Well somehow or other it’s now the middle of March and I still haven’t finished the shack 😦 I don’t seem to get a chance to get out there and do stuff at the moment, and as I’m away for a holiday shortly it doesn’t look like it will be finished this side of March.
No real rush to get things done as I don’t plan on doing any contests this side of summer (if we get a summer!) but hopefully I will get sorted and get back on the air to catch up with friends around the world.
Been a bit hectic at work lately, and other hobbies are taking up a bit more of my time than I ever imagined.
Coming off the IOMARS Committee was the best move I’ve made in a long time. Lets just say I don’t agree with the direction the club is going and a split is inevitable – that’s if it hasn’t already happened. It is a shame that people that I once trusted and considered my friends are being very stupid and can’t see what they are doing, but that’s life I suppose.
I don’t think I will make the NARSA Rally or the National Hamfest this year – I’ll have to see how it goes with work and other stuff. It’s always good at those events to catch up with my mates from GEARS in Northern Ireland, and several of the guys from LAM Co. etc. Maybe next year!
Right – away to do my chores and possibly sneak out to the shack… if the monsoon stops that we appear to be having this morning.
I have a strange feeling that I won’t get a lot of radio done this weekend! As it’s my 50th birthday I have a feeling I will be otherwise engaged.
I’ve had loads of messages already from friends around the world (as far as Ramsey and Belfast!!) thank you one and all 🙂
I have a nit of a do to go to tonight – organised by my bestie (and wife!) Rosemary. I can’t thank you enough for marrying me, you have always been there for me and words can’t express just how grateful I am xxxxx I love you to infinity and beyond!
Ahh well, one day she may see that post!!
Enough, for now – back soon, but birthday CD’s are taking priority right now 🙂
It’s been very busy here for some time, but I hope that I can start this year with a return to operating from home.
The shack is in need of a revamp – it’s far too full of stuff that has accumulated to the point that I can hardly get to the work bench. The time has come for a clearout and a new bench layout for the shack.
I still have the majority of my radios, predominantly Icom of course, the Elecraft K3 and a few DMR from Hytera and Tytera.
I’ll try to updat this blog a bit more often… it’s far to far out of date lol
Training course dates: Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 May
and Saturday and Sunday 28/29 May 2016. Please arrive around 9.30am for a 10am start.
The Foundation Exam will be on the afternoon of the 29 May. (Approx. 4pm)
The venue for training and exam will be the Civil Defence Training Rooms at the Civil Defence HQ in Douglas (88 Woodbourne Road). Please bring a copy of “Foundation Now!”, a packed lunch, and pens/paper. For the exam – you must also bring photographic ID (Driving Licence, Passport, etc. which should show your home address.
No candidate will be allowed to sit the exam without ID and payment in full of the exam fee of £27.50
We currently have 15 candidates for the Foundation course and exam. Training will take about a day and a half, but those who wish may attend both training weekends if…
Been a busy day today, setting up for the IOMARS Special Event Station from Douglas Lifeboat House. It was nice to see a big turnout of members to help setup the antenna and get the station ready for this weeks events.
I’ll mention names and call signs:
We were made very welcome by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and some of the crew who were doing their regular Sunday morning excercise after being out on the Sir William Hillary the night before to a car over the cliff at Marine Drive.
Hopefully the 25 or so contacts in less than two hours is a reflection on what we will get during the week. We will be operating mainly HF bands (40m and 20m) but will also be workable through GB3IM (analogue VHF) and GB7CA (digital VHF) repeaters.
Thanks to everyone who called in, and good luck to all the other lifeboat stations around the UK.
Well I bit the bullet and bought some Digital Mobile Radios… I’ve opted for the Chinese manufactured Hytera radios, simply based on price and ease of programming/use.
To start with I bought the MP-685 hand portable. Very robust, and well, solid!! I’ve fitted the 4×4 with a MD-785 mobile radio. First impressions are WOW! Audio is so much better than amateur radios I’ve installed in the past.
Time will tell and hopefully following the installation of the two new DMR repeaters by Dave GD4HOZ and Ed GD6XHG we will have a decent spread of coverage over the island.
As I’m still off work recovering, I’m playing a little bit with radios and settings, so hopefully more to follow on this subject shortly 🙂
My Watson weather station has now had a full overhaul, and after being tested for the last month or so is now fully operational once again. Problems with the rain gauge and anemometer AND the wireless link have foxed me for some time but are now hopefully all resolved.
I do have to remount the vane at some point on the shed again, but this should be done by the weekend – that means tomorrow 😉