G4YKB Long Wire

So..a new arrival at the shack in the form of a G4YKB long wire with some pics from a day or so ago when erecting in Summer (as opposed to how things are today!). Still saving the pennies for my Midi Loop system and wanted to get onto Low Bands so up she went. Yes and before anyone asks….and for the sake of the neighbours we happen to have very large washing!!!!  Very easy to install (took all of 30 minutes that included coffee) and works flawlessly tuning onto 40 and 80 with ease. Works 20 without external tuner and hardly touches the internal ATU of my 7300. Some call it a compromise which I guess it is compared with the Q and selectivity of the Midi Loop but hay it works and thats good enough for now! Well made kit highly recommend it.

http://www.g4ykb-hamradiosolutions.com

Mark M0RZS

Interesting post from the Tutors forum.

I have just found that a post that I cut from a tutors forum last year was stuck in ‘Drafts’ so have dug it out as it is still relevant.

Regards Peter G4OST

‘Club gets grant to teach amateur radio
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:57 pm (PDT) . Posted by: “M5AKA” m5aka
Good to see the Bittern DX Group took the trouble to fill out a Big Lottery Grant form to get £10,000 for use with Amateur Radio Educational Outreach.

They have already received newspaper coverage as a result, see
Bittern DXers get 10k Lottery Grant

Lottery Funds are available for any club to get amateur radio equipment and Training items such as projectors, PC’s etc.
73 Trevor M5AKA’

Ardunio For Beginners – A blinking LED

Paul M0ZMB ran a beginners night with Arduino. This included what is involved in the Arduino ecosystem and how to get started.

The Arduino

Is an open source computer hardware and software company, project, and user community that designs and manufactures single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world.

The Arduino project started in 2003 as a program for students at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, aiming to provide a low-cost and easy way for novices and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators.

Since it was started it has grown with other people adding in new things including controller boards and sensor/device boards called shields.

Paul’s bag of tricks.

Paul had been tinkering with the Arduino for a while and previously gave a talk on some of his projects that he had created. From this Paul was asked to create a kit of bits to introduce the basics of what could be done. He created a bag of bits including the NodeMCU controller, a small OLED display, resistors, LED’s, jumper leads, switches and breadboard. All members had to provide was a laptop to run the programming software.

To start with the members had to install the IDE to be able to programme the device.  It also had to be updated to enable the controller that Paul chose. After this we were able to create our first programme called a sketch. This was to blink an LED built on to the controller board. Then finally to blink an external LED, using the bits in the bag.

Paul has created a few more projects to do with increasing complexity.

The time for the evening ran out, with everyone enjoying the evening.

John M0HFH is already think about things he might try and do with the Arduino family!

So this is most definitely to be continued…………….

 

Club Dipole – WSPR To the Antarctic 13597 km

In preparation for tonight’s talk on WSPR experiments, the club antenna has been transmitting at 200mw (20dbm) so that live data from DX explorer is available. Band conditions during the early hours were good and a signal was received by DP0GVN in the antarctic at 04:04 am. sn ratio -28dbm around 0.001mw .

John m0hfh