Yes it’s coming folks, as Radio Amateurs we are going to be required to carry out a risk assessment on our antenna’s, it can be calculated not sure how yet but hopefully there will be a nice little App somewhere. I have the usual 2m, 70cms X30 antenna on my chimney and haven’t fried anyone yet and HF wise I only use it portable and QRP so not sure where I stand with that (Yet) Read the statement Here See the Essex Ham video Here
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2E0IPK LONDON
Mainly out portable in the summer months otherwise at my
QTH VHF/UHF and DSTAR, DMR or C4FM
Welcome to the homepage of Terry 2E0IPK,I became interested in Amateur Radio about 49 years ago when I was around 14 and was given a Shortwave Radio, I took it to work when I was a messenger in London and listened to mainly Amateur stuff rather than commercial and as a fan ever since. At the age of 59 I decided it was time to get licenced, especially as at this time they had dropped Morse Code from the test. So February 23 rd 2017 I passed my Foundation and November 18 th 2017 I passed my Intermediate Licence. Plan to take the advanced? Yes, but certainly not yet, I had an enormous headache whilst taking the Intermediate.
PI2NOS Dutch repeater system is available for us to use here in the UK. It is available to listen on 430.125 MHz and to transmit using a +1.6 offset, however there is no CTCSS required. If you log in to their dashboard you can see which repeater you are accessing just click here for their dashboard and to listen live. I have accessed this system several times now, mainly from my home in Dagenham (Before it went back to +1.6) but twice via my Baofeng UV5R from Dover White Cliffs, that was using great Tropospheric Ducting that day. Not sure if there are any other countries around that have repeaters we can access, it’ll certainly be fun in trying to find them, it’s fun trying to find British one’s too as the frequencies are often repeated
Do Not Use 431-432 MHz if you are transmitting within 100 KM of Charing Cross, London. (within the circle on the map to the left) This is included within the band plan for the UK and is also covered in the foundation licence. Where I often go is just outside that area, however I still wouldn’t use more than 10W output power (My choice) especially if there’s a tropo lift on. Foundation licence holders please be aware of this information Thankyou
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IPK London is a personal site, any software downloaded from here can be used but at your own risk. I accept no responsibility for any misfortune you may have.
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ELECRAFT look like they’ve hit on another winner with the new K4 which will hopefully be available within the first quarter of 2020. Direct Sampling and built in Panadapter. this radio looks awesome , probably costly but possibly worth every penny. See the W&S video with Eric right Here Eric gave a good talk on this radio, recommend you watch sometime, he really knows his product.
Not London Area Anymore
*** What is going on out there? Icom 7610, Kenwood 990S, Yaesu FT-DX 101D and now Elecraft K4, what a choice we have these days, got to say I am a Yaesu guy but that K4 looks great. I will admit that we in the Ham Radio world are spoilt for choice these days, so if you have a few Thousand pounds to spend on a radio I hope you make the right decision for your new radio. I always thought yeah I’d go for the Yaesu FT-DX 101D but seeing that Elecraft well Hmmm I now feel it’d be a choice between these two. At least I did feel it would be between those Two, Then along comes Icom with it’s IC705, for me that radio checks all of the right boxes and even has a purpose built backpack, okay I give up. ***
IPK London.uk
I watched a video from Peter Waters (Waters and Stanton) showing the Buddistick Antenna and thought that’s a great idea for an antenna, so my family purchased one and am extremely pleased with it, it covers 40mtrs to 2mtrs and have already had some great results,even though propagation isn’t what it could be, cannot wait for solar cycle 25 to really kick in. Keep an eye on my YouTube channel (2E0IPK) I have a video coming soon with me out portable at a park in Essex, For £185 this antenna is excellent value.
Everyone out there STAY SAFE
PI2NOS Update, The Breskens repeater has been offline for a while because the silo it was on will be taken down. they are trying to get a location in Vlissingen to resurrect the UK receiver but have run into some difficulties that needs to be sorted out, it will take a bit of time. They also ran with almost no tx power this summer and limited access to locations because of this covid thing, it has been a rough year. It was only this week that They managed to put up a new temporary transmitter in Lelystad to support the yearly balloon fox hunt, They immediately saw a lot of happy QSO's there and that put a bit of energy back into their team. “Changing to Dutch announcements have nothing to do with our UK friends, it was just that we got bored with the old announcements and made a new set”. Will the London area ever be able to use PI2NOS again? yes I think so but it won’t ba a quick fix unfortunately.
Nice to see Martin Lynch held a virtual Hamfest as the actual event was cancelled, all credit to him and the team for that. Let’s hope sometime next year we can return to some sort of normality after 2020, 2019 was difficult for me too
are incredible hotspots for the digital voice
modes, using the pi-star software I rate these way above the Openspot that I also have. Openspot use their own software that they regularly update for their LATEST version, older versions they leave behind. Zumspots use the Pi-Star software that many other hotspots use, that means it is updated for all hotspots everywhere. And that OLED screen is awsome £159.95 complete at ML&S. Take a look.
Yaesu FT-DX10 HF/6M/4M
Just announced by Yaesu is the FT-DX10 100w radio, according to Peter Waters (from Waters and Stanton) they should be available from December. Having stopped production of the FT 450D it would have been much better to have gone for a low cost alternative to that radio instead of emulating the Icom 7300 (which I think will actually be cheaper). I hope it works out well for Yaesu i really do but this really looks like an own goal to me, but we will have to wait and see on that. (looks nice though) What do YOU think?
Yes it’s coming folks, as Radio Amateurs we are going to be required to carry out a risk assessment on our antenna’s, it can be calculated not sure how yet but hopefully there will be a nice little App somewhere. I have the usual 2m, 70cms X30 antenna on my chimney and haven’t fried anyone yet and HF wise I only use it portable and QRP so not sure where I stand with that (Yet) Read the statement Here See the Essex Ham video Here
London
Do Not Use 431-432 MHz  if you are transmitting within 100 KM of Charing Cross, London. (within the circle on the map to the left) This is included within the band plan for the UK and is also covered in the foundation licence. Where I often go is just outside that area, however I still wouldn’t use more than 10W output power (My choice) especially if there’s a tropo lift on. Foundation licence holders please be aware of this information Thankyou
No, the T-Shirt doesn’t say Drunk
Okay, strange things happen on amateur radio we know, and obviously we can all get into European repeaters at the time of a lift and standing on the White Cliffs at Dover obviously makes that a little easier, however I hit the Caen Repeater 150+ miles as the crow flies from there and I am greeted by an amateur from North Dorset lol. Now okay, I am very grateful for the reply as there was no reply from any Frenchman on this occasion and we stayed on there for a few minutes (a Frenchman answered me later on the Yzengremer repeater) but it does prove a point, this is the second time this has happened to me, first time it was a contact via PI2NOS in Holland where I spoke to an amateur in Norfolk. Forget EME (Earth Moon Earth) we also have EEE (England Europe England) As I don’t use HF at the moment I keep an eye on tropo and it never ceases to amaze me, I always end up thinking wow that was strange.
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Welcome

Welcome to the homepage of Terry 2E0IPK I became

interested in Amateur Radio about 48 years ago

when I was around 14 and was given a Shortwave

Radio, I took it to work and listened mainly to

Amateur stuff rather than commercial and as a fan ever since. At the age of 59 I decided it was time to get licenced, especially as at this time they had dropped Morse Code from the test. So February 23 rd 2017 I passed my Foundation and November 18 th 2017 I passed my Intermediate Licence. Plan to take the advanced? Yes, but certainly not yet, I had an enormous headache whilst taking the Intermediate.
ELECRAFT look like they’ve hit on another winner with the new K4 which will hopefully be available within the first quarter of 2020. Direct Sampling and built in Panadpter. this radio looks awesome , probably costly but possibly worth every penny. See the W&S video with Eric right Here
PI2NOS Dutch repeater system is available for us to use here in the UK. It is available to listen on 430.125 MHz and to transmit using a +1.6offset, however there is no CTCSS required. If you log in to their dashboard you can see which repeater you are accessing just click here for their dashboard and to listen live. I have accessed this system several times now, mainly from my home in Dagenham (Before it went bak to +1.6 but twice via my Baofeng UV5R from Dover White Cliffs, that was using great Tropospheric Ducting that day. Not sure if there are any other countries around that have repeaters we can access, it’ll certainly be fun in trying to find them, it’s fun trying to find British one’s too as the frequencies are often repeated
Not London Area Anymore
IPK London.uk
PI2NOS Update, The Breskens repeater has been offline for a while because the silo it was on will be taken down. they are trying to get a location in Vlissingen to resurrect the UK receiver but have run into some difficulties that needs to be sorted out, it will take a bit of time. They also ran with almost no tx power this summer and limited access to locations because of this covid thing, it has been a rough year. It was only this week that They managed to put up a new temporary transmitter in Lelystad to support the yearly balloon fox hunt, They immediately saw a lot of happy QSO's there and that put a bit of energy back into their team. “Changing to Dutch announcements have nothing to do with our UK friends, it was just that we got bored with the old announcements and made a new set”. Will the London area ever be able to use PI2NOS again? yes I think so but it won’t ba a quick fix unfortunately.
Zumspots
are incredible hotspots for the digital voice
modes, using the pi-star software I rate these way above the Openspot that I also have. Openspot use their own software that they regularly update for their LATEST version, older versions they leave behind. Zumspots use the Pi-Star software that many other hotspots use, that means it is updated for all hotspots everywhere. And that OLED screen is awsome £159.95 complete at ML&S. Take a look.
Yaesu FT-DX10 HF/6M/4M
Just announced by Yaesu is the FT-DX10 100w radio, according to Peter Waters (from Waters and Stanton) they should be available from December. Having stopped production of the FT 450D it would have been much better to have gone for a low cost alternative to that radio instead of emulating the Icom 7300 (which I think will actually be cheaper). I hope it works out well for Yaesu i really do but this really looks like an own goal to me, but we will have to wait and see on that. (looks nice though) What do YOU think?