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An amateur radio blog updated regular with my portable and qrp activations & experiences, 2M0ROT
By Stuart 2m0rot, Apr 2 2018 11:23PM
The Clyde valley Friday night net was established in mid January 2018 and is quickly becoming the place to be on a Friday night in the West of Scotland. With poor DX conditions thus far we've had a station as far as the isle of Jura calling in & even Roy from Corsica trying, thanks guys! We're certainly looking forward to the good season E layer skip.
You'll find the net running every Friday eve from 7-9pm UTC+1 on channel 40 Mid band (27.405 MHz USB)
Below you'll find a video of Friday 30th March which is un-edited & went out live on Facebook, hence the portrait format in order to read & reply to messages as they came in.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Oct 30 2017 02:51AM
Last night the Sunday night net was streamed live to YouTube for the first time. This net is hosted by Glasgow & Clyde Raynet on MB7IBH echolink node #257003 situated at Loch Lomond, Scotland.
The net runs throughout the winter months every Sunday at 8pm and runs until there's no new check-ins or comments. If you have echolink and would like to tune in or even call in your effort will be very much appreciated.
You can view the net by following this link to YouTube
By Stuart 2m0rot, Oct 30 2017 12:39AM
So a busy week of CB radio is just about to get under way.
1) On Tuesday 31st October there's is the Halloween AM net from 7-9pm on channel 14 mid band (27.125am) There is usually a couple of cb groups take part in this throughout the UK so here's hoping for good conditions.
2) Thursday 2nd November marks 36 years of legal CB in the UK with a UK-wide net running from 7-10pm
on channel 36 (27/81) 27.95125 fm. Also in use to a lesser extent will be 27.125am & 27.275 usb (ch14 & 27 mid band)
3) On Saturday 4th November, to include stations who couldn't make Thurday night there will be a West of Scotland meet & convoy to mark the 36 years of legal CB from 2pm at Gleniffer Braes in Paisley, Scotland.
Hopefully we get good conditions for the events and manage to make a good few contacts.
For what I've heard there will be a good few operators tuning in so it looks like the events will be well attended.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Feb 28 2017 08:30PM
What do you get when you cross a Yaesu ft817nd, a MFJ-971, a random length of wire and a fence beside the seaside? A qso with Ukraine from Scotland...
Upon viewing many videos with stations tuning into fences, metal roof etc with this tuner I decided to buy one & try it out for myself. Wow! I was pleasantly surprised at my result when I ran out after work tonight to my local shore-line which has a new 200 metre stainless steel fence installed. I can't wait until the weekend to try it some more.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Feb 18 2017 07:48PM
This week saw the arrival of my new proposed sota antenna the 'Whizz Loop' from Moonraker. I bought it to save having to carry masts, guy lines & pegs up a mountain if I don't really need to. Although looking at how the copper wire sways around inside the house I will probably need to guy it up anyway.
The link below shows a quick demo and my very first contact with it with OM3TWM ''Vlado'' from the Slovak Republic. Excuse the shaky camera work as I was having my dinner at the same time.
The loop cost £79.95 from the Moonraker ebay UK page.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Jan 11 2017 01:22AM
Welcome to a new year. I hope you all had a great Xxmas and new year.
I have sacrificed the echolink node for a Yaesu fusion node. The new gateway will be on 144.8125 MHz and wires-x node #28603 and will be called MB6PG.
The application is still with Ofcom for approval but I'm expecting it to be live by the coming weekend.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Aug 29 2016 12:50PM
The international lighthouse & light ships weekend has been and gone for another year. I'm glad to report the it was a record breaking event with more activating stations than ever before.
I was based at my local lighthouse, The 'Perch' at Port Glasgow Ref: UK0200 for both days and mostly used 20 & 40m bands. There was a Russian contest running too but vastly out-numbered by ILLW stations.
Please follow the link below to view the video from my mobile van shack.
Yaesu ft-857, 20m dipole inverted v, 40m vertical whip, 10m fibreglass mast Yaesu ft2de for echolink.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Aug 10 2016 02:28PM
On 5th August 2016 I activated this 6 point sota summit, see link below for the youtube video.
By Stuart 2m0rot, Aug 10 2016 02:04PM
On Saturday 30th July 2016 My family booked into the Glen Nevis campsite at the foot of the ben for 3 days as I was planning doing the walk. The campsite was very clean and well attended to although more expensive to pitch a tent than to bring your touring caravan along (for the pitches with electric hook-up at least) but we all agreed we would visit here again if we were passing by the area.
We have took the caravan over the East of Scotland for the past 10 years or so, so we forgot how stunning the scenery is in the West. The only inconveniece of camping in the West 'Midgies' but I use a great repellant so the never really bothered us that much.
Sunday 31st was walk day. I walked the Ben 5 years ago for charity and thought it was ok, I must have got really unfit over this time as I found the walk very hard indeed. Eventually we reached the summit where again there was no view due to low cloud and the temperature was only +1c so I set up my station, got my quick 4 contacts & got off there asap.
I have no desire to do the hill again unless for a good charity.
Sota ref: GM/WS-001 = 10 points
Campsite link: http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/
By Stuart 2m0rot, Jun 30 2016 01:45PM
On Tues 28th June I took my son up a local hill to see how he'll get on hill walking. He enjoyed it very much but I'm not so sure how he'll act when he's on a munro.