The Long Hard Road back to CW begins…

 So it has begun… I suspect my auto keyed memory will change form “do you have a microphone” to “QRZ?”.. I collected an old (but new) and new to me MFJ-564B Iambic Morse key from an old stock clear out at Strictly Ham had over Xmas as they moved form their old to new stores. It cost…

Show me the Money!!

   Ads on my you tube channel and this website have reached the magic $80 amount for my wia membership, so, ads are now off at the website (have been for a couple of weeks actually), and my membership obtained to the WIA with the funds raised.. as I promised.. PS. I’ve been playing a…

Summer VHF/UHF Field Day 2014

Last weekend, I assisted EMDRC in the summer VHF/UHF Field day contest 2014. We headed to the normal location of McLaughlin Lookout in the wombat state forest around 80km west of Melbourne. I started work early on the friday, and managed to head up mid afternoon. I arrived around mid afternoon, with others having turned up…

VK3XJM 817iPad Interface Cable

I can’t recommend you buy this product, Not yet anyway. It’s not an issue with the device, the build quality or the actual product operation. I cannot recommend you buy the product because of the poor purchasing experience. I wondered before my recent camping trip and first real try of QRP portable (non sota) if…

3 weeks in the Snowy Mountains

Before Xmas we packed up the camper trailer and car and headed bush for a holiday/break. Our location of choice is the Thredbo Diggings campground in the kosciuszko national park. We left Melbourne and headed east, looking for a different path into the mountains, our new(isn) car, the Prado has really made it easy to explore different…

Portable PSK31 on the iPad

Digital modes on the radio are a bit of a Black art. In my quest to expand my radio options while camping. I discovered and purchased an 817-iPad interconnect cable and it arrived just before our trip. I’ll expand on that in another post, essentially it’s signalink type device for my iPhone/iPad. I haven’t really…