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Stella M6ZRJ has been in contact to let me know about a couple of upcoming events at the club which may be of interest to members or prospective members alike. Please check the calendar for details. If you're already a member of MSARS, then please come and support the organisers. If you're new to radio, new to MSARS or are just interested in finding out more, please come along to any of these events or one of our regular club nights. You'll be warmly welcomed - the vast majority of us don't bite and will be glad to talk about the hobby with you wink

Yes, you read that correctly - Friday 30th July will be the first meeting back at the hall and then each Friday thereafter.

Masks or Face shields are not required but we expect some will still wish to use them.

Social distancing not required but we need to respect others.

We are required to sanitise tables and chairs that we use so please do not rush out at the end and expect others to do it every time (hall are supplying materials).

We hope to see as many members as possible back at the club at the end of the month.

Russell G7TMR

Hon Chairman


So, my 'new' 40m End-Fed Half Wave wire antenna (which I can manually tune on 80m as well) has finally deposed the trusty Cushcraft AV4 from its prime position in the middle of the back lawn. As it's 20m long and my back garden isn't, it's currently draped over the roof of my shed at one end, so far from ideal. Even like that, it still outperforms my old Cushcraft vertical, so I thought I'd try and benchmark it as it is, for future reference.

It's eventually going to be in a full 'inverted L' configuration, but for now it's more like a very pointy inverted V. The far end will be raised from its current lowly 2m height to a relatively lofty 10m which should improve both transmit and receive conditions significantly. It's also a few inches too long, but that's insurance for tuning once in its final position.

Anyway, I wanted to 'document' what it can do right now, hence my recording the net this morning, propagation conditions notwithstanding. I streamed it on Zoom and simultaneously recorded it to my hard drive. After a bit of basic audio editing for duration etc. I thought that there may be other people that would be interested in hearing it. Maybe some visitors to the website who don't currently have a radio and wonder what's going on, or some of our overseas friends who might like to compare the results to one or more of the popular WebSDRs. I could hear everyone bar Sean and Gerry in Ireland, though I'm suffering from a terribly high noise floor (and rampant common mode currents on transmit) in this lashed-up incarnation.

So download it if you wish. It's about 37Mb in size and runs for approximately 50 minutes. It's in .m4a format (playable with most media players).

Berni M0XYF


Yaesu VX-6E Submersible with box, power adapter, operating manual and RT Systems programming software. The software also comes with the USB-57B programming cable.

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