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Suffolk Red Field Weekend

Suffolk Red hosted a field weekend from their field day site at the Suffolk Aviation Heritage site near Ipswich. The weather was set fine, with temperatures close to 30C and with the option to camp out for the weekend.

George M1GEO, Chris G8OCV and I set up the operating tent and populated it with the following equipment.

HF – Icom 7610 and 1.3K Linear from expert

VHF – Icom 7100 and 300w VHF amplifier from Linear amp UK

RACAL push up mast

Power – Honda 2KW generator

The object was to try something new, so I opted for 9e LFA on the Racal push up mast and tried to work as many EU stations as I could on both phone and FT8. VHF seemed quite lively, and with good take off into Europe I was soon working into France, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

LMR 400 coax was used to keep the losses down, and the masthead amp compensated for any RX losses.

Masthead amplifier for 144 MHz was originally published in the RSGB magazine RADCOM plus issue 1 designed by Ian White GM3SEK. The details are published on his website, detailed as the DG8 low cost, high-performance preamp for 144 MHz.

Over the course of the weekend I completed 50 QSO in 25 squares, the map is shown below. If you are new, or even not so new to FT8 you may find this operating guide helpful.

Some 144 MHz FT8 highlights include.
DL3GAK at 662KM
F4CYH at 673 KM
OZ1BEF at 693 KM
OZ1BP at 698 KM

Suffolk RED Sunday Radio and BBQ Social

Sunday 23rd July was a Suffolk RED outdoor event, a chance to play some radio and put on the special event call GB0RED. The team at Suffolk RED had a nice gas BBQ and kindly provided a selection of healthy and not so healthy snacks (Chocolate cake was lovely BTW)

The Camb-Hams were in attendance with Flossie the CRG shack complete with 20m mast. The team came equipped with a selection of antenna to cover the HF bands on both phone and CW.

The field was large enough to support a number of station, Peter G0DZB was active on 10 MHz CW.

Steve M1ACB was active on satellites, giving a demonstration and working Rob M0VFC on a narrow boat!

We also had time for a chat, it was nice to meet a selection of amateurs from around Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. I had a chance to operate GB0RED from Flossie.

I also had a chance to fly the drone, and captures some panoramic views in between the odd rain shower.

A special thanks to Sarah 2E0ISJ for pulling the event together and looking after everyone on the day.

© 2015 Dave, M0TAZ