GX3VRE 14/28/50/70&144Mhz operation

Tonight we took the opportunity to work as many bands as we could and initially started on 50mhz (6m) and despite little in the way of Sporadic E Dave G8TTI and Jamie 2E0MHG managed to contact Portugal.

Dave and Jamie working Portugal on 6m SSB

Meanwhile Jacek M0PLS set up his Buddipole on 10m but had SWR issues and ended up on 20m and got great reports from stations in Hungary and France.

Over in the the Club shack Jenni M0HZT represented the club on the June 2m UK Activity Contest working 14 stations as GX3VRE including Denmark and Germany. Great tropo this evening.

GX3VRE ops in the 144mhz UKAC

Back in the hall we then wondered whether our 6m Hawkins antenna would work on 4m 70mhz and surprisingly the SWR was around 1:8:1 s0 after a quick Auto ATU button press we had a perfect match and we started calling on 70.450 FM, qsy’ing to 70.475.

4m 70mhz activation

We made several contacts on 4m including G1ERM in Swindon, G4MUF in Royal Wootton Bassett and Mike 2E0OND in Chippenham. Both Chris G4HCW and John 2E0GTQ joined in on the 4m fun and made QSOs on the band.

G4HCW and 2E0GTQ operating on 4m 70mhz

So another enjoyable Club night and plenty of on air activity. All in all a great evening with many attendees getting on the air.

Until next time have a great week ahead and best 73 from all at Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club.