K7IR Visits our Studio   April 19th, 2016

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Mike K7IR, has been with us here in Hockley for the past few days. The photo shows a frame from a video interview. Mike (left) is the founder of SteppIR, antennas and is with Don G3XTT , Practical Wireless editor (right). Both are being interviewed by Justin G0KSC.

The purpose of Mike’s visit is to launch the new relationship between SteppIR and waters & Stanton, appointed as European distributors. Part of the time has been spent in training key staff members about installation and servicing of the SteppIR antennas. Tomorrow, Mike is going to help us install our new SteppIR 3 element Yagi. This covers all bands from 40m through to 6m. In fact we believe the antenna will also cover 4m and this will be tested later this week.

 

Peter G3OJV

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Elecraft Introduce K-Pod   April 14th, 2016

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Elecraft have announced their new K-Pod. This will be available early summer and we are taking orders now. The K-pod will be of great interest to contesters and DXers.

 

The K-Pod connects directly to the K3 or K3S via a data port under the front panel. (Yes for a few years we have all been wondering what this port was for!). The idea of the K-Pod is that it enables you to place the essential controls next to your PC keyboard or wherever in the shack you want to have control. The K-Pod can be powered from the rear source of your K3, or via a USB connection from the K-Pod. It should also be possible to power it from the data connection lead from your K3 or K3S. In this latter option it is possible that a small modification may be required on some K3 models.

 

Full details of this new item is on the Electraft site: Click

 

 

 

Peter G3OJV

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Having been appointed as The Kenwood Dealer of The Year, Waters and Stanton have been invited by Kenwood to assist in the launch of a high quality DMR transceiver. Because of our expertise in the advanced technology area of the ham radio market, Justin Johnson, G0KSC, was been approached by Kenwood to a technical presentation of some new Kenwood products. Above is Peter Waters G3OJV, holding the certificate, presented to W&S.

 

We are now working on an advanced DMR transceiver, and this will be launched in the next few weeks. There are other advanced products that we are working on right now and, these will be rolled out later in the year.

 

Peter G3OJV

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KENWOOD DEALER OF THE YEAR   April 7th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 18.07.38We are pleased to announce that we are the Kenwood Dealer of The Year.  This means that we have not only sold more Kenwood equipment than any other dealer, it also means that we have given the best service. The Kenwood notification reads:

 

It gives me great pleasure to confirm that Waters and Stanton Plc are the Kenwood Amateur Dealer of the Year for the Financial Period April 2015 – March 2016, having achieved more sales than any other UK dealer. This is a wonderful achievement and I thank you for your hard work and support.

Looking forward to working with you as we move forward.

 

 

Mark Haynes

Kenwood UK

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The MFJ-1835 covers the five HF bands – 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m. It will be available soon and the price will be in the region of £200.  Check our web site.

 

Peter G3OJV

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Our new SteppIR Yagi is on its way to us Here in Hocckley. This will be our demonstration antenna that will be directly linked to our Elecraft station. This will give us the best demonstration facility in Europe. We have chosen the 3 element version that includes the 30m and 40m driven element. This antenna will give us coverage on all bands from 40m to 6m.

 

The SteppIR design is an interesting  concept, using thick copper tape inside fibre glass tube. This tape has a toothed channel that enables a stepper motor to fast and very accurate make adjustments. In turn, this allows the antenna to be tuned precisely to the frequency of operation. A neat trick is that the supplied controller can reverse the functions of the director and the reflector to offer near instant 180 degree change of beam direction without the need for rotation of the antenna.

 

Mike K7IR , the founder of SteppIR, is coming over in a couple of weeks to supervise the installation and provide training for our engineers. All exciting stuff. So listen out for G0PEP.

 

Peter G3OJV

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We are pleased to announce, that as per the above web posting, Waters and Stanton will now be the UK distributors for the SteppIR range of antennas. Stock will be arriving in the next few weeks. For further information, please check our web site. For ant technical information, please call Justin, G0KSC or Peter Waters G3OJV

 

Peter G3OJV

 

 

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17m Still Full of Surprises.   April 4th, 2016

I think that if I was going to re-design the traditional tri-band Yagii I would change it to 20m – 17m and 10m.

20m still carries the bulk of the DX traffic and 10m still offers some great openings and surprises, but 15m seems to be somewhat disappointing. Time and time again, I find that 17m offers great openings whilst 15m remains shut. 17m is rarely crowded, but is also rarely closed – at least in the daylight hours. A dead 17m usually means that nobody is active or listening. A CQ or careful monitoring eventually brings it to life. 15m does not seem to have the same charateristics!

 

 

Peter G3OJV

 

 

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Waters & Stanton, (W&S) Europe’s Ham store, advise today of a new software release PowerSDR/OpenHPSDR PS v3.3.7 which has many new features and enhancements as listed below. W&S are European Importers and distributors of Apache Labs SDR transceivers which uses the above software platform. Any questions are advise from support@wsplc.com:

 

Peter G3OJV

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GC Jazz Club   April 4th, 2016

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I am a founder member of the GC Jazz Club that meet and perform in Chelmsford. Although a drummer myself, I cannot olay at the levels of Graeme Culham, who started the club and is pictured front far left. Last night was another excellent gathering and I always record the performance for the guys each month when there is a special guest. Yesterday it was the turn of Simon Hurley, jazz guitarist on the far right of the photo. Simon has an amazing skill and plays very much in the style of Martin Taylor.  In the background is Danny Banks, keyboard player who I have played with on occasions. Danny is a teacher at one of the London Schools of music and has also done some London Show work. The bass player is Jose from Portugal. All these players will be performing at our National Ham Radio BBQ on 23rd July.

 

 

Peter G3OJV

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