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Wouxun KG-UV8D memory management

I have had this radio for about three months now. I have not found out how to program any of the memory channels.  If anyone learned the secret please post a comment here.

11 August Beacons of hope

Unenthralled by the prospect of  a life lived in bed, hoisted from pillow to pot, I have allowed myself to believe that I’m not going to “beat the bugger”, in other words survive the tumour with sufficient faculties intackt to lead a normal life. I have decided to leave my whissper beacons running for as long  as I’m capable to supervise them.

HFI gates QRT

I have taken down my HFAPRS gates. The reason is they all use my MFJ magnetic loop antenna. At this time of the year it needs constant retuning due to temperature variations in the loft. So it is not practical to use it when I can not be in the shack to tweak the turning .

Ultimate U3 beacon

It is here already.
Thank you very much, Konstantinos .
Now, all I have to do to find the yahoo group and sutable power suply.

Sporadic E

2014 Es is gettig ander way. I will be keeping an eye on 6m and 10m bands. Now is the time for WSPR. This requires a computer. I’ve  managed to get the WSPR software running on the shack computer using Windows remote desctop which allow me to see whole screen on the laptop. This is more useful than I expexted. Olga discovered the shack computer keyboard is broken. It prints one letter from the next column. The funny thing is I sought it was my brain broken not the computer.
I had hoped to be using one of Hans Summers Ultimate kits I purchased several weeks ago. But I think it is beyond my ability to buibd this. Shame there isn’t a bild and tested version.  

Shack in a bed

The Elekraft KX3 has become my shack in the bed. It is connected to the antenna using 10 m cable from eBay. Olga takes radio upstairs to charge batteries. I wish the charger had a tricle charge so we could leave radio connected to power continuously.

Better buy local

My WOUXON KG-UV8D handheld radio with faulty keypad just returned from a quick trip to ML&S. The expierience convinced me of the wisdom of buying Chinese radios from a UK dealer. Within a couple of hours of calling them ML&S had arranged the UPS carrier to collect the radio to take it for an exchange. No making the customer pay return postage (other dealers please note). Next day the radio was on its way back to us. Next day it had arrived. Imagine the trouble I would have returning it to a seller in Hong Kong. No more buying radios on eBay for me!


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