The Cyclechat Radio Shack

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Drago, 7 Feb 2017.

  1. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Location:
    Near Newmarket
    That's pretty good. There doesn't seem to be much left on SW nowadays that isn't religious or China. Not sure which is worse!

    At weekends there's normally some good pirate activity between about 6210 and 7000khz though I've not checked for some time. After dark, some receivers can also pick up the mysterious 'missing' top end of the MW band above 1611khz. Anytwhere up to about 1700khz especially at weekends there are normally a few Dutch pirates operating playing usually either trad Dutch folk music or rock among other things. A lot of the presenters normally sound fairly 'refreshed' especially later on!
     
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  2. pplpilot

    pplpilot Veteran

    Location:
    Knowle
    You'll be wanting these then -

    http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalog_directory.html
     
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  3. OP
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    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    Sheer porn!
     
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  4. OP
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    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    HAARP are readying for another experiment with their mind control/weather modification/cancer causing/chemtrail enhancing/foreign leader incontinence causing (delete as your political inclination requires) experiment in September. They've not announced the date yet, but I'm keeping an eye in their web page.

    I may try a capture on SDR. Apparently they now QSL, either electronically or by card, and a HAARP QSL card would look smart in the shack.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    Prop forecast is rated as 'good' for 40 and 80M tonight, so may fire up the SDR and see what's about.
     
  6. OP
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    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    40M open down into Africa South of the equator at the moment. Just worked Botswana on PSK with 20W.

    Also 6 Meg broadcast band open to the east, currently listening to KCBS Pyongyang in the shack.Unfortunately, I no speako da North Korean, but the music is chirpy and cheery in a do-as-you're-told-or we'll-shoot-you kind of way.
     
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  7. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Location:
    Near Newmarket
    I used to be able to receive the Voice of Korea's English language service from Pyongyang on 15245khz and occasionally 13760khz but have not tried to pick them up recently- (I'll have to check but I think KCBS might be South Korean?).
    Reception from North Korea at best poor, not helped by the presenter's poor English. But you got the gist- always an entertaining listen always banging on about the neighbours- the 'southern puppet state of the USA'.

    Edit: KCBS shows on Google either as the Kansas City Bar-B-Que society or more probably the North Korean domestic service. External service is Voice of Korea. I'm tempted to join the Kansas lot.
     
    Last edited: 19 Jul 2017
  8. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    I am now live M6YXA, hopefully my Intermediate course starts after the summer, and 50w will be all mine!

    Although my 8 watt tri-power Baofeng is doing well into the repeaters locally. My project while I am off for the next few weeks is a 2m/70cm portable dipole and/or a 'tape measure' Yagi for when my foot is better and my SOTA days begin!
     
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  9. OP
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    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    T'was the NK domestic service. Was too early for paths to the West to be open (though you never know), and while I don't speak North Koreanese they definitely weren't talking Kansas, and the station ident was all military marching band stuff, that got a bit squeaky and high pitched towards the end.

    Well done @Maggot Pretty soon every CC member will be a Ham or a Trig Bagger. Bazooka dipoles work particularly well at 2M.
     
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  10. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    I look forward to a COTA (Cyclists On The Air) group soon!
     
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  11. OP
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    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    I've moved my shack out to the man shed. Heated, insulated, powered and lit, so it's no hardship by any means.

    Almost finished setting things up. Picked up a Cleartone CM7000 programmed for 2m today, so planning on a dual band J pole for 2M and 70cm to keep things tidy.

    My big power supply has packed up in a cloud of smoke, so I need to get that apart and fault find, see if it's something I can fix.

    And finally, I'm thinking of a bicycle set up for 70cm/PMR/DMR. Colin the Claud would be idea for this task.
     
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  12. m6mal

    m6mal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    kettering England
    CALLSIGN = M6MAL
    QTH = Kettering
    LOC = IO92pj
    LICENCED = 15th August 2008

    FAVOURITE MODES = PSK31, SSB and all DIGITAL (C4FM, DMR and D-STAR)
    I used to have a G5RV half size i built when i got my licence in Worcester and SX50 VHF/UHF and a SRC X80 vertical but now i live in a groundfloor flat and am very limited, i took the 9 to 1 unun off the SRC X80 and put it on my 9ft wall in the courtyard then i attached 66ft of wire to it horizontally and thats my HF sorted lol my VHF/UHF is via a moonraker 2/70 button mount inverted on a metal curtain rail. Yep the joys of living on a ground floor.... Mobile i use a Lafayette SG7900 which is a brilliant aerial and i also use a multiband with a flylead for HF 80m - 6m plus i have a telescopic with an unun i got from a rally.

    ICOM 7100, YAESU FT857d,
    HANDHELDS:-
    Baofeng UV8HX analog
    TYT MD380 DMR
    ANYTONE ATD868UV DMR
    YAESU FT70de FUSION
    ICOM ID51e DSTAR

    Hi there fellow Hams, do any of you go out on trikes doing radio. I have a few repeaters i can hit when out on my trike so i will be using more often than not one of my Digital Handhelds as they have analog aswell and are dualband excluding the md380.
     
    Last edited: 25 May 2018
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  13. OP
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    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    <al, you're within easy simplex or repeater distance with me. We'll have to meet up for a ragchew once ive finished setting up my shack in its new home, or I could chat on 2m or 10m FM from the car.

    73 de 2EORGJ.
     
  14. m6mal

    m6mal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    kettering England
    My VHF/UHF limits me to local say about 10 miles, i can further that using DMR/C4FM through my local repeater GB7KE which is a multidigital although DMR doesn't work but used to lol

    73 de M6MAL
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    I'm looking to add DMR to the arsenal soon. Can you access and repeaters on 2 or 70?
     
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