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Remote Radio On Air

Remote Radio On Air

| April 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Verulam Amateur Radio Club now has it’s remote station running from it’s site near Dunstable. This is running most HF bands and proving to be very successful. It is operating using the RemoteHams software, which is a free download from the Remote Hams website. Once downloaded you can search for VARC and access the radio. […]

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RSGB Virtual Visit

RSGB Virtual Visit

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

In January, Ron White G6LTT, the club’s district representative spoke at the club’s virtual meeting. He was joined by Terry Baldwin G4UEM, also a representative. Ron described the changes now taking place, particularly with training and examinations which have moved online, including invigilation of exams, all of which can be booked and paid in the […]

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SOTA Radio Interview with VARC member.

SOTA Radio Interview with VARC member.

| September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

VARC member Tim Price (G4YBU) took part in a radio interview on BBC Radio Surrey this morning discussing Summits on the Air (SOTA). Tim is one of the event organisers for SOTA. He was joined by RSGB Board Director Stewart Bryant (G3YSX).

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G0OIK)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G0OIK)

| June 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Rhombic for 6m One thing I have fancied playing with for a long time is the Rhombic antenna. It has a very good directional gain and in principal is easy to construct. The problem is that on HF a Rhombic is extremely large. Even on 6m the antenna is pretty big! My idea for the […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Roger (M0RBK)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Roger (M0RBK)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The antenna consists of: 1:1 Balun Lengths of copper brake pipe approximately 1m long pipe and secured into grooves in a length of wood. “Stingers” which can be moved to adjust the length and secured with grub screws. It is secured to the mast with a stainless steel clamp.

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G4HSO)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G4HSO)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Years ago I bought a commercial but cheap HB9CV antenna for 6m. I think in terms of dB per gram of beam aluminium, these antennas are top-notch and great for /P. (I have had a lot of success with good DX with my 2m version.)  However, rushing a first activation (contest) a few weeks after […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020

Antenna Shootout 2020

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year Verulam Amateur Radio Club holds an Antenna ‘Shootout’ Contest. The idea is to get as many club members as possible building their own antennas and then competing against others to see who’s antenna performs the best. Over the years we have had loads of really interesting submissions, from massive quads to tin-foil and […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G3UHN)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G3UHN)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The VARC Lockdown Challenge was to make a 6m antenna from materials found at the home QTH.  No sneaking off to local suppliers or mail ordering!  A rummage through my garage found the following: Plastic rectangular-section conduit, two telescopic Band 1 TV antennas, SO239 socket, ‘U’ bolts and miscellaneous bits of wood. Unfortunately, no useful […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Norman (G8ATO)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Norman (G8ATO)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m entering the Verulam Amateur Radio Club aerial contest 2020. I’ve built a Delta loop with bits stored at the back of the house. Items used are plastic electrical conduit and drain pipe, coax cable and wire.  Wire length is approx 6 metres, the conduit is 2 metres long. The matching coax is approx 1 […]

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The ‘Q’ of a Tuned Circuit

The ‘Q’ of a Tuned Circuit

| May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Back In “radio science”, ‘Q’ stands for Quality factor. In a simple resonant or tuned circuit, (and indeed also in a single inductor or capacitor), Q is conveniently summarised as “the component’s reactance divided by the component’s resistance”. The higher the Q, the lower the loss in the component’s resistance. (In most tuned circuits it […]

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