Sunday, August 22, 2010

A week's holiday on the Isle of Wight

We're just back from a week's holiday at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Very nice it was too and I think we were probably pretty lucky with the weather. There was certainly some sun and we enjoyed being out and about.

I took a variety of radio gear; FT817 and HF/VHF antennas, IC-E92ED, Wouxun 70MHz and DVAP Dongle. In the end, I really only used the IC-E92ED handheld. Our apartment was located high above Shanklin on the cliffs and I discovered that I could hear all sorts of things on VHF and UHF.

On 19th and 20th August, there was a nice temperature inversion across the English Channel. I heard and worked a number of French and Belgian repeaters across the water, just using the rubber duck antenna on the IC-E92.

Still no QSOs on the Wouxun 70MHz, but having read the review in the latest Practical Wireless, I think the helical antenna is worse than I expected. It may be time to get one of the Garex Flexwhips and see how that improves performance!

Echolink made it possible to connect to my local repeater, GB3TD, using the IC-E92 to access GB3BR in Brighton (a huge signal over a fairly long sea path) and connecting the two repeaters together. Echolink using the iPhone was less successful, owing to a slow GPRS data connection.

Enjoyable mix of radio - all very simple, but plenty of interest all the same.


VE3WDM said...

Nice to be able to mix radio and a vacation together. My wife and I are headed to England next year for vacation. Hoping to bring along my Elecraft KX1. Nice picture as well....nothing like a little QRP and vino. said...

Off there next week..... any tips, I'm also taking a e92d (std whip) and a buddistick with a 857 attached.

And I've no idea why it says said....

Tim said...

Hi '' :-)

There are some good sites. Ashey Down in the centre of the island is good. There used to be a radio station up on Culver Down too though I've not operated from there.

We were on the eastern side of the island, just south of Shanklin on the road up towards Luccombe.

Hope you enjoy your trip and fingers crossed for the weather!



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