FT8CALL it’s FT8 but with chat

FT8Call is a derivative of the WSJT-X application, restructured and redesigned for keyboard-to-keyboard message passing. It is not supported by nor endorsed by the WSJT-X development group Continue reading

EI3KD works Cape Verde Islands on 144 MHz to set new DX record

On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, Mark Turner EI3KD managed to work D4Z on the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of of Africa on 144 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms. This remarkable contact, made on CW, was a new record for tropo in IARU Region 1. The previous record of 4130 kms was set back in July of 2015. Continue reading

QRP Guys Portable Tri-Band Vertical Antenna 40-30-20m

A Weekend Antenna Project

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Joe N2CX had come up with an idea for a portable antenna for NPOTA use that covered the 40/30/20 m bands. This pairs nicely with the LNR MTR3B as well.

The QRP Guys worked with Joe to create a kit and a wind winder element to it.

Basically its a 1/4 wave on 20m with inductance being switched in as needed for the other 2 bands.

As per the QRP Guys manual https://qrpguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/tri-band_vertical_assy_042918.pdf I went ahead and an hour later I was ready for testing.

SWR on 20m is below 1.3, and the other bands are under 2 to 1 depending on the frequency.

A great piece of kit for the antenna box

The fiberglass rod is the chinese 7m fish pole that was $12 US

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