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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Week 30 2014

This weeks bit of fun:

Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An Impasta

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
A: An Investigator

Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish?
A: Every morning you'll rise and shine!

Q: "What's the difference between a guitar and a fish?"
A: "You can't tuna fish."

Q: Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and the tomato?
A: The lettuce was a "head" and the tomato was trying to "ketchup"!

Q: Did you hear about the hungry clock?
A: It went back four seconds.



I'm Back :-)

I have had my summer vacation / holiday with the family on Cyprus and had a great time. We did manage to produce a episode of the ICQPODCAST while on holiday as well as getting invited to a radio play day.

This week I returned to work and have jumped back into the fire:-)

Colin and I recorded another episode of the ICQPODCAST and released it this Sunday.

Series Seven Episode Fifteen of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Programming with Chirp has been released.

The latest news, Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) discuss the joy of working and operating a special event station as GA214CG comes live and Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) reviews Programming with Chirp.

News stories include:-

  • Thai hams get special permission for 6 metres
  • UK CubeSail Amateur / Ham Radio Satellite
  • Wirral Grammar School for Girls launch 434 MHz balloon
  • Top Ten finish for UK Team in WRTC
  • Spanish 5 MHz experimental period extended
  • Andorra joins 5MHz allocations
  • New Zealand Amateur / Ham radio Brass Monkey Contest
  • Communicate with 'walkie talkie' dongle
  • New Amateur / Ham radio Licences in Ireland
  • 144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games
  • 20th Commonwealth Games, Galsgow 2014 Special Event

The ICQPOCAST can be downloaded from

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Week 26 2014

This weeks bit of fun:


A mega busy week this week, I'm going to need a holiday soon.

No radio this week apart from going to the club Monday night. I have managed to get may hand held radio to program with “CHIRP” under Linux so I'm happy again.

Tuesday I recorded The ICQPODCAST feature with Sue Pycroft G6DDS

Wednesday Colin and I recorded episode 161 of the ICQPODCAST.

My friend Chris from work welded my daughter in laws car door on Thursday.

The rest of the week has been filled with Computer work, Family jobs and editing the next episode of the To Craft Or Not To Craft Podcast.

Colin released the latest episode of the ICQPODCAST Sunday morning.

Series Seven Episode Thirteen of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Museums on the Air with Sue Pycroft G6DDS has been released.

The latest news, Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) remember Amateur / Ham Radio Podcaster Tom Samacicio KB4HQA of HQA Radio who is now Silent Key. Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) interviews Sue Pycroft, G6DDS regarding Museums on the Air.

News stories include:-

  • Revalidation Figures of UK Amateur / Ham Radio Licences
  • 13cm Amateur Radio Band Threatened in Holland
  • New mode trial for VK medium wave beacon
  • 27 MHz SSB CB legal
  • Changes to Amateur Service Part 97 Rules
  • Queen Shown Radio Ham’s Raspberry Pi Balloon

 The ICQPOCAST can be downloaded from