Hello once again,i am pleased to report that 6 Air Cadets sat the foundation licence exam this monday evening and all six passed.
The Cadets have attended a 9 week course at the Starcentre which is part of Keighley College. During the weekly sessions, louise M3TLL,and my self 2E0HTS have been training the Cadets both practical and theory regarding Radio and ham operation.
We were both delighted with their results and we are looking forward to working them on Air soon.
The Cadets are from the 44F squadron based at Bradford, now they are licenced they can operate the squadrons Ham radio station and hopefully some of the newly licenced Hams will aquire their own Station at their home QTH.
This is the second group of Air Training Corps Cadets we have had the pleasure of training for the foundation licence,and as an ex Air Cadet its great to be able to give something back to the Corps.I hope that we get the chance to teach many more in the future.
Well Done 44F Squadron!!!!!!
This is the press release from the College/Starcentre
Air Cadets from 44F Squadron Bradford are celebrating today following examination success.
The six air cadets aged between 13 and 19 completed a 9 week course at Keighley College through the Constructive Partnerships project to gain their Foundation Licence for amateur radio.
The course which took place using the College’s STAR Centre facility involves both practical and theory and students need to have a keen grasp of the fundamental physics involved.
The Foundation Licence enables the cadets to operate amateur radio equipment with a power limit of 10 watts, with this they will be able to communicate worldwide. They will also be able to use radio equipment they have at their Cadet base.
RSGB registered instructor Simon Davison 2E0HTS was extremely pleased with the results “The students have worked hard and deserved to pass. It will be good to hear some new voices entering the hobby.”
unfortunatly i am not permitted to show the group photo due to the child protection act as some of the cadets are under 18 years of age.
This is a short film of my station as i operate on psk which involves the use of radio and computer interfaced and making a contact with other ham stations using digital modes. T94KC is the other station in the film which i manage a QSO,i hope you enjoy the film!!!!
Ive been on 40m using PSK mode this week with some good results.I worked LU5ENM from Argentina using 40 watts through a G5RV earlier in the week and managed 15 different DXCC in total.
The Rigblaster that i recently aquirred has been a good investment as i have had many hours of fun experimenting with SSTV and now PSK modes. I seem to have become quite addicted to these great DX Tools especialy when the bands drop off on phone, as these two modes continue to be working even with very weak signals.
Hope to catch you on Air 73 and thanks for visting this site.
I hope the New year is going good for you all.The Bands have been much improved over the past several days or so,with good DX been worked on HF and VHF by my Humble self 2E0HTS.
It Started During the Christmas Break when the UK was suffering some terrible weather such as Fog,Gale Force Winds and Heavy Rain.
This was when the 2M Band was wide open.I worked many stations with 5/9 reports all over the UK on FM and SSB was active with some strong German stations blasting through.
I was using the FT857 and 50w into a X200 colineer on 2M FM when i was Rag chewing with 2 locals Barry G7OFR and Ron 2E0DOG/M.This was when I was Called by a Station from Newcastle Derrick G1XXF,then Dave G3VUS QTH Cumbria,M3VGK Brian QTH Derbyshire,M0FEW Bill QTH Somerset,G0VJI Robin QTH London and also 5/9, i also worked Tom M3AGS QTH Seaview ISLE OF WIGHT.
All worked on 2M FM with an excellent VHF lift which lasted a week or so with still some intermittent good conditions.
On HF the conditions proved to remain poor with no sign of improvement on any HF Bands.
so i continued to get used to operating on SSTV mode around about 14.230 mHZ with some good contacts into Europe until New Years Day when operating on FT857,HUSTLER 6BTV i nearly fell of my chair when i herd HI8HH Mike QTH Dominican Republic, i had success and we Exchanged 5/5 reports both ways.Good News at last a bit of propagation on HF.
I also worked some European stations and a few US Stations K3N,WX3B and Vince NT4I.It sure makes a change for a little noise and some familiar, and new voices to RX.
Radio propagation is what Radio Hams Love Best!!!
Radio propagation is a term used to explain how radio waves travel when they are transmitted, or ‘propagated’ from one point on the Earth to another. Some radio waves can be reflected by objects in their path, even by gases in a certain state.
Shortwave frequencies (high frequency signals) are capable of reaching the other side of the planet because they can be refracted by the ionosphere. Amateur radio operators use the ionosphere to reflect their shortwave radio signals around the globe.
Low frequency signals have the property of following the curvature of the earth, making them ideal for continuous, continental communications. Unlike shortwave radio, longwave signals do not reflect or refract using the ionosphere, so there are fewer interference-caused fadeouts.
Higher frequency waves are used for satellite communications as they pass through the Ionosphere