Archive for August 2012

Foundation Licence Training


The IoMARS will shortly be undertaking Foundation Licence training and exam. Would anyone interested in sitting the exam please contact Andy Morgan GD1MIP direct with their name and contact telephone number and email address.

We are currently narrowing down dates in order to accomodate as many people as possible (both trainers and candidates!) and curently the proposed dates are as follows:

Sunday 7th Oct,
Sat 13th and Sun 14th Oct
Sat 1st Sun 2nd Dec

Andy can be contacted using gd1mip(at) or via Facebook message.


Posted August 29, 2012 by David Cain in Uncategorized

Various computers / parts for sale / trade.

Mark Matthews   markmmobile(at)

Has the below items available for sale / trade / whatever….

Please contact him direct via the above email address just change the ‘(at)’ for an ‘@’


1 x No Name (whitebox) Athlon 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 13.6GB HDD,
CD-RW, Built in sound, works fine – £30

M300 mini laptop, P3/600MHz, 192Mb RAM, 12GB HDD, DVD, docking station, battery,
PSU. I also have a spare DVD and floppy drive with this – £20
Acer TravelMate
C110 mini laptop / tablet, P3/1GHz, 512MB RAM, 40GB HDD, Battery, PSU, Wifi /
bluetooth card missing, one cursor key missing, works fine – £20
Compaq EVO
N160, P3/1GHz, 256MB RAM, 12GB HDD, DVD, battery, PSU, fully working –
IBM Thinkpad T22, P3/900MHz, 512MB RAM, 20GB HDD, non working DVD drive,
spare floppy drive, battery, PSU, works fine – £20
Dell Inspiron 1000, NOT
WORKING, gets power but no boot, Unknown CPU, 256MB RAM, DVD drive, No HDD,
comes with the PSU – £10

If anyone wants to part ex anything, I’m looking for the following bits…

20Amp minimum PSU
100 watt minimum ATU (an auto would be nice that is compatible with my Icom 725 , but manual one is fine as long as it has a meter on it)
Icom CT-17 USB cable A Data interface of  some kind for some decoding work.


Posted August 29, 2012 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized

IOMARS Eary Cushlin Mini Dx’pedition 2012

Once again a reminder that our annual trip to Eary Cushlin takes place on the weekend of 15/16 September. Mike Dunning is the point of contact if you would like to come along – £20 for the weekend (with overnight stay) or £10 per day.

It is a great place for DX’ing and many anennas can be used of any size! This is probably the only place on the island that you can set up a top band dipole and still have room for plenty more.

If you are interested in attending theis unique get away from it all weekend, contact Mike or any committee member. There are still places available for overnight, or if you just fancy some friendly banter then why not come for a chat and a cuppa?

Posted August 28, 2012 by David Cain in Uncategorized

Web SDR link – covers entire HF Spectrum

From the amateur radio club “Experimentele TelecommunicatieGroep Drienerlo” at the university of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.
It  now covers 1-30Mhz with no gaps.

Posted August 27, 2012 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized

New Icom Transceiver at Tokyo Show

Icom have announced a new HF/VHF/UHF transceiver – the IC-7100. One of the most interesting aspects of the new rig is that all European radios will be supplied with 70MHz (4m) band. Output on the 4m band will be 50w. The rig will have a detachable face, which is angled more details on this link…

Posted August 26, 2012 by David Cain in Uncategorized

GD4RAG/Hoover mobile


John decided to blitz the shack carpet with his hoover last night. I can highly recommend his services he was very fast and didn’t miss a speck!

Posted August 23, 2012 by David Cain in Uncategorized

CASHOTA annual UK & IRE Heritage Event

Message from the organisers of CASHOTA.
CASHOTAS(Castles and Stately Homes on the Air)annual UK & IRE heritage award will be commencing from the 18th August until the 30th September 2012. This event is held to highlight the European Heritage Open Days that will be held throughout the UK and Ireland (Please note each region has varied dates).
If interested in participating either as an activator or heritage chaser, then visit  for more details and a list of stations that are registered so far.
or if you wish to register a station now then please complete a form at
so lets enjoy our heritage on air in 2012.

Posted August 8, 2012 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized