Club Antenna Working Party Volunteers needed

On Tuesday morning I went to the Chantry office to enquire about access to the roof and look at the damage to our 40m Dipole.

A Branch from a tree on the far side of the main building has Snapped and come to rest on the cable attached to the RHS of the dipole and this is putting the balun and RG214 under strain and has snapped the dipole on the LHS of the main building and ropes attaching the balun to the central support.

We need a working party for the repairs, a minimum of four people, two on the roof with access from inside of the Chantry and two on the ground to attend to the ropes. The Old antenna needs to be removed firstly; a ladder will be needed to untie the ropes from the trees and some measuring of distances for our new antenna to be installed.

Our Plans are to fit a 40m off centre fed dipole which requires moving the centre point of the antenna to the LHS of its current position. and re-making all ropes and the radiator lengths which can be carried out on a Wednesday evening at club.

3Y0J update QRT expected today due to difficulties.

The team have been reporting to Dx news by satellite radio Link above where you  can watch videos of the expedition and see some of the difficulties they have encountered.

Landing Zodiacs on the shore of the island has been impossible due to the glacier, the team and all the equipment has to enter the water at a buoy 500 ft from the shore connected to the shore with a rope,the team wear survival suits, equipment in water tight drums, all has to be pulled ashore and carried 800 ft to the camp. Very difficult.

videos and daily news on Dx world link above.

John m0hfh


The 3Y0J Team is approaching the 7,000 QSO mark and continues to operate through the ongoing storm.


The Bouvet Island DXpedition
“The most remote uninhabited place on Earth”
Clublog #2 Most Wanted Entity

The link above takes you to the website, which gives some detail into the preparation and cost of the expedition and the terrain the team will be covering. The training for climbing and scaling the Glaciers and moving many tons of equipment.

Interesting reading 

The transport to the Falkland Islands was by RAF transport and they are supported by worldwide amateur radio clubs including the RSGB 

It is estimated 10,000 amateurs per day will be attempting QSO’s so dust off your kw amps. Hi Hi

John m0hfh

RSGB statement: the Russian Federation and Belarus


 | March 4, 2022

The normal stance of amateur radio is that it is apolitical. However, it is clear that recent actions by the Russian Federation and their military have crossed a line and the RSGB cannot in this instance remain neutral.

The policy of the RSGB is that we will follow the actions of the mainstream sporting bodies with regard to all activities of a competitive nature such as contests and ARDF. Russian and Belarusian radio amateurs are therefore currently ineligible to participate in any event that is organised/sponsored by the RSGB.

The policy of the RSGB in commercial activities is that we will refrain from trade with Russia and Belarus until further notice.

RSGB Board

For RSGB Contests, until further notice, all logs received from stations in the Russian Federation or Belarus will be treated as check logs.


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NVIS antennas

I have recently been using a half G5RV; very effective for medium distance communications and occasionally Dx.

I recently tried to set up a CW practise sked into north Devon on 40m (7.0 mhz), signals were very weak RST 218 sent at 100 watts with QRM and QSB. Seems this may be the skip zone.
The answer could be NVIS antennas which could also give an opportunity for HF SSB club net, and more contacts in the uk, WAB and SOTA .

Seems worthy of an experiment so Rex and myself will try some experiments as weather allows.

Educational notes:-

You tube:-

Let me know if you set up and NVIS antenna and want to try some experiments

John (M0hfh)

CQ SOTA CQ SOTA Bredon Tower G/CE 003 My first activation of 2022.

Today the wx forecast was cloudy and windy but no rain; I traveled to Bredon Tower with my Hand held 2/70 Baofeng. It was wet and slippery under foot and my skying experience was very useful going downhill on muddy wet grass!. I activated the summit talking to G8LDP in Worcester on 5 watts a qso of 18 miles on 2m, thank you Keith. The round trip from the car park was 3 miles and the elevation for the walk was 184m from the car park. If your interested in joining me on one of the activations i would be pleased with your company.

m0hfh at Bredon Tower

Win an Allstar Node:- enter Bens 2e0BMT’s YouTube competition

Ben 2e0BMT has made a set of youtube videos describing and showing how to build an Allstar node from start to finish.
He uses Peter G7RPG ‘s design.
watch part 1 below for the parts list, – Idiots guide Part 1

to enter the competition subscribe to youtube and like the competition video. competition.

would make a great club project.

good luck
John m0hfh

News from Alexander SAQ Grimeton Friendship Association

On Christmas Eve morning, Friday December 24th 2021,
SAQ Grimeton is scheduled* to be on the air, to send out a Christmas message to the whole world, using the 97 year old 200kW Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz CW.

Transmission & YouTube Live stream
08:25 CET (07:25 UTC): Live stream on YouTube begins.
08:30 CET (07:30 UTC): Start up and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ.
09:00 CET (08:00 UTC): Transmission of a message from SAQ.

Test Transmissions
We are planning to carry our some test transmission on Dec 23rd, approximately between 13:00 CET (12:00 UTC) and 16:00 CET (15:00 UTC). SAQ will be on air shorter periods of time during this interval, when we will be carrying out some tests and measurements. Your comments are welcome to

In addition the following stations will be broadcasting simultaneously:-
Amateur Radio Station SK6SAQ
The Amateur Radio Station with the call “SK6SAQ” will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 3.535 kHz CW
– 7.035 kHz CW
– 14.035 KHz CW
– 3.755 kHz SSB
– 7.140 kHz SSB

have a great Christmas on the radio
John M0hfh