New Radio Ordered – Vero VGC VR-N7500

I’ve been looking for a small 2m / 70cm radio to sit next to my Yaesu FT-991A for a while, and decided as near my birthday finally a good excuse to have a look at options and buy something.

I’d come across the Vero VGC VR-N7500 a few times, and ticked some boxes for what I wanted. The main thing about this radio I liked was APRS and the Bluetooth features. The Price was also nice.

So choice made, I headed to my usual UK radio online emporiums. “Out of Stock” everywhere. So looked at a couple of EU sites and thankfully Passion-Radio.com had it in stock.

Will post some pics, etc when it arrives (due Wednesday, 11/11/2020).

EMF Things to Do

What is EMF Camp? It’s a Biannual event for hackers, makers and geeky people to get together started in 2012.

In 2016 & 2018 some of the things you could do at the event included the following (in no particular order):-
Blacksmithing, Maths, Ring Making, Karaoke, become a True Scotsman, Amateur Radio, Be on bridge if star trek ship, play 3D life sized Guitar hero, retro arcade & console games, internet controlled lighting of a rabbit, order a drink over the internet and watch a robot make it, Dungeons and dragons, cards against humanity, sumo robot competition, fire ping pong, 3D printing, Laser cutting, use a BBC micro to Tweet, be in a tent with Mains electricity, WiFi or Cabled internet, smoke machines, Laser tag, tuck shop, hackerspace passports and stamps, hackable badges, use a BBS, soldering, meet Tom Scott, drank Buckfast, Laser & pyrotechnics rave, pagers, DECT phone network, GSM Phone badge with Sim card (Hologram.io), ethical lock picking, High Altitude Ballooning (HAB), order beer with Bitcoin

Please let me know if there is anything I’ve missed and probably there are lots I’ve not seen, or forgotten.

Updates to Blog (finally)

I’m working on loads of updates to Blog. I’ve decided to keep most old content, but may tweak it, and the static pages with info about me and my radios will be updated at some time.

I’ve already done the logbook page which now shows the last QSO from my Cloudlog logbook. Also if haven’t noticed, I have a new theme.

2020 Ham Radio Challenges

 

I started 2020 with my 4 month old Yaesu FT-991A needed to be used and set myself a mini challenge. To work 1 QSO each day.

With Covid I had some time I wasn’t in work, so started around March to work all day on the Radio. Below are the monthly QSOs I’ve had, mostly FT8.

  • Jan 2020 – 33
  • Feb 2020 – 39
  • March 2020 – 346
  • April 2020 – 673
  • May 2020 – 208
  • June 2020 – 84
  • July – 551
  • August – 421
  • September – 231

I am now heading to the end of the year with the new mini challenge of 10x the amount of QSOs for the year – 3.660 QSO by 31st December.

The picture above is from my Logbook ( m.0tzo.me ) which shows I’m now at 100 Days with minimum QSO each day since 13th July 2020. This goal is to get 366 continuous days, and hopefully to the end of 2021 too.