertical monopole with ground radials.

These antennas are usually regarding as being called a "Compromise Antenna", however this type of design is very close to the commercially availble antennas used for Long Term RSL / LPAM Radio stations all over the UK. The only difference is the lack of a "Top Hat" or "Capacitive Hat" section. These are used to help reduce the loading inductance and can also help move the radiating lobe higher up the driven element to overcome trees / nearby objects and buildings etc.

Example of loading coil

You can further reduced the loading coil size by either, increasing the diameter or the radiating element, or adding a capacitive hat at the top. If you do decided to use this type of antenna which is very similar to the commercial type available, all-be-it minus the capacitive hat. The loading inductance @ the lower end of the band will be very large.

UK LPAM Frequencies

Dutch Pirate Frequencies

FreeBanding / Atomix Pirate Station in Kent SE-UK
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:56:21 pm »
Scanning the band up at Bluebell Hill a 2 weeks ago, and came across Atomic FM on 87.6Mhz

They have RDS (scrolling) but not Stereo encoded signal.

Don't think it lasted very long as they have now gone of air.

Radio Software / Baofeng BF-888s Programming Software
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:37:08 pm »
This may be useful for anyone looking to program the BF-888s radios. I'm not sure if Chirp has added these radios to it's support list at the time of writing this post, but here it is just incase.


Download Link: * (937.1 kB - downloaded 31 times.)

I've also used this same software client for programming Kenwood UHF radios like the TK-3107

Buy & Sell / [SOLD] Sunker Elite 4
« on: November 20, 2021, 01:33:09 pm »
Very nice radio the Sunker Elite 4. These radio's have some nice features including, Mic Gain, RF Gain, Display Dimmer & Talk Back. Unlike many modern radios the Elite 4 has a proper analogue rotary encoder for the channel selector.

Other feature include header socket for frequency counter using the Galaxy standard. Plus the option to switch from EU to PL which is basically allowing you to either operate on the Zero's or Five's.

Beautiful large S/RF/Mod Meter

These radios have so much RF swing and can achieve 3.5 times the carrier with ease.

Frequency range: 26.965 - 27.405
Mode: AM "Amplitude Modulation
Channels: 40
Power: 4watts RMS / 12 Watts PEP

Comes with all it's original accessories, including the box.

£60 no offers, may consider posting.






The Amateur Licence now requires all amateurs to check compliance with EMF exposure limits. Compliance Checks are required after 18 November 2021 for frequencies above 110MHz, after 18 May 2022 for frequencies above 10MHz but below 110MHz, after 18 November 2022 for frequencies below 10MHz.

A video explaining how to complete the EMF calculator

RSGB/Ofcom calculator (356 KB MS-Excel Worksheet v.rsgb11c) to calculate your EIRP from practical station parameters—incorporating the Ofcom spreadsheet. This now includes specific advice for VHF beams. We still plan to provide a web based version which does not require use of a spreadsheet. This calculator will be updated later to use exposure limits based on ICNIRP 2020 reference levels and will incorporate more antennas

The Excel Calculator document can be downloaded here.

For more information, head over the full article on the RSGB Website.

WebSDR's / Barneys WebSDR
« on: November 11, 2021, 03:38:47 pm »
Here's another WebSDR that's located North of London in the Bedford area Hosted By Barney.

Covering 11m, 10m & 2m bands

Activations / 26BH40 Special 40 Year Anniversary of Legal CBUK
« on: November 02, 2021, 09:24:58 pm »
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Special 40 year activation chaired by James 26JS07

Day: Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Starting: 7pm - late

Activation Call sign 26BH40


Buy & Sell / [SOLD] Frequency Counter
« on: October 29, 2021, 05:56:49 pm »
Blackstar Frequency Counter up for grabs. In perfect working order with extras.

Model: NOVA 200
Gate Speeds: .01, .1, 1 & 10
Resolution: 8 Decimal
Frequency Range: 10hz - 200MHz
Type: Frequency Counter / Timer Cycles Period
Power: Mains or Rechargeable NiCaD type C Cells

**Important** Never subject this device to low temperatures or attempt to use it in a low temp environment.

Extras: Bi-Directional Coupler & High Quality BNC Lead for easy connecting to radio equipment under test conditions.

£55 No Offers or Postage, Collection only! PM to arrange collection.


Buy & Sell / [SOLD] Goldstar Oscilloscope
« on: October 29, 2021, 05:36:44 pm »
This is my old Goldstar Oscilloscope up for grabs as I no longer do repairs on radios any more. This is one of various test equipment I will be selling off. It's in good condition, just a little dusty from being on the workbench.

Model: GoldStar OS-9020P
Frequency Resolution: 20MHz typical -  30MHz absolute max resolution

The oscilloscope comes with 2 high quality RS probes which are worth the asking price alone.

This is collection only item.

£40 no offers! PM me to arrange collection


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