Becoming Intermediate

It’s really quite a comprehensive process similar in format and concept to the Foundation assessment and examination I took earlier in the year and once again the assessment is unique relative to the US licensing process that is exam centric only. The most obvious benefits in attaining a UK ham Intermediate license are an increase … More Becoming Intermediate

The Story of Ros Castle

SOTA summit: Ros Castle, G/SB-009 Activation Date: June 10, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8 5 watts FM and Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: J Pole and LNR End Fed Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~3/4 miles and ~200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 It drifted up … More The Story of Ros Castle

Practically Intermediate

The UK has three ham license levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Full. Having just completed my Foundation my energy is focused on the next level. Similar to the Foundation but different to the US approach, the Intermediate has a practical assessment followed by a multiple choice exam. The difference is the practical and while the Foundation … More Practically Intermediate

Foundation; Start of a journey through a different “Trilogy”

As some of you know I grew up in the UK and despite decades of living in the US, I still have a bit of an English accent. Words, vernacular and generally the way I speak is American, just with an English accent. The last hold out was tomato and when this was pronounced the … More Foundation; Start of a journey through a different “Trilogy”

10m, I love you!

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: ARRL DX SSB, 48 hours over March 3 and 4th, 2018 Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Buddipole dipoles, verticals and “experimental” Yagis and OCF wire dipole Bands used: 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….we sat for 48 hours (ouch) Solo … More 10m, I love you!

Of Costa Rican wires, waves and digitals….

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: N/A Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 50 watts SSB Antenna: Buckmaster OCF wire dipole Bands used: 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….graveyard shift in the gazebo Solo operation: Yes, just me while my team mates slept Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Yes Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 Harold (WJ1B) made … More Of Costa Rican wires, waves and digitals….

Contest starts, station down!

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: ARRL DX SSB, 48 hours over March 3 and 4th, 2018 Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Buddipole dipoles, verticals and “experimental” Yagis and OCF wire dipole Bands used: 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….we sat for 48 hours (ouch) Solo … More Contest starts, station down!