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Whats all the V about?

posted 16 Jul 2013, 07:49 by
Hey all
No you're not going mad, you did hear a MV0 or a MV6 while you were operating the wireless.

The 5th of July 2013 marks 100 years of RSGB so with permission from Ofcom a NOV (notice of variation) has been issued which allows UK users that have applied for the NOV to have a commemorative prefix of GV, MV and 2V, which will be active from 0001BST on 5 July until the end of the month.

With the bands being so unstable and changeable by minute makes for interesting operating.

Here's what I've been up to.

The RFgain function on the FT817

Obligatory QSO 500mw QRP

Great signals from Stafford and some fantastic reports.

A 5/5 with 500mw from the ft-817 though other equipment on bypass was good enough for me.
Maybe a good bit of practice and confidence booster in the 817,  its a super capable transceiver with the added bonus of being able to drop the power all the way down to 500mw.

Imagine in a serious situation, perhaps a disaster recovery, maybe just a long weekend camping trip the FT817 being able to operational and be heard using such low power consumption is amazing, it means that even the smallest external battery will give you hours of time on the air.

I Hope its as sunny where you are, its 29 degree C here in sunny Norfolk

73 de Mark - M0VST