HUBNet is a network based on the Allstar system. The core values are to provide linking between RF repeaters of all modes and bands. Bringing radio amateurs together and allowing you to rag chew across short and large distances without the 5 and 9 contest grind. Check out the website:

Beware the fake Nagoya Antennas!

Sadly, all sellers on Amazon appear to be selling copies and getting the real thing is surprisingly hard. Amazon also rejects reviews warning others that these are false. I know, because I have one I bought myself. I ended up buying a Welsh made antenna from Sandpiper, so I at least know it is genuine,

WordUP Brighton

Me and Kay went down to Brighton last week for their monthly WordUP meeting. The night was all about images and there where some great talks. Rich Copping talked about the use of images and tips on where when and how to use them effectively. Kay talked about image optimisation and how to use galleries

Buying goodies and terrible mic fright

So, as I re embark on my radio journey I have bought a few bits and pieces. I have a new CAT cable so I can program / control my FT-857D. I have ordered a Nagoya NA771 antenna for my little Baofeng UV-5R and I have a new meter coming so I can keep a better

First small project: Swap out the noisy fan!

The Watson W25-AM (25 Watt) power supply, is renowned for its jet engine antics, once you draw more than 500ma from it. Enter the spare 80mm fan I had won many years back in a radio club raffle. Gave it a good clean out while I was at it. It is much quieter now. I


Here I ramble about WordPress, Linux System Administration, Amateur Radio, Music and anything else I can think of. I am a member of the RSGB. I also occasionally attend the Manchester WordPress User Group. If you are new to WordPress or even a seasoned hand and live in the Manchester area, come along. They have plenty

Up Up and Away!!! (Recovered post from 2006)

February 06, 2006 Up Up and Away!!! The Biggest of all the projects took place on Sunday. Thanks to the installation skills of M3LXS and 2E0GYD my trusty Watson 50 took to the skies. See pictures here When asked what he thought Mark M3LXS said ‘booming mate booming’ 🙂