mashoo
mashoo
2017-07-03->2017-09-13

location



0000a978 | ? 2017-07-03T11:00:00Z ?

radio rx antenna

5

0000a979 | 2017-07-03T12:50:00Z

radio rx antenna azimuth (f-min) (deg)

90

0000a97a | 2017-07-03T12:50:02Z

radio rx antenna elevation

5m

0000a97b | 2017-07-03T12:50:04Z

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

20m

0000a97c | 2017-07-03T12:50:06Z

radio rx antenna radial count

1

0000a97d | 2017-07-03T12:50:08Z

radio rx antenna radial length/perimeter

1m

0000a97e | 2017-07-03T12:50:10Z

radio rx antenna transmatch

parallel tuned circuit

0000a97f | 2017-07-03T12:50:12Z

radio rx antenna type

end-fed

0000a980 | 2017-07-03T12:50:14Z

radio on/off

on

0000a981 | ? 2017-07-03T12:55:02Z ?

radio tx power (w)

5

0000a982 | 2017-07-03T12:55:04Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.028889 (7.028948)

0000a983 | 2017-07-03T12:55:06Z



Testing the Bridgnorth aether

At another place to help Ma with some measuring, I thought I would try out the radio environment. For versatility, I had brought my hoop of 1-mm aluminium wire, probably for the first time since Craig-yr-Allt in 2009. I let 20 metres of wire out of the bunk room window and threw the far end over a branch. A parallel tuned circuit did the matching.

I thought that a strong Scottish station was going to be my first contact, but ‘GM’ was all I heard before he stopped transmitting. F2YT/P was also strong, so after this recording I broke my duck with a quick and clumsy 5nn as G0VBC/P.

The pre-amp is on for the first second of this clip. Then there are about 9 seconds (featuring some distant lightning) before the narrow CW filter comes in.

This was a nice first run. What’s more, there seemed to be room for another ten metres of wire, which opens up the 60 metres band without needing to think about a significant earth.

0000a977.webm | 2017-07-03T12:58:27Z | radio | video | alt

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.023941 (7.024)

0000a984 | 2017-07-03T12:58:27Z

qrz de f2yt/p

0000a985 | 2017-07-03T12:58:30Z | radio rx message

radio morse speed (wpm)

16

0000a9f8 | 2017-07-03T12:58:58Z

g0vbc 5nn

0000a986 | 2017-07-03T12:59:00Z | radio rx message

5nn tnx

0000a987 | 2017-07-03T12:59:05Z | radio tx message

radio on/off

off

0000a988 | 2017-07-03T13:02:00Z

location



0000a989 | 2017-07-03T13:55:00Z

First Wolves weekend with Huw in years

The Wetherspoon Cider Festival caught me by surprise this year. A few days in, Polly was behind the bar at The Moon Under Water. When she ventured onto our side of the bar, I called her over with an old-fashioned ‘I say’. I asked her whether the list of ciders was shorter this year. She was unsure, but gave good value (as ever) in saying that she thought all the ciders should be available at once, so that one might work through the whole list in a day.

As I sat with my first tray of third-pints, it occurred to me to invite Huw up for a couple of nights. My health must be better these days, because, for the first time in years, the idea seemed just as good the next morning. I sent the invitation and Huw arrived on the second Saturday morning, with two days of festival to go.

(In case you wonder why they are absent from this account, Ma and Pa had already arranged to spend the day at another place with Jo and Paul and John and Paul.)

I met Huw at the Briar Rose, Birmingham. He looked hefty, like he had been on the weights again, and tan, like he had been away, but only the former was true; the tan came from a sunny week in his own garden.

I had already availed myself of a trio of third-pints: Ashridge Devon Bloom; Worley’s Mendip Hills; Taunton First Press Original, all served by a thin blonde who gave a sweet smile. I sat on one of the comfy chairs in the window, so that Huw could find me easily. When he did, we selected a couple of beers — something pale from East London for me and a Butcombe Gold — and went to select a table.

Huw chose table 14, at the far end, amidst the wood-panelling. I ordered us a couple of breakfasts: one traditional; one vegetarian. Huw’s traditional had no eggs. My vegetarian had bacon. We summoned a waiter, resulting in two eggs for Huw, who also received my bacon. One of the eggs was left uneaten, since I had given Huw one of mine while he waited. (I could spare the egg because I had already fed myself with smoked mackerel and scrambled eggs before setting out.)

An impressive girl with long hair and long limbs sat behind Huw as we chatted and broke fast, but she was rather a zombie.

We later realised that The Old Joint Stock should have been our next port of call, but for now we were on the cider trail and headed for the Square Peg. There our thirds were Broadoak Moonshine Rum & Raisin, Knights Malvern Myst and Tempted Festival Scrumpy. I had tried the Tempted on that first day with Polly, but this time its smell reminded me of one of Mum’s old schools, as had Perry’s Somerset Redstreak on that first day. It gave Huw goosebumps, but the rum & raisin he could have drunk all day.

It was a long walk to The Figure Of Eight, because Huw had asked to see St Martin’s in the Bullring, where I had performed my first concert with Stella. Just before the Bullring, we passed an Islamic stall, from which emanated recordings of loud prayers in Arabic. Huw turned to me and insisted, “Well, sing along,” which made me laugh and laugh. Being made to laugh like that reminded me of Chris Yeates. Anyway, Huw could not imagine such a stall in Cardiff.

(By this stage, the crowds had begun to contain totty. I kept seeing totty until our final bus home.)

Since some of Huw’s previous time in Birmingham had involved shopping at the Bullring, I introduced him to the shopping at the Mailbox. A girl — presumably another Conservatoire vagrant — played the grand piano on the first floor.

The Figure Of Eight is an easier round to remember, because Huw had just a pint of Titanic Plum Porter, while I found a new cider — Yarlington Mill Gwatkin — along with Aspall Temple Moon and something else. Huw identified the principal flavour of the Temple Moon when I struggled: sherry.

We poked our heads into The Soloman Cutler, but the music had started and nothing grabbed us. We also failed at The Dragon and The Old Joint Stock, which had filled up perhaps for the theatre upstairs. Bonnie And Clyde was advertised outside, which turns out to be a musical.

We sat near a crowd of girls on the London Midland service to Wolverhampton, which lacked announcements by Charlotte Green.

After all our walking, we almost entered The Moon Under Water, before I invited Huw to try a pub with lots of beers instead. At The Lych Gate, some youngsters served us a couple of rounds of BFG for Huw and Coastal Pier Porter for me. We were both very impressed. The manager turned up and walked right through the pub, greeting each table in turn. His red-headed missus arrived too and got chatting at the bar. I overheard her recommending the porter.

As I had cracked up a few years ago, while telling Huw about my attempt at setting Shakespeare’s Sonnet Number Six to music, I nearly cracked up a few times while telling him about Bartók and other music I love. I reminded myself of Gramps’ cracking up about such things, including my own rendition of Rachmaninov’s Fragments, which he maintained was the only music that had ever made him cry.

And then we were at the Dog & Doublet; Jack behind the bar. I had a pint of something called 1924, which the net suggests might be from Mobberley. I think Huw had Ludlow Gold. After a while, Jack revealed that they now had a piano, which we found behind the staircase. I helped myself to a few nice-sounding notes, before we sat at the table on the other side of the staircase and chatted some more.

That was enough beer. Time was getting on, so we headed straight for Jivan’s, where our waitress suggested the bottle of wine that I usually have with Pa. Her memory is so good.

Since Huw is usually set on a prawn biriyani and a keema naan, it was remarkable that he came around to not only a lamb chops balti, but also ordered himself a chicken tikka naan, which turned out to be not as good as his usual keema. Despite being full of beer, we accepted the waiter’s suggestion of two pints of Cobra.

We seemed to be alone when we arrived, but there was a party upstairs and downstairs filled up too.

After Huw had ordered his chops mild, the waiter offered me mild, medium or spicy. When I said ‘spicy’, he said, “or do you want it even hotter: Madras hot?” I said yes to that, and he wrote ‘hot’ in upper-case letters with an exclamation mark at the end. When I tasted it, it was pretty hot, but not mind-bending.

When we asked for the bill, we were surprised to find that the time was nearly twenty to eleven. We waited awhile outside The Goose, rode the bus upstairs and then got off at Newbridge.

Nearly home, we discovered Gordon and the boys getting out of their car. “We’ve been for a night drive!” exclaimed Harry. I hope they did not wear out their parents too much before anyone got any sleep.

Having confessed to falling asleep in front of the telly (and denying it) at home, Huw gave me an involuntary demonstration, while I sat through The Speech from The IT Crowd, before I too started nodding off and we called it a night.

In the morning, I played a little piano and cooked smoked mackerel and scrambled eggs, before we set out on the bus for The Moon Under Water for a drop more cider. We both settled on Mendip Hills and sat at one of the tall tables on the left. Out of the context of three tasters, that cider was more bitter than I had remembered it, but it was okay.

Last stop before putting Huw on the 16:58 was The Great Western. There Huw settled on Holden’s Special, while I began with a fruity Fixed Wheel Single Speed Jester and ended with Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby. Halfway through the former, I got a tremendous pain in my gut, which lingered but disappeared when I got rid of last night’s curry. Anyway, it was good to end this new bender at an old haunt.

On my walk back from another excellent New Cross experience today, I called at The Moon Under Water, where, too late for Huw, a load of interesting beers had arrived: two Kinvers; two Salopians (including Disintegration) and Sadler’s Lion’s Courage. Huw might have turned down most of them in search of something golden, but it would have been good to treat him to a Kinver Edge. I tried Kinver Half Centurion first, but nothing came when the handle was pulled. After the Edge, I revisited Polgoon Cornish Apple Cider, from that first day with Polly. This was what I should have had with Huw on Sunday: hardly bitter and very yummy. And then I had another Edge, at the time-travelling price of £1.80.

I enjoyed my first pint at one of the long tables by the bookshelves. While there, the people at the other table mentioned jazz and blues. That gave me something to listen to, as Uncle Dave’s ‘Mirror; Mirror Mirror’ entered my head (with Turning Point, live on the BBC). Somehow that crossed with the Stella Street theme music and one other jazz thing. I nodded along.

I considered another veggie breakfast, but fancied the relative novelty of a bag of veg samosas from Sachin’s Deli. Very nice they were too.

That last phrase sounds like something Gramps would say. Pa declared this morning that today is the first anniversary of Gramps’ death. I have often wanted to add grandparental tributes to this website of mine, but, just as Gramps felt indisposed to writing about Gran after her death, somehow I cannot bring myself to attempt it.

This morning, I dozed a little, catching a semi-conscious glimpse of the first frame of a dream. It was like that photo I took of people in the sea at Porthcawl, but clearer, deeper, with more activity in the sandy foreground. Of course, as soon as I saw it, I thought, “That’s cool,” which seemed to halt the sequence. I soon achieved another glimpse, this time an audio glimpse of my dream’s soundtrack. I heard a cool groove and then it was gone.

0000a98c | 2017-07-25T12:57:10Z | dreams, people trevor

location



0000a9a6 | ? 2017-08-07T12:00:00Z ?

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

30m

0000a9e4 | ? 2017-08-07T17:00:00Z ?

Here are highlights of my scribbled radio log.

0000a9cd | 2017-08-07T20:37:00Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.023941 (7.024)

0000a9a7 | 2017-08-07T20:38:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000a9a8 | ? 2017-08-07T20:38:02Z ?

Beacons suggest that DAB clock in kitchen (used to set Mum’s watch when she lent it to me) is 10 seconds slow.

0000a9a9 | ? 2017-08-07T21:05:00Z ? | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

10.120012 (10.120096)

0000a9ab | 2017-08-07T21:41:00Z

cq de s57v

0000a9aa | 2017-08-07T21:41:02Z | radio rx message



S57V calls CQ on 30m

After this recording, I stole a quick contact with this station. His signal seemed as impressive as those currently on 60 metres.

I had spent the afternoon stacking logs, so at this point the far end of the antenna was only a couple of metres high, tied to a pear tree, the extra wire resting on the lawn.

0000a99f.webm | 2017-08-07T21:43:25Z | radio morse | video | alt

g0vbc de s57v ge 5nn

0000a9ac | 2017-08-07T21:44:00Z | radio rx message

rst 5nn

0000a9ad | 2017-08-07T21:44:30Z | radio tx message

I am G0VBC, without the ‘/P’, since changing main station address on OFCOM website yesterday!

0000a9ae | ? 2017-08-07T21:45:00Z ? | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

10.120012 (10.120096)

0000a9af | 2017-08-07T21:48:00Z

radio rx mode

usb

0000a9b0 | 2017-08-07T21:59:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.3715 (5.371545)

0000a9b1 | 2017-08-07T21:59:02Z

de g3zgp

0000a9b3 | ? 2017-08-07T22:00:00Z ? | radio rx message

G3ZGP is someone I enjoyed chatting with on 5 megs in the old days. He says to his Scandinavian contact that he has been off on his motorcycle with friends to view vintage cars. He is 76 years old.

0000a9b2 | ? 2017-08-07T22:05:00Z ? | radio comment

radio on/off

off

0000a9b4 | 2017-08-07T22:10:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000a9b5 | 2017-08-08T08:20:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.3715 (5.371545)

0000a9b6 | 2017-08-08T08:20:02Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.395 (5.395045)

0000a9b7 | 2017-08-08T08:32:00Z

cq gw3lxi de g3pxq

0000a9b8 | 2017-08-08T08:32:02Z | radio rx message

rst 59+20

0000a9b9 | 2017-08-08T08:32:10Z | radio comment

radio tx power (w)

30

0000a9ba | ? 2017-08-08T08:36:00Z ?

g0vbc de g3pxq; name paul; qth sw derbyshire; son called matthew

0000a9bb | 2017-08-08T08:40:00Z | radio rx message

ant dipole @ 60ft; don’t get this whooshing on vertically-polarised k9ay; gw3lxi is peter in pembrokeshire

0000a9bc | 2017-08-08T08:45:00Z | radio rx message

radio on/off

off

0000a9bd | 2017-08-08T08:46:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000a9be | 2017-08-08T13:25:00Z

radio rx mode

cw

0000a9bf | ? 2017-08-08T13:25:02Z ?

radio tx power (w)

5

0000a9c0 | ? 2017-08-08T13:25:04Z ?

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.058883 (14.059000)

0000a9c1 | 2017-08-08T13:25:10Z

cq de z35m/p

0000a9c2 | 2017-08-08T13:25:20Z | radio rx message

rst 119

0000a9c3 | 2017-08-08T13:25:30Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.058883 (14.059000)

0000a9c4 | ? 2017-08-08T13:45:00Z ?

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

20m

0000a9e5 | ? 2017-08-08T14:30:00Z ?

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.030205 (7.030264)

0000a9c5 | 2017-08-08T14:51:00Z

cq de dl2ki

0000a9c6 | 2017-08-08T14:51:02Z | radio rx message

g0vbc de dl2ki ga dr om es tnx fer call ur rst 339 op wolf hw?

0000a9c7 | 2017-08-08T14:52:00Z | radio rx message

rst 55n

0000a9c8 | 2017-08-08T14:54:00Z | radio tx message

radio on/off

off

0000a9c9 | 2017-08-08T14:59:00Z

radio rx antenna azimuth (f-min) (deg)

70

0000a9e7 | ? 2017-08-08T20:00:00Z ?

radio rx antenna elevation

7m

0000a9e8 | ? 2017-08-08T20:00:00Z ?

radio on/off

on

0000a9ca | 2017-08-08T20:26:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.030205 (7.030264)

0000a9cb | 2017-08-08T20:26:02Z

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

30m

0000a9e6 | ? 2017-08-08T20:26:30Z ?



Matthew’s reflection listens to 60m CW

The 60m QRP CW channel. Mum’s wristwatch.

0000a9a1.jpg | 2017-08-08T20:47:30Z | radio | photo



Night lights catch end-fed half-wave antenna

Moon behind tall trees.

0000a9a2.jpg | 2017-08-08T22:25:08Z | radio antennas efhw | photo

radio on/off

off

0000a9cc | 2017-08-08T22:42:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000a9ce | 2017-08-09T12:24:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)



0000a9cf | 2017-08-09T12:24:02Z



EFHW antenna reaches for tall trees

The loop of monofilament fishing line allows the length of aluminium wire to be varied. The far end of the loop goes through an aluminium ring on a halyard about ten metres up a tree.

0000a9a3.jpg | 2017-08-09T12:42:36Z | radio antennas efhw | photo

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.260011 (5.260055)

0000a9d0 | 2017-08-09T12:47:00Z

cq de g0iik

0000a9d1 | 2017-08-09T12:47:02Z | radio rx message

g0vbc de g0iik ga es tnx fer call = ur rst 579 = my name is nigel es qth london = hw? ar g0vbc de g0iik kn

0000a9d2 | 2017-08-09T12:47:30Z | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.260011 (5.260055)

0000a9d3 | ? 2017-08-09T13:01:00Z ?

radio on/off

off

0000a9d4 | 2017-08-09T13:05:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000a9d5 | 2017-08-09T16:02:00Z

radio on/off

off

0000a9d6 | 2017-08-09T16:52:00Z

Ma and Pa have rushed back from High Town to take me for a pint before our curry.

0000a9d7 | 2017-08-09T16:52:02Z | radio comment

radio on/off

on

0000a9d8 | 2017-08-09T20:24:00Z

radio rx mode

usb

0000a9da | 2017-08-09T20:26:58Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.3985 (5.398545)

0000a9d9 | 2017-08-09T20:27:00Z

de g3vot sheep have been the problem this year

0000a9db | ? 2017-08-09T20:32:00Z ? | radio rx message

rst 59+30 peak!

0000a9dc | ? 2017-08-09T20:33:00Z ? | radio comment

radio tx power (w)

30

0000a9de | 2017-08-09T20:37:00Z

g0vbc de g3vot; rst 59+; name george

0000a9dd | ? 2017-08-09T20:42:00Z ? | radio rx message

i’m not complaining about the sheep; i feel for them; ant 2.2km doublet, nw leg on ground, between 10 and 20 metres high

0000a9df | ? 2017-08-09T20:47:00Z ? | radio rx message

gm0cme rst 59

0000a9e1 | 2017-08-09T21:02:58Z | radio comment

g3vot de gm0cme; g0vbc 39; name mike; qth banff; static crashes

0000a9e0 | 2017-08-09T21:03:00Z | radio rx message



George G3VOT and Mike GM0CME say 73

After a couple of ciders and a cracking experience of gourmet night at Blue Ginger, it was a treat to hear G3VOT’s bright tones for the first time, in perfect conditions.

0000a9a0.webm | 2017-08-09T21:09:11Z | radio | video | alt

radio on/off

off

0000a9e2 | 2017-08-09T21:11:00Z



Piano removers and son reach the decking

The boy did not just take photos; he came up with some good ideas.

0000a9a4.jpg | 2017-08-10T13:45:18Z | photo

location



0000a9e3 | ? 2017-08-10T17:00:00Z ?

Two cool films and one hot night

I think it was Monday night (three nights ago) when I got shivery at the computer, just before bed. I was making a start on upgrading my blog entry management page. And then, in bed, I shivered like mad for some time, before sleeping for one hour and lying awake for several, my heart racing, going for the occasional piss and slowly burning up.

I recognised that shiveriness from a couple of occasions when I had eaten Aldi mixed nuts after drinking real ale, though I think those spells had lasted less than an hour. I have no idea what was the cause this time.

Anyway, I spent my long hours listening to Adam Catterall on talkSPORT. In my delirious state, I found myself having a lot to say, but, even if I had been alert enough to catch the phone number, I would probably have preferred to pursue my sleep instead.

The next day, I was all aches and prickles. That night, I fancied watching some old favourite. Eventually, I selected Manhunter, from the few DVDs that survived my post-funeral purge, around this time last year. It was very satisfying; just like old times.

When I searched my blog for ‘Manhunter’ just now, it informed me that I had watched it with Gran and Gramps in 2010 and that Gran had loved it as I did. That too brought a smile to my face.

Yesterday morning, it dawned on me that I must do my pre-infusion blood test. At 12:50Z, I walked to the hospital, mentally hanging radio wires between the Heathtown towers as I passed.

I think I was somewhat full after a ‘CR Special’ at home. Anyway, when I reached town again, I was pleasantly surprised that I did not feel the need for rest or refreshment. Instead of visiting the first available pub, I decided to pick up some stuff at Aldi and Holland & Barrett. And then, though I had wanted to welcome Ma and Pa home from Edinburgh, I tried a couple of pubs.

Jodie at The Dog & Doublet had nothing black for me this time, so I tried the Lych Gate, where I listened to a storyteller called Pip, while drinking Northallerton Lizzie D Stout, Derventio Eagle Porter and St George’s Lazy Days. Pip, who lives in Shrewsbury, talked a lot of cricket, including a mention of the time Shropshire beat Yorkshire in 1984.

To save time, I got the bus home. Ma and Pa were due in another place, so I caught up with Ma, while Pa caught up with his computer. When they were gone, I had some eats and then considered what to watch while I slowly rehydrated before bed. There were a few somewhat-tempting options, but I decided that, most of all, I would like to be in Australia in 1992. And so I watched Strictly Ballroom, for the first time. It was wonderful. Perhaps I will stay in Australia this evening for my first viewing of ‘Tim’.

It was not just the film that left me feeling good last evening. Perhaps the walk or the beer had helped. Anyway, I was very impressed that I felt so good, having felt less than great on my outward journey.

My health is so crazy that perhaps my hot night was just what I needed.

At last Sunday’s Sung Eucharist at St Michael’s, I filled in for John Taylor the organist for the first time, albeit only at the piano. It was his first Sunday off in ages. I will fill in for him again this Sunday.

Before the service, I played The Representation Of Chaos from Haydn’s Creation. A little of Debussy’s Arabesque Number One was my background music for the spraying of water. I missed my opportunity to take communion, because I got the urge to fill the silence with ‘I look back on you once more’ from Bartók’s ‘For Children’. At the end, I kept it simple with the C-major Prelude from Book One of The Well-Tempered Clavier.

With the piano by the choir stalls and turned around to allow the lid to beam the sound toward the congregation, I had my back to the centre of the church. As people filtered out, I received a few grateful pats on the shoulder and some kind words. My first service had gone quite well.

I had intended to play that Bartók at Gramps’ funeral, with Uncle Dave taking the tune for the last line, until we discovered at Thornhill Crem that we only had the small chapel, which had no keyboard. No matter. I still like to play it, remembering years of wonderful times with Gran and Gramps and the sadness of losing them.

Talking of wonderful times with Gran and Gramps, a sense of August Bank Holiday has been noticeable for some time: divine, sunny starts with a thrilling nip in the air. Likewise nostalgic has been the call of the buzzard, which has not been so reminiscent of the cottage in years.

0000a98e | 2017-08-24T16:15:35Z | beer, film, health, music performance, people brenda, people dave, people jean, people paul, people trevor, weather, wildlife



Weights for antenna catapult

To achieve some height for my EFHW antenna on 2017-08-08, I threaded some 30lb monofilament fishing line through the PL-259 plug and secured it with a knot. When I catapulted it over one of the tall trees, it failed to drop.

I tried one or two other ideas, including one of my old pulleys, before adding these four washers to the PL-259. (I think there were only four.) [Edit 2017-09-01: Damn. I thought there might be another, hiding at the bottom of the box, and there was.] I think they had been part of the packing of the garden dining table.

The scales in the Wolverhampton kitchen inform me that the PL-259 weighs 22 grams, while each washer weighs 4 grams. And so my magic number was 38 grams. [Edit 2017-09-01: Make that 42 grams.]

Once these weights were over the tree, they fell with an effortless grace.

0000a9a5.jpg | 2017-08-27T10:44:40Z | radio antennas efhw | photo

location



0000a9f7 | ? 2017-08-29T14:00:00Z ?

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

29m

0000a9fd | ? 2017-08-29T14:40:00Z ?

radio rx mode

cw

0000a9fe | ? 2017-08-29T20:29:28Z ?

radio tx power (w)

5

0000aa16 | 2017-08-29T20:29:30Z

more log highlights

0000a9fb | 2017-08-29T20:29:56Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.3985 (5.398545)

0000a9fa | 2017-08-29T20:29:58Z

radio on/off

on

0000a9f9 | 2017-08-29T20:30:00Z

scanning 60 metres CW

0000a9fc | 2017-08-29T20:30:30Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

10.116006 (10.116090)

0000aa00 | 2017-08-29T20:37:00Z

cq de hg17eyof

0000aa01 | 2017-08-29T20:37:02Z | radio rx message

de g0vbc 5nn

0000aa02 | 2017-08-29T20:38:30Z | radio tx message

g0vbc 5nn tu

0000aa03 | ? 2017-08-29T20:38:40Z ? | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

10.116006 (10.116090)

0000aa04 | 2017-08-29T20:39:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.223927 (14.224046)

0000aa05 | 2017-08-29T21:02:00Z

radio rx mode

usb

0000a9ff | 2017-08-29T21:02:02Z

yv1yl

0000aa06 | 2017-08-29T21:02:04Z | radio rx message

pile-up for totty station

0000aa07 | 2017-08-29T21:02:06Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.223927 (14.224046)

0000aa08 | 2017-08-29T21:13:00Z

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

10m

0000aa09 | 2017-08-29T21:47:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14223927.435654 (14224046)

0000aa0a | 2017-08-29T21:52:00Z

de yv1yl/p in hc1

0000aa0b | 2017-08-29T21:52:02Z | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14223927.435654 (14224046)

0000aa0c | 2017-08-29T21:53:30Z

radio rx mode

cw

0000aa1b | 2017-08-29T21:53:30Z

radio on/off

off

0000aa0d | 2017-08-29T22:07:30Z

radio on/off

on

0000aa0e | 2017-08-30T07:15:00Z

radio on/off

off

0000aa0f | 2017-08-30T07:20:00Z

going to calculate wavelengths for all bands for efhw antenna

0000aa10 | 2017-08-30T07:20:02Z | radio comment

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

14.65m

0000aa12 | 2017-08-30T07:59:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000aa11 | 2017-08-30T07:59:02Z

radio on/off

off

0000aa14 | 2017-08-30T08:16:25Z

radio on/off

on

0000aa15 | 2017-08-30T14:16:00Z

cannot pull up 29.5 metres of wire; i suppose this wire could be stretching, both in the wind and under my winding; will try to resonate 20.5 metres of wire on 80 metres band; it seems to resonate on 3.685 MHz; mum’s phone calculator says 20.35 metres for that frequency, so we are close;

[though there is a little support line between fishing line and tree, it is surprising that the long wire will not straighten, since i presumed to have 30 metres on my previous visit; perhaps it is something to do with this end of the fishing line going around the rail, not the hook]


0000aa17 | 2017-08-30T15:25:30Z | radio comment

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

21.15m

0000aa18 | 2017-08-30T15:32:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.027969 (14.028086)

0000aa19 | 2017-08-30T15:39:30Z

de s57v; name milan

0000aa1a | 2017-08-30T15:39:32Z | radio rx message

g0vbc 33n

0000aa1c | 2017-08-30T15:43:45Z | radio rx message

55n

0000aa1d | 2017-08-30T15:43:55Z | radio tx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.027969 (14.028086)

0000aa1e | 2017-08-30T15:45:30Z

radio on/off

off

0000aa1f | 2017-08-30T16:10:00Z



Paul plays Maigret

We were inebriated after beer and another gourmet night at Blue Ginger.

0000a9eb.webm | 2017-08-30T20:20:46Z | music performance, music piano, people paul | video | alt

radio on/off

on

0000aa20 | 2017-08-30T20:35:00Z

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

10.55m

0000aa21 | 2017-08-30T20:35:02Z

radio rx mode

usb

0000aa23 | 2017-08-30T20:35:04Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.22202 (14.222139)

0000aa22 | 2017-08-30T20:35:06Z

south england talks with georgia (usa); i can hear both

0000aa24 | 2017-08-30T20:35:08Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.22202 (14.222139)

0000aa25 | 2017-08-30T20:37:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.057991 (14.058108)

0000aa27 | 2017-08-30T21:28:00Z

de g3vbs

0000aa28 | 2017-08-30T21:28:02Z | radio rx message

Interesting to hear so many G stations so clearly, albeit quietly. This station sounds slurred, as if coming via two paths. I think the other station is a K6.

0000aa29 | 2017-08-30T21:28:04Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

14.057991 (14.058108)

0000aa2a | 2017-08-30T21:38:00Z

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

21.15m

0000aa26 | 2017-08-30T22:16:30Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.028429 (7.028488)

0000aa2b | ? 2017-08-30T22:22:00Z ?

radio rx mode

cw

0000aa2c | 2017-08-30T22:22:02Z

cq de gm0lqy

0000aa2d | 2017-08-30T22:22:04Z | radio rx message

g0vbc de gm0lqy r dr om tnx fer call = ur rst is 569 56n wid qrn qsb [...]

0000aa2e | ? 2017-08-30T22:23:00Z ? | radio rx message

[...] best 73 g0vbc de gm0lqy ar sk tu

0000aa2f | ? 2017-08-30T22:40:00Z ? | radio rx message

radio on/off

off

0000aa30 | 2017-08-30T22:44:40Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.028429 (7.028488)

0000aa32 | 2017-08-31T15:08:28Z

radio on/off

on

0000aa31 | 2017-08-31T15:08:30Z

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

28.5m

0000aa33 | 2017-08-31T15:16:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.317001 (5.317045)

0000aa34 | 2017-08-31T15:17:45Z

radio rx mode

am

0000aa35 | 2017-08-31T15:17:47Z



G3XGW and GM3WKB on 5317 AM

G3XGW says that it’s nice to hear somebody on the frequency. “I don’t think it gets used as much as it could.”

GM3WKB’s signal is comparatively weak, reminiscent of some of the AM conditions in Exercise Summer Wine 1993.

0000a9ec.webm | 2017-08-31T15:18:20Z | radio | video | alt

de g3xgw; lots of interesting gear turns up on this frequency

0000aa36 | 2017-08-31T15:24:40Z | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

5.317001 (5.317045)

0000aa37 | 2017-08-31T15:25:00Z

radio on/off

off

0000aa38 | 2017-08-31T16:24:00Z

radio on/off

on

0000aa3a | 2017-08-31T20:43:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

60m

0000aa3b | 2017-08-31T21:06:30Z

Because I plan to wind in the wire by tomorrow’s departure (but not necessarily the line), I plan to shorten the wire toward bedtime, perhaps to as little as ~10 metres.

0000aa39 | 2017-08-31T21:27:30Z | radio comment

Feeling tired, so up one band.

0000aa3c | 2017-08-31T21:39:00Z | radio comment

radio rx antenna length/perimeter

21.45m

0000aa3d | ? 2017-08-31T21:40:00Z ?

radio rx mode

cw

0000aa3e | 2017-08-31T21:43:13Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.030264 (7.030323)

0000aa3f | 2017-08-31T21:44:50Z

cq de ct1dje

0000aa40 | 2017-08-31T21:44:52Z | radio rx message

g0vbc de ct1dje [...] tnx fer call ur rst 569 fb op tony [...]

0000aa41 | ? 2017-08-31T21:45:15Z ? | radio rx message

[...] tnx dr mathew ur fb cw qrp qso my vy best 73 73 gud dx es hpe cuagn [...]

0000aa42 | 2017-08-31T21:52:00Z | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.030264 (7.030323)

0000aa43 | 2017-08-31T21:54:30Z

He got my callsign wrong a few times at first, but corrected himself. That was a really good QSO because we were QRP. I felt I must reply with PWR and RIG after he had given me his.

0000aa44 | 2017-08-31T21:54:32Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.029587 (7.029646)

0000aa45 | 2017-08-31T22:01:00Z

Wobbly ‘QRL?’.

0000aa46 | 2017-08-31T22:01:02Z | radio comment

g0vbc de gm0lqy r es tu [...] ur rst is 569 56n [...]

0000aa47 | ? 2017-08-31T22:02:00Z ? | radio rx message

[...] best 73 gl gn mathew 73 = g0vbc de gm0lqy ar sk e e

0000aa48 | ? 2017-08-31T22:23:00Z ? | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.029587 (7.029646)

0000aa49 | 2017-08-31T22:29:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.021996 (7.022055)

0000aa4a | 2017-08-31T22:35:30Z

qrz? g0vbc de g3lhi tnx fer call ur rst next time ok hw cpi? de g4lhi k

0000aa4b | 2017-08-31T22:40:00Z | radio rx message

r qsl all info tnx matthew = ur rst 55n name peter qth huntingdon ok [...]

0000aa4c | ? 2017-08-31T22:45:00Z ? | radio rx message

r r vy interesting over matthew = sri ur been off [...] nice u kept ur cw up on old roberts rx in bed fb fb es nice ur back on air agn es hpe wrk u agn on bands = ok matthew been a pleasure to meet u es [...] hi fb = my rig pwr 50w ant inverted vee/dipole es wx raining [...]

0000aa4d | ? 2017-08-31T22:50:00Z ? | radio rx message

[...] i hve more info on qrz.com es this sept will be on 090yrs old [...] pse take care till we meet agn ar 73 ar g0vbc de g4lhi ar sk

0000aa4e | ? 2017-08-31T22:55:00Z ? | radio rx message

g0vbc de m6mpc [...] name mike qth tintwistle [...] ant g5rv up 9m = rig corsair 2 = so hw bk

0000aa4f | ? 2017-08-31T23:00:00Z ? | radio rx message

[...] in the past = tks fer late qso = off to liverpool in the morning [...]

0000aa50 | ? 2017-08-31T23:05:00Z ? | radio rx message

[...] 73 ar g0vbc de m6mpc [...] best 73 [...]

0000aa51 | ? 2017-08-31T23:10:00Z ? | radio rx message

RST 5NN+.

[Lots of gaps in my log for that contact, because he sent too fast for my brain to process.]

G4LHI tried to call M6MPC at the end, but no joy. I sent G4LHI one more quick ‘thank you’.

How strange to get late inter-G after not hearing G all day.

Being in touch with an old guy by Morse code reminds me of my earliest experiences with the old guy at 16B (Haberdashers’ Aske’s School).


0000aa52 | 2017-08-31T23:17:00Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.021996 (7.022055)

0000aa53 | ? 2017-08-31T23:18:00Z ?

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.036759 (7.036818)

0000aa54 | 2017-08-31T23:27:00Z

cq dx de cm3jrh

0000aa55 | 2017-08-31T23:27:02Z | radio rx message

very faint

0000aa56 | ? 2017-08-31T23:27:30Z ? | radio comment

cm3jrh de kh6m; name mitch

0000aa57 | ? 2017-08-31T23:32:00Z ? | radio rx message

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.036759 (7.036818)

0000aa58 | 2017-08-31T23:39:30Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.031666 (7.031725)

0000aa59 | 2017-08-31T23:45:30Z

cq de py6tv

0000aa5a | 2017-08-31T23:45:32Z | radio rx message

wobbly tone

0000aa5b | 2017-08-31T23:45:34Z | radio comment

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.031979 (7.032038)

0000aa5c | 2017-08-31T23:48:00Z

radio rx frequency (mhz)

7.010008 (7.010066)

0000aa5d | 2017-08-31T23:56:00Z

radio on/off

off

0000aa5e | 2017-08-31T23:58:00Z

location



0000aa13 | ? 2017-09-01T08:30:00Z ?

This time, the camera clock was a whole day fast! That aside, I did not check the number of minutes.

I know that the most recent pics from another place were affected by this latest cock-up; I have corrected the timestamps in files and file system. Having forgotten when I last reset the camera clock, I am not sure whether the pics between visits were affected.


0000aa5f | ? 2017-09-07T14:43:00Z ? | photography g2_time_diff
matthew munro, g0vbc, still photograph, movie clip