The weekend just gone, I have spent a while on the Local Repeater (GB3HZ) talking to other Amateur Radio operators from London and Surrounding areas. This repeater is one of the best I can hear and chat through. It’s in Amersham, which from Sutton is 45 miles (73 km) and I run 0.5 watts from my handheld.
I even managed using my outside antenna connected to my Handheld Radio (Icom IC-E90) to have a direct chat from Sutton to someone is Chesham (don’t ask exactly where it is), and my radio running 5 watts of power made it 47 miles (77km).
Also before getting up out of bed to go to work, I had a chat with another station through the Repeater I had used over the weekend.
So anyway back to the chat now…