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ILLW 2019 Event @ The Old Low Light

ILLW 2019 Event @ The Old Low Light

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 17/8/19 – 18/8/19. The Old Low Light The Old Low Light is a Grade 2 listed building, the oldest surviving, occupied building on North Shields Fish Quay. It began life as a lighthouse, belonging to Trinity House of Newcastle upon Tyne and was enclosed by Clifford’s Fort in 1672. In …

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GS0NWM – Isle of Mull

GS0NWM – Isle of Mull

Friday 17th May 2019 Glen G0SBN, Graham M0GAE and Bob M0KLO set off early and drove to Oban to catch the ferry across to Mull, Chris GM3WOJ joined the group driving across from his home in Inverness. We met in the car park of Aldi where the last of the food supplies were bought and …

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Single Board Computers and Amateur Radio

Single Board Computers and Amateur Radio

There is now a Raspberry Pi 4B+ in production so this article will be updated soon   Since the advent of the home computer there have been radio amateurs who have explored the possibilities of using computers in their shacks and as computer technology and software have developed it has allowed more amateurs to be …

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Sending Sounds into Space

Sending Sounds into Space

Early in 2018 the club was contacted by artist Sian Hutchings who was in her first year of a masters degree in fine arts at Northumbria University, Newcastle and she wanted some help with a project that was going to come to a head with an event at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in …

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FT8 – The Basics

FT8 – The Basics

FT8. It has been around for a while now and the protocol itself has undergone some radical changes recently so what’s all the fuss about, and is it actually worth bothering with? Ham Radio digital modes are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them and FT8 is no exception to …

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LiFePO4 Portable Power Kit

LiFePO4 Portable Power Kit

Recently I was researching an alternative to Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (SLAB), the cause of this research…back pain. While SLAB’s have performed ok for my car portable use, I was reminded just how heavy a 50AH SLAB is after straining my back putting it back on the shelf. So having seen a number of posts …

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Amateur Radio with a Clansman PRC351 / PRC352

Amateur Radio with a Clansman PRC351 / PRC352

This particular radio consists of a transceiver, a 24 volt battery, an antenna tuning unit, a 20 watt amplifier, a telephone style handset and a combat whip antenna. Why does this Clansman have the number 351 and 352? Well it all depends on whether the amplifier is attached. The 20 watt amplifier on the right …

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A Tank For An Antenna

A Tank For An Antenna

ORIGIN At one of the meetings of the Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club in the spring of 2006 somebody brought along some a few bits and bobs to pass on if any body could make use of them and at the end of the evening there was a green rod left. I picked it up and …

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SOTA – Scafell Pike

SOTA – Scafell Pike

So today was an education, in more ways than one. First lesson was never trust your brother in law when he says we’re going out for a walk in the lakes, come along bring your radio; it not going to be anything heavy duty… Second lesson was always be prepared, and if there are ‘two’ SOTA …

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M6OZA on ADSB Flight Tracking

M6OZA on ADSB Flight Tracking

So if you’re like me, a bit of a geek or maybe handy with technology, you’ve probably got drawers and shelves at home full of bits and bobs that “may come in useful one day”. This article is about how I made some of my “bits and bobs” into something quite useful… I’ve always had …

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