Roger G3XBM's (Mainly) Amateur Radio Blog
10m FT8 RX
Posted: 24 Oct 2021 05:32 AM PDT
My gear was turned on at about 0928z. So far today on 10m FT8 RX, 68
stations spotted with the furthermost YB1JQC (11725km) in Indonesia.
UPDATE 1228z: 204 stations spotted today on 10m FT8 RX.
St John's College, Cambridge
Posted: 24 Oct 2021 02:11 AM PDT
Every Friday, I travel into Cambridge for my course on Medieval History at
the University of the Third Age. It is learning for fun, often on a subject
about which one knows little. I am not an expert on Medieval History!
Usually I have time to kill, so I grab a bite to eat and a coffee at this
small cafe opposite St. John's College. Service is fast and the views are
to die for. I am so lucky to be able to have this view for free.
Pixie and Micro80
Posted: 24 Oct 2021 02:51 AM PDT
There has always been challenge to get the most from the least. We will
happily pay well over £1000 on a new rig, yet we often get more fun from a
rig costing just a few pounds to make.
One such is the Pixie or the Micro80. These are compromise rigs, often let
down by the RX, which tends to be the weak link. They work and I have had
QSOs on 80m and 40m with mine. At one time you could buy 40m Pixie kits
from China for a few pounds. I bought one of these and it went together
well and worked. I have not looked recently to see if these are still
available. With the Pixie and Micro80 I am afraid of calling CQ over a weak
There are other rig alternatives although with something simple, you
usually have to accept some weakness. The "holy grail" is a simple, low
cost rig that really is not a compromise. If you know of any, let me know.
My target is a complete transceiver that can be made for less than £5 that
really works without compromise.
160m FT8 RX in the last day
Posted: 24 Oct 2021 01:23 AM PDT
In the last 24 hours, 247 stations spotted on top band FT8 RX. Just 2 in
the USA spotted overnight.
Sunspots - Sunday October 24th 2021
Posted: 24 Oct 2021 01:17 AM PDT
Solar flux is 87 and the SSN 32. A=3 and K=1.