GO BOX Out in the Field


Getting out in the field and practising radio operations is always a lot of fun. This time I had a car battery and a big SLA as I wanted to also run 100 watts using the NVIS antenna as well as a vertical.

I was ecstatic working the special event Indianapolis 500 station on 40m  on the first try.

The site was ideal for radio work until York Regional Police showed up.

Based on the garbage I found while erecting the antenna farm I am not surprised they dropped by to a radio check.

The officer did not understand that during the Emcomm exercise we had comms into the York Region Public Safety liaison teams.

Once I explained what I was doing he went onto his next task of the day and I jumped back into 2m simplex while keeping an mic on 40m.


John VE3IPS/portable

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SteppIR Urban Beam

This is a small beam perfect for the suburban or downtown home owner looking for some gain on 20m to 6m (30m/40m it is like a dipole). The 4 foot boom with a 16 foot turning radius will fit perfectly in a townhouse 17 foot lot. Typical of a 2 element yagi the gain is […]

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40M NVIS with the Chameleon CHA Hybrid Micro Antenna (MPAS)


Chameleon Antennas makes the brilliant MPAS system which is comprised of various components.

This lends itself to field, bush and portable operations very well for the active have radio operator that is on the go.

Its a 60 foot longwire and a whip element for two different configurations (many more ideas at their website in the documents section)

I like to operate this as a NVIS set up with the antenna about 5 feet off the ground on the 40m/60m band and its easy to get signal reports by checking into the numerous nets.

Running 10 watts calling CQ can be time consuming if the band is light as many hams dont bother with weaker signals (and many have poor antennas – if you cant hear em you cant work em)  anymore but running NVIS I can make good contacts within the regional zone easily.

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Portable 2M 144 Coaxial Dipole Antenna

Homebrew 2m 144 MHz vertical 1/2 wave Coaxial Dipole antenna for QTH, SOTA & portable field operations/WICEN exercises. Materials: 7m length of 50 ohm RG58AU/CU Mil Spec coax 1 * 50 ohm BNC connector 2 * 1 metre lengths of 27 mm water pipe (Bunnings) 1 * End Cap 2 * T-piece connectors 1 * […]

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Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X

Speaking on behalf of the WSJT-X Development Team, Joe Taylor, K1JT, has issued a progress report on the team’s efforts to develop FT8 DXpedition Mode. The new digital mode will include new and innovative features, which are detailed in a draft FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, released on February 2. Continue reading