TX Factor

Episode 13

An autumn feast of amateur radio content in this ‘13 - lucky for some’ episode of TX Factor! Bob gets to weigh up the latest offering of digital transceivers with Gary from ML&S. We chat about the weather with two experts who always look on the bright side. Jim Bacon and Steve Nichols explain how we can work with the prevailing conditions to maximise our chances of good DX. And Bob realises a boyhood dream by reliving the heady days of offshore radio on the UK’s high seas.

A Life on the VHF ‘Waves’ - TX date 3rd November 2016

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Show Notes for Episode 13 (TXF013)

Please note that all URL links included in these notes are, to the best of our knowledge, correct and have been tested, although from time to time some may appear not to be working at the time of reading this. Sorry for the inconvenience, however, these things do happen, and a search on Google or similar should provide you with more up-to-date links. 

DMR Radio 

To find out more about the radios shown in the feature and the amazing Raspberry Pi DMR visit the Marin Lynch and Sons website at hamradio.co.uk

Of course Gary Spiers M0TIG at ML&S will be only too happy to share his expertise with you in the Staines store.

Find out about the DMR repeater network in the UK at dmruk.net


Huge thanks to Steve Nichols G0KYA and Jim Bacon G3YLA for their fascinating contributions to this episode. Along with John Worsnop G4BAO they compile the excellent propagation report contained in the GB2RS News from the RSGB each week.

If you don’t hear the latest bulletin from your local newsreader or can’t catch our TX Talk podcast of the GB2RS news you will find a written transcript at rsgb.org just click on News on the home page.

Jim Bacon runs his own meteorology company weatherquest.co.uk

Steve Nichols is the author of many articles and books on amateur radio, including Stealth

Antennas which is available from both the RSGB and ARRL.

Steve is also chairman of the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee. Find out more about

their work at rsgb.org/main/technical/propagation

Don’t forget Steve will be giving us the benefit of his huge knowledge of space weather

and its influence on HF propagation in our next episode. Useful on-line propagation resources include:

Make More Miles on VHF mmmonvhf.de

DX Maps dxmaps.com

Hamqsl hamqsl.com

ARRL arrl.org/propagation VOACAP Online voacap.com


Thanks to everyone who made us so welcome on the Ross Revenge.

Find out more about the group behind the special event station at martellotowergroup.com

Radio Caroline has its own official site at radiocaroline.co.uk

The Ross Revenge has its own website too at rossrevenge.co.uk

We are indebted to David Kindred for his incredible photographs used in the feature. See more of his pictures at kindred-spirit.co.uk

On David’s site you can also order his superb book about the Offshore Radio era Pirate Radio An Illustrated History

Also check out offshoreradio.co.uk as well as offshore-radio.de and offshoreradiomuseum.co.uk for more on the fascinating story of pirate radio in the UK and Europe.

For a fully detailed PDF fact sheet of episode 13 (TXF013) show-information click here