THE CLOUD WARMER NVIS BEAM

A weekend antenna project…

AIM FOR THE CLOUDS AND GET BETTER “LOCAL” SIGNALS!
AN NVIS STYLE “BEAM” ANTENNA FOR BETTER “LOCAL” AREA COVERAGE ON HF Continue reading

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G4KLE Operating with Low Power and Portable

Mervyn S Foster - G4KLE

G4KLE Operating with Low Power and Portable

Took Elecraft KX3 out last week for a little bit of Low Power (5 Watts QRP) working from Ferry Lagoon (Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire).

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After making sure batteries were fully charge and packing up my BikeQRP“Shack in a Sack”, I mounted my trusty steed (mountain bike) and rode the 5 miles to a previously recced site for an afternoons Amateur Radio operating. Sun was shining and the temp was about 21C, so perfect for sitting by the lake.

Set up within 10 minutes with my 10m SotaBeam Travel MastSetUpQRP supporting my BandHopper IV Linked Dipole AE on 40m.

On plugging into KX3 I thought there must be a fault as I could not hear anything on the Band, not to be perturbed, I put out a CQ call on CW and straight away I was rewarded with a reply of 579 from…

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SOTA – Homebrew 23cm 12 element Yagi Antenna

Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

Sunday 18 June 2017. I recently purchased a new 2.5 watt 23 cm transverter from SG-Lab in Sofia Bulgaria. The package includes a 2el HB9VC PCB yagi which has turned out to be a great addition for portable work, particularly from a hilltop with a good uninterrupted view of the horizon. Today from the summit of Mt Taylor VK1/AC-037 locator QF44MP, I worked Rod VK2TWR in Nimmitabel over 130 km, not bad for 2 watts in to a tiny PCB antenna.

While the PCB antenna is a great addition to the SOTA kit, be it for local summits or perhaps on a long hike 10 km or more, what I really need is an antenna with a fair amount of ‘oomph’ that’s non-techo speak for antenna gain, whilst keeping weight and size or length within reasonable limits.

For SOTA purposes, keeping antenna construction as simple as possible is a…

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VK1AD WSPRLite 100 mW on 20m

Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

VK1AD WSPRLite beacon past 24 hours to 0945 UTC 26 March 2017

Radio amateur stations in Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia who report receiving my 20m 100 mW WSPRLite signal.  My antenna is a 40m OCF wire dipole with the feed point at 8 metres above ground level.

WSPR Map – 26 April 2017

VK1AD WSPRLite 20m 100 mW signal – 24 hours to 0945 UTC 26 April 2017

26 April 2017 – VK1AD WSPRLite 20m 100 mW signal

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