Author: LB5JJ

  • Size matters: QRP Balun

    Size matters: QRP Balun

    I recently took delivery of the 6m carbon fibre mast from Sotabeams. Planning on getting together a extremely lightweight and compact kit for portable radio. Starting with a simple choke balun for QRP dipoles and verticals. Parts used in this build are: The RG-174 fit through the toroid 9 times which should provide adequate isolation…

  • FT8 on the iPhone with NO wires!

    FT8 on the iPhone with NO wires!

    Running FT8 on the iPhone with NO wires. SDR Control Mobile connects to the IC-705 over WiFi. Far from the best way of running FT8, but seeing as it gives me the option to do so without bringing /any/ additional equipment, I think it’s a really useful tool to have!

  • SOTA: LA/BU-116 Skotlia

    SOTA: LA/BU-116 Skotlia

    Winter bonus season is upon us, an it really started out with a bang. Close to -20°C at its coldest, I spent about 1 hour and 10 minutes walking up and about 50 minutes going back down. Easy walk on well maintained forest road for most of the way but I’m glad i brought the…

  • SOTA: LA/TM-091 Austre Nuke

    SOTA: LA/TM-091 Austre Nuke

    Another day, another SOTA. Rounding up the 1-pointers this last weekend before bonus season. Starting next Friday, all the local 2-pointers will yield an additional 3 winter bonus points. So; no ticks and 150% winter bonus! What’s not to like? Well, to answer my own question – snow! Snow’s what’s not to like. Todays summit…

  • SOTA: LA/TM-248 Tiurkollen

    SOTA: LA/TM-248 Tiurkollen

    Winter is fastening its grip once again, which means the forests around where I live are now free of ticks! I’ve been looking forwards to this for quite some time now. Of course activating in sub-zero temperatures has it’s own challenges, and I’m sure by the time spring comes around I’ll be more then happy…

  • SOTA: LA/TM-043 Sveinsbuvarden

    SOTA: LA/TM-043 Sveinsbuvarden

    For what was reported to be 2023s last day of summer weather, I went for a walk up LA/TM-043 Sveinsbuvarden. The summit at 746m above sea level a has 360° view of the surrounding mountains. The walk up was not much of a challenge, though half way up you’re given the option of taking a…