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Mainly out portable in the summer months otherwise at my QTH on VHF/UHF, DMR and C4FM (Yaesu System Fusion)
Welcome to the homepage of Terry 2E0IPK,I became interested in Amateur Radio about 47 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 23rd 2017 I passed my Foundation and November 18th 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.
2nd Tuesday of the month in Thundersley
Pictures from Essex Ham.
Well there’s windmills, Summits etc
Why not lighthouses, this could be good
Essex Skills Nights
3rd Monday of the month in Danbury
Vintage Radio interest is on the up, This one is located at the South Foreland Lighthouse
Proper gater, well no Propagation, Space weather and how it effects HF Radio Signals
SO-50, Funcube whatever it is it’s all great technology used in Amateur Radio
There are many Repeaters in the Essex/London area’s and some are quite active like GB3HW and GB3DA
Not so many C4FM repeaters in the area at all at present but in the future who knows?
A few good codeplugs out there at the moment, need to get your I.D first of all. With the lack of Sunspots at the moment at least you’ll be able to chat to people further afield.
The weekend of October 12-14 saw the RSGB Convention once again, we decided to go there this year (and really enjoyed it)
I bought Weekend day tickets, didn’t need the food or hotel, we did those separately, we don’t mind a short drive if we have to stay overnight somewhere else.
Hadn’t been before so didn’t quite know what to expect, was a very interesting weekend.
Lot’s of seminars and great to meet other Hams from around the country. Well worth a visit, we’ll be there again next year that’s for sure.
PI2NOS Dutch repeater system is now available for us to use here in the UK. It is available to listen on 430.125 MHz and to transmit using an +8.5 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 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
PI2NOS Dutch Repeater System
Foundation Callsign Change, the first change in licencing since I first became licenced myself.
It has been announced that the Foundation Licence Callsign will be changing from M6 to M7, it’s going to be weird hearing M7 instead of M6, CQ CQ CQ this is M7ABC, Just Cool
In reply to Robert K6UDA with his youtube video, Like him I have all three modes, Dstar, DMR and Fusion, he says that if anybody says there’s a difference it’s BS. Sorry Robert, I like your video’s and love that Kenwood D74 (I have one myself) but the Dstar sound on it is rather thin, DMR has more body to it but to me it does drop out easily, whereas the Fusion radio has less packet loss, and superb audio quality, and if you use it VW (Voice Wide) it’s an excellent sound that is like having the person in the room with you. Just my opinion obviously but not BS. I love my Kenwood D74 and your video’s are great quality but you are wrong about the comparison of the three main Digital modes.
Havering Amateur Radio Club.
The club meets at 8pm every Wednesday at Fairkytes Art Centre in Hornchurch. It’s a small club but get quite a good turnout every week. I’ve been along there twice but Wednesday isn’t the best evening for me. Some of the members are often to be found on GB3HW Romford 70Cms repeater. Havering Radio Club have a site that is slightly out of date but it still has information there that is still valid today. They used to hold training there, I’m not sure if they still do but I hall endeavour to find out.
Now an Essex Node available via your Shark RF Openspot
Yes it’s true, there is Essex’s own C4FM Node that is available via your Shark RF Openspot, it’s located at FCS 004-036 , there are only a few using it at the moment but I do hope that it picks up. Talk on a normal analogue repeater? Why not give digital a go too? It could be invaluable for local contacts.
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The all new Icom IC 9700
It sure looks the biz, but is it really worth £1700?
Well not to me no, first and foremost I like a radio I can listen to, one that allows me to listen to more than just Ham bands, we know how renowned hams are for not talking, so from what I gather this radio doesn’t pick up outside the amateur bands, to me that is a major disappointment. Looks good, possibly sounds excellent but not for me. I have a £300 Yaesu FTM100DE that allows me to listen anywhere between 108.0 MHz to 999.9MHz, that’ll do me, if they widebanded the 9700, Great
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SEARS Canvey Rally as far as I am aware went off without a hitch in the new venue. On their site they have said.
“A HUGE!!! Thankyou to all the traders and visitors to our rally, we hope you all enjoyed your visit to our new venue. Most of the feedback we have had has been very positive, there were however one or two issues that have been raised and hopefully we will be able to address them before 2nd February 2020”