Category Archives: Blog

LDF5-50 MagLoop on 80m

When I first made this MagLoop my goal was to be able to use it on the 40m band, and this was achieved. Recently I began to wonder if it might also work on 80m. So the MagLoop was setup … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Magnetic Loops, QRSS / WSPR / QRP

Homemade Satellite Antenna

I was at one time quite active on the early OSCAR satellites. In those days (I’m going back over 35+ years) it was 2m to 10m linear transponder(s). Having not done anything with satellite communications for such a long time … Continue reading

Posted in 70cms, Blog, Satellites

An SDR based QRSS Grabber

About a year ago I purchased the NooElec Ham It Up v1.3 bare bones HF Up-converter (HFU) to use with their NeSDR SMArt dongle. The plan at that time was to get an SDR-based QRSS Grabber running online 24/7. For … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, QRSS / WSPR / QRP, SDR

Not QRT

It’s been several months since my last blog post. Although little has happened as far as updates to my website / Blog there’s been a fair amount of activity going on behind the scenes. Some of this activity has been … Continue reading

Posted in Blog

A new LDF4-50 Magnetic Loop Antenna

Having recently changed my car I realised this week that the diameter of my LDF5-50 Magnetic Loop (ML) is fractionally too big to fit in the back of my new car!!! So something needed to be done if I wanted … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Magnetic Loops

23cms VLNA Finally Installed at the Masthead

It’s been a long slow process but today I finally finished installing the G4DDK 23cms VLNA at the masthead. The extended timeline was partly due to some other improvements that needed to be done to the 2m EME setup and … Continue reading

Posted in 23cms, Blog, EME, GHz_Bands

Tidy-up of the 1.3GHz Transverter

Having completed the 1.3GHz PA and established that things work well with the transverter (TVTR) and PA located in the shack it was time to tidy things up a bit. I had a spare enclosure that matched the Anglian TVTR and … Continue reading

Posted in 23cms, Blog, GHz_Bands

A Fun Couple Of Days On 23cms

Having recently completed the ~20W PA for 23cms I was looking for some activity on the band to see what difference the extra few watts would make. Unfortunately I had just missed the monthly UKAC session. Reading the UKMicrowave Digest I … Continue reading

Posted in 23cms, Blog, EME, GHz_Bands

1.3GHz 20W PA

My plan to be QRV on 23cms EME continues to move forward albeit at a rather different pace to what I’d originally envisaged. After a period of many weeks where little progress was made I’ve focussed my mind on getting … Continue reading

Posted in 23cms, Blog, EME, GHz_Bands

1.3GHz Transverter – separate TX / RX ports

The SG-Lab TR1300 transverter continues to impress me. My current setup on 1.3GHz is the TR1300 with Sam, G4DDK’s VLNA and a single 67 element long yagi. The Anglian transverter is used on the 144MHz IF side, both transverters are locked … Continue reading

Posted in 23cms, Blog, EME, GHz_Bands