Radio Mobile Online

Its probably not news to many people but whilst I was thinking about a suitable site for the UKAC 144Mhz contest next Tuesday (4th December) I remembered about a coverage prediction programme called Radio Mobile.

Now seeing as things on the internet are steadily replacing things on the desktop I had a go with comparing sites with the model outputs. As a contest novice I am entering in ‘in the spirit of’ contesting. Any site needed to be quite close to home and easily accessed / operated from.

Radio mobile confirmed what you’d expect, the site closest to home that I can get to with the car isn’t the best but its a whole load better that operating from the house. So armed with the knowledge that I’ll get some contacts at least I’ll take the plunge and aim not to be at the bottom of the pile.

The key kit will be

1. A warm coat (its 20.00UTC – 22.00 UTC) – So it’ll be chilly

2. FT817 and extra power supply – Seeing as it runs out of puff within a few minutes

3. Sotabeams 3 element yagi and fishing pole

4. A flask of tea and chocolate hobnobs

The output from a 4w Tx at the Sandwith site is below. More than enough to get a couple of contacts I hope.

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We’ll have to see how I get on next week, but if you’re in earshot listen out for the weedy signal from Cumbria (rather than the stronger on from G4VFL, who has nabbed the Corney Fell site – perhaps I should tramp up Scafell Pike to out do him on height!)

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Radio Mobile Online”

  • Eddy ON3EA:

    Activation of the special call : “ON101BOB”

    ON = Belgium 101 = 101 Airborne BOB = Band of Brothers

    http://www.on-raf-mota.be

    Bart “ON3FMB” and the ON-RAF-MOTA team will beactivating the special call:ON101BOB.
    In memory of the Easy Company of the 506PIR who delivered a very violently fight during the battle of Bastogne. BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

    Our QTH is located in the old railway station in front of the monument of Easy company at the borders of the forest “Bois Jacques” where the frontline was.
    We will probably come out with HF and VHF maybe also if we are travelling on patrol QRV on 2m FM/SSB.

    Operators: ON3EA, ON7KEI, ON5SWA and ON3FMB.

    Starting Saturday December 1st about 10.30 until Sunday December 2nd 2012 around 12h00 in the afternoon.

    Check the DX-Clusters for frequencies!
    All QSO’s may expect a nice QSL card.

    73

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