Earlier in the year my Uncle who got me interestred in Ham Radio passed away. When my grandparents returned from first trip they brought back his Icom IC-737, but said there was another radio but weren’t sure what.
Well, a couple of weeks ago my granddad said was some stuff in car & could I help him with it. I was expecting him to bring up a UPS unit. Was I wrong.
There was boxes with a complete setup for an Icom IC-756PROIII HF Transceiver (the ProIII, matching Speaker, PSU, & Microphone). The IC-737 was swiftly replaced in the shack, and by end of that Saturday evening, James M0BOV had helped me sort audio levels, & I took part in the 10m Saturday Home Counties net.
It’s a fantastic radio. Should be as new would cost £1,800. For me the Scope is and the filtering are it’s best features, but it has so much more. Anyway this it not a review, but merely to inform readers of the latest shack additions.
Also if all goes well (lets not think of CQ WPX earlier this year), then Peter M3PHP & myself should be operating in the IARU Contest on 12th/13th July 2008.
Everything that could have gone wrong, did for me. I could go into detail, but will list instead.
Uncle passed away
No operation from France
Finish Radio Shack
Only assembled days before (thanks James M0BOV)
To finish, had tools missing (mainly had Metric, and needed 2x ¼” sockets)
Also couldn’t find Self-amalgamating tape
Weather & Night time prevented this being looked at until gone 5am, 5hrs into contest
Tried with Antenna horizontal, but stations couldn’t hear me
Crashed, more than once
Installed 2nd Soundcard to handle the Digital Voice Keying. Computer wouldn’t load
Removed and PC wouldn’t start.
Finally found that Video card wasn’t seated properly
LCD Screen caused interference on 40m
No Filter I could add
Quickly brought15″ CRT down
Still not able to get signal out
Anyway, not sure how I should finish this article, been looking at for few days. Just the main this is I have definately learnt lessons from this.
So, Plans do not always go to plan, & even if you change you plans everything make seem to be going OK, until the crunch time. Planning is underway for testing radio BEFORE next contest, and to make sure where possible have backup solutions.
Whilst I still have plans for CQ WPX SSB contest in March to think of, I have started discussions with Peter M3PHP about taking part in the IARU HF World Championship this year.
This would be in the UK, unlike WPX. This is to give me a target to complete my conversion of the old dining room to my new Shack.
It will also be that each of us will have different plans to acheive operating in that contest.
Mine include finishing the painting of room, building desk(s), carpeting the floor, finally putting up my Hustler 6-BT, getting the coax into the room, as well as moving all the computer stuff from bedroom.
Peter’s on the other hand will be arranging travel bringing things he has promised to bring for the contest.
Early indications are that we will put in a Multi-Single entry as MØTZO, using my Yaesu FT-897 and logging with Win-Test software. If this changes, will post on here first.
So near end of March I shall be flying down to Nice, France to visit my Uncle who is also a Radio Amaetur.
I will be taking part using his equipment and my callsign as F/MØTZO (first time in a foreign country as a Ham as well) as a Single Operator. This means I can operate upto 36 hours during the 48 hour contest. Wonder how much I can actually do??
This will not be a go all out to win entry, but more to operate from different location and practise my contesting skills.