Hints & Tips

MORSE CODE PRACTICE

 Here is a link to an excellent video, produced by US Army on morse code practice and sending:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M56m4cvml_Q&feature=related

VIRTUAL  RADAR.

Here is a link to a virtual radar screen, showing details of commercial air traffic over UK & Ireland, and the Atlantic:   http://www.radarvirtuel.com/

WEATHER

   Here are links for two weather charts, one of which is the Irish Weather Office for the Atlantic, it is very reliable and accurate:         http://www.met.ie/forecasts/atlantic-charts.asp

 

    In doubt about whether or not to put up that antenna, or better secure one which is not too steady?   Then this is the link you need,   gives an accurate picture of winds to be expected:
http://www.xcweather.net/    

 

   

ANTENNA.

   Want to build your own antenna?   Here’s a website showing how to make a “short” carolina windom type antenna, which is very reliable and easily made.   It is resonant on 20m and 40m and is used by at least one club member. 
http://www.m0ukd.com/Carolina_Windom/index.php

The balun for this antenna, and the insulators for the ends are available from Chris at : http://www.2i0nie.com/

  The line isolator is wound on a piece of 4″ drain pipe, or “Ugly Balun”,              http://www.klimaco.com/HAMRADIOPAGES/hf_baluns.htm,   It is recommended that this windom is fed with 100 ft. of coax, and one would suggest that the balun should be wound at one end of the feeder.

 

TRAINING.

 Preparing for the Foundation, moving towards the Intermediate or Advancing to the Full Licence?

then, here are some sites which will provide guidance and practice test papers on which you can prove your worth!!

http://www.hamtests.co.uk/,

 Here’s another training link:   http://www.amateurradiotraining.org/,  This is also a very informative site, requires FREE registration to enjoy it to the full.

 

NEWS

Keep up with the events of radio by accessing this site:  http://www.southgatearc.org/

IRTS.   http://www.irts.ie/cgi/index.cgi.    This site also provides a test paper for the IRTS exam, with the answers on the end.

SPACE WEATHER

           How are the sunspots doing?  Are they increasing or decreasing?   Get an account of new sunspots appearing, together with some very interesting information and pictures from this site:              http://spaceweather.com/,    highly recommended.

  PROPOGATION

   Here is a link to an excellent descriptive article on propogation:   http://ecjones.org/propag.html

THE AMATEUR’S  CODE.

1 – The amateur is considerate
He never knowingly uses the air in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others

2 – The amateur is loyal
He offers his loyalty, encouragement and support to his fellow radio amateurs, his local club and his national association, through which amateur radio is represented

3 – The amateur is progressive
He keeps his station abreast of science. It is well-built and efficient. His operating practice is above reproach

1 – The amateur is considerate
He never knowingly uses the air in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others

2 – The amateur is loyal
He offers his loyalty, encouragement and support to his fellow radio amateurs, his local club and his national association, through which amateur radio is represented

3 – The amateur is progressive
e keeps his station abreast of science. It is well-built and efficient. His operating practice is above reproach

4 – The amateur is friendly
Slow and patient sending when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others; these are the marks of the amateur spirit

5 – The amateur is balanced
Radio is his hobby. He never allows it to interfere with any of the duties he owes to his home, his job, his school or his community

6 – The amateur is patriotic
His knowledge and his station are always ready for service of his country and his community

Tropospheric Ducting Forecasts

   E  BOOKS

Here is a link to very informative ebooks;   http://kb2ljj.serveftp.com/HamBooks/