More fun with the 28MHz mobile

This morning we headed over to the village of Coleshill, where Julie wanted to take a look at a clothes sale. Having had a look around, I left Julie to it and popped back to the car.

Being the middle of the day, I thought I would check 28MHz SSB. First I heard a ZS6 who wasn’t too loud. Although he could just hear me, my 10W to the whip wasn’t enough for a contact. ZS3Y was a bit louder but he couldn’t hear me. HZ1HN was contesting but I couldn’t get him to hear me.

I was starting to think it was a receive only day, when I heard a loud station just finishing a CQ. I called and was pleased and surprised to get a report of 5/5. Even more pleased when I discovered the station was in Israel, 4X4FR. We had a really nice QSO. Just as I signed with Rafi and we were preparing to drive off, with Julie back from the sale, Phil G7GVV from Oxford called in – so we quickly exchanged reports.

Slightly oddly, I noticed that on two channels only, there is a small difference between the Anytone’s TX and RX frequencies. And the clarifier seems to be set correctly. Odd! Happily it doesn’t seem to matter. Maybe a reset will help!

Fun contacts from the mobile!

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

3 Responses to “More fun with the 28MHz mobile”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Tim, it’s great when you take the rig along with you and while your Julie is out shopping you can spend some time on the rig. Great contacts for low power mobile along with just a whip. This summer I plan to bring my Elecraft K2 into the car and do some mobile op’s.


    I just love these reports regarding mobile usage, I’m unable to go mobile but I like to listen in on the mobile stns, my rig is an old tentec corsair and an open wire, I’m hoping to get a good antenna soon. All the best weishe4s to all mobile stations.

  • Hans (BX2ABT):

    The only Rafi listed on is 4X4FR, so you were not far off. Great catch.

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