A morning’s radio including a QSO from the shed roof

This morning, with a few different jobs to do I enjoyed some diversity in my radio activity. Before breakfast, I put the VHF rig on 144.370 and looked for meteor reflections. Although there weren't lots of bursts, I was pleased to log YU1IO which is a good distance, especially with my little antenna.

After breakfast, I headed over to Abingdon to do a little shopping and had the 28MHz mobile rig running. I heard a few pileups going on, which I didn't get involved with, but was pleased to hear Achim EA8/DL7PV calling CQ from Tenerife. I called him and we had a really nice QSO. It's becoming apparent that it's relatively unusual to hear mobile stations on HF these days, as it's usually a nice talking point and people are surprised at the simple system.

With the winter winds, the roofing felt on the shed at the allotment had become a bit ripped, so I wanted to replace it. It was quite a nice job cutting the felt and then, from the stepladder nailing the felt on the roof in the sun! I had my little UV-3R in my pocket as you can see and was pleased to make a QSO with Ann, G8NVI through the Didcot 70cms repeater. Following that, I walked over to the edge of the allotment field where you look across the Thames valley and enjoyed another QSO through the GB3UK repeater on Cleeve Hill - a decent distance for the little handheld!

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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