Saturday, 26 April 2014

Swissonic MDR2

Here's my Swissonic MDR2 set up for recording some vinyl to .wav files.
Useful for recording DJ sets, will record for at least 6 hours on 2 AA NiMh cells.
Pretty basic (no naming of files, no timestamps) but more handy than a PC.

Friday, 25 April 2014


Nearly 15 years after buying my Yupiteru MVT-7100 scanner, I've still got it and it works. Even in 1999 it was an old design, having come out in 1993.
I got my first scanner in 1994, an AOR 1500 EX, the Yupiteru was around then but just a bit too expensive, I'd been saving long enough and wanted something then.
The 7100 is still OK, connectors are starting to get a bit worn and it loses its memories from time to time but it's useful as a reference receiver because I've had it for so long I can compare other radios with it.
Missing features that are standard now, like CTCSS and PC programming.
Alongside are my newer scanner and triplebandheld.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

GB3CR tonight

GB3CR on 433.150. Usually no s-points at all.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easington Fell

Walked up to Easington Fell on Wednesday. Only 3 QSOs on 4m and 70cm.

6pm on a Wednesday isn't a good time for a SOTA activation, even from a hill near lots of people, and with an alert on the website.

Not one reply on 145.500. The photo shows the short antenna on the Wouxun 4m rig but I was using the Garex flexi whip.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Extended 2m band

With the news about possibly extending the 2m band up to 147MHz I had an idea about wide split repeaters with the output on a frequency outside the amateur band.
Wide split 2m repeaters would be a good thing, even if the output frequency was outside the amateur band (needs to be cleared anyway). There must be some space on 140, 143, 149 or 152 MHz now to allow a >4MHz split. Could also be done on 4m with 80-81.5 MHz old fire frequencies.

Monday, 7 April 2014


Very bad signal from GB3GD - the 70cm repeater also on Snaefell is full scale and there is nothing in the way.

The 145.625 signal is about the same as I get GB3MP on 145.750, but I'm in a bad location for MP, with a hill in the way. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

WSPR on Mac

Running the Mac version of WSPR on a Mac Mini with OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. Couldn't get the serial port working so had to use VOX on the FT-817. WSPR had a list of serial ports to use but none were the port name of my USB-serial adaptor.
The display looks a bit strange as it's 1024*768 on a widescreen monitor, I used the VGA input to the monitor and the Mac wouldn't do any widescreen resolutions.