Thinking about taking your UK Amateur Radio Licence? If you are, great, foundation is certainly an underestimated level in many respects, yes it is a stepping stone to the full licence, but it is also quite possible to talk around the world with just 10W as I have done so myself. I must admit I like to take my handheld out on days that have tropospheric ducting (More about that on the Propagation page) Try the Essex Ham Foundation online course Here
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Welcome to the homepage of Terry 2EØIPK,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.
Ok, so I have purchased a 20M end fed half wave antenna, it’s really not working that well at the moment to be honest, possibly due to the fact I haven’t connected it up yet, but I am looking at doing this very soon. Heard so much about these antenna’s and know they work really well, not sure how it will perform as a sloper, have to wait and see but here’s hoping. Keep the faith, propagation has started to improve so hopefully we can all start working some DX soon
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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I’m now working on a school ARISS Contact. I have recently made contact with a local school to bring about a contact with the ISS. I have spoken to a few teachers about this and they are incredibly keen for this to happen. The school is in Dagenham which will be a first for these contacts. The pupils will relish this opportunity immensely let’s be clear about that. Now all we need to do is to make this happen.
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 awesome £159.95 complete at ML&S. Take a look.
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. For the best Buddistick settings click here
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Going Out Portable? Be Prepared. Whatever you do, don’t forget anything you require for portable operation. It has happened to me, I went out and left my main antenna at home, fortunately I was only 8 miles from home. Whatever you do make a checklist, it’ll save much grief believe me.
So, in July 2021 we had a lightning strike that took out my router and everything attached to it, and the most massive crash of thunder I have ever heard in my life. Anyway after the nerves stopped racing everywhere I checked the damage. Sure enough it had a burned out router, CCTV system, Sky box, Freesat box, my daughter’s Playstation, My new laptop, my radio power supply SWR meter and of course my Diamond X30 antenna. Everything now replaced, I had Waveform Aerials put the new antenna up last Monday (11th October 2021. If you live in the London, Essex or Kent area’s and need an antenna erected give Waveform a call on 01322223484 or 07948404532, I think you’ll be glad you did.
Okay so I am now a mini Blogger, Yes that’s right I’m now on Blogspot literally blogging away everyday (well not exactly, more like once every so often), but you can find me right Here  I will add any useful information there as well as on the pages within this site. Did you take part in the ISS SSTV programme over the Christmas break?  Got to say I was surprised how well my static X50 antenna picked up the signal, crystal clear audio although only my Robot 36 android app could make anything out of it. I’ll now look forward to the next time the ISS decide to start transmitting. Yaesu FT 450D still a popular starter radio despite the small fact that it has been discontinued. You still see many coming through 2nd hand from dealers and being snapped up by new hams. Let’s face it you can see why too, I’ve had mine a while now, I don’t only use it as a base station, I also use it go out portable. I remember last year, propagation wasn’t too great , but decided go out anyway. So I went to St Margarets Bay in Kent and set up my Buddistick on the roof of the car, table to the side, couple of foldable canvas chairs and sat there calling CQ. There wasn’t too much activity going on with 20M or 40M although I did make a few contacts. Then I decided to use CW and try the Reverse Beacon Network. I sent it but couldn’t check it there and then as there was no Internet connection where I was. When I got back to the caravan I looked up the data and found I was spotted in Tunisia, which wasn’t bad at 15W, I think salt water propagation played a major part but I’ll take that anytime
I was desperate to get an antenna analyser so I could get my EFHW up and running instead of the cheap speaker wire I was using, then I saw this VNA and thought this could be the thing for me, so as part of my Christmas and birthday presents I got it and it works extremely well. Not only is it a way of measuring SWR without transmitting through the radio, also checks Inductance and has Smith Charts. So, what are Smith Charts? No Idea (Yet) but I’m eager to find out, I am aware though that the optimum place to be is plum centre. This is a tool that every Ham should have for antenna work, I have a couple of antenna’s I need to sort out soon and as Spring is well on the way now it’ll be great getting outside and doing what needs to be done, Hell it’ll be just great to get outside again full stop.
Take a look at my latest Blog Right Here
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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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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 2EØIPK 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.
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
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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.
Nets around the country are a great way to meet others and keep your hobby alive also to get rid of lockdown boredom in these trying times. There are many FM nets around and I am in the middle of producing a list of these, so if you know of one please let me know via the contact page Here There are many nets via Digital services too, I’ll try to make a list of those too.Stay Safe.
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. For the best Buddistick settings click here
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I’m now working on a school ARISS Contact. I have recently made contact with a local school to bring about a contact with the ISS. I have spoken to a few teachers about this and they are incredibly keen for this to happen. The school is in Dagenham which will be a first for these contacts. The pupils will relish this opportunity immensely let’s be clear about that. Now all we need to do is to make this happen.
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Going Out Portable? Be Prepared. Whatever you do, don’t forget anything you require for portable operation. It has happened to me, I went out and left my main antenna at home, fortunately I was only 8 miles from home. Whatever you do make a checklist, it’ll save much grief believe me.
So, in July 2021 we had a lightning strike that took out my router and everything attached to it, and the most massive crash of thunder I have ever heard in my life. Anyway after the nerves stopped racing everywhere I checked the damage. Sure enough It had a burned out router, CCTV system, Sky box, Freesat box, my daughter’s Playstation, My new laptop, my radio power supply SWR meter and of course my Diamond X30 antenna. Everything now replaced, I had Waveform Arials put the new antenna up last Monday (11th October 2021. If you live in the London, Essex or Kent area’s and need an antenna erected give Waveform a call on 01322223484 or 07948404532, I think you’ll be glad you did.
Did you take part in the ISS SSTV programme over the Christmas break? Got to say I was surprised how well my static X50 antenna picked up the signal, crystal clear audio although only my Robot 36 android app could make anything out of it. I’ll now look forward to the next time the ISS decide to start transmitting.
I was desperate to get an antenna analyser so I could get my EFHW up and running instead of the cheap speaker wire I was using, then I saw this VNA and thought this could be the thing for me, so as part of my Christmas and birthday presents I got it and it works extremely well. Not only is it a way of measuring SWR without transmitting through the radio, also checks Inductance and has Smith Charts. So, what are Smith Charts? No Idea (Yet) but I’m eager to find out, I am aware though that the optimum place to be is plum centre. This is a tool that every Ham should have for antenna work, I have a couple of antenna’s I need to sort out soon and as Spring is well on the way now it’ll be great getting outside and doing what needs to be done, Hell it’ll be just great to get outside again full stop.
Take a look at my latest Blog Right Here