Amateur radio has a vast choice of modes and operations, so how did I end up contesting. I started in radio, as many do, on CB back in 1978 then progressed through to working DX on SSB which was the first catalyst toward contesting. I took the RAE in 1991 and like many other newly… Continue reading Why do I Contest? by Dave M0SAT
After far too long a time the Rats were in action again in early September at Lydd for the RSGB 2m trophy. Accomodation was the new wooden chalet complete with hot tub! We made over 500 QSOs and achieved a 3rd place podium position in the Open category. 2m RSGB Trophy 2021 results Here’s a… Continue reading September 2m RSGB Trophy
www.rsgb.org/propquest – FoF2 critical frequency and extrapolated MUFs www.rsgb.org/predtest – ITURHFPROP-powered predictions (G4FKH) www.rsgb.org/proppy – ITURHFPROP-powered predictions (HZ1JW) www.rsgb.org/voacap – VOACAP-powered predictions (OH6BG) www.rsgb.org/g0kya – At-a-glance hourly VOACAP predictions (G0KYA) www.predtest.uk – Predtest ITURHFPROP predictions soundbytes.asia/proppy/ – Proppy ITURHFPROP predictions www.voacap.com – VOACAP Online
G3RAT displays a propagation widget in its sidebar from https://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html which show some useful propagation data in a minimal format. For more in depth data and analysis of solar data you may find these sites to be of interest: https://www.solarham.net/ https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/education/current_activity.html https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/planetary-k-index http://www.solen.info/solar/ https://www.spaceweather.gc.ca/forecast-prevision/short-court/sfst-2-en.php For specific hf propagation between two sites here are some… Continue reading Propagation Resources
The Rats have several call signs. Here’s a quick rundown. We started off with M0HRF (randomly allocated by Ofcom) and used that in our early days. You may still hear it on the bands today. We added M0VUC as a back-up in case we ever needed to have two stations on the air. This call… Continue reading Rat Callsigns
Founder Rat and group secretary Carl m0icr has an excellent article about getting started on his blog https://m0icr.com/beginners-guide-to-vhf-contesting If you’re new to contesting or even just need a refresher then give it a read. Any questions pop along to our Facebook page – click FB icon link on right! Be sure to check out the… Continue reading Beginners Guide to VHF Contesting
This post will be regularly updated with new Rat videos showing what we get up to in weekend contests. First up is National Field Day 2018 from Walbury Hill G/SE-001 – a very hot weekend. NFD 2018 Walbury Hill In contrast here are the Rats in action battling Storm Freya in the 2019… Continue reading Rats in Action!