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Middle of Summer!

Well that’s TT Week over ( and now back to normal on the islands roads. back to work for me too, after all I’m cruising soon so better put some work time in 🙂

I’ve actually had quite a productive weekend… a few jobs ticked off my list – it still hasn’t got much shorter though. I have finally completed (well, nearly!) my portable power supply for radio use. The battery I bought in Northern Ireland has been fitted into an ex-motorsport battery box, and a neat little distribution unit purchased from the guys in  Manx Marine in Douglas has been mounted on the lid. Wiring up was simple – just a few crimped connectors (which I will get around to soldering eventually). I’ve connected up a CTEK Battery charger to the whole unit, so hopefully the battery will be ready at all times.

Quick pic for the curious……


I know – it’s not really high voltage! The wing nuts were left over from making my field target stand a few weeks ago, and the remainder of some cage nuts and bolts that I had laying around (M6) finish the box off quite nice while making access straight forward if I need to. Inside the box the battery connectors are the quick release type, and nice 2.5mm wire came from Bevan’s – the Marine Chandler in Peel.

It may have a few more tweeks yet – I was thinking of a cut out and maybe a voltmeter so I can keep an eye on charging levels, but for 10w or so from the rig it isn’t asking a huge amount.

I also managed to tidy up a fair bit of the work bench and shack desk… I may actually be operating radio again shortly!

Right – off to take my meds… let’s see if they stay down this time.

73 DC

Mid May Updates…

Not quite finished in the shack but it’s definitely getting there. Several trips to the local amenity site have made a hole in the storage side of the shed, also some ruthless sorting of “useful” gear has made a huge difference to space!

Some planning for future activities has been going on in the background, hopefully a report on all that soon but it should be fun (for a few of us at least!)

Radio wise I have had the President Lincoln working on 10m until evicted rather rudely from my operating position. Some people have no sense of awareness of others and  would rather be rude and obnoxious. Karma is a marvelous thing though, their time will come.

Gun wise not much has changed. I have completed making a portable target holder and mini range. I can use it for air pistol/rifle and over longer distance for .22 rimfire and maybe (if I reinforce it a bit) for .17HMR – I will have to test that though!

My trailer is also about to get a refurb. It’s back from being loaned out and is now tucked away in one of my garages. My plan is to kit it out for a combination of shooting, camping and radio – I will take loads of pictures and hopefully put them on here.

As for now – back to my Saturday routine (with rain!) Take care

73 D


And now it’s May!

Been a busy few weeks here – getting the cobwebs blown out of the Elecraft KX3 and having a bit of a play on HF. I’m still planning on a few outings with this lttle radio this summer, maybe mixed with some kayaking and socialising with the “Geckos” on a beach or three for burgers and beer 🙂

Other rigs have had a bit of attention – the Icom IC-7300 made a brief appearance on the desk in the shed, some tinkering with that and a new headset bought for contest use… Radiosport 60CF from Martyn Lynch & Sons. Comfort wise they must be the most comfortable thing I have ever worn (apart from a Shoei RF200 helmet when I was riding race bikes!) I think that the headset together with the IC-7300 will make a nice neat portable contest station 🙂

The President Lincoln Mk.2 also had a bit of an airing. I’ve managed to find a mount for my 9 foot tank whip, so with a bit of luck and some nice weather that will soon be adorning the C4… the rig may actually get fastened in too – more of that in later posts though.

Other hobbies have been taking up some time too – my new Air Arms S-510 Extra FAC air rifle has been fitted with a lovely Optik 6-24 x 50 IR scope and high mounts… now I just need to set it up! I’ve been offered time at the Sinclair Range in St Johns, how can I refuse? I will also be taking my two bolt action guns – the Anschutch 14-17 0.22 and CZ-455 0.17HMR both need the optics re-setting so I think an afternoon in the sun is called for.

Right, time for more work. 73 for now!


Update – March ’17

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.

73 all D

Birthday Weekend…

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 🙂

73 D

New Look

Had a bit of a play last night with the page theme and a few other bits. WordPress has improved since I last meddled with the site design, but I found this one and quite like it!

Sidebar and footer have been really altered from the standard, and I think the links I’ve added enhance the info that was here.

Hopefully the site will have a bit more by way of alteration over the weekend… we will see!

Quite like the new WordPress app for Mac too – it makes this editing lark very user friendly with a WYSIWYG interface/preview pane. Much better than the old system 😉

I could get used to editing this, maybe I should try to edit it three or four times a week and not just when the mood takes me. I’ll see how it goes for a week or two, and see if I get fed up hahaha.

Happy Friday!

2017 Update

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

73 for now, Dave 2D0YLX

Foundation Course/Exam UPDATE!

Foundation Training in the Isle of Man



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…

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RNLI SOS Radio Week

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:

  • Arthur GD3TNS
  • Stuart GD0OUD
  • Steve GD7DUZ
  • Dave MD6TSW
  • Barry MD6KBW
  • Suzanne SWL
  • John GD0TFG
  • John MD6EZL

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.

73 all