Well I now have a better power supply for the  857D, I'm now using the  Tiro PS-430 that normally powers the Icom 718. I know once I get my full UK license I'll have  to get something a bit beefier  as the 857D  can draw up to 22 amps on Tx  when set for 100w
I also spent some time on slooh last night  Imaging Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)

and  then Jupiter .......
and finally the Moon.When the Moon is at waning gibbous it's a good time to see the southern lunar highlands and the crater Tycho with its extensive system of rays


Well I have  received my  First QSL card via  eQsl  and it's fitting it was from a UK Astronomical Observatory

I've also created my own QSL card  both on eQsl and for by  post.....

This is my  eQSL

(The latin text above is only to illustrate the position of the QSO text. This QSO text will be filled in with the correct information from the uploaded logs at the time the eQSL is displayed by the recipient.)

I'm  going to redo my  US  QSL card as well today :)


Started my Worked All Britain Award

Well I have the 857D up and running at the QTH today via the Celestron Power Tank lol and made two  contacts today one with GB2NLO which is the Special Event Station at The Norman Lockyer Observatory  in Sidmouth (http://www.normanlockyer.com/) and then worked  M0HEM who is in essex  I also heard G7AZA working M0HEM so that was a third square I got, both stations  I worked were dealing with a pileup so with just 10W I did well to get the QSO - Happy Camper :)