For some time now I’ve been following the fortunes of operators such as Paul VK5PAS who post on Facebook about their World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF) exploits and include some fascinating photographs.

I was familiar with Summits on the Air (SOTA) where you activate the summits of hills and mountains but had no idea what WWFF is.

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Mobile at Blakeney, Norfolk

Mobile at Blakeney, Norfolk

In March we set off from Edinburgh in our smart hire car to visit Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire over just under a fortnight. I brought with the amateur radio gear, consisting of the Yaesu FT857D, 9AH battery and the Yaesu ATAS-120A antenna.

We were due to visit a number of coastal areas of England and I was looking forward to plenty of mobile sessions during the trip. Fortunately I managed one good radio session from Blakeney on the North coast of Norfolk on the morning of March 16. Read the rest of this entry

In F8DRA shack

In Marc F8DRA’s shack

In late February, Helen and I had the pleasure of spending just under a week with my friend Marc F8DRA at his home in Tancarville, in France’s Normandy region. Normandy is in the North West part of France.

I’ve spoken with Marc several times on air from VK6 and we struck up a friendship via Facebook and email. When Marc heard we were going to be based in Scotland for such a long time, he was keen to meet. Neither Helen nor I had been to France for close to 15 years and the prospect of staying with a French family was too much to resist.

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Following our return to Edinburgh from our Scottish isle trip, Frank MM0HST was also kind enough to loan me his Yaesu ATAS-120A antenna to use with his FT857D transceiver. This model of antenna is great to use with the FT857D because it is auto tunable and interfaces with the transceiver’s menu system. So once you configure the transceiver via the menu you have an antenna which auto tunes at the touch of a button on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 metres.

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Stirling District Amateur Radio SocietyI arranged with Frank MM0HST to spend the day at the GM6NX Stirling District Amateur Radio Society. I walked up to the bus station in St Andrews Square in Edinburgh and took the Citylink 909 bus to Stirling. I was met on route by Frank who drove me the final few miles to the club location in Throsk.

I worked the club when it was using the G14CG special event callsign earlier in 2014 to celebrate the Commonwealth Games when they were held in Glasgow. Read the rest of this entry