Show stoppers

It’s very easy to forget something when taking your radio gear out portable. A patch lead, a microphone, a power lead etc. can all be a show stopper. Well at the weekend, we went to Dungeness, Kent and thought we would take some radio equipment and do an hour or so of HF operating in between some photography, walking and a pub meal. Anyway, yes I forgot something…
We parked in a good spot, set up an inverted vee doublet, then I went to get the ATU. Before I even looked for it, I knew I’d forgot to bring it! Oops. We needed it to use the doublet. We had a look in the bags for some coax, but there wasn’t any, so there was no option but to take the antenna down and go to the pub. Now I usually make a check list, but this time I did not. Anyway, we still had a good day at Dungeness!

Can you spot the Orion Nebula?

Updated: 26th January 2015 — 3:02 pm


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  1. Mark Vitek - KC3DGE

    I saw there were no comments on this photo. That’s just not right…

    So – that is a stunning photograph – thanks for sharing!

    Are the lights on the horizon ships at sea?

    1. Hi Mark.

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, there was a cruise ship passing through the channel, and some other smaller ships around. It was so calm that night, Dungeness is such a unique place. I look forward to going back there one day soon!

      Regards, John.

  2. Ian Harling. .G7HFS

    I often operate down that way John.☺I live in Eastbourne so it’s not too far away.
    If you haven’t already been there next time you visit Dungeness you must check out the Pilot Inn…There cod & chips are the best!!!
    Hope to catch up with you on the air sometime


    1. Hi Ian.

      OK, thanks for the comment! Next time I will have a meal in the Pilot Inn. It’s a real interesting place 😉

      73, John.

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