G4KLE Operating with Low Power and Portable

G4KLE Operating with Low Power and Portable

Took Elecraft KX3 out last week for a little bit of Low Power (5 Watts QRP) working from Ferry Lagoon (Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire).

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After making sure batteries were fully charge and packing up my BikeQRP“Shack in a Sack”, I mounted my trusty steed (mountain bike) and rode the 5 miles to a previously recced site for an afternoons Amateur Radio operating. Sun was shining and the temp was about 21C, so perfect for sitting by the lake.

Set up within 10 minutes with my 10m SotaBeam Travel MastSetUpQRP supporting my BandHopper IV Linked Dipole AE on 40m.

On plugging into KX3 I thought there must be a fault as I could not hear anything on the Band, not to be perturbed, I put out a CQ call on CW and straight away I was rewarded with a reply of 579 from a station up in Newcastle (400 miles). I realised that there QTH1QRPwas no AE or Eqpt fault; it was just that this location (in the middle of a lake – figuratively speaking) was free of any interference. FANTASTIC!!

Stayed out for 2 hours in a very quiet and pleasant QTH and made 7 contacts (England, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Germany & Norway) in total (6 CW QTH2QRP(Morse) and 1 SSB (Voice)). I was very pleased with my excursion to a very new location.

Oh yes, as well as checking out the new location, it was the first time that my KX3 had traveled in its new box;Portable and QRP Box4

So, Best 73’s and hope to update again later…..

Mervyn – G4KLE/QRP/P

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GB2NM – Amateur Radio at the Norris Museum

GB2NM – Norris Museum


Thanks to those who joined me at the Norris Museum on 20 June 2015 for the first “Museum on the Air” from the Norris Museum, St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

We arrived at the Museum at 08:30 and were up and ready by 09:03 with our first contact at 09:10   (GB0WCT – RAF Wainfleet Control Tower, Friskney, Lincs) 59 – a good start!!


We had a total of 60 contacts throughout the day (57 SSB AND 3 CW), quite a few G stations, including 15 other Museums ( + Flag Fen (Peterborough), the Royal Signals Museum, Blandford), stations from GI, GW, GU plus DK, DL & PA. Closing at 15:45 as the Museum closed at 16:00.

I think we made a very good impression with the Museum curator who wants us to put the station on again next year, although it may be during the Museum restoration period (but they will find us a place). Also, it was so nice to have her father (Ian – M0OCN) who come all the way from Kings Lynn to see us and may come and play a little longer next year.

There was a Picture and Photograph exhibition taking place at the same time in our room, so we had a large number of visitors who just popped in to see the exhibition and were very interested in our activity. We even had two Ham Operators from Canada who just decided to visit the museum and were doubly impressed that not only did they see this hidden gem of St Ives, but were able to see GB2NM in operation. We had the current St Ives Lady Mayoress, Mrs Gilly Jackson, visit us in the afternoon to give us support.


My little KX3 with KXPA100 worked extremely well (on 60 watts output) and I was so please that the SOTABeam Band Hopper IV, supported in the center with a 6m Prowhip,  worked extremely well and was giving us mostly reports of 57 to 59 and also quite a few 59+10 & 20dbs throughout the day even though the band was not great.

So, My very big thanks you Dave (M0VTG) Nigel (G6LSB) and Steve (G1KWF) for being there and I look forward to next year,…..

BIG Thanks and Best 73’s.

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Walking healthier than running

Walking Healthier than Running

Walking v RunningBrisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running when the energy expenditure of both activities is balanced out according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Researchers compared data from two studies of 33,060 runners and 15,045 walkers. For the same amount of energy used, walkers experienced greater health benefits than runners.

The effects on participants, who were aged 18 to 80, were observed over a period of six years and it was observed that although running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5%, walking reduced it by more than double at 9.3%.

Calorie for calorie, walking also had a stronger impact on heart disease risk factors with the risk of first-time high blood pressure being reduced by 4.2% by running as compared to 7.2% by walking.

First-time high cholesterol risk was lowered by 4.3% by running and 7% by walking, and the risk of first-time diabetes was reduced by about 12% by both walking and running.

“Walking and running provide an ideal test of the health benefits of moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running because they involve the same muscle groups and the same activities performed at different intensities,” said study leader Dr Paul Williams, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

“The more the runners ran, and the walkers walked, the better off they were in health benefits. If the amount of energy expended was the same between the two groups, then the health benefits were comparable.
“People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”

This article is repeated from a publication on:

Human Kinetics Sport, Health & Fitness Blog

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Welcome to Huntingdonshire Speakers Club and Toastmasters International

Looking to improve your Speaking and Leadership skills? Ignite your Career? Win that Job Interview?

You’re looking in the right place. Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, our membership is 270,000 strong Worldwide. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Membership in Huntingdonshire Speakers Club and Toastmasters in one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At £25 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere. Read more about the Features, Benefits and Value of a Huntingdonshire Speakers Club and Toastmasters International membership.

How Does It Work?

  • A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Our Club has 20 to 30 members who meet biweekly (1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month). A typical meeting lasts 60–90 minutes (with a Dinner Break in the middle).
  • There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
  • Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instil a basic foundation in public speaking.
  • Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working in the Competent Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don’t lecture members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and mentoring to help. Then we ask them to lead.

Why should I join?
The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life. As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will:

  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Become a better speaker
  • Become a better leader
  • Communicate more effectively

Membership of Huntingdonshire Speakers club is affordable – a great value that can change your life that costs less than a £ a day. Your initial investment:

  • £25 New member fee
  • £25 Dues for six months, plus any club expenses.

More than 4 million people have discovered the benefits of this proven learning formula. What are you waiting for? Joining is easy – just a few simple steps:

Step 1:
Visit Huntingdonshire Speakers club.

  • Each group has a different personality, so you may wish to visit more than one Club. Your visit is free, and some clubs may allow you to return as often as you like.
  • We meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each Month at the Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre, Hemingford Abbots Golf Complex, Cambridge Road, Huntingdon, PE28 9HQ. The CGCC website

Step 2:
At the meeting, ask the President or Vice President Membership for a membership application Form and fill it out.

Step 3:
Give your application and dues to the Vice President Membership at the club.

  • Once you are voted in by the existing membership, the club officer will send your application and fees to Toastmasters’ World Headquarters.
  • Your New Member Kit should arrive in the mail in about two weeks (kits outside of the U.S. may take longer).

We look forward to meeting you at our next Club Meeting….  Which is on: Wednesday 1st August starting promptly at 6pm.

More detail on our Web Site, Link below.


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Nordic Walking – The Secret Fitness Weapon for Walkers

Walking has at all times been the best way for people to start moving their bodies and getting active no matter what their age or circumstance. Doctors have always prescribed walking as a part of ongoing rehabilitation for heart patients, osteoporosis patients, arthritis patients, and multiple sclerosis patients, and many more. It’s secure and very effective. Almost everybody can take part in a walk! And did I mention that its fun,


Now there is a way you can turn your atypical walk into a splendidly beneficial fitness activity. Add Nordic Walking Poles!!! Just by adding poles and utilizing Nordic Walking Technique taught by a qualified instructor, you can maximize your walking routine and begin enjoying the many extra benefits that this activity will carry to your routine. And among the finest benefits is that you just don’t even know you’re working out.

Using Nordic Walking poles burns up to 45% more energy than regular walking. Imagine that, burn up to 400 calories per hours as in comparison with 280 per hour for normal walking. And then by using the proper technique you further increase your calorie consumption even more. Walking with poles lets you reach the identical intensity as running without all the high impact, and best of all, without the perceived exertion.

It strengthens your upper body, your stomach, chest, back, neck and arms. Try to get all this out of a standard walk! Nordic Walking makes use of about 90% of all of the muscles in your body, and the walking poles actually relieve the stress in your joints.

Would you, like many of us, like to lose just a few pounds and shed a couple of inches off your waistline? Maybe you’d like to cut back the threat of heart issues or of suffering a stroke? Increasing the activity of your heart and lungs and lowering your blood pressure may be vital for you. Or perhaps you wish to have more vitality and feel fitter overall? Best of all, Nordic Walking places you in a superb mood. It is a fun activity that’s energetic and relaxing.

The most important key to any successful fitness program is discovering activities that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy an activity, chances are you won’t keep at it. Nordic Walking is one of the fastest growing recreational fitness sports, it is a revolutionary full body workout that you can do anywhere,  it’s based on natural movement patters of walking so is an accessible form of exercise. If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk!

Mervyn Foster is your local INWA Nordic Walking Instructor and trained with British Nordic Walking, offering Beginner and Improver classes in the Huntingdon and Cambridge area. He discovered Nordic Walking whilst training for the Pathfinder 46 mile March in 2009 and has now competed in the event three times. He holds full Liability Insurance and is a trained First Aider.

You can contact Mervyn at the links below:

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Olly Walks 26 Miles for World Nordic Walking Day

Olly, the newest member of the A14 Coffee Morning Networking Group took part in the Oxfam & World Nordic Walking Day Walk on 20th May 2012.

He made is début at the Networking meeting on Friday 18th May where he is seen introducing some of the members of the group deep in Networking conversation at the Tap Rooms in St Ives. In the photo we can see Rachael Orchard and Shaun Reinson (A14 Coffee Morning Organisers) plus members Toni Hunter, Jamie Bartlett and Mervyn Foster.

 For the past week Olly has been in training for the World Nordic Walking Day walk and the Oxfam 26 Mile Charity walk Olly was up for the challenge. He was fitted with Nordic Walking Poles, specially designed for him and after a little instruction by INWA Nordic Walking Instructor Mervyn Foster, he was ready to go….

Bright and early on Sunday morning, 20th May, he joined other members of the Cambridgeshire Nordic Walking group to take part in the 26 mile Oxfam Walk from Chilford Halls, Linton in Cambridgeshire. We had 12 members in total taking part at different distances, some doing 7 miles, 12 miles, 20 miles and with the five shown above completing the big one – 26 Miles.

Olly performed well on the walk and at the 15 mile point he had to stop to take on food for additional energy, he can be seen with his flask of tea and a scone with cream and strawberry jam. After a short break he was off again leading the walk across the hilly countryside of south Cambridgeshire.

Although he found some of the tracks were a little steep for him, he managed to complete the 26 miles with only a few little blisters, sore paws and some sore muscles….


So, for his first official outing he did us all proud and he is looking forward to his next adventure whatever it may be. From the members of the Cambridgeshire Nordic Walkers, we thank you for joining us. Olly, and keep up the training…

Mervyn S Foster, (INWA Nordic Walking Instructor)

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Effective Social Networking for Business – Workshop

Effective Social Networking for Business – Workshop

(Syndication, Amplification and Moderation)

Learn how to use social media for your business in a friendly constructive environment, with support from experienced HBN members. Bring your laptop/tablet/mobile along for a practical on using social networks more effectively as part of your business. The benefit of social media for business is the ability to reach out to a wider audience who can become your ambassadors and potentially clients. Social media networking is all about engagement and conversation. During this workshop you can hear how others use social media and gain assistance in either trying them out for the first time or sharing additional advice and experience from other users.

The 45 minute to 1hour long workshop will be in three parts

  1. A demonstration of how to take an article of interest (for example an existing blog) to a wider audience and disseminate it to contacts through a variety of social media. Likely examples will be Linkedin, Google+ and Twitter.
  2. The practical session where you, with the help of experienced users, apply the knowledge gained; to connect with people and exchange information of interest
  3. A concluding session where experience gained in the practical is shared

As an additional positive outcome from the workshop, you will find yourself expanding your contacts in your preferred social media. The moderators for the event are Richard Wishart, Delivery Management and Dr Chris Thomas, Milton Contact Ltd, helped by HBN members familiar with using social networking tools

Social media are now increasingly an important part of business activity. Not using them could be a distinct disadvantage in today’s markets. So, bring your laptop/tablet/mobile along for a useful practical on using social networks more effectively as part of your business, in a friendly supportive environment.

All Welcome

Friday 4th May 2012, 12:30 – 14:00. Buffet included
Huntingdonshire Business Network,
Huntingdon Indoor Bowls Club, St Peter’s Road, Huntingdon

Members £5. Non Members £10. Pay at door
You can also register your interest in this event on MeetUp at:


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