A new digital hotspot

My existing Dvmega based hotspot is working well but it is quite bulky especially for mobile use.  So I got myself a jumbospot from China with case and oled display and put a Raspberry Pi Zero (with wifi) inside.  It all seems to be working fine and is tiny – about 3 inches long.  The jumbospot together with the case, display & antenna cost around 48 euros on Aliexpress.

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Wild Atlantic Way

Finally the year long Wild Atlantic Way operation has ended with over 160,000 qsos in the log.  It was a great success with help from operators from all parts of the country.  A big thank you must go to Dave EI6AL who selflessly volunteered to undertake all the logging and QSL responsibilities.  Hopefully the initiative helped promote Ireland and will bring long term benefit.

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An (old) new shack addition

At the Coolmine rally recently I picked up a few nice items at good prices.  One of them was a Kenwood TM-D710E mobile dual bander for the car.  The other was an almost vintage 2m multimode rig – a Kenwood TR-751E.  It was in excellent working order needing only the backlight bulbs to be replaced.  Its a nice portable rig and will hopefully get good use during the summer.

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Yes I’m alive

I had forgotten about this blog until I clicked on it by accident.  I checked the stats and believe it or not I am still getting a few visitors so I thought I’d better update it hihi.  I have been busy enough on HF although the early part of 2018 has not been very fruitful.  New DXCC entities worked since I last posted were Liberia, Bhutan, Franz Josef Land, Republic of Korea, Lakshadweep Islands, Annobon, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cocos (Keeling) Island, Mariana Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Philippines, Republic of Kosovo & Easter Island.  October 2017 was great with 10 new DXCC entities but they have petered out since then.

Another toy

A new dual band DMR handheld was being advertised at $86.99 from Radioddity.  I was a bit sceptical at first and thought it might have turned out like the Baofeng DMR HT in not being Tier II compatible.  But initial reports were ok so I took the small plunge (as it cost less than €75 delivered).  It works pretty well although the CPS software is in need of a bit of work.  RF performance is fine although it really does need adjustable squelch levels on analog and picks up too much intermod.  The small screen and inability to load the dmr database are also negative points.  But for the money it is a capable dual band set.

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