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Bouvet here we come

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Or something like that…

From 29/1 to 10/2 2018 we will be QRV at Marconi's original radio station on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall UK with the sole aim of working the guys on Bouvet from this place of historic radio significance.

We - Me Charlie GØSKA and Mrs TDZ & SKA with a remote station further down of G8AJM and Mrs AJM are planning a mini UK expedition to get the best possible spot to work Bouvet in February next year.

I have booked Marconi’s Wireless Cottage on the Lizard which was where the first transatlantic cable came ashore and Mr M made some of his first transmissions with the spark transmitter.

We will be taking the K3/Expert combination and have specific permission from the National Trust for a mini 4 aerial antenna farm which will allow us to work on 6-80m. 
If the weather permits I have been working on a full size 1/4 wave kite aerial on 160m that we will deploy given half a chance.

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Apart from the historic significance the site is located to give us the best chance of getting to the other side of the world missing as much of France and Spain as possible.
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We will be operating personal calls MØTDZ & GØSKA
As well as the Marconi Lizard Club Call GB2GLD so give us a shout for the chance to work this bit of radio history.
G8AJM will be stationed further to the west. In fact as far west as you can get so we will have shotgun coverage from the south west of the UK fingers crossed.
UPDATES during the stay will be on the BLOG
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2017 DX Contest with Chris

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991 up for grabs

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See the for sale section
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3D Prints in pictures

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Driven Element Box




THINGIVERSE

All downloadable for free on Thingiverse

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Super Portable CrankIr

Here is another printing project for the CrankIr

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2481451
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New 6m beam for the UKAC

6M Beam

I have been chatting with my pal Terry about what to do for the 6m UKAC next year (when the Nordic scoring system has been sensibly been adopted) and my thoughts turned to making a more portable solution to my 5 ele LFA. More portable in the sense of the time it takes to put it together.

So taking clues from the 2M ones that I have made and written about before I am going to have a go at a 6 or 7 ele DK7ZB version. So the question was to make some stronger spacers that the elements can clip into. Cue the new 3D printer.

I started with the driven element box which is going to be something like this with a core built in to wind a choke on.

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And for a first attempt it turned out pretty well

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I will probably have a go at printing a bit to hold the driven elements in as well.

This is the idea for the other passive element clamps which will have a 10mm pipe clamp on the top


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more as it happens !!



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Time Off

Sorry for the delay on posting. I’ve been away to hospital for a bit of an op.

Now home and awaiting a very special package to arrive from Larry in the US. That is going to mean that I need to re-do the shack somewhat so I thought I would post a current picture of where we are at the moment.

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More to follow when the LP-700 arrives. See you then

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Shhhhh.

Charlie has brought me a WSPRlite from Sotabeams

Apart from having to find one of those old fashioned Windoze computers to set it up, it is a breeze and works a treat.

I am sending 200mW up my delta loop at the moment and in a day have been spotted in all these locations

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This is a really useful tool. Check it out.
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