March contesting and other things

I’ve finally managed to crack open the radio again this month and get going again. I can’t believe its March already, a full 2 months into 2013 and I must admit my radio rate (a bit like work rate but far more enjoyable)  has been very low. However, i see light at the end of the tunnel.

I managed to get out last night and particiapte in the UKAC 144Mhz contest. I find this to be a nice and easy going type of contest where I can operate as a portable station without too much bother. last night i managed 17 contacts from the comfort of the car with 10w and a 5 ele yagi. I am using these contests as a way to get more involved on a regular basis with vhf operating as I struggle to get out on hf as the salt air has knackered my vertical antenna.

March UKAC 144Mhz Map

Next off is the new outdoor antenna. I have always had a soft spot for Cobwebb antennas. My single wire one is going to a new home and I wanted to get myself building again so I will be making a more robust version for outside. I have XYL permission and will get cracking in the summer.

Also is the VHF field day. Andrew, G4VFL and I will be putting together a station to operate from Corney fell, which judging by Andrews recent results in the UKAC should give us some advantage in height.

Only work can get in the way now.

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

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