After an enjoyable 10 days visiting my gran in Elgin (North East Scotland), I’m now back at home getting back into the usual routines traveling home wasn’t too bad it had a few delays due to the adverse weather conditions (mostly snow difts & flooding) but even with that I managed to arrive in London on-time and was back in Oxford before 10am.

MP1 Antenna

MP1 Antenna in Grans Backgarden

The last few days in Elgin where mostly spent with gran and having short walks in the afternoon normally a couple of miles then stopping and having a warm drink and a cake, due to public transport being unreliable still I didn’t want to chance getting stuck somewhere! which was a shame as I was hoping to have a day trip to Inverness to have a look but there’s always next time.

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Radio wise I had a bit more luck with PSK31 after I tweaked my soundcard settings on the laptop and this is when I also noticed it was adding extra boost to all the inputs/outputs and didn’t have any option to turn them off, next time I’ll be taking a USB soundcard which I can have a bit more control of.

I also decided to do some WSPRing in the evenings on the final week on 80m, using 2.5 watts and the MP1 + Coil although nothing really DX I was pleased the signal was getting out an it was also nice to be heard by Dad (M3JFM) and also G3XLW, G6AVK who I speak to on Twitter.

TimestampCallMHzSNRDriftGridPwrReporterRGridkmaz
2010-12-08 21:542M0SQL3.594077-200IO87ip2DK8FTJN58pe1430131
2010-12-08 21:422M0SQL3.594077-120IO87ip2G4TRAIO81xp672173
2010-12-08 21:022M0SQL3.594083-210IO87ip2G4MQLIO81vr662174
2010-12-08 21:022M0SQL3.594077-270IO87ip2G4CAOIO91si723164
2010-12-08 20:302M0SQL3.594076-240IO87ip2F4EADJN18ce1114158
2010-12-08 20:202M0SQL3.594077-220IO87ip2IK1JLLJN33tt1715149
2010-12-08 19:442M0SQL3.594079-230IO87ip2LA3JJJO59bh80071
2010-12-08 19:442M0SQL3.594085-160IO87ip2PB0AJFJO22jw731132
2010-12-08 19:142M0SQL3.594082-260IO87ip2DK9LOJO54ch916108
2010-12-08 18:562M0SQL3.594079-230IO87ip2DL4MFCJN581389131
2010-12-08 16:342M0SQL3.594077-210IO87ip2OH8HTGKP34di173952
2010-12-07 21:462M0SQL3.594090-200IO87ip2DG2PXJO30rk1063134
2010-12-07 21:362M0SQL3.594079-200IO87ip2EA1FAQIN71pn1791184
2010-12-07 21:202M0SQL3.594077-300IO87ip2G6AVKJO01ho717158
2010-12-07 21:202M0SQL3.594066-260IO87ip2G7VKQIO91xl717162
2010-12-07 21:102M0SQL3.594067-190IO87ip2DL1AVHJO50st1223122
2010-12-07 21:022M0SQL3.594076-260IO87ip2G8VDQIO91um708163
2010-12-07 20:382M0SQL3.594076-331IO87ip2IZ3ATVJN55vk1704136
2010-12-07 20:382M0SQL3.594096-160IO87ip2G3XLWIO80bi812183
2010-12-07 20:262M0SQL3.594079-110IO87ip2ON3DCMJO10os873148
2010-12-07 20:262M0SQL3.594084-200IO87ip2G7AAQIO90kt773169
2010-12-07 18:122M0SQL3.594076-230IO87ip2DL8EDCJO31le975133
2010-12-07 18:042M0SQL3.594085-240IO87ip2OH6GKWKP13nt157653
2010-12-07 17:442M0SQL3.594081-280IO87ip2G4JVFIO93if507165
2010-12-07 17:442M0SQL3.594077-240IO87ip2SP5CQIKO02he1634102
2010-12-07 17:342M0SQL3.594077-240IO87ip2G7BZDIO90fq782171
2010-12-07 17:342M0SQL3.594086-180IO87ip2DG4BCLJO43qc944117
2010-12-07 17:262M0SQL3.594080-100IO87ip2EI6GRBIO54wp448224
2010-12-07 17:042M0SQL3.594075-160IO87ip2DK6UGJN49cm1177135
2010-12-07 16:482M0SQL3.594083-220IO87ip2ON7ANJO20ek944145
2010-12-07 16:182M0SQL3.594078-120IO87ip2DL2IANJN49bc1211137
2010-12-07 16:182M0SQL3.594077-220IO87ip2F6AAOJN33mp1714151
2010-12-07 16:102M0SQL3.594078-230IO87ip2DC8SEJN48xi1357134
2010-12-07 16:042M0SQL3.594077-260IO87ip2G4SMXJO01pc785156
2010-12-07 16:042M0SQL3.594077-120IO87ip2PA0HCKJO33ld817123
2010-12-06 22:122M0SQL3.594079-170IO87ip2G4ZFQIO90ir780170
2010-12-06 21:542M0SQL3.594080-270IO87ip2OK1DXJN69sd1456123
2010-12-06 19:182M0SQL3.594107-200IO87ip2DF6MKJN68ik1474127
2010-12-06 19:082M0SQL3.594107-200IO87ip2PC4TJO22io756134
2010-12-06 18:262M0SQL3.594080-250IO87ip2DF2LVJO44rs849107
2010-12-06 18:062M0SQL3.594074-290IO87ip2M3JFMIO91kk704168
2010-12-06 17:562M0SQL3.594192-23-1IO87ip2G4FLYIO91mk706167
2010-12-06 17:482M0SQL3.594154-240IO87ip2OK2EAJN89xl1661114
2010-12-06 17:082M0SQL3.594159-240IO87ip2DO3RMJN59vd1370127
2010-12-06 17:002M0SQL3.594156-190IO87ip2G8JNJIO80nr770178
2010-12-06 17:002M0SQL3.594151-210IO87ip2GW0OAJIO81lo672179
2010-12-06 16:522M0SQL3.594159-270IO87ip2DL1GRTJN58aj1357134
2010-12-06 16:522M0SQL3.594158-200IO87ip2PA0OJO33hg791124
2010-12-06 16:402M0SQL3.594153-180IO872G4KLAIO92ak565173

Only reporter’s over the time period.

What I have discovered is that the Superantenna MP1 needs a better radial system which I’m going to work on in the coming weeks/months, and hopefully next time I go back to visit gran I’ll find it works a lot better.

Final photos of the trip can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/m3php/sets/72157625390739915/with/5253969696/