31 January 2020

Northern Ireland Weekly Nets



Here we have a couple of videos from The Northern Ireland Weekly Nets which take place every Thursday night on 27.365 USB and 27.525 USB....





Videos:YouTube/68WR048 Marty

28 January 2020

International Space Station Contact 28/01/2020


Yet another great Space Station contact...

Hang Tenna 582 Review 10/11m Antenna

Video:YouTube/Matt M6CEB 2E0FNM

A review by Matt (M6CEB/2E0FNM) of the 'Hang Tenna' 10/11m portable antenna which is an easy way of operating out mobile or at home, you just need somewhere to hang it......

24 January 2020

Space Station Contacts 27th/28th January 2020



Two upcoming Space Station contacts are planned for next week:



An educational radio contact is planned with Agrupamento de Escolas Serafim Leite, São João da Madeira, Portugal, direct via CS2ASL.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Monday 27 Jan 2020 16:33:34 UTC 64 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in English. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.


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An educational radio contact is planned with Primary School “Jovan Jovanović Zmaj“, Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, direct via YU7BPQ. 

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Tuesday 28 Jan 2020 15:51:19 UTC 48 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in English. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

AM QSO Party - This Weekend



From Facebook:


"This coming weekend is the AM QSO PARTY in Europe.

But what is the event all about? How do you take part?

AM QSO PARTY 2020

Clyde Valley Anniversary Net


Tonight sees the 2nd Anniversary of the Clyde Valley Net in Scotland, UK.

If you are within range you can catch the net on 27.405 USB from 20:00 hours, so make sure you call in and say hello!


22 January 2020

International Space Station Contact 22/01/2020


The Space Station never came above the horizon at my location but I still manged to hear part of the conversation today....

20 January 2020

UK To Canada Xiegu x5105

Video:YouTube/M0DAD

Another great video from M0DAD, this time with a handheld contact from the UK to Canada. That Xiegu X5105 certainly does the business.... 

13,000 Mile Contact On Xiegu X5105 HANDHELD

Video:YouTube/M0OGY

Here we have David, M0OGY, in the North East of England operating handheld on a Xiegu X5105 as he attempts a contact with ZL3OZ in New Zealand at a distance of over 13,000 miles!

Reception on the little radio is wonderful, and the fact that anything of David's transmission can be heard so far away is quite simply amazing at this point in the solar cycle....



17 January 2020

Upcoming Space Station Contact


An educational radio contact is planned with Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada via telebridge IK1SLD Ground Station located in Casale Monferrato (AL), Italy.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS  and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.
Contact is go for: Wed 2020-01-22 17:21:36 UTC 32 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in English. RX only! 

Credit: AMSAT

PROPAGATION ALERT: Massive High Pressure Over UK


If the guys at the Met Office have their calculations correct it looks like the UK and Europe are set for a very intense area of high pressure in the next few days. Predictions say the high pressure could reach 1050mb which would make it one of the most intense high pressure systems seen for over 30 years. Not only should that bring decent weather (plenty of sunshine) but high pressure can have a great effect on radio propagation. 

The HF bands could certainly kick into life so keep checking the CB Radio and Ham bands for activity. Also high pressure can cause some very interesting effects on VHF/UHF in the shape of Tropospheric Ducting.  

Of course it might all come to nothing, but fingers crossed we may see some very interesting conditions in the coming days.... 


7 January 2020

President Richard £139.50 at Knights

Knights, here in the UK, have reduced the price of the President Richard 10/11m radio to a much more sensible price of £139.50




6 January 2020

The First Sunday DX of 2020 (CB Radio)

Video:YouTube/009 ADVENTURES

The first of what is sure to be many videos from Marc 163CT009 who as usual is banging the drum for UK CB radio!