And the Yagi is back up again 

Monday, July 6, 2015 8:02:00 PM

Over the last two weekends I have managed to get my HyGain TH3-JRS yagi back up in the air.  

It has been packed away since prior to moving from the UK to Australia.  Very little maintenance required, just one PL-259 soldering job and some minor work on the antenna itself.  Pretty much tuned up exactly as it was in the UK when reassembled, lucky that I marked everything clearly prior to taking it all apart.

Installation wise, it has been mounted onto a 5.5 metre aluminium scaffold pole.  All said and done, including stub mast and rotator the yagi is about 6 metres in the air.  Not ideal of course, but 6 metres and operational is better than 0 metres and packed away in the box.

I will put some pictures up shortly.

New version of Ham Call Lookup 

Friday, January 16, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Version 1.9.0 of Ham Call Lookup has been released into the Windows Phone marketplace.

This release contains a couple of UI tweaks and now retrieves Solar data from a new source.

Further details here:

Ham radio mobile installation 

Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:14:00 PM

Writing up a new article on installation of antenna and radio in my Subaru Liberty (known as a Subaru Legacy elsewhere in the world).

This is a multi-part article as I put each part into the vehicle.

Please visit

Part two is here:

HUKDAGENT - Version 1.4 

Saturday, December 14, 2013 1:58:00 AM

Just a note to advise that I released version 1.4 of HukdAgent into the Windows phone marketplace a little while back.

This was mainly a 'under-the-hood' improvements release.

I've added a separate Windows Phone 8 version to the Marketplace as of Version 1.4

HukdAgent - version 1.3 

Friday, July 27, 2012 7:36:00 PM

Just putting the final touches on the latest version of HukdAgent version 1.3.

I will be publishing into the Windows Phone Marketplace over the next few days.

New/Updated features include:

  1. Additional, secondary live tile for 'NEW' deal items
  2. Live tiles, within the application that highlight featured items.
    • Recent, Daily and weekly Hottest deals
    • Recent hot 'NEW' deals
  3. Re-vamped settings page, with new settings and extra control of the application.
  4. Ability to navigate backwards when browsing deals from the in-application web browser.


  1. Improved the background agent synchronisation.
  2. Fixed a couple of minor applications issues.



First Windows Phone 7 application in the Marketplace 

Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:17:00 AM

HotUkDealsAgent is completed and released into the Windows Phone 7 MarketPlace for UK/Ireland.


Detailed description
Hot deals, free stuff and other shopping information posted on the HotUkDeals website delivered directly onto your Windows Phone 7 device. HukdAgent is a simple, easy-to-use application that presents the latest deals in a familiar Metro style layout. Deals are downloaded to your phone and stored localally for offline perusal. Application live tile automatically updated with the latest hot deals. The application agent can be activated to synchronise deals in the background. Ability to filter, sort and search items downloaded from the HotUkDeals website.


Application image


Download it free from the Marketplace now - Marketplace link

Welcome back 

Monday, April 4, 2011 4:03:00 AM

It has taken a while, but finally has returned.

After deciding to change website hosts, I also concluded it was easiest to simple reset the entire website and start again.

So, here we are again.  Stay tuned as more content is added.  Fingers crossed I'll be a bit more active on here now.

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