Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Willet RX

I have now built the Willet RX and I must say the instructions were good and the radio is spot on for a little DC receiver for 80, 40, 20M that you can switch between bands.

Out of all the direct conversion receiver kits I looked at this gives the most pleasing combinations of bands, most of the others are one band only builds.

Wx Reception

This is just to let pepole know that http://www.cottonreeltank.org/weather/ is not updating at the moment I had to take down the QFH antenna due to hi winds.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Back in the Building Mood

I have just been looking round and have come across some intresting little HF radio kits namely the The Willet RX please see


I have purchased on and am looking froward to building it..

Friday, 24 July 2009

QFH Antenna

I have been looking round for a while to replace my dis-cone antenna. Much of what I read lead me to looking at the QFH antenna I eventual found a good web site with some good pictures and a straightforward build plan please see this link.


The QFH far out preforms my dis-cone and is giving very good results. I original had the antenna in my garden well away from the house. I decided to then pop a bracket on the back wall of the house. This as it turns out was quite a mistake as I now seem to get drop out in the images, this I think is due to the antenna being too close to my tv antenna and level with it.

I was fortunate to have materials left over from the build of the QFH so am currently am building a second QFH that I will place in the garden again. where the the original was.

please see this links for pic's of the first anntenna under construction.


Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Site up and running

Please see this link for the latest images I have recived directly from the NOAA-N satellites.


Friday, 26 June 2009


Hi this blog is just sharing some of my interests in radio and weather satellites reception. I have currently been working on getting a little system running to receive and publish weather pictures to a web page, received from the NOAA Polar orbiting satellites. A full description of them can be found hear.