A great video from David, M0DAD who likes to operate HF Pedestrian Mobile from North East England with all his gear set up on a trolley. David has managed some amazing contacts with this set up and it's obvious that the seaside location (Away from all the electrical noise we have in our homes) makes a massive difference to the transmit and receive.
"The ARISS UK Operations team are delighted to announce that the ARISS
Schools contact for the Powys Combined Schools has now been confirmed
for Saturday 5th March 2016 at 1053UTC with Tim Peake on the International Space Station"
In this video Steve shows us the advantages of using SSB even in flat conditions. Starting a chat with one other station and by the end of the video he has quite a nice little net going with stations in Luton, The South Downs, Peterborough and London.
SSB activity has increased dramatically in many parts of the UK since it was legalised in 2014 with many weekly nets springing up. Steve's video shows that a call on the UK SSB Calling Frequency (27.275 USB) can lead to some great contacts even in poor/flat conditions.
So why not give it a try? Give out a call on 27 Mid Band (27.275 USB).
Tim Peake Heard On Board The Space Station 19/02/2016
This time I used one of my Baofeng UV5R radios connected to a home made horizontal dipole antenna which was on a 3m pole in the back garden. The horizontal dipole does a much better job of receiving signals from space than my normal home base vertical. This is due to the fact that the vertical is 'end on' to the direction of the signal source where-as the horizontal dipole is 'side-on'.
UPDATE: Tim's next contact will take place on 26th February 2016 at 14:40 hours GMT with City of Norwich Schools.
CRT France have posted a short video of the new CRT 2000 AM/FM CB Radio. I notice that there is no price as yet, and this will be what makes or breaks this radio. Priced too high and you may as well get the CRT ONE/Albrecht AE6110, both of which perform very well for little money. But if the performance is good and it is priced just right and this could be a winner.....!
"Once again the chance to head for high ground and ping some signals
around the Country, this is a contact / DX Net for those wishing to log
as many +100 mile contacts ( as seen on the placement card ) as
possible in a controlled environment .
It's all about the receive and power is not the issue , if you can't hear them_ you can't work them ! Hoping
for better weather and Tropo conditions than in December and although I
think we all had a great time with some cracking results it only ever
reached around 25% of its potential in my opinion .
QRM from Europe may
be a problem and the Net(s) may have move to different channels at times
around the mid-block on USB.
I will be calling out from the Mendip
Hills Somerset , at around 6pm on the 5/3/2016 and hope to make contact
and be able to pass around as many as possible.
73 & Good DX Kevin 26CT1685"
Source - Discussion thread on the Charlie Tango Forum: LINK
Tim Peake's Next School Amateur Radio Contact Confirmed
Following on from Tim's recent Amateur Radio contact with Sandringham School in St.Albans it has been announced that the next such contact will be with The Royal Masonic School For Girls in Rickmansworth on 11th February 2016 at 18:11 hours GMT.
Furthermore another 8 schools will hopefully get the chance to speak to Tim on board the International Space Station.
"After the original competition to find schools that could
demonstrate a commitment to Space, STEM and outreach was launched by
ARISS in the UK and the UK Space Agency, we announced that ten schools
had been shortlisted but that not all of those school would have an
opportunity to talk to Tim Peake on the ISS. In fact Tim himself
announced at the UK Space Conference in July 2015 that there would be at
least three such contacts and that he was hopeful of more.
The ARISS UK team, working with the ARISS International community,
are now pleased to announce that after a number of discussions, all ten
schools selected for the UK shortlist have now been scheduled. The
proposed scheduled is as follows:-
Feb 11 @1811GMT : Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth Feb 15 – Feb 21 : Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
Feb 22 – Feb 28 : Central Norwich Schools, Norwich
Feb 29 – Mar 06 : Powys Combined Schools, Powys, Wales
Apr 18 – Apr 24 : St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill on Sea
Apr 18 – Apr 24 : Wellesley House Schools, Broadstairs, Kent
Apr 25 – May 01 : The Derby High School, Bury Lancashire
May 02 – May 08 : Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
May 09 – May 15 : The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon
These dates correspond to the predicted orbits of the International
Space Station visible during the school day (typically 08:00 – 18:00hrs)
and when it is orbiting over the UK. A significant amount of planning
remains to be carried out to turn these proposals into confirmed events –
Tim’s on-orbit work schedule also has to be such that he is able to
carry out the contact at the same time as the ISS is orbiting over the
UK and the schools are available to make the call. Not a simple task!
I came across this great little article about 40 years of CB radio in the North East of England. Not much to it but good to see CB Radio featured in the local press. It would be nice to think that people might read it, dig out their old rigs and get back on the air.