Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First Mendip based in Wells, Somerset. I am Chair and H&S rep for the depot branch of Unite the Union. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBfF600. As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at St. Nicholas Church in Radstock. These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

20 Sept 2022

Four Day Week

 There has been much discussion recently over working four day weeks. I have been on a four day rota for over ten years and I love it. I work 38 hours which means I work 12 hour days. This used to be called 'continental working'. Yes it's long days, but you only do four. I always have at least two days together off and, I save money because I only travel four days, which in my case saves 100 miles per month. 

There seems to be a feeling among people that this would mean less money, but it won't. We are still stuck in this 9-5, Monday to Friday world, while still expecting others to work when we have time off.

The world has changed and we need to adapt to it. Covid caused a lot of things to change rapidly. We need to catch up.

22 Dec 2021

Mains Filter

 


This started out as a way to try and stop my Broadband being knocked out when on HF but has also cut the noise level on the HF bands.

Like most things it all got very complicated etc until I found a blog post from M0NWK https://www.m0nwk.co.uk/mains-electricity-filter-for-emc-noise-reduction/

The construction is simple and straightforward.

Parts list

Fair-Rite type 31 ferrite core. I got mine on Ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181209693756

Mains Cable. I used 1mm standard flex.

Box. Got mine from Screwfix

https://www.screwfix.com/p/british-general-ip55-weatherproof-outdoor-enclosure-180-x-110-x-135mm/96153

Construction was easy, I wound 6 turns around the ferrite. This is the recommendation og GM3SEK on his very useful web site http://www.ifwtech.co.uk/g3sek/in-prac/#big31  I used a couple of cable ties to hold it together.

 



The results so far are encouraging. I can now run 50w of FT8 on 17 and 10m without knocking out my G.Fast Broadband. Noise levels on the lower HF bands seem lower but nothing spectacular.

Completed. The 4 way block had been left in the sun!













12 Jul 2021

Pi-Star Hotspot

 Been rather fascinated by the cheapness of the Raspberry Pi and the amount of stuff it can do. One is a radio 'Hotspot'. this is where you can access different digital modes without being in range of a repeater. While this may not seem to be radio, as far as I'm concerned it is and you able to communicate with other Radio Amateurs who are on a RF link.

The actual Hotspot comes as a 'kit' which you can put in a case. One thing I did was put the edge connector on the Rasp[berry Pi which meant it wouldn't fit in the box!! Not a problem as it only sitting on the shack shelf.

Setting up was relative straightforward apart from there being so much information it became confusing. The trick is to work out what you want to do and stick with it!!!

I have set mine to work on the FreeDMR  system. I have also set it so I can access some Fusion links from DMR as well.

Below is my configuration. You will need to slide the DMR and DMR2YSF buttons over (they didn't show)This works very well. You will need to put your call and DMR number in.









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