I recently returned from an 8-day stay in Texas and spent some time operating the station of Dick, K5AND. He is an Elecraft enthusiast and has a superb antenna system. I won’t list all the antennas, but for me the highlights were 4 elements on 40m at 135ft and a 6 over 6 array for 20m. You can work an awful lot of interesting stuff with arrays like this. I was working g station mobiles on 20m and getting S9 plus report from all over Europe on 40m. And having 1.5kW output helped as well! But these big arrays that most of us can only dream about can be of benefit to us all!

Most stations are able to run 100W and many stations around the world run this power, even some with big antennas. A big antenna works both on transmit and receive. So not only does the array add dB to the transmitted signal. It also adds dB to your signal! In other words you are benefitting from this big antenna that has cost you nothing. So what about the guys that are running 1kW? Well you can of course add a linear and then you will only be down 3dB. The point is that in reality, if you can hear them, you can normally work them. So although we can all dream of big antennas, very often we should be thankful of the fact that they exist because without them we might not be able to work a lot of the DX.

Peter G3OJV

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SP3 New Elecraft Speaker   September 19th, 2015

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In Texas today, Elecraft officially showed their new base station speaker. This features dual inputs fir separate transceivers. The speaker has an ultra smooth response with acoustic internal damping and a high quality driver. I tried this speaker extensively on the air with a K3 connected to a 4 element 49m Yagi at 130ft. At no time were there any resonance problems or vibrations. Even on stronfpg CW tuning from 0Hz to 5kHz at loud levels, I could not induce any resonance problems. It really is the best base station speaker I have heard. Available lat October.

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Jaycee Open Day 2015   September 8th, 2015

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On Saturday, 5th September, we held our annual Open Day at our Scottish branch in Glenrothes. As has been usual in recent years, the weather was lovely and sunny. This really is a social occasion as well as a display of ham radio gear. The lecture sessions were once again repeated with talk by Justin, G0KSC, Mark from Kenwood and Peter G3OJV. We must thank Kenwood and Icom for travelling all that way to represent themselves. There were also a record 6 transceivers given out as prizes.

It was a long drive for us all, but a very enjot=yable event and we must thank Scott, Bill and Betty for the organisation.

Peter G3OJV

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Antenna Production begins in Hockley   September 6th, 2015

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Production of InnovAntennas has now begun in Hockley, here at Waters and Stanton. We are the only UK dealer to have production facilities on our premises. The production facility is owned and operated by Justin, G0KSC, the founder and owner of InnovAntennas. Output will include the Force-12 range of antennas. So if you are looking to upgrade your antennas, you can order and collect from us here in Hockley.

We are also the only UK dealer that has full antenna test facilities. Many of the InnovAntennas are installed on our roof, so you can try them out. We have rotary arrays from every band from 40m to 23cms – no gaps.

As the UK’s largest Ham Radio store, you will be most welcome to browse, try or buy.

Peter G3OJV

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Elecraft Not at RSGB Convention.   September 5th, 2015

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A number of our customers have been asking why Elecraft, one of the most popular ranges of ham gear, is not displayed at the RSGB Convention. The answer is simple. Despite many representations to the RSGB, they have refused us permission to display it. We are not even talking about selling, but simply displaying it. The RSGB have refused. So if you feel that this is unjust, then we suggest you ask the RSGB why they have effectively banned this range of equipment from even being shown at the Convention. We will quite happily publish in this blog their replies. Or perhaps the RSGB might like to respond to this blog.

WE SHALL HOWEVER BE AT THE NEWARK SHOW AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER SO FOR ELECRAFT, THAT IS THE PLACE TO GO.

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