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9:00am on 3.650MHz (80 metre band)
(I am part of a team and read on alternate Sundays.
Bristol coverage is not good, but I can be heard further away,
in most of Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.
9:30am over GB3ZB, 430.825MHz, 70cm.
Disable tone squelch (77Hz).
10:30am on 145.525MHz, 2m.
from central Bristol.
For a full schedule visit...
The RSGB Website
and follow the link from 'GB2RS News'.
2nd. August 2020. This recording (edited for bloopers and stray noises) of the 2m broadcast was made using a direct feed from the (home brew) desk microphone connected my FT897D. There is more background hiss than I would like and I am inclined to blame the mother board sound card of my very old PC (the OS is Xubuntu 16.04 LTS). I may try an external USB sound interface next time.
19th. July 2020. I was all set to read 'live' on 2m. when the computer started up with the recording from last week. I had forgotten to delete it. So, I pulled the connecting audio plug, turned down the monitor volume and picked up reading at the second paragraph. Not good enough! The computer recorded the live microphone and the file being played back onto the same track. Sean G7NJX has graciously allowed me to fill the hole with his recording. Hopefully, things will go more smoothly in two week's time. (I have fitted an extra output socket to my deck microhone and I will be keeping my fingers crossed.)
21st. June 2020. The 2m recordings are proving a little difficult to make. My intention was to take a feed from the desk mic that is connected to my FT897D, but this entails fitting a new specially purposed output socket. There is too much attenuation applied to the unamplified 'input' socket for it to be useful in reverse. Other things (like getting my antenna rotator and 6m beam working again) have got into the way. The last two recordings have been made using the microphone part of a boom-mic/headset unit. Breath noise is a serious issue that I have only partially solved today by steep bass cut (at 200Hz) 'equalisation'.
14th. June 2020. These recordings are in various formats... by accident! The 'parent' recording for GB3ZB is in mono 8 kHz .au so that it is played easily by the Linux software (cron) that controls it. Most recent conversions are to mp3 at 8 kHz 64 kbps. This is not what I thought I had set up. It works and the file length is about 10 MB. I will investigate my Audacity settings more carefully, but I will continue to use this format unless I can find a good reason not to.
29th. September 2019. Normal GB2RS service using a recording resumed following the replacement of the (new!) modem/router.
9th. September 2019. The internet connection had failed again despite the new modem/router fitted by Matt G4RKY last week. I had made the recording but could not upload it. I transmitted it. There were a few problems but I have re-made the dodgy, years old 'temporary' connection to an audio isolating transformer which failed when I disturbed it returning to the shack with a cuppa.
Now that I am using the same rig for all newsreading it is no problem to transmit a recording on other bands as well and in response to listener suggestions I used a modified version of the ZB recording on 2m. with no problems. I may do this regularly. Altering the content is not difficult, especially if both idents are read into the 'master' take.
Matt visited the Dundry site on Sunday afternoon and rebooted the modem/router. He has no idea what caused it to stop.
1st. September 2019. The internet connection to GB3ZB has been down for a couple of days. I read the GB2RS news over the input. No technical problems. By the time I had finished the 2m. reading (I had done the 80m. reading at 9:00 am.) I had enough! The recording has had several errors edited out, and it started badly... You may laugh! Almost as bad as the time I read the news into a dummy load.
28th. July 2019. With the hot weather my regular non-noise interference just LF of the news frequency of 3.650MHz drifts HF and becomes a real nuisance. My phasing qrm reducer works a treat on this sort of signal and I made a recording this morning that demonstrates just how good it is.
My contact is with G8CKK running about 100W and about 5 miles away. The heterodyne interference appears when I switch my phaser off (20sec.in). It attenuates all signals by 20dB and you can hear the noise rise (25 sec. in) as the slow AGC brings up the receiver gain when I switch it off. Click the link below to have a listen.
Amateur radio has become increasing frustrating at low frequencies, the level of interference, 'noise', has increased enormously. To get some idea of the problem in central Bristol listen to the short recording made by G0JPS who is about two miles away from me. I always use 100w to broadcast the news. G0JPS uses 5W. On this occasion 27 May 2018, I could not hear him. You can hear how well he received me (!) on 80m. (3.650MHz) by clicking the link below. The file format is .wav. Compression does funny things to noise. I am having to do more broadcasts at 9:00am on 80m. Its a good thing that, as a broadcaster, I don't have to receive.
I decided to have a partial clear out with the start of the new year, 2020.
Old files have been removed from the web server and
old comments have been deleted from this page.
|G4TRN on 2m. 2nd. August 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 26th. July 2020|
|G7NJX over GB3ZB 19th. July 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 12th. July 2020|
|G4TRN on 2m. 5th. July 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 28th. June 2020|
|G4TRN on 2m. 21st. June 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 14th. June 2020|
|G4TRN on 2m. 7th. June 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 31st. May 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 24th. May 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 17th. May 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 10th. May 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 3rd. May 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 26th. April 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 19th. April 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 12th. April 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 5th. April 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 29th. March 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 22nd. March 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 15th. March 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 8th. March 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 1st. March 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 23rd. February 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 16th. February 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 9th. February 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 2nd. February 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 26th. January 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 19th. January 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 12th. January 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 5th. January 2020|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 22nd. December 2019|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 15th. December 2019|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 8th. December 2019|
|G4TRN over GB3ZB 1st. December 2019|
John Everingham. G4TRN