Here’s an interesting article I came across on the use of 146.52. Thanks to VE3LDG for tweeting this link. Continue reading
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
ARRL report the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019 budget request includes shutting down “NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii” — in other words, WWV and WWVH Continue reading
Good morning dear ARDF fellows,
South Africa’s SARL News report the ILLW takes place over the weekend of 18 and 19 August and, according to the entry list, Namibia has two lighthouses registered and South Africa has thirteen lighthouses registered for the event. Continue reading
Operators Jose EA1ACP, Gen EA5EL, Francisco EA7FTR and David EB7DX will be active with the special callsign 5E5A during four different periods. Continue reading
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
A Weekend Antenna Project
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