Tag: Operating

Lopsided signal reports

I am asking this here as I am not sure if the problem is equipment related or op related, and I am almost 100% cw these days when not operating from the field. I’ve now had around 100 QSOs using cw, and I am noticing a pattern. To varying degrees, the other op gives me…

AWA CW Activity Day

Sunday afternoon 4 February is the Antique Wireless Association CW Activity Day running from 15:00 to 17:00 CAT [su_button url=”http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/january/awa-cw-activity-day.htm”]Full Original Article[/su_button]

ISWL callsigns for February

The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of February 2018 [su_button url=”http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/january/iswl-callsigns-for-february.htm”]Full Original Article[/su_button]

Modes used on air during 2017

Michael Wells G7VJR has published a breakdown by mode of the amateur radio contacts uploaded to Club Log in 2017 [su_button url=”http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/january/modes-used-on-air-during-2017.htm”]Original Article[/su_button]

Tom and Jimmy ‘complete’ GI SOTA

Jimmy Read M0HGY and his dad Tom Read M1EYP became only the 4th and 5th SOTA participants to activate every summit in the GI – Northern Ireland association [su_button url=”http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/january/tom-and-jimmy-complete-gi.htm”]Original Article[/su_button]

RSGBB Band Plan Changes from 1 Jan 2018

The RSGB has just announced an updating of the Band Plans from 1 Jan 2018. Tutors and students should note that the Band Plans used for examination purposes will NOT be changing. Examination questions will continue to be based on the band plans shown within the Exam Reference Data booklets EX 307, EX308 or EX…

FT-8, what is a “good contact”

My general rule of thumb is a “good contact” in regards to non-contest contacts is one where we have exchanged at least some piece of information. With FT-8 the full exchange is usually the grid square and a report followed by acknowledgement that the information was received and then a sign off with a “73”.…

ISWL Callsigns for January

The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of January 2018 [su_button url=”http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/december/iswl-callsigns-for-january.htm”]Original Article[/su_button]

Why use LSB?

I have been licensed since 1991. I have always operated as the bands have been created by ARRL for each band. I have always operated with minimal power, only have 100 watts max anyway, not a big station in any way. I have been wondering for some time about why we in amateur radio operate…

Now is the time for Sporadic-E openings on 50 Mhz

The SARL report that recently, the first Sporadic E contact during this season was made from Rio de Janeiro over 2 000 km to the northern part of Brazil [su_button url=”http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/december/sporadic-e-openings-on-50-mhz.htm”]Original Article[/su_button]

FT8 Power, how much ????

How much power do you use on FT8? Are there unspoken rules in place I’m not aware of? Is FT8 a weak signal/low power mode? Who establishes these ethical mode rules? This past week I emailed a couple of acquaintances who I saw work a rare DXpedition and they said they were running 500w or…