As it's the 144MHz Low Power contest this afternoon, Seamus G7ITT and myself will be splitting our time between 146.5MHz DATV contact searching and the contest (using the talkback radio). If anyone wants to try 2m DATV with us, IO84SQ 680m asl, we'll listen on 144.750MHz on the hour and half hour or you can call/text 07976 422978
I should have listened to myself. No activity. Here is a list of all the stations I have heard in the past week, including today, on 144.750:g8gtz wrote: ↑Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:42 pmHi Mike,
I would have thought this is exactly the one time to take it as we will be on Long Mynd / Brown Clee which is line of sight to Winter Hill and we could work you on all bands up to and including 24GHz.
It would be good to have a known signal at a reasonable DX for everyone to try their newly completed gear out on.
Noel - G8GTZ
None at all, and from a good site too.
73 Shaun G8VPG.
Nothing heard on 146.5MHz today (yes I know everyone is planning to be out tomorrow but some of us are on 12hr day shift), however we did have a dabble in the low power contest and in 2 3/4 hours we worked 64 stations with best DX being EB8AYA.
Unfortunately I'll be away for the next activity weekend but it'll give me chance to find the poor constellation issue I'm having with my Portsdown.
John JZF, apologies, I thought I had taken a screenshot of your test card, but I must have hit the wrong buttons because I don't have it on the laptop. If you would like a sked when you have your PA sorted out, let me know.
- G8VPG White Horse - Malvern 2.png (200.51 KiB) Viewed 1888 times
- G8GTZ Long Mynd - Malvern.png (241.22 KiB) Viewed 1888 times
73 Shaun G8VPG.
The main aim was to get other stations on air and we did that - in particular John G3JZF had his first DATV QSO on 70cms with Ray M0DHP, M0YDH had a one way with Mike G0MJW at 120Kms and Peter (can't remember his call) had a one way on 5.6GHz with Barry G8AGN and Richard G8RHP at 80+ Kms.
We also worked Mike G0MJW on 146 but also very surprised we could not even hear G8VPG and team on .750 so no 71MHz QSOs.
Hopefully there will be lots more activity from the Telford area as a result of the weekend....
Noel - G8GTZ
On finding 5w FM getting through fine I set the DATV kit up in the boot to try and it worked no bother at all both ways, very happily surprised!
Also good to hear both Ray and Noel on 2m talkback along with some other faint signals I couldn't identify on 750. I was only using 5w on talkback and wasn't heard with that so DATV wouldn't have worked but something for the future perhaps
I benefitted greatly from the event, particularly help setting up and testing my Power Amps.
It was unfortunate that I failed to get the RA30H4047M to work -wrong attenuator settings I think- but did have the two way contact with Ray in Malvern using only a few hundred milliwatts from the RA07H4047H.
Now that I have returned home, I have started to box up the equipment so that I can drop it into the car at short notice and pop up one of the local high spots - probably Barr Beacon and repeat the exercise with higher power.
Again, many thanks to all- and to Heather and Paul who put me up on Saturday night.
I hope to see many of you at CAT18 and hope to make some DATV contacts in the meantime.
73 to all
John G3JZF firstname.lastname@example.org