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.

10 Mar 2023

Weather Station

 For a long while I have only been able to upload my weather data to a few services, and more annoyingly I've been unable to upload to APRS.

However, that's changed and thanks to the Cumulus MX software I am now able to upload to more services and view my station in a much better way.

The data can be viewed in the following places.

AWEKAS  Midsomer Norton

Weather for REDFIELD - a Personal Weather Station in Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom | PWSWeather

Midsomer Norton - Weathercloud | Global network of weather stations

Met Office WOW -

Redfield weather (qsl.net)

Internet Problems solved

 I have had Gfast broadband for some time and always had a problem with my HF signals knocking it out. I found no solution and others have had the same issue again with no resolution. 

Until now. I have just moved to full fibre FTTP, with Lit Fibre and the problem is gone, I also get 500Mb down load so a win win situation. 

1 Feb 2023

RF Noisy laptop PSU

 My amateur radio operations has been spoilt by a very noisy PSU. This raised the noise floor by several S points. 

I have tried to fit ferrites to the lead with limited success. I also couldn't find a large enough one for the mains lead. However, I suddenly realised I could strip the outer back and therefore wind several turns on two ferrites. This reduced the noise down to below one S point. 

I must point out this should only be done by someone who understands the risk.

Current local weather

Uk Power production