Wednesday 26 June 2019

AnyTone AT-778UV reversed polarity

Gary finds the damage caused by reversed polarity or over voltage on an AT-778UV

Thursday 20 June 2019

Live recording of ISS to Claygate school from Laleham Park Staines

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate, United Kingdom on 20 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:48 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and GB4RPS. The contact should be audible over the United Kingdom and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
Rowan Preparatory School is a vibrant, friendly and nurturing community where girls are encouraged to be themselves. Our school is an independent preparatory school for girls between the ages of 2 to 11, located in the heart of Claygate (near Esher) in Surrey. A school with traditional values and a forward thinking approach to education, we seek to offer a broad and adventurous curriculum full of exciting opportunities.
School life at Rowan is inspiring and offers a breadth of experiences which develop the whole child. The warmth that is evident when you walk through the door at Rowan creates the ideal learning environment for girls to fulfil their potential. They are nurtured and allowed to grow as individuals, encouraged to take risks and have a go at new skills and interests which will enrich their lives. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are at the heart of the curriculum at Rowan. Girls make the most of our dedicated specialist teaching spaces and delight in practical learning opportunities in the Engineering and Technology suite. From 3D printers to our radio recording studio, the environment at Rowan is geared towards encouraging creative and exciting learning, ensuring that the girls explore, question and discover in every area of learning. We are passionate about bringing STEM subjects to life and encouraging the girls to see how these subjects translate into the world beyond school. Experiences which will foster successful and inspirational women of the future!
Rowan girls are prepared for the transition to a wide range of successful day and boarding schools and we pride ourselves on finding the right senior school environment for each and every girl. A personalised approach to learning and outstanding pastoral care in our happy environment, ensures that every girl develops a genuine love of learning.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How did the International Space Station get built when it just balances in the air?
2. What are the challenges to growing food in space if astronauts are  to stay in space for longer?
3. Does your digestion change because in space there is no gravity so your intestine will float in your body?
4. Of all the experiments that you have done in space, what has given the most surprising result or has been the most exciting?
5. If you spin a ball in the ISS will it keep spinning or will it stop, and if it stops, what stops it?
6. In the future, will it be possible that someone can spend their entire life in space and if so, would their life expectancy change?
7. If you do a handstand in space does your blood go to your head if there is no gravity?
8. Is there anything you could learn about how bacteria and viruses behave in space that could help us defeat infectious bugs around the Earth?
9. NASA have said that they will establish a permanent presence on the moon within the next decade, how will they do this and what is the most exciting benefit for human kind?
10. In all of your time spent on board the ISS, what is the most exciting and extraordinary thing that you have experienced?
11. What new information about space are you hoping to learn?
12. Can you escape from a black hole?
13. We have learnt that astronauts are very busy and work long hours. So when you have free time, what do you do for fun?
14. How do you get rid of rubbish in space?
15. What are you looking forward to the most in nature when you return?
16. Our teachers and parents tell us that having a balanced diet is important. Is your diet closely monitored or do you have freedom to choose what you eat? What is your favourite meal?
17. How do you sleep in space?
18. What kind of dangers might you experience in space?
19. What is the most beautiful thing you can see in space?
20. We have heard that some people don't believe that the Moon landing took place, what is the best evidence that we have to disprove this theory?

Tuesday 11 June 2019

The Icom-9700 on WSJT-x and Hamradio Deluxe

Gary shows you how he connected the IC-9700 to both these popular programs, its fairly straight forward.. wsjtx here: Hamradio Deluxe here:

Saturday 8 June 2019

ISS School contact Dům dětí a mládeže Olomouc (House of Children and Youth Olomouc), Olomouc, Czech Republic

14:05 UK time 26 degree pass South East

James M0JFP, recorded the following from his 8900 and arrow antenna in Staines.

Have a listen click the link below

Dům dětí a mládeže Olomouc (House of Children and Youth Olomouc), Olomouc, Czech Republic, direct via OK2KWX (Nick Hague KG5TMV)

Home brewing Beer First fermentation stage

Firstly its very important to sterilise the bucket and equipment, so in the bathtub they go.

Next empty the malt syrup into a large saucepan add a little water and slowly heat up.
Always check the instructions !

Poor the contents of the saucepan into the bucket and find a safe place to store it
Next fill the bucket with cold water

Add the yeast and then place on the lid (ensure its airtight) and add the little glass air lock with a small amount of water.
Leave for 2 weeks.

I'll add some more in 2 weeks time!

Thursday 6 June 2019

GB1DD remembering D'Day 75 years on

Wednesday June 5th 2019
XW2A (again) Worked HA1SE in Hungry

Thursday June 6th 2019
Cas4a 8:43 22 degrees south
Xw2c 8:49 12 degrees north east
DG0ER worked on CAS-4B 9:37 25 degrees south
Xw2a 10:18 52 degrees west
XW2F 18:25 56 degrees west worked EI8JB
XW2A 20:50 73 degrees West worked iw3hrt and m1bxf

Friday 7th June 2019
XW2B worked OK2VWX

Saturday 8th June 2019
AO91 worked the following: gb1dd. Sv55mc g0iiq ii2vzme G1EC f8dzy s54l
AO92 worked the following: ea1ciu and f8dzy M/ON4AUC

AO91 worked the following: ea5gx ii2vzme ct1co24 and Ea1gar
XW2A worked the following: DL9DS

Saturday 15 June 2019
AO91 worked G0abi iw3hrt mi0dwe Ha1Se m0nmc 2m0sql m0mtq


Also worked Peter 2m0sql on FO29, no recording (shock!)

Sunday 16 June 2019

AO91 Sunday 16 June 2019
Worked GB3RS G3PGA Heard 2M0SQL and F4DXV/p

F4DXV/p Thank you Jerome

Working 30 meters CW John G4IRN
F8AUF and SP4NKU and HA7ME


Monday 17 June 2019
XW2A OZ9BK from Denmark

Tuesday 18 June 2019
More CW from John G4IRN


Tuesday 18 June 2019
gw4lwd on Xw2f

2M0SQL on Funcube AO73

Missed the call for an EA1 station on XW2A due to my poor tuning skills!

Wednesday 19th June 2019




Local SSB contact worked G0SKA 

Thursday 20th June 2019
Lots more CW tonight up and down the bands









Friday June 21st 2019

Saturday 22nd June 2019

June 281th 2019
G7SVF on AO73 satellite Isle wight

G4JEF /MM Walton Lock.

John G6JOV West Drayton

M3WUO Lewisham London

June 29th 2019

Gary 2E0IGF

Paul G4DCV Aldershot

June 30th 2019
Dave operating GB0SNB *Secret Nuclear bunker*

Jonathan  2E0TRN Slough

G4KFK in Bracknell

M7CDS in Crawley Sussex