Home is Bromley JO01AI with reasonable take-offs West round north to East or Portable from Woldingham IO91Xh with good to the North West round north to East.
Heater in the van is not working and below zero for 5 hours on the hill does not appeal!!
It would take me an hour or two to repair so I'll give it a miss, sorry if you were expecting a QSO today.
I will be on from home but only 23cm and 2m t/b.
Some detail: I have a Eberspaecher heater in there and it did not come with a fuel solenoid pump.
These solenoid pumps are very expensive so i bought an equivalent for a tenner, but it's got more flow than the original....
I added a 'pulse tuning box' which is basically an arduino that reads the pulses from the heater and manipulates them by a variable factor to compensate for the pump flow rate.
This is the bit that's died, the 5v reg has blown i think... it has worked fine for about 5 years without a single failure so a bit annoyed with that anyway that's how it goes!
Hope the heater is an easy fix, not just frozen diesel is it?
BTW - we did manage a one way QSO over 37km on 122GHz running about -10dBm which is a new UK record
Noel - G8GTZ
But I did manage to mount my 2m beam on Friday and aim it at Justin G8YTZ across town. I fitted my recently acquired SSB Electronics preamp down the garden too and that provided a good signal back in the shack despite long cable runs. Testing with DVBS2 and DVB-T with 150 & 333 SRs provided easy copy despite the beam only being at about 3m AGL.
Tried the latest DATVEasy 2.12 and that was happy down to 66ks in both modes. Doesn't seem to like lower SR's but I have yet to read the .pdf which might reveal why. Intel encoding on a I7V7 laptop. It seems to be a couple of dB lower output than when driven by a Portsdown, but there is headroom in my amp so it does not matter much.
So some activity but no DX