Phil Parkman’s (G3MGQ) August edition of Month on Air can be downloaded in PDF format from here and contains a choice selection of HF contest events for you to enjoy or simply avoid!
Monthly archives for July, 2013
Although it was a bit grey when I set out for Fairlight, by 10am the sun had broken through and, for a welcome change, we were blessed with fine weather for the Club BBQ & Field Day this year. In fact the wind was so light that it was insufficient for Mike M0EDU to fly the kite he’d bought from Roger G4ROG when he came over two years ago to demonstrate kite aerials. Held this year on a Saturday, the Field Day was attended by more members and, despite the good weather, we were not overrun by other members of the public, although we did get a few enquiries about what we were up to!
In all there were 6 stations on the air. I took up the Club’s FT980 for HF using the doublet antenna, kindly donated by Paul M6DEP, which we managed to hang between two trees at about 15ft, using my roach pole to get it up after our abysmal attempts to throw a line up there failed. In the event, operation with that rig was rather limited by what appeared to be RF feedback into the desk mic possibly due to only having a single earth stake. Due to work at home which required the shack to be emptied, I’ve not yet had time to try the rig out to confirm that was the problem. As usual I also took my tri-band VHF/UHF vertical and, not having my IC706 multi-band radio, used my Quansheng handie with only 5W to operate on 2m & 70cm. Wilf M0GYE set up his Flex1500 in the gazebo and tried out a 20m choked dipole with a matching section of 70 Ohm coax supported by a tripod at the feed-end & suspended from a bush at the far end. Also in the gazebo was Ian M0URN with his Flex5000 working 40m PSK using a Buddiepole and Rob M0LYD with his Flex1500 with his own version of the Buddiepole constructed from a whirligig washing line. Paul M0LRE tried 23cm with a 17el yagi on top of a 12ft pole using his TS2000X in his car, but couldn’t hear anything, not even the beacon on the Isle of Wight. So he then switched to 4m, using the unmarked halo he’d bought “on spec” at the last Auction, and managed to work a couple of stations in Essex.
Jakey G3JKY & Joyce joined us for a picnic lunch. Graham G6MAR & Agnes M6MEU came over from Eastbourne and were QRV using Graham’s FT817 with a Miracle Whip. It was particularly nice to see our President, Terry G4FET, who came in to see how we were getting on but couldn’t stop for long. Visitors included Mike Stevens G0GKL, a former Chairman of the Club, who was out walking his dog, and Dan Adkin M0HOW from the Brede Club who was collecting the generator for their Armed Forces Day station in Alexandra Park the following day. It was good that, being a Saturday, Peter G0FUU and Paul M6DEP both managed to grab some time off work to come up to join us. In the evening, we had two BBQs on the go. Dave G8PUO had brought his family over from Eastbourne and was busy on one with Paul while Mike, Rob & I tested our culinary skills on the other.
In general, except for 40m which was pretty noisy, the bands were rather dead as they have been lately so radio-wise it was a bit disappointing. Nevertheless it was a good turnout and everyone enjoyed the day. Our thanks go to Peter G0FUU for providing his generator again this year to power the stations in the gazebo.
Looking forward to it next year.
73 Phil, G3MGQ