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N-phobia   1 comment

I recently had the need to purchase a new 2/70 colinear antenna. The previous one had lasted 28 years, and survived being erected at three different properties.

I ordered one from a very well-known emporium (no advertising, I’m not on commission). I spoke to a very helpful person in the sales department. She took my order, and said she would include an N-type to SO239 adapter for free. She was quite taken aback when I said I would not need one as I would be fitting an N-type plug to the coax.

She said every antenna left the store with an adapter as using a PL259 on the coax was almost universal.

Is this the case? Is there something difficult about fitting the N-type plug? Please let me know what I am missing.

Stuart, GD0OUD

P.S. I was still sent an adapter. This is of such poor quality I would insult the bin if I threw it away. If I remember, I’ll bring it down to the shack so everyone can go “OOOOOOOH” at it.


Posted November 22, 2018 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized

VHF Antenna Construction

I found this  pdf on constructing vhf antennas while trawling on the interweb. Click on the link below for a look, you may find it to be useful.

Stuart, GD0OUD.



Posted January 5, 2018 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized

WAB Squares.

I have had a request from Dave, G4SQA, who does WAB. He needs the following squares:

SC28 – Peel area, SC36 – the tiny one up from the airport, and NX30, just north of Jurby.

Is anyone, or the club interested in activating these squares? It would be a good activity for the club. I’ll put my name forward, who’s next?

Stuart, GD0OUD.

Posted July 27, 2017 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized

Eary Cushlin

I have just read the article in Manx Tails about the refurbishment to Eary Cushlin.

At £1500 a week, I think we will not be visiting there as a club again!

Looks nice though……..

Stuart, GD0OUD.

Posted July 21, 2017 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized

For salefor repeater funds.

I have for sale three antenna brackets, the procceds of which will be going to repeater funds.

The brackets are hand crafted by myself, and approximately 100mm x 100mm, and made from 6mm aluminium angle. I intend to put them on eBay for  £15, (Moonraker want £19 for a similar item) but if anyone on islanD would like one, I’m asking for £10, I already have one satified customer!

The brackets will take up to a 2″ mast, and are fitted with SO239 sockets, but as they are very robust, you could customise it to your own needs.

Dig deep, support thr repeater network and the keeper!

You can contact me by phone, (I’m in the book) email, (gd0oud “at”manx dot net) or maybe on the repeater.

Stuart, GD0OUD.20170207_164414


Posted February 7, 2017 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized

For Sale

Yeasu FT991, 16months old, very little use.

Boxed, £650.

Phone 413036/801592

Godfrey, GD4EIP.

Posted January 4, 2017 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized


I’m putting an order in, let me know if you want any………



Posted August 28, 2016 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized