Reminder – this weekend:
The upcoming Baker Island DXpedition is sure to be a sought after contact, especially if propagation doesn’t play fair.
Field Day exchanges are not difficult if you follow the cheat sheet
- VE3YRA: “CQ Field Day, Victor Echo 3 Yankee Radio Alpha, Field Day”
- W1AW: “Whiskey One Alpha Whiskey”
- VE3YRA: “W1AW, Copy my Thirteen Alpha, Golf Tango Alpha”
- W1AW: “QSL. Copy my Five Alpha, Connecticut”
- VE3YRA: “QSL, Thanks. This is VE3YRA. Field Day.”
- VE3YRA: “CQ FD CQ FD DE VE3YRA VE3YRA”
- W1AW: “W1AW”
- VE3YRA: “W1AW DE VE3YRA 13A 13A GTA GTA”
- W1AW: “QSL 5A 5A CT CT”
- VE3YRA: “QSL TU VE3YRA FD”
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This is another antenna variation of the dipole probably created by Mr. Windom back in the 1930s (someone please fact check this).
It needs a 4:1 or 6:1 balun. I used a Palomar version that seems to work as it should.
I had a line winder 3D printed and some #26 silky wire and 30 mins on the workbench and bingo an antenna is born.
I tried it out in the field using a tree to hoist it up as an inverted V configuration (duct tape at the 65 foot mark allowed me tie the paracord to it but a zip tie could work as well) as well as a dipole set up.
I don’t think i noticed any difference in performance either configuration.
I may add a ring loop at the center point allowing either configuration and letting the surroundings denote the set up.
From a stability point of…
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Extreme measures are needed when “bad Hams behave badly” and the Quebec hams are moving forward to resolve a jamming problem in their area.
We have this problem in the GTA area where many repeaters shut down due to nefarious activity, harassment and jamming efforts by a gang of radio hoodlums. This has spilled over onto the world of anonymous blogging and hate mail campaigns.
I don’t really care anymore about all of this as there are many other repeaters to use…
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Found this interesting article on Southgate ARC. Although the story is relating mainly to the UK and parts of Europe I wonder if this could happen here? Is it happening here already? The other big question if it’s happening here does anybody care? The article points out how repeaters are under used. Well we have seen that happen here also. I’ve left the comment section open what do you think?
Activity on the 144 MHz and higher bands is at its lowest for decades at a time when commercial interests are prepared to pay £1 million per MHz annually for spectrum Continue reading