P1070535 The PESKY RX101

Today I received in the post the PESKY RX101 from Spectrum communications it’s billed as:
A single band PSK receiver as a further development of the RSGB Centenary Receiver and the Sudden Receiver, with new band pass coupled front-end filter and bipolar RF stage. The full historical development of this receiver from its 1st version in 1989 to the present day is the subject of Doing It by Design in PW in July 2014. The receiver connects between the aerial and the computer and should prove an ideal companion for the Raspberry Pi computer.
It sounds a fun item of kit to have in the shack I was keen to get it set up and running – however we soon discovered that on RX there was brake through from a strong broadcast station that spoiled the decode of the PSK signal I called the shop on the landline and after a chat with G4CFY we were advised to remove C5 by removing C5 we had lowered the gain of the RX once this had been done we were in business the unwanted broadcast station had disappeared and we were able to decode signals

Camb-hams Isle of lewis IOTA EU-010.

Camb-hams Isle of lewis IOTA EU-010.  loc IO68UL 14th April – 3rd May 2014


The Camb-Hams set up home in the former Decca Navigation station at Lionel Ness this photograph was taken some time before the station was closed down today it is a B&B and holiday let. The  two self-catering cottages- Fianais and Muirneag.  Were the family homes for the staff that operated the Decca navigation station and are warm and spacious. They are attached to the main house on either side and have large windows that make them exceptionally light with wonderful views to the front (of Fivepenny village and Loch Stiapabhat nature reserve) and to the back (over the machair to the dunes and the sea). 

Log search: callsign m3jfm

Time Date Callsign Frequency Mode Worked by Station
21:13 26/04 M3JFM 7.197 SSB M1ACB HF4
12:20 27/04 M3JFM 10.139 PSK31 2E0SQL DATA
18:52 27/04 M3JFM 7.177 SSB M0LCM HF4
17:59 28/04 M3JFM 145.950 SSB 2E0SQL Sats
21:57 01/05 M3JFM 10.123 CW M0VFC Data

International Marconi Day 2014

Allison and I with Monty called by The Museum of the History of Science on broad street to see the Annual event Marconi Day Saturday

DSC_0172The Oxford & District Amateur Radio Society had been invited by The Museum of the History of Science to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi

DSC_0128by operating a radio station GB4MHS.

DSC_0151It was billed by the museum as See who they can contact across the globe by the power of wireless – I worked GB4MHS on 40m and 20m cw and took along my qsl card. During my visit I took a few snaps you can see them at