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  1. Thread: M0PZT Kit

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    Re: M0PZT Kit

    Some changes to the /P kit over the past few months - A KX3 found its way into my kit-bag so that's now the QRP/CW radio of choice. A homebrew Linked Dipole has also been made-up. Some of our group...
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    Re: Fibre Glass Pole Mounting

    Ah - that's the kind of thing that I've been looking for: Something to allow me to put a standard/travel 10m pole in the ground but without having to take a hammer (or rely on an-other Essex Ham). I...
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    Re: excellent mic modification kit

    That's a clever little unit, a local has one of those and seems to enjoy using it - It would be a welcome addition to my 857-based setup.

    Something I conjured-up a few years back when I was...
  4. Thread: Digi modes /P

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    Re: Digi modes /P

    Matt,
    The Linx 7, 8 or 10 (in those screen sizes) are probably worth a look - been around for a while, and there's a look at the 8" version over at Essex Ham:...
  5. Thread: Digi modes /P

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    Re: Digi modes /P

    There is actually a £10 kit over at Ham Goodies which contains all the bits for a "standard" interface: Transformers, Opto-Couplers, USB/Serial converter etc to handle both digimodes and CW keying. ...
  6. Thread: Digi modes /P

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    Re: Digi modes /P

    A couple of times, but not a fan of cycling with the laptop in the panniers (not so fussed about the £40 tablet!). So, HP Windows laptop running PZTLog and my homebrew "passive" data interface: No...
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    Re: Diy antenna support

    I'm with Peter G0DZB on this: A good 10m fishing-pole from SOTAbeams. Enough height for a 40m 1/4wave vertical (or an all-band end-fed) but also strong enough near the top to support feeding a...
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    Re: Galleywood Common, 22nd August

    Really nice day yesterday, perhaps a bit too hot (knocking on the door of 28'c). Got some QSOs on 40m but mostly GI/GM and very little close inter-G. The Germans were strong, so strong that I worked...
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    Galleywood Common, 22nd August

    Some Essex Hams will be enjoying a bit of /P just south of Chelmsford at one of our regular haunts, Galleywood Common. I'll have my FT-857, 10m pole with 40m Doublet and will no doubt be on 40m SSB...
  10. Thread: Ugly Balun

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    Re: Ugly Balun

    Yes, and they're not very good - unless you build it according to your carefully-calculated sums! If you're aiming for a mostly resistive choke for general HF use (given that you've got a 9:1 at the...
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    General discussion Re: Standard Exchange

    Proper name is "QTH Locator", black icon with QTH inside the box and "Locator" underneath. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.arbeiterwaschmaschine

    If you enable your GPS when you...
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    Shoebury East Beach

    Right near the beach, lots of parking (it's pay and display, so bring coins) there are toilets and a confectionery shop nearby. High stumps permit fishing-poles to be secured - large grass area also...
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    General discussion Re: Standard Exchange

    I use an Android app called "Locator" which plots the squares over a GoogleMap to give you a locator to that level of accuracy. Handy for when I eventually go GHz /P :)

    As an aside, it's amazing...
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    Galleywood Common

    Free parking, great RF location. Small wooden stumps but only 18" high, so ground stakes required. Used frequently by the Essex Hams.

    Find it on the map!
  15. Thread: Promoting ARPOC

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    Re: Promoting ARPOC

    Likewise, Ian - it was a fun few hours with 6 /P stations worked on 40m including James M0JCQ/P who some of you probably know via Twitter.
  16. Thread: Promoting ARPOC

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    Re: Promoting ARPOC

    I heard Mark on 7.120 whilst I was /P earlier... He did a grand job of promoting the website to the guy he was speaking with :)
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    Re: Nice day for it ......

    It was a lovely day for it. I opted for a solo outing to the local village green. I walked the mile or so with minimal kit: FT-857, 7Ah battery, pole and wires:...
  18. Thread: Bike Mobile

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    Bike Mobile

    Not to be out-done by the various car installations, tow-bar mounts and "behind-the-dash" wiring... First-up is the Yaesu FT-60 which sits inside a cross-bar bag - there is a clear lid which allows a...
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    Re: Article: ARPOC & EURAO Spring 2015 QSO Party

    This coincides with our "June Summer Solstice" event on the Sunday - unless there's a major downpour (or snow!) then the Essex clan will certainly be QRV from Galleywood from early 'til late....
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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    There were also links to ARPOC and RaDAR, too :)

    It went really well, 52 in the room and I managed to prattle-on for about an hour. I guess you need to pitch it to the audience you are expecting....
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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    Look who got a name-check in my "Operating Portable" talk at tonight's meeting of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society... :)
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    Oh, and here's my frame after a session with a blow-torch and a...
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    Re: Weekend activations?

    Nice to work some inter-G today on 40m SSB - it was busy so finding a spare 3KHz was fun. I also mentioned to Peter DZB about the "Spots" feature and I'm yet to navigate it on my 'droid phone/tablet,...
  23. Thread: W3EDP

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    Re: W3EDP

    Also +1 for SOTAbeams. We (members of the Chelmsford club) just did a large (just shy of £200) order and not only did it arrive within 2 days as promised, we got free postage and some freebies....
  24. Thread: IC-703 or FT-817

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    As Matt says, the FT-817 is a great all-rounder for QRP and you can always "treat it" with additional SSB+CW filters if you want. I run an FT-857 as I found 5w from the 817 a little restrictive, plus...
  25. Thread: M0PZT Kit

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    Re: M0PZT Kit

    The frame is great - especially when I'm out on my own sitting on the small fishing stool (£3, Sports-Direct) and want the station "self-contained". Also useful for when the sun moves and I can just...
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