Wednesday, 13 October 2010

70 cm Activity Contest

I did the 70 cm activity contest from home last night. I do much better on this band if I can get out portable, but the XYL was using the car.

Conditions had been good over the weekend and I expected great things tonight. Sadly, conditions were very flat here in SE London but, going by the 'Claimed Scores' page on the RSGB web site, stations further north seemed to enjoy good openings.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Wouxun KG-699E 4m Hand Held

I had my first 4m QSO this evening, on the Wouxun KG-699E, with Guy G0UKN, who lives about 6km from me. With the supplied antenna I was 5-8 to him, but with the longer Garex centre-loaded whip ( ) Guy gave me 5-9+, so at least a 6dB improvement.

Guy said the audio was a bit thin, but this improved when I switched to 'wide' mode. Unfortunately there is no mic gain menu on the 699E (or if there is, I haven't found it).
I will write a longer review of the Wouxun, when I know it a bit better, but for now:

"六九九" 是 很 好 !