HFC2006 & Advanced Exam

I am planning on being at the HFC (High Frequency Convention) at Gatwick again this year. Need to double check with my Grandparents about staying the weekend, but I am 90% sure I have mentioned. If not I should be talking to them on Monday via VOIP as they are staying with relative who has broadband.

Some of the lectures I would like to see include:- “International DXpeditioning & Contesting talks” & “Special feature on the Antarctica 2006 Peter 1 Island 3Y0X Dxpedition”. Also we can’t forget the RSGB beer if on offer again, which while not great, is cheap.

On Friday posted my Cheque off to RSGB for my Advanced Exam (again). Hopefully this year will pass as have been studying hard and also setup with Pete (M3PHP) Hamtests.co.uk.

When I went to Whitton Radio Club on Friday we had a talk from Jeffery Pawlin, WA6KBL about WinRAD which site says the following about “Winrad is a software program designed to implement a so-called Software Defined Radio (SDR), meant to run under Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows 98SE. In a nutshell, it accepts a chunk of up to 96 kHz coming from a complex mixer in form of two signals, I and Q, fed to the PC sound card. It does a fine tuning inside that segment with a point-and-click technique, demodulates (LSB/USB/CW) what has been tuned and optionally applies a series of filters to the results of the demodulation.

Anyway, back to the point. After the talk I spoke at length to one club member about some equations I had difficulty grasping. Well I am definitely better prepared now than this time last year. Really last year, I just glanced at the book. Still have some more mock papers to go through and hopefully give me a better understanding for the exam.

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