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2017 Update

Posted by Craig on March 18, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Its been awhile since the last update which was around the shack build & Mancave 

Not agreat deal has changed still active on VHF/UHF and HF alot more active on Dstar and DMR with the new DVMega Bluestack.

The hex had a really good bashing in the widns not to long ago and needed some yearly repairs, So while down new coax was added and the lack of a colinear on roof of the house has now seen it move to the top of the Hex just a small X50N.

So not a great deal but st...

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Winter Coming

Posted by Craig on October 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Well i havent been on here much as the summer always see's me doing alot more things like out on the Bike or family day outs.

WIth winter coming i am sure to be hitting the shack alot more and being on either HF or Dstar so keep a listen out.

Also its going to be a test to see if the shack will stay warm ish with the 80w heater or will i need to upgrade it.

The New Shack

Posted by Craig on June 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Well i have not been active much due to the Great weather and just purely enjoying myself out on the Bike and the New Electric Car...

Quite alot has changed since my last update with like i say myself and the Wife investing in the Future with a new Electric Renault Zoe, And i have to say for the 3 months of owning the car we have not looked back what a different world. 

Anyway a major Shack reshape and a large task was took upon myself and some much awesome freind...

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DV MEGA Now Here!!

Posted by Craig on January 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Well what else could someone want for there collection of gadgets and Radio gear.. I sat thinking this one evening in December with G0JKJ and we came up with we don't own a Dstar Hotspot.. OOH Whats that i said... After an hour of googleing and looking and youtube and alot of chatting with Scott the next morning saw me purchase a DV MEGA from www.dvmega.co.uk i have to say service was fast and questioned answered.


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Posted by Craig on September 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Well i have purchased another handheld this time the ICOM ID-51E, For starters i had to trade in some old gear that i was not using to justify the cost of this handheld and i did at one pioint hum and aar about buying it.. But as usal i talked myself into buying it after looking at alot of reveiews on the internet and Youtube,

I have had the radio now for a week or more and i am so so so happy with it, It is one of those buys that you think how or why did i never have one be...

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40FT - 12M - Mast has arrived

Posted by Craig on September 6, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Well what a wonderful bargain i have got.. I managed to pick up and 40ft - 12m Mast from a said online auction for a bargain price..

It has arrived and is in absolute perfect condition, this will be going up soon to replace the scaffold pole to make easy service on the HF antenna..

Photo's soon.

Still Here!!!

Posted by Craig on August 20, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Well it's been a busy time since the last update. 

I have not really had much time on the radio with holidays and the kids etc but when i have i have managed to work some good DX. Some great contacts into Japan and Indonesia which i have not had in my growing list, The Hex Beam had with stood some high winds and seems to be doing a great job hearing some great stations that alot of my friends can not hear.

Me and my friend Vinny M0TAV have been out and about fittiting antenna...

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New Shed

Posted by Craig on May 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Well another busy week for me.. Work has been none stop and in between that i ordered a new shed.. Might sound boring which i would agree but the wifey thinks the new shed is for me to move into with the radio gear... Eeeerrr i don't think so dear... Why would i move from a lovely warm room in the house to a cold damp shed...

This a resulted in me building the shed whilst she was at work and myself filling it with junk as quick as i can hahahaha..

Why Why Why!

Posted by Craig on May 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Well it happened again the Goons of Amateur Radio can't help but stick there nose in..

As i was talking today to a good friend M6CIF on my way to work about progressing through the licenses of Amateur Radio here in the UK, And my view is one of my own and we are allowed views as it's a free country, But the Goon G1KDU pipes his nose in with his stupid tone and comments calling me a "PRICK" yes he called me a Prick.. But he didn't come in like a real amateur and break in he j...

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The Hex is up...

Posted by Craig on April 25, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Yesterday was a day of fun and pain... The HexBeam that was given to my best  mate Vinny M0TAV from Tim M0URX was meant to be going up at M0TAV's house but as he is such a kind person and awesome at that he ask me if i wanted it instead? silly question.... YES PLEASE!!!!

This meant a trip to Radioworld for a rotator for the Hexbeam.. Which was done the other day..

Anyway Yesterday was a lovely day and we decided to get the HexBeam built and up. It took...

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